Friday, October 2, 2015


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit

Ok, so listen here…I have never been more thoroughly jazzed to get my hands on a makeup item than I was to obtain the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit palette.  (There was that season that I had a very unhealthy obsession with locating the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, but we’ll disregard that for now.)  A couple weeks ago was my birthday and when I opened the card from my brother that enclosed a Sephora gift card, lustful thoughts began swirling in my head for this palette.  As soon as I landed back in Tampa I made my Sephora order and eagerly waited for the postman’s arrival.  As I opened the box, waiting for the doves to fly aside, there gleaming at the top was the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit.  (I really hope I get as excited about the birth of my children as I do a powder palette.)  I have been using this palette for the past week or so and couldn’t wait to share with you my thoughts.  The beauty community is pretty split down the middle on this one and for such a pricey item, it retails for $80, it’s worth it to do your research before investing.  So without further ado…

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Box
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Review
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Swatches
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Shades

 Ok, so let’s get the nitty gritty out of the way.  This palette retails for $80 and can be purchased at Sephora, Nordstrom, Barney’s New York, and of course the Hourglass Cosmetics website.  The palette features six powders, 0.049oz of each, and is packaged in a sleek gold case with a large mirror perfect for traveling.  The six shades included are:
  • Diffused Light: A soft, warm, pale yellow powder that conceals redness and gives skin clarity.”  Love to use this one as an all-over setting powder.
  • Strobe Light:  A rose pearl powder that gives a refined glow to the complexion.”  This shade is exclusive to the palette and ideal for highlighting.
  • Dim Light: A neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights the complexion.”  Perfect for setting under eye concealer for its brightening effects.
  • Mood Exposure: A soft plum blush fused with mood light to brighten the complexion.”  Very pretty plummy blush, and my favorite of the two featured in this palette.
  • Luminous Flush: A champagne rose blush fused with luminous light to evoke a candlelit glimmer.”  Very natural looking and pretty, but didn’t blow my socks off.
  • Luminous bronze light: A medium tan shade fused with luminous light for a softer, candlelit warmth.”  A little warm for contouring, but still a beautiful bronzer.

What attracted me to this palette was the value.  Prior to this purchase I didn’t own any of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting products so for me $80 for six products was a steal.  And the formula of these finely milled powders did indeed knock my socks off.  The formula uses photoluminescent technology to filter out harsh light and add a multidimensional lit-from within-glow to any skin tone.  These powders perfected my complexion and never creased or settled into fine lines throughout the day.  Now I will say while $80 for six amazing powders is a good deal there is a down side.  First, the size of the powder pans is tiny.  It was difficult to get my fluffy powder brush in the product, especially for the Diffused Light shade (which I like to use as a setting powder) and the bronzer.  I was reading one Sephora reviewer that called this “A palette for ants.”  I think that may be going a little far, although I love a good Zoolander reference, but still the surface area of the powders is small.  Secondly, there is a lot of overlap in the shades featured in this palette to past season launches.  Dim Light was featured in the ambient lighting powder palette and luminous flush and mood exposure in the ambient blush palette.  I can see this being a big downside for those who already own the other palettes.  C’mon Hourglass, shake it up and throw some love to other shades!  The two standouts in the palette for me were Luminous Bronze Light and Diffused Light.  Diffused Light performed beautifully as a setting powder and gave my face a beautiful glow.  I also couldn’t get enough of this bronzer, and while not ideal for contouring due to it’s warm undertones, it’s still gorgeous and provided a natural looking sun-kissed glow to the skin. 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Review

So what’s a girl to do?  Love a couple of the shades, but for $80 I’m on the fence about keeping this palette.  While I adore the two shades mentioned above the other offerings left me underwhelmed (Strobe Light was too cool toned for my skin tone and way too glittery) and as I said the palette is small.  In a perfect world I would have loved to see Hourglass increase the size of this palette and throw some new blush shades in the mix, Radiant Magenta and Dim Infusion I’m looking at you.  I’m strongly considering returning the palette and purchasing the full-size Luminous Bronze Light Bronzer.  What do you guys think?  Have you tried this palette?  Are you yay or nay?  I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

xoxo Nicole

1 comment:

  1. This is soooo pretty I could buy it just to look at it! Good to know about the diffused light ... I also have the dim infusion blush and I absolutely love it!