Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Review

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette Review
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette Review

Boy, oh boy, was there a lot of buzz and excitement when news came that Hourglass would be releasing this limited edition Holiday palette. I know I couldn’t contain myself and quickly logged on to Hourglass.com so I would be notified by email when it was available, and once it was, I snatched it up real quick.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette Review

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette Review

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette Review

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette Review

Personally, I was super bummed that I missed out on the limited edition blush palette they released last year (I thought it was permanent like the Ambient Lighting Palette, but it wasn’t *insert tears*) so I knew I had to have this palette because FOMO is a real thing when you’re a makeup junkie. Plus, it contains Diffused Light, which is one of their permanent powders I’ve wanted for a while now, but never purchased. So, overall I thought the $80 price tag would be a good investment.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette Review

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette Review

This palette contains six shades:

Dim Light (permanent) — a neutral peach toned ambient lighting powder that is supposed to blur imperfections and add glow.

Iridescent Strobe Light (LE) — a rosy toned pearl highlighter that can be used wet or dry.

Diffused Light (permanent) — a yellow toned ambient lighting powder that is supposed to conceal redness and give skin clarity.

Mood Exposure (permanent) — a soft plum toned blush marbled with mood light ambient lighting powder, which is supposed to brighten the complexion.

Luminous Flush (permanent) — a rose toned champagne blush marbled with luminous light ambient lighting powder for a candlelit glimmer.

Luminous Bronze Light (permanent) — a medium tan bronzer infused with luminous light ambient lighting powder to also evoke a candlelit warmth.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette | top to bottom: Diffused Light, Iridescent Strobe Light, and Dim Light

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette | top to bottom: Diffused Light, Iridescent Strobe Light, and Dim Light

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette | Top to bottom: Luminous Bronze Light, Luminous Flush, and Mood Exposure

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette | Top to bottom: Luminous Bronze Light, Luminous Flush, and Mood Exposure

The Good |

  • You get to try out lots of different permanent products from their line
  • Soft and finely milled
  • Allows you to achieve a “lit from within” look
  • Pigmented
  • Travel friendly
  • Variety of products you receive– 3 highlighters/powders, 2 blushes, 1 bronzer

The Bad |

  • $80, which isn’t exactly budget friendly
  • Powders are on the smaller side

A lot of people have been complaining about the size of the products themselves because they’re so tiny, and I have to admit that when I first received it I was a bit bummed because I was expecting each product to be the size of the powders that are in the Ambient Lighting Palette. However, they’re quite smaller.

The powders themselves are of the same quality, which is nice because sometimes brands release limited edition collections or products that are of sub par quality, but these uphold that Hourglass quality you expect.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette Review

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit palette comparison

Before I tried any Hourglass products I was wary about whether or not they would show up on my nc40 skin tone, but I’m happy to say that they do. The Luminous Bronze Light bronzer, which is supposed to be for light to medium skin tones, also shows up on my skin, which I was happily surprised about. I have the Radiant Bronze Light bronzer, which is for medium to darker skin tones, so I was glad to see that both shades add warmth and radiance.

The Verdict |

If you’re an Hourglass newbie or desire to try out their different powders, blushes, etc, then I do suggest purchasing the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit palette because you’ll be able to try out lots of different products. It’s essentially a travel friendly taste testing palette. However, if you’re an Hourglass lover and already have lots of their blushes and powders then you’ll find that this could be a repetitive purchase for you, and might not be worth the $80 investment.

Don’t know what brushes to use with this?
These brushes fit the Hourglass Ambient Edit palette

Want more info on other Hourglass products?
Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light bronzer vs Luminous Light bronzer
Radiant Bronze Light bronzer review and swatches
Diffused Heat blush review and swatches
Modernist Eyeshadow palette in Exposure

Are you interested in purchasing this palette? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • I can’t get over how tiny it is. I have all these shades bar the LE so I’m not bothered about missing out.
    thebeautybloss.com

    • Yeah, I wouldn’t get this if I had all of the shades other than the LE one because then it’s just not worth $80 for that tiny little powder! xx

  • First, I just found your blog and I’m obsessed- it’s gorgeous! Second, I love the Ambient Lighting Powders. I have the original palette with just the powders, but I wish I would have waited for this to come out so I could have also tried the blushes. Great review!

    Brunette-ish

    • Aww thank you! :)

      I have the original palette with the powders too, but I still think this is a good investment :). The only repeat powder is Dim Light so you still get 5 other products (which I didn’t have) so it’s a good palette for trying out the different powders, blushes and bronzer. But, if you only are interested in the two blushes, buying the full sized ones separately would be cheaper than buying this whole palette :)

  • I’m still debating over whether to get this palette as I have both the other palette’s and the luminous bronzer. I thought I had three of the six shades, but I actually have four! That leaves me in the undecided pile when it comes to Australia in November. How are the pan sizes in comparison to which brush you use for them?

    Maddie | http://www.maddiesbeautyspot.com

    • Personally, if I had 4 of the 6 six shades, I probably wouldn’t get it unless you really want this palette for traveling, especially since it’s $80 in America so I’m thinking it’ll be even more expensive in Australia! I’m working on a post all about the brushes I use with this. I know a lot of people complained about how they couldn’t find brushes to fit the size of the pans, but that hasn’t been an issue for me :)
      xx

  • It does look way smaller compared to their other two palettes which is a shame. I wish they released the same amount of product that you get with the Ambient palette to justify the price. I’ll probably skip on this since I already have two of the shades in the palette.

    • I thought it would be the same amount of product as the palettes too, which is why I really wanted it. I agree, though. $80 is very pricey for this. I think something in the $60 range would have been more reasonable considering the size.

  • I’m still keen to pick this up despite the hoopla about it being tiny. Really not cost efficient but I guess you’re paying for the convenience of it all in one palette! I haven’t tried anything from HG and really want to so I see that as being reason enough haha! Yup, and FOMO.

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    • If you haven’t tried anything from HG then I really think this is a good palette! It is expensive considering the size, but you’re right: you’re paying for the convenience of having it all in one!

  • Emily

    Oh jeeeez, it’s so gorgeous, I could drool! I do wonder about the price though, not sure if I could justify it!

    Musings & More

    • It is so gorgeous! But, yeah, it’s overpriced in my opinion. Considering the size, something in the $60 range would have been more justifiable. xx

  • Dom

    Great post! The size was disappointing at first, but the quality really is amazing! Perfect for travel.

    • That’s why I love it :). It’s great for anyone who hasn’t tried any HG products. I agree, their quality it amazing! xx

  • I was thinking about getting this but the size really bummed me out. I think I’ll go for the 3 lighting powders instead. The quality and colors are lovely though!

    prettyneutral.com

    • I do love the Ambient Lighting Powder palette. I definitely think that’s worth the money! xx

  • Can I just say the photos on this post are just incredible! The palette looks beautiful but I can see why Hourglass has received so much negativity about the size and value for money. I already own the two previous palettes, as well as one of the bronzers, so it was an easy decision to skip this one. Enjoy! :) x

    Daniela | MissNewBeauty.net

    • Aww thank you!! :)

      Yeah, I can definitely see why you, or anyone who has most of these products, would skip this!
      xx

  • I can’t deny how gorgeous this palette is, but the price is so steep. I had to forgo this one, but I did order the Tarte blush palette instead as it’s a bit easier on the wallet but still amazing quality :)
    xxx Claire

    http://wwwclairabelle.blogspot.co.uk/

    • I don’t blame you! The Tarte palette looks amazing. I’ll be looking out for a review on your blog of it :)
      xx