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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