You might be wondering what lighting powders are and you might be asking yourself why the heck anyone would ever need a whole palette of them. I know. I bought this palette last year and it took me a while to use it because I wasn’t sure how to use it. As you can see, this Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette is stunningly beautiful so when I learned how to use it, there was no turning back! Are you ready to learn all about this palette?
Different types of light can flatter the complexion. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders are finishing powders that recreate the most flattering light. They capture, diffuse and soften harsh surrounding light, creating the perfect illumination for your face. These finishing powders contain color-correcting particles that refract light and refine the appearance of the skin making it appear softer and lit from within.The Ambient Lighting Edit Palette contains a variety of powders you can use to recreate ambient lighting – natural sources of light from the sun, moon, and candlelight. It is designed to give you everything you need in a single palette; setting powders, contour, highlight, and blush powders. You can use the powders individually or combine them as they work together seamlessly.
It contains three Ambient Lighting Powders, two Ambient Lighting Blushes, and one Ambient Lighting Bronzer. From the top left of the palette to the bottom right, you get:
– Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light
– Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Iridescent Strobe Light (newer shade)
– Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light
– Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure (Soft Plum)
– Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush (Champagne Rose)
– Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light (Medium Tan)
Swatches of the Lighting Powders
Left to Right: Diffused Light, Iridescent Strobe Light, and Dim Light
Swatches of the Blush & Bronzer Powders
Left to Right: Luminous Bronze Light, Luminous Flush, and Mood Exposure
Swatches of All Powders
How to use this palette: I use the Diffused Light and Dim Light powders as setting powders (after applying foundation). I then use the Iridescent Strobe Light powder to highlight my face, applying it to the top of my cheeks, the bridge of my nose, my brow bone and my Cupid’s bow (for a more intense highlight, I dip my wet beautyblender into the Strobe Light powder). I finish everything off by applying bronzer all over my face and then the blush right over the apples of my cheeks.
Verdict: I personally find this to be a great every day palette. I don’t always highlight but when I want a more subtle highlight, this is what I use. None of the colors here are super intense, they are actually perfectly pigmented. There is little fallout when you pick up the product on the brush but you don’t lose much product at all. In fact, I don’t feel like I’ll ever hit pan with this palette. The only complaint I have is that the pans are on the smaller side making it difficult to use larger brushes. The packaging is gorgeous; it’s a glamorous looking palette with an interior mirror.
Hourglass has certainly carved a niche for itself with their popular lighting powders. You can buy them individually or go with a smaller 3-powder palette. This particular palette released around the holidays last year. Because it was a limited edition release, it will be difficult to get your hands on it now but with a little internet surfing, you might still be able to pick this up. I saw it being sold on Amazon recently for about $130 which is insane! (I paid $80). There’s a new limited edition palette that just hit Sephora and is available to Sephora VIB and VIB Rouge members only; the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Surreal Light palette. This palette is slated to hit stores this holiday season.
Until next time loves,
❤ XOXO ❤