Thursday, 29 October 2015

HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Edit Review

Swatches & Palette Review

Each year, luxury brand Hourglass Cosmetics bring us a beautiful holiday palette
And this year, she's a Stunner!
First the Ambient Lighting Powder trio as a permanent item in 2013,
then the Ambient Lighting Blush trio last year as a limited edition palette, 
that I'm sure a lot of us are still kicking ourselves for not picking up (I know I am!)
And this year the Ambient Lighting Edit, a limited edition complete face palette 
with finishing & highlighting powders, blushes & a bronzer in one!
But with all the rumours & reviews so far about the price & size, we're left asking
Is it really worth it???

Price $80 USD for 0.29oz
Available at Sephora, Hourglass website, Nordstrom & other retailers

We all know Hourglass Cosmetics is a luxurious high-end brand acclaimed for 
their soft-focus, complexion perfecting formulas that create radiant, glowing skin!
Often the Ambient face powders are mistaken for highlighting or strobing powders 
when in fact they are used for setting the face makeup & giving that "perfect lighting" effect 
like you're ready for selfies all day!
Don't get me wrong, build up the product, such as Iridescent Light or Diffused Light, 
on the highest parts of your face - cheekbones, brow bone, you will achieve a beautiful, natural looking highlight. These are not meant to be highly pigmented powders & are designed to give the most natural, flawless-looking finish, but you can use them wet to intensify the highlight effect!
This palette includes three Ambient Lighting Powders, including one new shade 
Iridescent Strobe Light, two Ambient Lighting Blushes & one Ambient Lighting Bronzer in 
a golden plastic palette with a large mirror inside. The standard Sleek Hourglass packaging

Dim Light - A neutral peach beige that blurs imperfections & highlights the complexion
Iridescent Light - A rose pearl that gives the complexion a refined glow
Diffused Light - A soft pale yellow that conceals redness & gives the skin clarity
Mood Exposure - A soft plum blush fused with Mood Light to brighten the complexion
Luminous Flush - A champagne rose blush fused with Luminous Light for a candlelit glimmer
Luminous Bronze Light - A medium tan shade fused with Luminous Light for a softer candlelit warmth
Now lets talk about the value of this thing! 
Price - $80 USD (approx $120 NZD)
The size is 0.29oz/8.3g which is 0.049oz/1.4g in each pan
At first that sounded insane to me, that's a tiny amount of product!
"How could they possibly make this palette $80?!"
I convinced myself it was because of it's luxurious design & quality,
Hourglass is an expensive brand & this is a Limited Edition, High-end Holiday palette
In my mind, $80 is not that bad for 6 different products in one travel friendly palette
I'd be happy to pay $13-14 separately for this size pan of Hourglass powder,
& 6 in 1 is the perfect way to try the different shades & lighting effects.
Also, considering how long it takes to make a dent in these powders,
this palette should last a long time!
There is a travel size Ambient Lighting powder available in Dim Light
but it's $22 for 0.049oz of powder

If you already have the Ambient Lighting Palette & Ambient Blush Palette,
you really don't need to get this
I love mine & don't regret the purchase, I use it most days & don't find it
difficult to use with my brushes. I use an angled blush brush or tapered face
brush & get a good application. Obviously you're not gonna shove your
bronzer/powder brushes in there! The other shades may transfer & you'll
have the bronzer where you wanted the lighting powder!

LucyLoves! xx

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