Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Review


I didn't want to review this beautiful palette when I first got it, because it was limited edition and it sold out pretty quickly, leaving many  makeup addicts slightly disappointed (even devastated). I almost missed out on it myself. That's why I had this review saved in my drafts ready to be published when the palette is available for UK customers again. Well... you can probably guess that is now back in stock and available via Space NK. YAY!

Since getting my mitts on this beaut last year, I have been reaching for it almost every day, neglecting my Ambient Lighting Powder compact in Luminous Light, because I find the selection of three powders more versatile. You won't regret spending your hard earn pennies on this palette, I promise!


The palette features three of the Ambient Lighting powders, including their best-selling shades (Dim Light and Radiant Light) and a limited edition shade (Incandescent Light). All the powders are stunning and add a nice glow to my face, while capturing, diffusing and softening the way light reflects on the skin. The effect is incredible! The formula is paraben, talc, fragrance, nano-particle and gluten free as well and contains 'micron-size, soft-focus particles that refract light and create transparent coverage'. Each powder is meant to be suitable for all skin tones, but I think that the darkest shade would work well as a bronzer on fair skin. 


Dim Light is a neutral beige shade, perfect as an allover setting powder. It makes my complexion look glowy and radiant and it helps to keep my foundation in place. Incandescent Light is more of a highlight and it is a very light beige colour. I like using it on the tops of my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose and cupids bow. It is also great for setting under eye concealer. I use it allover my face occasionally as well. It adds a subtle illuminating effect, without too much visible shimmer.  Radiant Light is the darkest shade in the palette and I love using it when I have a tan or I simply apply it on top of a bronzer or a blusher. It is a warm golden beige shade and it looks absolutely beautiful on the skin. As you can see on the swatches below, the first shade has absolutely no shimmer and the two other colours have a tiny bit of micro shimmer - only visible with flash and in direct sunlight.


The texture of the powders is soft and velvety and very easy to blend and I like applying them with my Real Techniques Blush Brush or a small powder brush. I would love to get my hands on the Hourglass Ambient Powder Brush though.

The packaging is really nice as well and the compact comes with a big mirror inside. If you want to treat yourself to a really luxurious makeup product, you should definitely consider this palette. It is perfect!


I also got a mini Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer with the palette, but  I am not sure if you can still get it with your purchase. Mine was included in the same box. It is a light water resistant formula with SPF15 that creates a perfect canvas for your makeup.


You can buy the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette from Space NK.


  

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26 comments:

  1. These palettes are gorgeous!! I just love the ambient lighting palette with pretty lilacs and pink tones :) xx

    www.krystelcouture.com

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  2. I really want this palette for my birthday in July.

    RIKKI POYNTER
    // RIKKI POYNTER MAKEUP

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  3. I want this palette so bad! Its so beautiful x

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  4. I love my new palette :) Incandescent light is my new favourite hightlight! Just so you know, the Space NK one doesn't come with the little primer sample which is a bit of a bummer :(

    Amy| The Little Koala Blog ♥

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    1. I got mine from Space NK and it came with the primer. Odd.

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  5. Bought it from SpaceNK, recived it yesterday. A bit disappointed 'cause you are not getting Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer.. just a palette.

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    1. Is the outer packaging/box the same, or did they change it?

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    2. Yes, the outer packaging is a bit changed. It is smaller, almost the size of actual palette, the color is changed and there is no mention of primer on the box.

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    3. That's a bit unfair. The price is still the same, but you don't get the primer :/ Thanks for letting me know lovely x

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  6. I was so sad when this went out of stock and can't wait to finally be able to snap it up, it sounds amazing and looks so pretty!

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

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  7. That tiny Hourglass primer I received with this palette is such a prized possession! I love it!

    Recent makeup Changes Review& FOTD | TheConscienceFund

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  8. I was gutted when I didn't buy this last time! Now I'm sad because I'm supposed to be saving my pennies!

    Stephanie
    http://missstephanieusher.blogspot.co.uk/
    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3436251
    xxxx

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  9. I have been curious to purchase this, as I own Mood Light already. But I still need some persuading. Haha.

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  10. I went to Liberty last week and sales assistant said this one will be available from this weekend.

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  11. It is such a beautiful palette I had to admit, those shades are stunning x

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  12. I keep debating about getting this but I just can't decide! I don't know if I would use all the colors enough to justify the price
    Allison from www.mercuteify.com

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  13. You're right about Rdiant working as a brnzer for fair skin. It doesn't show up much on my light skin, though, but it's my go-to for days when I need a bit more glow, that healthy, just came in from my morning sunshine walk kind of glow. come to think of it, it saw a lot of use this winter, when there weren't any sun, and regular bronzers tend to be too... bronzer-y :p

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  14. Love the look of this, it's beautiful! Not sure if I'd use Radiant Light myself though so don't know if I can justifying buying it just yet! x

    www.madeleineslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. I'm glad you were able to get your hands on this :)

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  16. So beautiful! http://rosebeautynow.blogspot.co.uk/ x

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  17. I love this palette! I also ran to buy one of these when I found out it was back in stock and I am just loving it! The radiant light is soooo pretty for the summer!

    Beautyxpress0.blogspot.ca

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  18. These shades are so pretty - I haven't tried anything from Hourglass but I've obviously heard sooo many good things about them! This palette seems a perfect way to try the brand!

    www.ceejayell.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. This looks so luxurious, I really want to try it! xx

    http://earlgreyandeyeliner.blogspot.co.uk/

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  20. Really want to try these but are they worth the money do you think? xx

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    1. Definitely! This palette is probably the most precious makeup product I own. I had the single powder in Lumionous Light, but I just sold it, because I stopped using it when I got this beaut. The palette is more versatile and you get 3 shades to choose from. If the palette was available when I was buying the single powder, I would have chosen the palette :) I love it!

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