Although I bought the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette about two months ago now, I’m only just now about to review it! I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get around to it. I feel like I need to learn some more effective ways of self discipline.
Hourglass is a luxury makeup brand likely to be found at Space NK, Harvey Nichols, and Net-A-Porter. They have a wide variety of products to offer, from makeup, to skincare, to brushes, but this is the first product I’ve ever purchased from them! I’ve heard from many other beauty bloggers and YouTube beauty gurus that Hourglass are a very high quality brand, and the Ambient Lighting collection is currently very popular, but I really wanted to try something for myself.
The Ambient Lighting palette I will say, is probably not for everyone. All of the powders inside are very subtle, very neutral looking, so if you’re looking to do a full glam makeup look, this is probably not the one for you. However, if you’re aiming for a natural look or a no-makeup makeup look, then this palette is definitely the one to reach for! The powders inside are such high quality. You barely get any kick up from the powders when you dip your brush into them, and they feel so smooth to the touch – they’re quite heavenly! They’re also in a quirky square shape that lifts up out of the palette, which I feel is a nice little extra considering most powders are pressed flat in the pans.
Inside, you get 3 shades; Dim Light, Incandescent Light, and Radiant Light. Each pan holds 0.016 Oz of product, which is great considering you really don’t need to use a lot of product. It will last you forever! Here’s a quick run down of the shades and what I use them for:
- Dim Light – ‘A neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with the perfect balance of warm and cool tones‘ – This is the only powder in the palette that doesn’t have tiny glitter particles in it. It is slightly darker than my very fair skin so I wouldn’t exactly use this all over my face, as it does make me look noticeably more bronzed compared to my neck. I do use this sparingly in areas where I feel like my pores are a little bit more visible, however, I think someone a little bit more tanned could pull this off for all over the face.
- Incandescent Light – ‘An opalescent pearl powder that brightens the complexion with a celestial glow‘ – This shade is exclusive to this palette, and you cannot buy it as a single as you can with the other two. If this powder didn’t have the glitter particles in it I would definitely put this all over my face as it’s the perfect match! However, it does have that bit of glow and glitter in it, so instead I use it for very subtle highlight. It leaves such a lovely finish on natural looks. I apply this to my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose, and my browbone to become a subtle glowy goddess!
- Radiant Light – ‘A sun-kissed golden beige that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth, and also extends a summer glow‘ – I couldn’t agree more with this description! It’s a gorgeous shade as a bronzer on very fair skin. I use it on my cheeks, jaw line, and forehead to give myself that extra definition in my face, and rid myself of the washed out effect that can be very noticeable for pale girls without full glam (ugh!!). As well as Incandescent Light, this shade also contains glitter particles so you may want to avoid applying too much of this – though honestly, all the shades are so subtle there’s not really any danger of looking like a bit of a disco ball!
The swatches don’t show up very well, but I feel like that’s for a couple of reasons. 1 – They are meant to be subtle powders, not with tons of pigment as they are meant to be neutral and natural looking, and 2 – they suit my skin colour quite nicely and it blends in effortlessly.
As for the packaging, I personally love it! It looks so luxurious in the brand’s signature bronze colour, with the word ‘Hourglass’ printed at the right hand side. The size of it is perfect too; it is so compact which makes it a great palette to travel with! Inside, you also have a decent sized mirror, which also manages to stay very clean because you barely get any kick up from the powders.
Now, there’s no question that the palette is of a great standard; high quality, smooth powders that feel like nothing on the skin, but the burning question is… Is a palette that’s made to be subtle worth £59? Yes, the palette was super expensive, and I didn’t really know what to expect of it when I bought it (disclaimer: me and my boyfriend went halves on it). Although they perform beautifully, I do feel like it wasn’t really worth the money if I’m very honest. I feel like it’s more of a collectors item, something to look pretty on your vanity. Although I do use always use this palette on my more natural days, I wouldn’t recommend it to those who prefer more full-on, bold makeup looks, and other students like myself. However, if you’re an avid collector of makeup and if you love natural, radiant makeup looks then this palette is a great purchase. Like I say, the palette is brilliant quality, but the price seems quite unnecessary for what it is.
Also, I will say I haven’t seen a dupe for a palette like this (though I haven’t really been looking) – if you know any dupes for the Ambient Lighting palette then leave your suggestions in the comments below, I’d love to be able to recommend a more affordable alternative!
So, based on this, I would rate this palette…
In short; the palette is great quality, the packaging is nice, it’s a cute collectors item and nice for travelling, however the palette is very muted so it makes you wonder why you’re paying so much money for it, £59 is quite a dramatic price tag for what the product essentially is when you take the name away from it. It’s not really worth it unless you really want it.
So that’s all for this post! I’m quite annoyed at myself for not doing this sooner but I hope you enjoyed it! I’ll see you in the next one! ❤