Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Review and Swatches

I’m late to the party on this one, but after admiring it from afar for many months, I finally picked up the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette recently. I was waiting for my Hourglass Abient Lighting Powder in Dim Light – which I love and use daily – to run out before purchasing, and when that happened to coincide with a 50% off Space NK deal on Gilt City, I couldn’t resist. The palette contains three Ambient Lighting Powders, in Dim Light, Radiant Light, and Incandescent Light, which is only available in the palette. The Ambient Lighting Powders are light reflecting finishing powders that are meant to create different subtle lighting effects on your skin. The key word is definitely subtle here.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Review Swatches(L-R: Dim Light, Incandescent Light, Radiant Light)

Dim Light is a peachy neutral colour that I apply all over to warm up my pale, pale face, that is also supposed to blur imperfections. I don’t use it as a setting powder – I apply it over Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder – as it does not have good oil control. The powders are very finely milled, and therefore great for layering. I find it really does finish off your makeup in a nice way though, somehow making your makeup and skin look smoother, livelier, and just more finished once applying. Since buying Dim Light separately about a year and a half ago, I’ve been using it every day. Radiant Light is more golden and shimmery, so I use it as a bronzer below my cheekbones and on my temples, and it is meant to add a sun-kissed finish to your skin. It looks pretty shimmery in the pan, but like all the Ambient Lighting Powders, the effect is very soft once applied. Incandescent Light is a very understated, slightly shimmery brightening powder. I use it to lighten up areas of my face, including my cheekbones, forehead, center of my nose, and chin, where I wouldn’t use an actual highlighter out of fear of being too shiny. I do usually put another highlighter such as The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer over it on my cheekbones since it is so subtle.

IMG_3643333(L-R: Dim Light, Incandescent Light, Radiant Light)

So is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette life changing? No, not really (though I do love Dim Light a lot). But if you want a subtle, glowy, can’t-quite-put-your-finger-on-it complexion boost then it’s definitely worth checking out.

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