Monday, 11 January 2016

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders - are they worth the hype?

Ever since I started watching beauty videos on YouTube and reading beauty blogs about 3 years ago I've been lusting after the luxurious Hourglass Ambient powders that so many people raved about but, honestly, the price of single product was definitely putting me off buying something that I wasn't even sure if it was that good. When the sneak peeks of the new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit palette started to pop on social media I got super excited as I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for me to try a few different products without spending hundreds of pounds. When the release date came I realised that £65 is not exactly budget friendly price for a little palette and couldn't justify buying it. But I put it on my Christmas wish list with the hope that Santa (aka my husband) will choose the perfect gifts for me. And as you can see I was very lucky to find the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit palette under my Christmas tree :)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit palette

It goes without saying that the palette is gorgeous, from the luxurious, elegant packaging with a big mirror inside to all the products. Yes, the packaging is prone to fingerprints but it doesn't matter because it's easy to wipe it down and it looks just so pretty. It's definitely a luxurious treat and it makes it perfect as a gift.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit palette

I've heard and read so many reviews stating that this palette represents a poor value for money, there is very little product inside and the pans are tiny and difficult to use. I agree that when you compare the sizes and prices of full size products with those in the palette it looks like it's a clear rip off. But I like to think that for people like me, who don't own any of the Hourglass powders, it's the perfect way to try 6 different products for a price of 2 full sized. And to be honest, while I may use up the finishing powders some time this year I think the bronzer, blushes and highlighter will last me  a long time because, let's be real, we all have so many others products to use and you only need a tiny amount when doing the makeup.
When it comes to size of the pans, yes, they are small and I need to be careful when swirling my brush but I easily use the brushes shown on the picture above and don't end up with all the products mixed together.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit palette

Now let me tell what do I think about the quality of all these powders, are they worth all the hype surrounded them?
Well, yes, I love them! And it's actually hard for me to reach for other products when doing my makeup as I'm obsessed with how good they make my skin look.
I usually set my foundation and concealer with different powders and then add a very light dusting of the Dim Light or Diffused Light, or both mixed together, for a very naturally luminous, radiant skin. I can use the Dim Light on its own to set my foundation and it works beautiful that way but as I have combination/oily skin I look a bit too luminous after a few hours so try to avoid it.
The bronzer, blushes and highlighter are all absolutely gorgeous on the skin, they're perfectly pigmented, enough that you only need to swirl the brush once to have enough product to apply it but not too much that you will end up looking like a clown.
All the powders are very finally milled, silky soft, they don't settle in my pores or fine lines, just the opposite, they seem to blur those imperfections slightly making my skin looking healthy and nearly flawless.

Top row swatches
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit palette swatches

Dim Light - neutral peach-y beige powder, perfect as a setting powder, adds very naturally looking glow to the skin, blurs imperfections.
Iridescent Light - limited edition shade exclusive to the palette, soft pink pearl highlighter which adds very subtle highlight without being too shimmery, catches the light beautifully.
Diffused Light - very pale yellow powder, also works well at setting concealer, foundation, adds more radiance to the skin then Dim Light, can be used as a very subtle highlighter when layered for higher opacity.

Bottom row swatches
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit palette swatches

Mood Exposure - soft mauve plum blush, adds beautiful radiance to the skin.
Luminous Flush - soft coral-y pink, again, it adds very natural glow to the cheeks.
Luminous Bronze Light - medium tan bronzer, even though it's quite orange when swatched it looks beautiful on the skin adding gorgeous luminous, sun-kissed look, it's not shimmery but it looks glow-y.

I absolutely adore the palette and all the products inside and I can highly recommend any of them. Having said that they are very expensive and I'm not sure if they are worth so much money but if you can treat yourself to any of them then you sure will be buying high quality product with great ingredients and one that works very well on the skin.
If you'd love to get the Ambient Lighting Edit palette it's still available on Net-A-Porter website for £65.
Have you tried any Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders, blushes? What do you think of them? Are you excited for the new Ambient Strobe Lighting powders? I am already saving my money for them :)




  1. Totally agree with all of the above. Since getting this, it's really hard for me to reach for another product when finishing my face :) I love it & I know already that I'Lloyd be repurchased the Diffused Light :)

  2. If I got this as a present, I definitely wouldn't be complaining! This palette is beautiful, but for me, I don't think it would get a lot of use, since I already rely on so many other products of a similar kind xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

  3. I am put off by the price and quantity of this palette, but it is still gorgeous!

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


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