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BEHIND THE HYPE: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

As some of you may know, I got this gorgeous Ambient Lighting palette by Hourglass for Christmas. After using it non stop every day since then, I thought it was time I shared a review, in case some of you were eyeing it and needed a final 'push' to get your hands on it soon. 

The Price 
Retailing at £65, it's definitely not something that most of us can just buy on a whim. It's a lot of money and despite the stunning packaging and the amazing products in there, I almost felt guilty for even mentioning it in my wishlist. 

What You Get 
The palette comes with six 'base' shades as I like to call them. They're meant to help you create the most gorgeous finish to your face, adding glow, colour and blurring imperfections.  From top left you get: 

  • -Iridescent Strobe Light (new)
    A soft pink pearl powder that gives a refined glow to the complexion.
  •  -Dim Light: 
    A neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights the complexion.
  •  -Diffused Light:
    A soft, warm, pale yellow powder that conceals redness and gives skin clarity.
  •  -Luminous Flush: 
    A champagne rose blush fused with luminous light to evoke a candlelit glimmer.
  •  -Mood Exposure:
    A soft plum blush fused with mood light to brighten the complexion.
  •  -Luminous Bronze Light 
    A medium tan shade fused with luminous light for a softer, candlelit warmth.

  • The Application
    I have combination skin and the texture on my face isn't the smoothest. That was one of the reasons I stayed away from this kind of illuminating products, because I was worried they'd look off on me, almost highlighting all the bumps underneath my skin or my dry patches. 

    I was very pleasantly surprised when I used Diffused Light under the eyes to set my concealer and it just applied easily and slightly blurred off some imperfections, like a primer. Even better as a 'dust all over the face' kind of product is Dim Light, because it gave me an overall glow and splash of life, making me look relaxed and fresh, as if I've had a sold 8 hours sleep. The Bronzer and the blushes are so natural looking on the skin that they only give a hint of colour yet make a significant difference in the overall final result. 

    - Perfect for travel because you can use it to set, contour and highlight all in one.
    - Shades are pigmented enough that you don't need to over use it, hence it will last longer than you expect.
    - Goes on like silk & is weightless on the skin.
    - Lasts all day.
    -Makes you look like you have victoria secret's skin no matter what your complexion is.

    - Only one new shade so if you already own most of the Ambient lighting powders, this would't be worth it.

    Final Thoughts
    If you're like me and you don't own any of the powders yet, then definitely give the Ambient Lighting Edit a shot. Yes, it's pricey, but you get the most perfect compact with all of the best shades from this Hourglass range. 

    Here's a GIF that you can stare at for five minutes. Isn't this palette just perfect? It's worth mentioning that I got the idea from Anna and Helen which use GIFs sometimes and make me love their blogs even more. 

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    1. I love the look of this palette, as it is gorgeous! However I would probably not pay the price when you can get some fab palettes on the market much cheaper. Maybe one to ask for as a gift for my birthday however :)

      1. I haven't found a dupe for this yet :s Hopefully they'll bring out something soon. And definitely ask for it as a present ;) x

    2. Looks great but I would NEVER spend £65 on make-up and definitely not a palette. I'll keep an eye out for a dupe.

      1. Aww not everyone is crazy enough to spend so much on a palette so it's normal you say that :) I hope there will be a dupe soon x

    3. This looks stunning and I love your gif! I do think it's a reasonable price considering you get six powders - it's not much more than £10 each! I don't see myself buying it anytime soon though unfortunately.

      Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

      1. Yeah I agree, more less £10 each does make it sound way more 'normal' but it is indeed a massive splurge! x

    4. I'd love to see what the palette actually looked like on your skin! The packaging is soo pretty

      Steph -

      1. One of my 'challenges' this year is to take more selfies so if you follow me on my instagram you'll see some action of this palette on there ;) xx

    5. Amazing review! I want to try this palette so much but I can't possibly get my hands on it cause it's not available anywhere in stores or online :( one day hopefully. Also I love the photos, great job with them shots! xo

      Klaudia //

      1. I'm not sure where you're from so I can't help but net a porter here in UK is still stocking it! xx

    6. The palette is stunning! Dim Light sounds like a shade i need! x
      Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

      1. It's so good! Probably my favourite? Ahh lies, I can't pick one! haha xx

    7. I saw this in your Christmas gift post and started googling where I could buy it. I want it so bad! I just need to wait for that kind of disposable income on one product. I LOVE the GIF too. Adds a touch of fun x

    8. I want this palette so badly as it looks gorgeous but I really don't know if I can justify the pricetag. Maybe if I can find it in America when I go? x

    9. I've wanted this for so long, but it's just so pricey! It's so beautiful though x

      Martha Jane |

    10. This is so beautiful but I just don't think I can justify it! Lucky you getting it as a gift though!

    11. You lucky thing! I've been drooling over this for months and might have to make a sneaky purchase when my boyfriend isn't looking... x

      Always, Alice

    12. I fall for this palette every single time. The packaging is so dreamy, I've never tried hourglass products so I wish I could've got my hands on this - it'd be the perfect introduction to the brand!

      Such an informative post!

      Isabelle | ♡

    13. This palette is absolutely gorgeous but I don't think I could justify spending so much money on it, eeeek! x
      Aisling | Aislings beauty bytes

    14. This palette is o pretty. I don't think I'd get the use out of this one in particular but I would like to try the individual ones. x

    15. Absolutely stunning, I just don't think I could justify spending that much!

    16. I agree that it's pricey but it's my first real dabble with the Hourglass blushes and powders and it was a great way to try all of them! When you break down the price it definitely is not as bad as buying each pan individually. Mood Exposure and Diffused Light are definitely my two favorites!

      Cindy |

    17. I have been swithering over whether to buy this palette for ages but I think your in-depth review has finally got me sold!

      Emma Inks

    18. What a beautiful palette, this was an incredible review lovely, so glad I've just read it, you've sold me the palette! I've got a singular blush but am dying to try the powders and bronzers, super handy having them all in one!

      Jasmine | xx

    19. This is such a beautiful palette but the price is crazy. I find that brands such as MakeUp Revolution and Rimmel do amazing dupes.

      Lovely post.

      Emma Louise xx

    20. Oh it is just so so pretty, I think I would sit and stare at it rather than use it x

    21. Such gorgeous colours, this is the perfect palette!

      Emma at

    22. I was lucky enough to receive this palette and am in love with it! It has definitely convinced me to try more Hourglass products, but I do think it is really pricey for how much product you get. X

      A Teaspoon of Emily || Bloglovin'

    23. It looks so luxury! Not sure I'd pay that much for it though but it does look so dreamy!

      Hayley-Eszti |

    24. It is expensive but it is beautiful! Definitely on the wish list for one day

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      Ugh, as if I didn't want this palette already, you've just sent that into overdrive woman haha x

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