Monday, December 2, 2013

Limited Edition Collections for Holiday 2013: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

"A limited edition palette featuring three shades of Ambient lighting Powder, the high-tec, soft-focus finishing poweder that features state-of-the-art technology to recreate the most exquisitely falttering types of light."

there's no doubt it....the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette has taken the beauty world by storm! makeup junkies 'round the world couldn't get their hands on this palette fast enough. i couldn't help but notice though, that most of the raves were coming from beauties of a fairer skintone. so, i wanted to get my hands on this palette to see how well the ambient lighting powders would work on beauties of deeper skintones.


the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette is a limited edition palette for the holidays. in the palette you get 3 powders (2 are permanent, 1 is limited edition) and a sample size bottle of the Veil Mineral Face Primer all for a little over the price of one of the regular sized single ambient lighting powders.

according to the Hourglass website, each powder is designed to perform a specific task: 

Dim Light - a neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with the perfect balance of warm and cool tones
Limited Edition Incandescent Light - a pearlescent powder that highlights the cheekbones and brightens the complexion with a celestial glow
Radiant Light - a sun-kissed golden beige that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth, and also extends a summer glow

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders (l - r): Dim, Incandescent and Radiant

swatched heavily (left), blended out (right)

i think what i like the most about these powders is that they leave your skin with a great glow, without being too shimmery and obvious. after playing around with these for a few weeks i discovered the best way to use these for me personally:

i like to use Dim Light this as an all-over finishing powder it gives me a slight glow without the shimmer
like to use Incandescent Light as a highlight along my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose
♥  like to use Radiant Light in the same way that i would use a bronzer, on the high-points of my face, where the sun would naturally hit me for a bit more of sun-kissed glow

however, women that are of deeper skin tones (NC45 and deeper) may find it a bit difficult to work with the powders included in this palette, especially Dim, which will likely come off as ashy as opposed to a glow. Incandescent makes a great highlight for the cheekbones, but again depending on how deep your skin tone is it may come off as more ashy than anything else. Radiant is the most universally flattering shade in the palette and will give you a great all over glow. my suggestion for women of color, if you really want to get the most out of the Ambient Lighting Powders, is to go for the singles in either Radiant or Luminous (not in this palette, but featured in this post) either one would compliment deeper skintones wonderfully.

the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette retails for $59. it appears to no longer be available on Sephora's website and is currently sold out on Hourglass' website, but who knows there may be a restock before Christmas. a single Ambient Lighting Powder retails for $45 and are available through Hourglass' websitehttp://www.hourglasscosmetics.com/ambient-lighting-powder/ and Sephora.

were you able to get our hands on the Ambient Lighting Palette?

3 comments:

Laura MyNewestAddiction said...

AHHHH! I want this so bad. I am mad I missed out!

Candace Hampton said...

Thanks for this! I was wondering about these before I made a selection.

daydreaming beauty said...

I missed out during the Sephora sale. Such a bummer! It's such a pretty palette! :)

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