Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Review


During the Sephora VIB sale I picked up the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. This is definitely a 'luxary' item for me and it's something that I would not have picked up without the 20% off coupon that I had.  

For so long I saw so many people talk about this on YouTube and in the blog world and it's something I always wanted but never thought I would have. I didn't exactly understand how to use it so I did a lot of research on it before I got it. 

From left to right- Dim Light, Incandescent Light, and Radiant Light. 
 This retails for $58. 

I'm going to post some info on these from the Hourglass website. 

"Create your perfect light with this palette featuring three shades of Ambient Lighting Powder. Each of the high-tech, soft-focus finishing powders recreates an exquisitely flattering light source. The powders can be applied individually or layered to imbue skin with a multidimensional glow."
• Powders mimic universally flattering light sources, not unlike having a personal lighting technician at your disposal.
• By manipulating and filtering out harsh light, powders conceal skin imperfections, pores and wrinkles.
• State-of-the-art formula delivers a multi-dimensional luminescence to every skin tone, making it appear softer, younger and perfectly lit.
• Universal powders make them suitable for every skin tone, while each can be worn day and night.
• The finishing powders enhance skin in any type of light, including flash photography.

So bascially in a nutshell, these powders are used to 'mimic' how your skin looks in different light sources to give you a flawless finish. 

When I fist saw these I thought they were all highlighting powders. They are more so finishing powders that give you a natural glow without looking like you have just highlighted your whole face. 

Now for some info about each powder 
• DIM LIGHT: A neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with the perfect balance of warm and cool tones. 
• INCANDESCENT LIGHT (exclusive to the palette): An opalescent pearl powder that 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.


Dim Light, Incandescent Light, Radiant Light 
These look way more shimmery and pearlized then do on your skin, which you will see in the picture below. 

Radiant light, Incandescent light, Dim light 

How I use these 
-So bascially, I use Dim Light all over my face. I use it after I apply setting powder, my blush and my bronzer. 
-I use Incanscent Light to highlight my cheek bones. 
-I use Radiant Light over my bronzer and blush in my cheek area. I think this one would be nice all over the face in the summer too. 

My overall thoughts
-I am seriously in love with this palette and I think it's well worth the money. It might not seem like it's super spectacular, but once you use it/see it in action, it's amazing. 
-I use Dim light and Incandescent light everyday, but I hardly use Radiant Light. That one is still something I need to play around with more. 
-These look a lot more shimmery swatched then they do on your face, I like I said earlier. They blend out to a nice glow. 
-The Incandescent light is seriously the most gorgoues highlight I've ever used. 
-These look so natural and beautiful on the skin. I'm not really into super glowy/dewy looks but this one just looks like your skin has a natural glow to it!
-I would definitely purchase the full size of Dim light, sadly Incandescent light is only exclusive to this palette!!

Have you tried out this Ambient Lighting Palette?? If so, leave your thoughts on it in the comments! 


  1. Dim Light and Incandescent Light are my favorites! I agree with your thoughts on Radiant Light, it looks pretty bronzey compared to the other two and I don't think I'd know how to work with it either. Even though they're meant to be face powders, I think they'd look pretty as highlight colors too!

    Glad you're loving this palette! I was thinking about buying one of the full size shades, but...... $45 on that alone makes me cry a little bit.

    becky ♡ star violet

    1. I think radiant loght is supposed to be used in the contour areas but that seems werid to me too lol!
      I know I don't know if I could spent $45 on one powder lol. I think it would be worth it, but I would cringe haha!!! You could definitely use all of these as highlights thought!

  2. This looks like a nice palette to have and those colors are gorgeous! I've heard about this palette on YouTube too. Don't you just love sales and discount to get your favorite products?! Oh btw, did you know Bath and Body Works is having their 3 wick candles for $8 in store tomorrow? I thought I would mention it since you just did a candle review!

    1. It is a super great palette and even better because I got it on sale!!
      Omg!! $8 is such a good deal!!! Thanks for letting me know! I'm going to have to go there and get some haha! All those candles I just showed in my haul and already half gone lol!!!

  3. I am SERIOUSLY in love with this review! This takes makeup to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL. HaHaHa Hourglass is high as hell but I'm going for the full gusto next year. Those swatches have me sold. Gotta try this. Thanks!

    1. It really does take makeup to a new level Kim! I can't imagine not using this everyday now! Hourglass is expensive, but it's seriously great quality. This palette is great because a full size powder is $ you get to try our 3 for only $18 more. And they wI'll last forever since you don't need a lot! I'm glad you enjoyed this post Kim!

  4. I too have been reading and watching so many great reviews about this palette. I am a little skeptical if it'll make the face look like a disco ball but great to see your review that states otherwise. Radiant Light looks like something that would suits medium skin tone better, I will definitely get this palette as soon as my wallet permits me to. :-P

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    1. I think youd really like this!! You definitely won't look like a disco ball unless you put incandescent light all over your face haha!