When it comes to palettes, no beauty brand does it quite like Hourglass with that stunning, luxe, shiny metallic outer casing filled to the brim with pans of glowy looking gorgeousness and a huge compact mirror. I mean c’mon, just look it.. Holy mother of mercy – it is a thing of true beauty. As soon as this bad boy appeared on Space.NK’s website, it was ‘straight in my basket’ moment (and yes that was said like that guy on YouTube, going down the food aisles of supermarkets). Despite having both the Ambient Lighting Palette AND the Ambient Lighting Blush Palette, I still had to get my little paws on this little number, well just because. It is just too damn pretty and it needed to be in my collection immediately. Hourglass always seem to create the most amazingly dreamy and indulgent products that it makes them incredibly hard to resist, even if most of the shades inside are repromotes, you know it will end up amongst your beauty stash. The Ambient Lighting Edit Palette is definitely the biggest of the bunch thus far, holding six pans inside instead of the usual three – three highlighting shades, two blushers and one bronzer, and at £65.00, it really isn’t a bad buy considering the average Hourglass palette retails at £56.00. Now don’t get me wrong, the pans inside this palette are a little smaller but I find that with most Hourglass products, less is more and after months (probably even years now) of having the other palettes, I’ve barely even made a dent in them and they still look as good as new.
From L-R: Dim Light (a neutral peach beige that blurs imperfections and highlights), Iridescent Strobe Light (a soft pink pearl that gives a refined glow to the complexion), Diffused Light (a soft, warm, pale yellow that conceals redness and gives skin clarity), Mood Exposure (a soft plum blush fused with mood light to brighten the complexion), Luminous Flush (a champagne rose blush fused with luminous light to evoke a candelit glimmer) & Luminous Bronze Light (a medium tan shade fused with luminous light for a softer, candelit warmth).
As you can see above, and as I mentioned earlier, a lot of the shades are repromoted from existing shades and palettes but that sure as hell didn’t stop me from buying it and I know it won’t stop a lot of you beauty junkies out there either. One of the shades in the Ambient Lighting Edit Palette is a limited edition shade and that is Iridescent Strobe Light and boy, that looks insanely good on top of my cheek bones and along my brow bone. It is a shade of highlight that I would instantly be drawn to in any beauty store so I’m pretty happy about that and I do love a good limited edition shade. This palette brings the beauty of the two other standalone palettes and binds them together to bring something that is, well pretty special in my opinion. It holds all of your make up needs inside its golden case to provide you with that fabulous, lit from within glow. The ambient lighting shades can be used to set your make up and add a stunning luminous glow to your skin, the ambient lighting blush adds gorgeous depth and colour to your skin and lastly, it’s the bronzer swooping in to add that little bit of warmth. You can use everything in this palette either alone or together. It’s truly magnificent and I think I’m in love.
At £65.00, I think the Ambient Lighting Edit Palette is an absolute steal and it will be all over my face throughout this festive season. The powders are finely milled and just glide over the skin effortlessly leaving behind a trail of shimmer in all the right places, creating an absolutely flawless looking face. The one thing you can always guarantee with Hourglass is the quality of their products, it is second to none, and although they can be on the more expensive side, you really do get what you pay for!
Merry early Christmas, Erin. To you, love from you.
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