Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Review

Hello there! First of all, let me give you my sincere apologies on my sparse postings lately – between vacation, preparing to move, and just general busy-ness, it’s been crazy around here! But here I am now, and I’ll do my best to make up (ha, that’s a pun… get it?) for it!

Alright, let’s get to it! First – a small caveat – I consider myself to be somewhat of a makeup newb. I never really was that into it growing up, and when I did, I pretty much taught myself how to wear it. Then, I went through a phase in later high school/college where I rarely wore anything at all. In my adult life I’ve worn it regularly, but I’ve only recently (the past 1-2 years) really gotten into experimenting and investing in makeup. Hence I wouldn’t call myself an expert by any stretch of the imagination, so just be warned that any review from me will be from a regular makeup wearer with an average to experimenting level of experience.

A few weeks ago I had a moment of weakness stroke of genius and stopped by Sephora to check out some makeup I’d had my eyes on for a while. I sometimes find the stuff in Sephora to be slightly high for my budget, so I typically do lots of research before buying products from there. One such product that I couldn’t help but read good things about is Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Palette (Sephora).

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Palette
I kept reading about these Hourglass powders from many of my favorite bloggers, so I finally decided to give them a shot. As I was standing there wondering which powder to try, an associate walked up and suggested I try the palette. I was a bit wary due to the price ($58), but considering that you’re getting 3 different powders in pretty generous sizes that can be utilized in many different ways, I decided to pull the trigger.

Swatches of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
Swatches of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
And I have not been disappointed! I love how velvety the powder is, and the amount of shimmer is perfect. I find them to be very blendable and versatile. I typically use the middle shade (Incandescent Light, exclusive to this palette) as a highlighter, touching it onto my brow bone, middle of my eyelid, inner corner of my eye, cupid’s bow, and chin with a tapered eyeshadow brush to reflect a bit of light there. I use the left shade (Dim Light) with a powder brush either as an all-over setting powder or to get a very slight strobing effect (middle of forehead, top of cheekbones, bridge of nose). Finally I use the right shade (Radiant Light) as a bronzer, touching the hollows of my cheeks and my temples with a blush brush.

I am so pleased with this palette, and I’m glad that I invested in it. Also, a little goes a long way, so I imagine they will last for quite a while. Even though the price was a bit steep, in my opinion, you get what you pay for! I’d like to try one of the Hourglass blushes next, so we’ll see how that goes.

Thanks for reading – let me know if you use any of the Ambient Lighting Powders and if so, how you apply it and if you love it!


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