5 Shimmering Red Lipsticks to Try

When I think about a go-to color for a bold, party look, I always think red. I’m curious to know what your go-to color is when you think about it! There aren’t nearly as many shimmery/metallic reds as there should be, in my opinion, that are permanently available. I’d love to hear about more that I’m missing out on!

  1. Kat Von D Adora — A Warm Red with a Metallic finish.
  2. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Role Play — A Warm Red with a Frost finish.
  3. NARS Christina — A Warm Red with a Frost finish.
  4. Milani Cherry Crave — A Warm Red with a Metallic finish.
  5. Hourglass Siren — A Warm Red with a Metallic finish.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($80.00 for 0.29 oz.) includes three Ambient Lighting Powders, two Ambient Lighting Blushes, and one Ambient Lighting Bronzer in a large, plastic palette with an interior mirror. If you don’t mind having to finagle your brushes just so or have no issues using two or three shades at a time, and you’re a fan of the Hourglass Ambient formulas, then it might be worth looking at. I think that with how out of line it is compared to their other palettes that it is hard to recommend, even if the quality is good, because I see more value in picking up one or two that you’d use often and love. I had some texture issues with Luminous Flush, which was much more powdery/dusty this time around. Otherwise, the blushes/bronzers were more or less of one shade due to the nature of it being a mixed composition (so they can vary from pan to pan quite a bit).

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Holiday 2015 Ambient Lighting Palette Ambient Lighting Edit
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
91%
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Sneak Peek: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette Photos & Swatches (Holiday 2015)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Here’s a preview of the recently released, limited edition Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($80.00 for 0.29 oz.). One of the main concerns I saw from readers when the palette was announced was with respect to the size of the palette, both actual size as well as quantity. The pans are smaller than prior palettes, and the majority of blush brushes are too small (even my SUQQU/Chikuhodo Z brushes barely fit, and those are smaller cheek brushes). Here is how it breaks down for value:

  • Ambient Lighting Edit:  0.294 oz. for $80.00 = $272.11/oz.
    • Contains:  $18.90 worth of Ambient Lighting Powder; $22.87 worth of Ambient Lighting Blush; and $6.28 worth of Ambient Lighting Bronzer
    • Value:  $48.05
  • Ambient Lighting Blush Palette: 0.33 oz. for $58.00 = $175.76/oz.
    • Value:  $77.00 worth of Ambient Lighting Blush
  • Ambient Lighting Powder Palette: 0.35 oz. for $58.00 =$165.71/oz.
    • Value:  $45.00 worth of Ambient Lighting Powder
  • Ambient Lighting Powder: 0.35 oz. for $45.00 = $128.57/oz.
  • Ambient Lighting Blush: 0.15 oz. for $35.00 = $233.33/oz.
  • Ambient Lighting Bronzer: 0.39 oz. for $50.00 = $128.21/oz.

It’s a real shame that Hourglass priced this year’s palette so high; the value is really out of sync compared to the past palette releases.  On one hand, you can justify spending more even if the quantity isn’t a great value to get six shades for the price of 2-3 products, but the difference in value of products to what you pay is so much more than most kits and palettes where a pesky thing like principles can come into play.  I also think that having the actual size of each pan being so small makes it very hard to use; you really can’t use a powder brush for all-over dusting with the Ambient Lighting Powders (which is how they’re often used) or a blush brush (and forget about a bronzer brush!).

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette for Holiday 2015

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($80.00) (Limited Edition)

The Ambient Lighting Edit is designed to give you everything you need to finish, brighten, contour, and highlight your skin in a single compact. Featuring the Ambient® Strobe Lighting Powder in Iridescent Strobe Light, a sheer illuminating highlighter that’s designed to emulate the way in which strobe lights capture and reflect light on the face. The optically transparent particles in the Ambient Lighting Blush and Bronzer allow for seamless blending, color transitions and natural contouring. Each product is universally flattering and delivers a multidimensional luminescence to every skintone, making it appear softer and lit-from-within. These Ambient Lighting products use Photoluminescent Technology to filter out harsh light and refine the appearance of the complexion®enhancing skin in any lighting, including flash photography.

  • Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Iridescent Strobe Light
  • Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light
  • Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light
  • Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush
  • Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure
  • Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light

AVAILABILITY | Now at Sephora for VIBs/VIB Rouges

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, Bronzer, Powder Palette for Holiday 2015

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, Bronzer, Powder Palette for Holiday 2015
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, Bronzer, Powder Palette for Holiday 2015

SpaceNK previewed the upcoming Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, Bronzer, Powder Palette for the holiday season during their Christmas Press Day (and you all thought it was uncomfortably early to be reviewing fall products!), which includes a little of everything from their Ambient Lighting collection from bronzer to blush to the original powder. As an early preview, not too many details at this time, but if I get any additional information, I’ll be sure to update.

Hourglass Ethereal Light Ambient Lighting Powder

Hourglass Ethereal Light Ambient Lighting Powder ($45.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as an “opalescent sheer, cool white powder.” It’s a very light, ivory beige with subtle, cool undertones and a delicate shimmer-sheen finish. MAC Hot Sensation (LE, $26.00) is similar. Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery. NARS Paloma Highlight (P) is similar. Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is warmer. MAC Forever Marilyn (LE, $26.00) is pinker, cooler-toned. Guerlain Mythic (P, $55.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Clair (02) (P, $62.00) is slightly more luminous. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Hourglass Ethereal Light Ambient Lighting Powder
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Ethereal Light
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
98%