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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

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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.

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Hourglass Ethereal Light Ambient Lighting Powder

Hourglass Ethereal Light Ambient Lighting Powder
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.

Lo and behold, I never reviewed this shade of the Ambient Lighting Powders! For those unfamiliar with the formula, it’s a finishing powder, which is supposed to “capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on your skin.” This is the lightest of the six available, and it is also one of the shades with the least visible shimmer/sheen to it. Hourglass says that all six shades available are universally flattering, though I’m not sure that this will work on deeper skin tones (and certainly would recommend one of the darker shades in that instance). On my medium skin tone, it softens the look of pores, lines, and my skin’s natural texture to a more even, smoother-looking canvas, while giving just enough of a natural finish that the skin doesn’t look dull or lifeless, but it doesn’t look shiny or shimmery either. The texture is lightweight and doesn’t look cakey, though it is so soft that it does kick up some excess powder when used. It extends the wear of my base products by about a half hour to an hour, though it is a finishing powder so it’s a happy bonus but certainly worth mentioning.

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

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Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer ($50.00 for 0.39 oz.) is described as a “warm bronze shade fused with Radiant Light.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, golden shimmer-sheen finish. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is less shimmery, lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (P) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery. IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is a smidgen lighter. Too Faced Spice (LE) is cooler-toned. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is cooler-toned. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is redder, less shimmery. MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is darker. MAC Gold Go Lightly (LE, $28.00) is similar. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is similar. MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

As I mentioned in my review for Luminous Bronze Light, the new bronzing formula takes the “illuminating effects” of their signature Ambient Lighting powders with “bronze pigments” to give a “natural, sun-kissed glow.” The formula is supposed to have “buildable color and a radiant finish” with a “sheer, airy” feel. This particular shade is designed for “medium/deep complexions.” It was very pigmented and a little went a long way, but I’m not sure this is dark enough for very deep skin tones, though the luminous finish may help it still add some noticeable warmth/sheen, even if it doesn’t add much color. It’s rather full coverage, instead of buildable, but you can blend/diffuse it for a sheerer look as the formula is forgiving. It seemed rather sparkly when swatched, but the way it translated onto skin is almost magical, because I didn’t see a lot of sparkle, I saw the luminosity. The texture was silky, smooth and blends easily on the skin, while the sheen didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours before I noticed any fading. It was hard for me to see a noticeable difference in color when I wore both this and Luminous Bronze Light on my skin tone; the lighter shade seemed a bit less warm/more subdued, but it was a subtle difference.

Forgot to mention: the Ambient Lighting Bronzers are the same physical size as the Ambient Lighting Powders. These have 0.39 oz. in them, whereas the original powders have 0.35 oz. On a price per ounce basis, the Bronzers are $128.21/oz. and the Powders are $128.57/oz. Of course, if you look at it from more of a “per use” basis, you may feel that you stand little chance of finishing the bronzer and would have preferred it in blush-size (which costs $35 for 0.15 oz. or $233.33/oz.).

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer Radiant Bronze Light
9.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Ambient Lighting Bronzer ($50.00 for 0.39 oz.) is described as a “medium tan shade fused with Luminous Light.” It’s a muted, medium tan brown with warm, yellow undertones and a fine golden shimmer-sheen. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is less shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (P) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery. IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is similar. Too Faced Spice (LE) is similar. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is cooler-toned. MAC Gold Go Lightly (LE, $28.00) is darker. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is similar. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The newest addition to the Ambient Lighting range is bronzer–just in time for summer–and is available in two shades. The formula is marketed as combining the “illuminating effects” of their signature Ambient Lighting powders with “bronze pigments” to give a “natural, sun-kissed glow.” It’s supposed to have “buildable color and a radiant finish” with a “sheer, airy” feel. This shade is supposed to be for “fair/light complexions” as it gives a “softer, candlelit warmth.” It had more semi-opaque color coverage to start, which could then be intensified to full coverage or sheered out for lighter coverage. If I wanted to dust this all-over, I’d have to use a light hand and a fan brush (something naturally feathery with little density).

When I first swatched it, I was worried about the level of shimmer, but on the skin, it is beautifully luminous and glowy–it doesn’t emphasize pores at all, and it doesn’t even look frosty. On my medium complexion, I had no trouble getting this to show up well on my skin tone, but it was surprisingly similar to Radiant Bronze Light (which is about two shades darker, but depending on application, any difference may be difficult to detect, as it was on my skin tone!). I would have loved to have seen a greater contrast between the two shades, since there are only two. The texture is silky, smooth, and seemed less prone to kicking up excess powder compared to the original Ambient Lighting Powders. On the skin, it blended effortlessly and wore well for eight hours before fading on me.

Forgot to mention: the Ambient Lighting Bronzers are the same physical size as the Ambient Lighting Powders. These have 0.39 oz. in them, whereas the original powders have 0.35 oz. On a price per ounce basis, the Bronzers are $128.21/oz. and the Powders are $128.57/oz. Of course, if you look at it from more of a “per use” basis, you may feel that you stand little chance of finishing the bronzer and would have preferred it in blush-size (which costs $35 for 0.15 oz. or $233.33/oz.).

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer Luminous Bronze Light
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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