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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Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated

Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated ($30.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “soft bronze shimmer with golden bronze sparkle.” It’s a muted, medium-dark tan brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and gold sparkle. MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $54.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Lumiere d'Ete (LE, $65.00) is warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Gilded (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, brighter (85% similar). bareMinerals The High Dive (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Urban Decay Lit Naked Illuminated
Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder Lit
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Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
84%

Sephora Fiji (25) Colorful Contour

Sephora Fiji (25) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a softened, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a fine, gold shimmer-sheen. Marc Jacobs Beauty Close-Up #3 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Delicates (LE, $35.50) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Collection Los Cabos (24) (P, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Spice (LE) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Social Butterfly (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Sephora Fiji (25) Colorful Blush
Sephora Collection Colorful Blush Fiji (25)
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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%

Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Filmstar Bronze & Glow ($68.00 for 0.52 oz.) is a new, permanent take on the often-raved about Filmstar Bronze & Glow that’s deeper and warmer. I think the texture is a bit more refined–smoother, more finely-milled, and forgiving on the skin–in the original, but this is still quite good. Both shades are good or better pigmentation that was buildable, while they were easily blended out on the skin. I had no problem wearing both powders all day long. I hope the brand will come out with an even darker version and/or cooler-toned varieties.

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Charlotte Tilbury Medium/Dark Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow Medium/Dark
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
91%
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Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Filmstar Bronze & Glow ($80.00 for 0.54 oz.) is a cream-based bronzer and highlighter. Both shades had a really slick, almost greasy feeling to them, which will make them more forgiving even on drier skin types, but I found that it made it hard to get the product to really stay where it was applied and resulted in patchy, more uneven coverage overall. It was shorter-wearing, and the higher slip in the texture made these better suited for bare skin or applied over still-damp base products.

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Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow Norman Parkinson
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Product
6.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
6.5
Application
4
Total
70%
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Sephora Passionate (23) Colorful Contour

Sephora Passionate (23) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a slightly muted, coppery brown with a soft satin finish. theBalm Balm Desert (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted, cooler. Too Faced I Will Always Love You (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer. MAC Linda (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is darker, brighter. Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Frenzy (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Eternal Sun (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, darker. Becca Songbird (P, $32.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sephora Passionate (23) Colorful Blush (Contour)
Sephora Collection Colorful Blush Passionate (23)
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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%