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Hourglass Holiday 2017 Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette

01/06

Hourglass Holiday 2017 Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette

Hourglass Holiday 2017 Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette

Hourglass Holiday 2017 Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette

Hourglass Holiday 2017 Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette

Hourglass Holiday 2017 Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette

Hourglass Holiday 2017 Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette

Holiday 2017

Hourglass Holiday 2017 Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette ($62.00 for 0.30 oz.) contains three new, limited edition highlighters that can be used wet or dry. The brand described the formula as “formulated with intensely concentrated, multifaceted pearl particles” to give “the most reflective glow.” It’s supposed to have a “velvety texture.” These seem to be an intensified version of the brand’s Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders, but this formula is not presently available individually. The Metallic variation has a lot more pearl and is aptly described as “metallic.”

The powders had a soft, lightly dusty texture in the pan, but they blended out nicely on the skin and were definitely high-shine, intense highlighters on the skin (both dry and damp). They were fairly pigmented with coverage ranging from medium, buildable to full depending on the shade and whether it was used dry or damp with damp application always yielded more coverage and a shinier finish. The highlighters wore well for seven and a half to eight hours on me.

Value

The formula is not available as a standalone product at this point in time, but it seems most comparable to the Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders, which retail for $38.00 and contain 0.16 oz. each or $237.50/oz. Based on that, the palette contains $71.25 worth of powder.

9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Hourglass Holiday 2017 Confessional Refillable Lipstick Set

01/03

Hourglass Holiday 2017 Set Confessional Refillable Lipstick Set

Hourglass Holiday 2017 Set Confessional Refillable Lipstick Set

Hourglass Holiday 2017 Set Confessional Refillable Lipstick Set

Holiday 2017 Set

Hourglass Holiday 2017 Set Confessional Refillable Lipstick Set ($54.00 for 0.09 oz.) contains three lipsticks; it comes with one lipstick with full packaging and two refills. All three are full-sized, and the refills can be used without swapping them into the full case if desired. I’m a fan of the formula, which is more pigmented, hydrating, and comfortable to wear but find the amount of product per lipstick (0.03 oz.) to be hard to ignore.

Value

There are a few ways to assess the value, since the brand has their Confession lipstick available with full packaging ($34.00 each) and lighter, refill packaging ($22.00 each). For the purposes of value, I wanted to make it the most straightforward: one lipstick in full packaging and two in refill. They are full-sized in the set, so there was a total value of $78. If we looked at the equivalent in refill packaging only (since some may have no issue opting out of the full packaging), then the total value would have been $66 (I don’t think it would be remotely fair to consider three as full packaging since they are definitely not).

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

01/05

Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017)

Hourglass Vol. 3 (Holiday 2017) Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($80.00 for 0.29 oz.) contains two Ambient Lighting Powders, one Ambient Bronzing Powder, two Ambient Lighting Blushes, and one Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder. The palette should work well for someone who likes the Ambient formula, as I felt like the formulas were consistent with the standalone shades I’ve tried in the past.

I know in the past, the value of the Hourglass palettes has been an issue, so I did the math for these – each powder was listed as 0.049 oz. each, which is comparable in size to last year’s palette. The breakdown is: $12.88 worth of Ambient Lighting Powder, $6.28 worth of Ambient Bronzing Powder, $24.83 worth of Ambient Lighting Blush, and $11.64 worth of Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder for a total value of $55.63. It might still be worth it for someone who rarely finishes their products, would not buy these products individually, and/or travels often.

I’m not sure what the release date for this palette is at all retailers but imagine it will be in the next few weeks.

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Hourglass I Dream & I Love Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipsticks

01/06

Hourglass I Dream Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick

Hourglass I Dream Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick

Hourglass I Dream Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick

Hourglass I Dream Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick

Hourglass I Dream Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick

Hourglass I Dream Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick

I Dream

Hourglass I Dream Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a bright, medium pink coral with warm undertones and a cream finish. It was intensely pigmented and had full color coverage in a single pass. The consistency was lightweight, creamy without being too emollient or slippery, and comfortable to apply and to wear. On me, the color lasted for five hours and was hydrating.

Formula Overview

$34.00/0.03 oz. - $1133.33 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have "creamy, saturated, longwearing color with a satin finish." It's a light-medium thick formula that was typically opaque with a lightly creamy texture that glided on without tugging but did not slide around while worn. The majority of shades had a natural to satin finish, and they lasted anywhere from four to seven hours with light hydration. The best performing shades were light to dark while the lightest and deepest shades weren't quite as consistent.

The lipstick can be purchased with the full packaging/applicator for $34 or as a refill-only for $22. The refill packaging is substantial enough that it is usable on its own, as there's a detachable base that the refillable cap clicks onto (with an audible click), but they are very slim--and that's not a surprise given they only contain 0.03 oz. making them one of the smaller lipsticks on the market. Slim lipsticks typically contain around 0.07 oz. of product and are usually smaller than the average standard lipstick tube (which tends to be between 0.10 and 0.12 oz.).

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Ingredients

I Dream
I Dream
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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01/09

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick  

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick  

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick  

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick  

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick  

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick  

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick  

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick  

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick  

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.03 oz.) is new formula that is available in 32 shades (two are exclusive to Hourglass’ website and are not included below). The formula is supposed to have “creamy, saturated, longwearing color with a satin finish.” It’s a light-medium thick formula that was typically opaque with a lightly creamy texture that glided on without tugging but did not slide around while worn. The majority of shades had a natural to satin finish, and they lasted anywhere from four to seven hours with light hydration. The best performing shades were light to dark while the lightest and deepest shades weren’t quite as consistent.

The lipstick can be purchased with the full packaging/applicator for $34 or as a refill-only for $22. The refill packaging is substantial enough that it is usable on its own, as there’s a detachable base that the refillable cap clicks onto (with an audible click), but they are very slim–and that’s not a surprise given they only contain 0.03 oz. making them one of the smaller lipsticks on the market. Slim lipsticks typically contain around 0.07 oz. of product and are usually smaller than the average standard lipstick tube (which tends to be between 0.10 and 0.12 oz.).

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Vol. 3 for Holiday 2017

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Vol. 3 for Holiday 2017
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Vol. 3 for Holiday 2017

The Details

A limited edition Ambient® Lighting Edit featuring three best-selling and three new exclusive powders for a flawlessly lit complexion. This travel friendly palette of lighting essentials takes you from day to night so you can create your perfect light anytime, anywhere. Available in a limited edition rose gold compact this holiday season.

Exclusively at Hourglass now, September 2017 at other retailers

Ambient Lighting Edit Vol. 3, $80.00 (Limited Edition)

Editor’s Note: I know in the past, the value of the Hourglass palettes has been an issue, so I did the math for these – each powder was listed as 0.049 oz. each, which is comparable in size to last year’s palette. The breakdown is: $12.88 worth of Ambient Lighting Powder, $6.28 worth of Ambient Bronzing Powder, $24.83 worth of Ambient Lighting Blush, and $11.64 worth of Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder for a total value of $55.63.

  • Dim Light Neutral peach beige powder
  • Diffused Light Soft, warm, pale yellow powder
  • Luminous Bronze Light Medium tan shade fused with Luminous Light
  • Surreal Halo Deep berry blush fused with Surreal Light
  • Pure Effect Bright petal pink fused with glimmering rose
  • Hypnotic Strobe Light Champagne powder