Hourglass Holiday 2017 Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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
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
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.


01/05

Hourglass Absolute Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Absolute Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Absolute Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Absolute Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Absolute Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Absolute Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Absolute Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Absolute Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Absolute Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Absolute Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Absolute Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Absolute Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Absolute Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Absolute Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Absolute Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder

Absolute Strobe Light

Absolute Strobe Light is a soft, peachy beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The powder felt a little soft and dusty in the pan but sat well on the skin, but that softness helped it stay blendable and easy to control. Applied dry, it had medium, buildable coverage with a high-shine finish that was smooth and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. Applied damp, it had opaque coverage that was metallic in finish but still managed not to highlight my skin’s natural texture at the same time. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours on me.

Formula Overview

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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.

Browse all of our Hourglass Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder swatches.

01/05

Hourglass Pure Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Pure Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Pure Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Pure Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Pure Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Pure Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Pure Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Pure Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Pure Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Pure Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Pure Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Pure Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Pure Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Pure Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Pure Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder

Pure Strobe Light

Pure Strobe Light is a pale, yellowed gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The consistency was soft without being dusty and was easy to blend out on the skin. It had good color coverage both wet and dry, though the damp application yielded a much more intense, metallic finish and fully opaque coverage. In practice, I felt like it did not matter whether I used it dry or damp as the finish was still a strong, metallic sheen on the skin and a “blinding” highlight so-to-speak. It did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. The highlighter stayed on well for eight hours before fading slightly.

Formula Overview

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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.

Browse all of our Hourglass Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder swatches.

01/05

Hourglass Lucent Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Lucent Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Lucent Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Lucent Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Lucent Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Lucent Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Lucent Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Lucent Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Lucent Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Lucent Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Lucent Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Lucent Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Lucent Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Lucent Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder
Hourglass Lucent Strobe Light Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder

Lucent Strobe Light

Lucent Strobe Light is a medium gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had medium, buildable pigmentation when applied dry, and that was not much of a surprise as the consistency was drier, though certainly soft and incredibly finely-milled. Applied damp, it yielded opaque coverage and an over-the-top, mirror-like shine on the skin. The powder was a dream to apply regardless of dry or damp application, as it blended out with ease and did not accentuate my skin’s natural texture.

Formula Overview

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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.

Browse all of our Hourglass Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder swatches.

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Powder
  • Hourglass Holiday 2017 Ambient Strobe Lighting Palette
On eyes:
  • Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Palette
  • Urban Decay Twice Baked Eyeliner
On lips:
  • Hourglass True Love Means Confesssion Lipstick

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Well, this might be the most vanilla thing I have seen recently…

Bland, extremely dupeable and relatively expensive (especially considering the weight of product included).

Hard pass. 🙁

I have a comment on that last comment. I am aging and still love my makeup but I’m somewhat Limited in Shades that I can get away with. I am white but not pale and not really quite medium and it’s weirdly difficult for me to find a highlighter that looks natural but glowing. In this particular palette I found my true love. Not because I don’t want to venture off into other colors that are more popular but this one actually gives me three different options in one palette that all look good on my skin tone. She’s right that there’s never pallets suited for my skin tone. I just purchased the other hourglass palette that came out a week or so before this one and it’s just too dark for the most part. This is Pure Heaven. I have obviously the palette are ready but I’m debating on whether I should go ahead and purchase it back up. I have been laid off so money is limited. I’m trying to decide whether to buy a backup of this or the new Anastasia glow kit called sweets. I have been agonizing and going back and forth about it all day long LOL. Anyway I just wanted to say that I wish more cosmetic companies produced more vanilla looking pallets more often. I have drawers full that I can’t use. Just got the Laura Mercier new one and that’s too dark. Since I’m over 40 I can’t tan in the summer so I’ll never use any of that. This is a freaking miracle to have found one with all colors that I can use.

I think “wicked shiny” is the appropriate reaction here. I’m not sure I could pull them off with my acne scars. They are pretty soft these days so maybe a swatch is in order.

It is easy. Look at the dupe list and ask yourself if you could pull those off. I love the look and finish of this palette but I know for a fact the dupes wouldn’t highlight on me… Even be waayyyyyyy too dark. Most highlighters give me a shine more than they highlight so I shouldn’t push my luck to far off hehe.

Money saved! There will be one for us one day!

Despite the fact that this palette didn’t get an A rating or recommendation, it sounds really nice from your descriptions in the review!

This is beautiful but will be the first palette from Hourglass that I will skip. I have realized that as I continuously list the subdued glow of the Laura Mercier 01 highlighter as my favorite I have no business purchasing an entire palette of metallic highlighters. As you say…”money saved.” 🙂

I’m not a fan of the original strobe lights -I swatched them in store, and they looked like glitter bombs, these metallic ones look a lot more wearable

Hello. That’s the first thing that struck me when I got it in the mail. As soon as I put them on I immediately recognized that they were nothing like the old strobe powders. They were metallic a little bit but didn’t have the glitter. I think it’s much different. I almost skipped it because I thought it would be like the old strobe powders which I didn’t care for. I’m so glad I got it. I love it so much that I’m considering buying a backup before it sells out probably forever. I still cannot understand why makeup companies produce a pallet that’s wildly popular and it goes out of stock never to be seen again. Then if you want your back up you have to pay $300 on eBay LOL

I’m pale think mac nc/nw 10, and this palette works on me. Granted they’re not the typical “white” highlighters but I really love the fact that there is zero glitter in this formula yet it looks “wet” on the cheekbones. I hate having glitters in my highlight and this is the 1st formula that has zero glitters yet gives me the glow that I want. I am thinking of getting another 2 back ups, that’s how good it is, to me at least. I really hope that Hourglass will produce the exact same formula in full size compacts with more color selection, like they did with the Strobe Powders (which I didn’t like because of the glitters).

They are lovely shades, but very, very expensive for a reasonable (but not perfect) rating. And you would have to love/need/wear all of the shades to make it worthwhile.
By the way, I really love your eye look in the photos Christine.

This is currently sitting in my Sephora cart. I’m completely on the fence about it. It’s so pretty, but I have so many highlighters. I just don’t know.

I’m pleased that this trio isn’t the blatant value ripoff of their other holiday release this year (and for the past 3 years, I think) but I’m not a huge fan of their “Strobing” powders and, to be honest, I’m pretty much boycotting Hourglass, after being a regular customer for years.

I keep going back and forth on this one.I have dupes but I think these would be nice to layer with other similar shades of highlighter.That is what I normally do and I like the wet shine they are giving off.

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