The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette ($95 CAD) is the holiday launch featuring 6 ambient lighting powders. Suitable for a range of applications including brightening, setting, bronzing, blushing and highlighting (on light to medium skin), this is an extremely versatile palette.
The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette is housed in a gold mirrored case with a large mirror on the inside.
The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette features six small sized pans. In person, these pans are a lot smaller than what I had anticipated, which was a bit of a let down. One one hand the compact is quite small and easy to store but on the other the pan sizes are really tiny.
The ambient lighting formula is my favorite all time makeup formulas on the market. The powder departs a glowy finish to the skin that’s never oily, sets my makeup in place and blurs the appearance of imperfections.
These powders truly hold up to their claim of creating flattering light effects on the skin. Like when the room is lit by candlelight or the sun is setting and makes your skin glow…
On me, these powders last all day. Now, onto the shade descriptions:
1- Finishing Powder Soft Light is a light sandy shade ideal for setting the highlighted areas on my face or brightening up my jawline. . Soft light has a soft sheen finish to it
2 – Finishing Powder Filtered Light is a slightly darker (browner) version of soft light that matches my complexion quite well. Filtered light has a soft sheen to it that blurs my pores and leaves me with a natural finish. I use this one to set my foundation all over.
3 – Golden Bronze Light is a shimmery bronzer that pulls more golden than orange. Normally, I stay away from shimmery bronzers but there’s something about this one that, when buffed into the skin, the shimmer becomes a glow. I like the base tone of this shade as well, it’s not too orange where it gives off the effect of a healthy tan.
4 – Nude Glow Blush is my favorite powder from this palette. Nude Glow is a peachy blush with golden shimmer. When buffed into the skin, this can appear as subtle as a no-make up day blush or can be built up for a pigmented punch of colour. This shade is so flattering on olive skintones, I definitely see myself hitting pan on this shade.
5 – Mood Flush Blush is a cool tone pink with a sheen finish (this has no shimmer to it). I often find that cool tone pinks are really light so it’s nice to see a more medium toned pink that can look subtle yet flattering on a range of skin tones.
6 – Metallic Strobe Powder- Champagne Strobe Light is a shimmery champagne highlight. For those familiar with the Hourglass metallic strobe lighting powders, you’ll notice this one has a similar formula. The palette that Hourglass had released contained three of their metallic strobe lighting powders, which to this day is my favorite formula. Champagne Strobe Light is slightly more shimmery than their metallic strobe lighting palette, but when buffed into the skin provides an equally wet looking finish. The colour is a beautiful warm, golden champange shade that is quite thin, so it would work on a variety of skintones.
Overall, I am a huge fan of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette. I have to say that my patience paid off in waiting a few years and passing on a lot of their palettes where I wasnt blown away with one or two shades. For the price, this is really something that you need to see yourself using every day. I wish the pans were larger but other than that am in love with my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette.