SKINSKOOL Skincare Compare™ Cosmetics The hourglass Ambient lighting Palette: like a portable Photograhy lighting kit That fits in a purse

The hourglass Ambient lighting Palette: like a portable Photograhy lighting kit That fits in a purse

The hourglass Ambient lighting palette ($58), new for holiday 2013
Just when I thought there was absolutely no way hourglass could improve upon the perfection of their Ambient lighting Powders, they go and release a sensational new Ambient palette and successfully knock my cat lady socks off.

(No, seriously, I wear cat lady socks.)


New for the holidays, the $58 limited edition trio ($67 CDN) comes with three Ambient Light Powders and a travel-sized bottle of Veil Primer.

Pans from the left: dim Light, Incandescent Light and Radiant Light
Be alerted — when you open the palette and gaze upon dim Light, Radiant light, and the new limited edition Incandescent Light, you may experience appeal vertigo and feel the need to sit down, so take care to open it within reach of your fainting couch.

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If you haven’t partaken of these Ambients before, you’re in for a treat. The line of generally flattering pressed powders was created to sort of simulate different lighting effects, like candlelight, by diffusing, softening and tinting light on the skin.


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Incandescent Light

Some of the powders brighten, while others do a softening number on wrinkles and pores. Basically, they’re like portable photography lighting kits that’ll fit in a makeup bag.

Radiant Light
Wear them on cheeks, or go all out by applying them all over your face, and they also layer well with other products, like blushes, which opens the door to creating even a lot more lighting effects.

Hourglass Ambient lighting palette and a tiny Me bottle of Veil primer (CUTE!)
In a amazing twist of fate, I actually wear both dim Light and Radiant Light all the time, so I was thrilled to see them in this set! Both of them are everyday workhorse products for me.

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Dim Light, a neutral peachy beige, slightly blurs imperfections (I use it as an all over face powder).

Radiant Light, a golden beige with a subtle warming effect, normally goes on the tops of my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose and on my cupid’s bow for a sun-kissed, highlighted vibe.

As for the new powder, Incandescent Light, I think it’s absolutely beautiful! A pearlescent pale pink with a soft sheen finish, it brightens with a gentle highlighting effect. I can absolutely see it rocking atop pink blushes.

Swatches from the left: dim Light, Incandescent Light and Radiant Light
Hourglass sits on the pricier side of the makeup spectrum, but this set could be a good value if you travel typically with your Ambients and want to save space in your bag, considering that the full-sized pans, while great to look at, are pretty bulky.

A full-sized Ambient powder usually costs $45 for 0.35 ounces of product, but with the new palette you get three pans of 0.116 ounces for a total of 0.348 ounces of powder for about 20% a lot more that the cost of a single full-sized one.

And you get three different shades!

Yes, the Ambients are expensive, but they sure have proven themselves useful. I think they really do make my pores and fine lines appear a little softer and less obvious, while creating an overall radiant effect that I just don’t see from other pressed powders very often.


This palette might be a good fit if you love the look of flawless skin and have some wiggle room in your makeup budget.

PRICE: $58 ($67 CDN)
AVAILABILITY: available now at Sephora, Barneys new York, Bergdorf Goodman and space NK stores, and also online
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