Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette | Why I Will Be Returning Mine.

To be disappointed by one of the (almost-upon-us-holiday) season’s most coveted beauty product is no small feat. As someone who had long been disappointed by Hourglass’ Ambient Powder, I held my hope in the much less controversial blushes. When I saw this palette, which includes three powder and 3 blushes, I thought I could definitely justify shelling out the money to repurchase my beloved Mood Exposure and Luminous Flush.

It wasn’t immediately obvious – at least from the pictures – that the pans would be so tiny. I thought it was a typo when I read the volume of the powders were only 0.049 oz each. That’s 14% the size of the full-sized powders. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($95, available here) doesn’t come cheap. At CAD$95 (USD$80) this palette actually ended up costing $107 if you include tax – that’s a lot of money.

When it was first released to VIB Rouge members, I knew what I was getting into. Actually, I naively thought that maybe the volume listed on the Sephora site was a typo and what I would be pleasantly surprised when it came. Besides, if I wasn’t happy with it for whatever reason – the product quality, size – I could always return it. So… what’s the verdict?



The first thing I noticed was the packaging – no, not the gold case, but rather the black padded box that this was encased in. Thumbs up to Hourglass for including that because these powders can be fragile AF! Not that I ever experienced a broken powder (thank goodness!) but it was a relief to see such extra care being put into this (overpriced) coveted, luxurious product.

When you research this palette online, you’ll notice that everyone is talking about the price vs. value of the product included. Christine from Temptalia herself even said that there’s no reason for this product to be so out of sync to the actual value. At least, price the palette relative to the previous palettes, and I don’t think there would have been such a backlash.

I won’t repeat the math as it gets repetitive here, but in case you are interested, there is only 0.049 oz of product which is 0.3oz (rounded up) for $95 vs a regular powder which contains 0.35oz for $52. On the other hand, with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette (which was limited edition unfortunately!) you actually save money when you bought the palette – a good way to sample the product offering when individually, it could be quite pricey to collect.

I was really pleased to see both Mood Exposure and Luminous Flush included in the blush offerings – these colours are the most universally flattering shades and are unique enough to merit purchasing separately. Although they are repetitive to what was offered in the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette, I was going through it fast enough that it was justified to get my hands on another value set. I’ve never tried the bronzer but I thought it looked a little too glittery for my liking. Although the swatches below don’t really show how glittery the product is, wiping it off still left specks of glitter on my forearm.

Although I wasn’t too much of a fan of the Dim Light shade when I first bought it, I ended up purchasing the full-size Diffused Light that was a little less likely to oxidize and so far been a far more pleasant experience. Taking advantage of the strobing trend, Hourglass cleverly included the Strobe Lighting Powder in Iridescent Strobe Light!


How the powder compares to a quarter – just slightly bigger!


Swatches (L-R): Dim Light // Strobe Lighting Powder in Iridescent Strobe Light // Diffused Light // Mood Exposure // Luminous Flush // Luminous Bronze Light

I feel that Hourglass put a lot of thought and made the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette as universal (particularly for women of colour) as it can which is quite rare in the world of beauty. Four of the 6 shades included from the permanent range were the top-selling, and most wearable on most skintones based on the reviews I’ve come across online. It can be tough to select which powder shade to include in a palette, and not “discriminate” or “left out” certain skintone range. From this perspective, Hourglass exceeded my expectations. The only downside is of course, the price which in my mind is outrageously priced at almost double of what the value of 6 powders would be (Keep in mind that the blushes cost a little less). My initial math showed this palette is worth to be around CAD$50.

Unfortunately, due to the fact that I already own the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette (includes 2/3 shades here) and a full-sized version of Diffused Light, I simply couldn’t justify the money that could otherwise go towards discounted makeup items from IMATS.

That being said, this is still a good option for those who don’t own any Hourglass blush of powder, and want to get a feel for the product, this is still a great way to try it. Just be sure to ask Mom/Dad/Boyfriend/Siblings to purchase it for you for “the holiday season” or “birthday”!

What do you think of this palette – would you buy it?

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