Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Palette…Review and Video Tutorial!

Above: The limited-edition Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Palette features three extremely versatile shades!
It is no secret that I am a massive fan of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder.  The finely-milled texture creates a perfecting veil that instantly softens the look of lines, pores and unevenness, mimicking the illusion of extremely flattering lighting.  I have both Dim and Diffused Light and adore their ability to simultaneously refresh and refine my skin with both mattifying and luminizing properties.  
Above: The gorgeous palette also comes with a mini version of the spectacular Hourglass Mineral Veil primer.
Recently, I had the chance to try the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, which features not one but three shades of the gorgeous powder in a single chic and streamlined palette.  This limited edition product, which retails for $58 and is sold exclusively at Sephora, also contains a mini version of the line’s hallowed Mineral Veil (perfect for travel!).  
Above: The “back matter” for the palette, including official shade descriptions and ingredients.
Above: The palette is sleek and portable, while holding endless possibilities.
The palette is housed in signature Hourglass packaging…the shiny, slightly metallic brown case is both sleek and well-crafted and features a generous mirror and a satisfying and secure “click” when closed. 

Above: The ordering for each of the powder shades…evenness, glow and warmth in a single product.
Above: All three shades in direct sunlight.
The three shades contained within the palette are extremely versatile, making this the only compact necessary for a variety of purposes:
  • Dim Light is a peachy beige that blurs unevenness and imperfections…I adore using it to remove shine and even out my T-zone.
  • Incandescent Light is a limited-edition iridescent pink shade that can be applied to the face for an all-over glow.  I love using it on my brow bones, upper cheek bones and Cupid’s bow as a highlighter.
  • Radiant Light is a light yellow-based bronze with delicate golden shimmer.  It works well as a pale bronzer and, when applied under the cheek bones, serves as a subtle contour that brings significant structure and warmth to the entire face!
Above: All three shades in the shade.
Kindly scroll on for closeup images and swatches of each shade as well as a VIDEO review/tutorial and pictures of the palette on a human face in various lighting situations…

Above: Dim Light has the least amount of luminosity, making it a great powder to even out skin and add a slightly matte finish.
Above: The limited-edition Incandescent Light is a pearly pink with delicate shimmer and immense highlighting capabilities.
Above: Radiant Light is a warm-inducing light golden tan that works well as a pale bronzer /contour.
Above: Swatches of all three shades in direct sunlight.
Above: Swatches of all three shades in the shade (which makes the distinct undertones more apparent).
Above: Close up swatches of all three shades in intense sunlight.

 Below: The following images are completely un-retouched and reflect the utilization of all three shades from the palette (as demonstrated in the video)…on my lips, I am wearing another esteemed Hourglass product: The Femme Nude Lip Stylo in #3

Above: In direct sunlight.
Above: In direct sunlight.
Above: In natural indoor lighting (with sunlight from my sliding glass door)
Above: In natural indoor lighting (filtered through a large window)
Above: In natural indoor lighting (filtered through a large window)
Above: In mixed shade/sunlight outdoors.

 Bottom Line: The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Palette is simply divine…the three shades work together to mattify and perfect, while simultaneously adding an ethereal warmth and luminosity to the face.  I delight in the fact that such possibility is housed in a a single compact and plan on carrying this utilitarian wonder in my purse for months to come!  Highly recommended.

*PR sample provided for review, however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  

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Comments (8)

  • Catherine @ bcrueltyfree Reply

    There's no question, I absolutely must have this. I've used Radiant Light daily since purchasing it about six months ago and Dim Light was next on my list to pick up

    October 14, 2013 at 5:29 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Catherine,

      This sounds like the perfect palette for you, then! I was completely stunned by how versatile these three shades are…truly, every base is covered! I can't wait to hear your thoughts after you try it.

      xoxo and have a wonderful week,

      –The Beauty Professor

      October 15, 2013 at 12:41 am
  • Kainita Reply

    Hello dear B.P,

    Thanks for showcasing, and drawing attention, to this gorgeous product that is worthy of adulation and praise. I own both the radiant light and incandescent shades and really love the quality of the product, particularly how finely milled they are. I also adore that they do not highlight any dry patches when used to refine and set the skin.

    Thanks for suggesting the Koh Gen Do product, this brand has recently found it's way into one of our specialist beauty stores so I am super excited at being able to go in store and check it out, particularly to get foundation matched.

    I am looking forward to your future posts, more cute pics of Jethro and of course, inspiring videos!

    Wishing you a fabulous week xoxo

    October 14, 2013 at 9:43 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Karen,

      How lovely to hear from you! That is fantastic that you already own two of the three shades…they are true complexion enhancers in every sense of the term.

      I am so excited that you have immediate access to the Koh Gen Do line in Australia…I love the yellow primer as well as the Aqua Foundation and I don't go a day without using the Spa Water (it's divine!).

      Thanks, as always, for your much appreciated support and interaction…have a beautiful week and talk soon,

      –The Beauty Professor

      October 15, 2013 at 12:58 am
  • Unknown Reply

    Hi there lovely,
    How ethereal do you look in the first photos! The glow is just beautiful.
    I was about to purchase this in Dim but after seeing this pallette I really hope this comes to Australia as this will be a must for me.

    Look forward to reading what you have up next.

    Hope all is going well with you and hope the rest of your week is great to.

    Julie xxx

    October 15, 2013 at 10:43 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Julie!

      Thank you ever so much! These powders are truly exceptional and I highly recommend the utilitarian nature of the palette…I hope it makes its debut in Australia soon!

      Have a beautiful weekend and talk soon…xoxo

      –The Beauty Professor

      October 18, 2013 at 4:11 am
  • Unknown Reply

    Hi I am buying one of the lighting powder which one is the most versatile

    December 15, 2013 at 4:36 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Hannah,

      I prefer the Diffused Light…it gives an airbrushed finish and looks marvelous on light skin!


      –The Beauty Professor

      December 17, 2013 at 6:53 am

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