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Because You Deserve (and Need!) This Holiday Treat: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Press Sample

By Sheila Arkee

The best part of the Holiday season, as far as I’m concerned, are the abundance of value-priced makeup sets that are perfectly gift-able to your friends, family, and especially to yourself. The new Ambient Lighting Palette by Hourglass is just one of those products you’ll need to snap up while you can, because it’s just that perfect in every way.


Back in the days when I worked behind a makeup counter (aka, the best makeup learning experience ever), I had a co-worker who made makeup fly off the shelves by using one simple phrase. “This product gives you that ‘Old Hollywood Glow’,” he would say to his clients, and did it ever work! Who doesn’t want that beautiful, creamy skin that was so prevalent in the films of yesteryear?


That’s the beauty of Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Powders, which are finishing powders designed to be your “personal lighting assistant” and give you that wonderful movie star glow, no Photoshop or heavy pancake makeup needed! Ambient Lighting Powder works with photoluminescent technology that diffuses light and gives your skin a multi-dimensional glow.

Sounds lovely, and the best part is that these talc-free powders are as great as they sound. I’m highly obsessed and so excited about this palette which contains two existing shades and along with a new, limited edition powder:


– Dim Light: A neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with a balance of warm and cool tones.

– Incandescent Light (new): A pearlescent powder that highlights the cheekbones and brightens the complexion with a celestial, holiday glow.

– Radiant Light: A sun-kissed golden beige powder that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth.


The Ambient Lighting Palette is a perfect Holiday treat that comes with a deluxe sample size of Mineral Veil, which is the most unique primer you will ever use. If you’ve never tried it before, you’ll be hooked!


In this photo I’ve mixed the three shades in the palette together for a lovely warm effect.


While the original Ambient Lighting Powder compact contains 0.35 oz of product and costs $45, the powders in the palette are 0.116 oz. , adding up to 0.35 oz of powder total, priced at $58. I still consider this a value product because you get three powders to sample and they do last a long time.

My Final Thoughts: Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders are amongst my favorite products from 2013. These powders make your skin look incredible in person and in photos, so I am really excited about this palette of  3 powders that can be worn alone or mixed together. The palette also comes with a deluxe sample of Mineral Veil, a primer that will change the way you think about primers!

Rating: A +

Price: $58

Availability: You can purchase this item in stores or online at Sephora, Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman and Space NK.

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes


  • http://daydreamingbeauty.com Amber

    I LOVE this look! What is the pink lipstick you have on? It’s SO super flattering! I am dying to get this palette. I haven’t tried the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders yet. I think this is a perfect way to try them! :)

  • http://www.slashedbeauty.com Miranda

    Still out of my price range but so incredibly gorgeous!!

  • http://www.phyrra.net Phyrra

    Such a pretty set!

  • http://www.thefabzilla.com Kath TheFabZilla

    It’s definitely up my alley! I love HG ambient lighting powder, I have one in dim light.

  • http://peekandponder.com Ashley

    This palette is gorgeous and the powders look great on you!