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Limited Edition Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Set – Photos, Swatches, Review

I must admit that I was positively giddy when the new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Set arrived on my doorstep.

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The set comes nestled in a shiny red and gold box.

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There is a cute little 5ml Veil Mineral Primer included.

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The packaging is similar to the standard Ambient Lighting Powder packaging but it is longer and narrower.

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The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette (USD $58 | CAD $67) contains two existing shades (Dim Light and Radiant Light) and one new limited edition shade (Incandescent Light). It also comes with a 5ml-size Veil Mineral Primer to create the perfect canvas for your holiday look. Each shade is 3.3 grams for a total product weight of 9.9 grams. The regular individual Ambient Lighting Powders are 10 grams each meaning this palette of 3 shades is equivalent to 1 full sized pan product wise. Therefore you are paying more per gram for the convenience of having more than one shade in one compact. I think it is totally worth it! I don’t often finish a product given the collection I have so having 3 shades rather than one is a huge benefit for me.

  • Dim Light: A neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with a balance of warm and cool tones.
  • NEW Incandescent Light: A pearlescent powder that highlights the cheekbones and brightens the complexion with a celestial glow.
  • Radiant Light: A sun-kissed golden beige powder that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth.

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Swatches of Dim Light, Incandescent Light, Radiant Light

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Swatches with the other Ambient Lighting shades I own; Mood Light, Ethereal Light, Diffused Light, then Dim Light, Incandescent Light, Radiant Light

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I have been itching to own Dim Light ever since these were released. I am not disappointed. It has the same finish as Mood Light which makes it a little more glowy than Ethereal Light and Diffused Light while still not being shimmery. The new shade Incandescent Light as well as Radiant Light have more noticeable shimmer. Incandescent has lovely fine greeny/blue and pink micro shimmer in a soft nude pink base while Radiant is golden micro shimmer in a bronze base. When I say noticeable shimmer I mean in comparison to the other shades of Ambient Lighting Powder. They are still very refined and subtle and suitable for all over use with a light hand. If you enjoy a subtle highlight as I do then you will adore Dim Light and Incandescent Light for a gorgeous, natural glow.

For more information on the Ambient Lighting Powders you can check out my previous reviews  here and here.

Available now at Hourglass.com and coming soon to Barneys New YorkBergdorf Goodman, Sephora, Sephora.com and Space NK.

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  • Olivia Frescura
    October 8, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Looks so awesome!

  • marciaf
    October 8, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    I can’t wait for some nice weather to photograph mine. I had trouble deciding between the singles so having 3 shades is wonderful.

    • Christa Potter
      October 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      I love having them in one compact. LOVE IT!

  • Kate MacDonald
    October 10, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Even though I already have Dim Light, I’m thinking of getting this. I hope Radiant Light doesn’t turn orange on me or anything. Bronzing shades can be difficult. So far, I’ve accumulated four of these magic powders and I love all of them dearly.

    • Christa Potter
      October 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      Incandescent is super pretty! Perfect for us. Radiant Light will be tricky. Shimmery and bronzers don’t work together for me but a light dusting will be pretty.

  • katiechasm
    October 17, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    How does Dim Light look on your face? Does it show up darker than your skintone, or does it match? I have the same colouring as you, and I like bronzer but I hate wearing powder that’s just slightly too dark. The other shades are super pretty, thanks for the swatches!

    • Christa
      October 20, 2013 at 9:08 PM

      Dim Light looks great applied all over my face. I just use a small amount with a fluffy brush.


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