Hourglass Limited Edition Ambient Lighting Palette Has Me So Excited for the Holidays!

There has been a lot of buzz about the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders since their release in the spring. I reviewed them here and here. Well when the news came out that they were releasing a limited edition trio of the amazing powders in one compact I was beyond excited. When I later discovered that the three shades it includes were ones I didn’t already own I was bouncing up and down like a school girl. Yes, makeup gets me that excited. Now hush!


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.

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

The Ambient Lighting Powders capture, diffuse and soften the way light is reflected on skin, brighten the appearance, and conceal imperfections, pores and wrinkles. They are not meant to be used as highlighters. There were so many people misinformed on how to properly use these powders when they were first released which resulted in many confusing reviews. I truly love these powders for results they give. You just need to be expecting the appropriate results. They aren’t spot highlighters and they aren’t for blotting/blocking oil/shine. Some of the shades are a little more shimmery than others and can certainly be used as a subtle highlight but you need to be aware of the variations and your colour selections.

Unlike traditional powders that use opaque pigments, Ambient utilizes “photoluminescent technology”—micron-size, soft-focus particles that refract light and create transparent coverage. They are universal powders suitable for every skin tone, and they can be worn for day and night. Paraben, talc, fragrance, nano-particle and gluten free.

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

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  • Aleeza
    October 1, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    I need that palette in my life! I already have two of the shades… but there’s something extra alluring about having them in one palette haha 🙂 x

    • Aleeza
      October 1, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      Ps, any info on the gram size of each powder? The sensible part of me wants to calculate how good of a deal it is lol x

      • CrystalCandyMakeup
        October 1, 2013 at 10:19 PM

        Aleeza, I saw on FB that they are 3.3g each, so you get 0.1g less than the regular size.

        • BooBooNinja
          October 1, 2013 at 11:36 PM

          Wow, what a deal!

        • Christa Potter
          October 2, 2013 at 9:04 AM


        • Christa Potter
          October 2, 2013 at 12:42 PM

          The shades in the palette are indeed 3.3g each. The individual pans are 10g each so you are paying a bit more per gram for the convenience. I think it’s worth it! I updated the post with the info.

    • Christa Potter
      October 1, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      I’m waiting on an official answer from my rep but I think they are pretty close to full size. It’s definitely a deal! I like to calculate too. 😉

  • Julia
    October 1, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    I would be willing to buy this than an individual compact. This is going on my wishlist for sure!

  • Sunny @Mostly Sunny
    October 2, 2013 at 5:51 AM

    Ahhhh so tempting! I’m not too sure if it’s a good move to put Radiant Light in it, since it doesn’t necessarily work for everyone. Still, great palette! Get this and you’re done in the finishing powder department for life 😉

    • Christa Potter
      October 2, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      Yeah Radiant Light was one I never intended to try but I’m sure it will make a nice warm glowy bronzer on me!

  • Judith
    October 2, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    That looks really tempting, but I really want to try diffused light first since I’m a very reddish woman

    • Christa Potter
      October 2, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      Diffused light is my favourite that I’ve tried so far. It is one of most matte shades and better ones as an all over powder.

      • Judith
        October 2, 2013 at 9:13 AM

        Thank you for your input. I have a similar skin tone than you so I will go with the single in diffused light.

  • Lauren @ iSeeMakeup
    October 2, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    I am SO picking this up, I’ve been dying to try these and it’s such a good deal!

  • Annick
    October 2, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Woah, this is insanely excited!! And relatively inexpensive for the amount of product! Definitely picking this baby up!

    • Christa Potter
      October 3, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      It is insanely exciting! LOL I still love how excited I get my makeup. You think I’d be over it by now. Nope. True diehard here!

  • Anna L
    October 3, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    I neeed thissss!! Is it available in our Sephora stores?

    • Christa Potter
      October 3, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      Should be Anna! Not sure if it is yet but should be soon! I know it’s online!


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