Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the gorgeousness that is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette? A 3-in-1 glow giver that’s got all your highlighting needs covered. Makeup palette porn at its sexiest. I first spotted this when I met Carisa Janes, the founder of Hourglass, earlier in the year and she pulled out a prototype of this from her bag, carefully wrapped in a dust-cloth. There was swooning involved and I was sworn to secrecy, though I knew then that when it was released it must be mine. So when a few enabling ‘it’s arrived’ tweets poured in from you guys I did what I had to do. And boy is it a good’un. 

The kit consists of three Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders in a smooth silver compact along with a sample-size of the Veil Mineral Primer thrown in the box for good measure. The powders in question are in the shades Dim Light, Incandescent Light (exclusive to this palette) and Radiant Light. Which when totalled up with the other two I own (mentioned here), means I now own four of the original shades and the limited edition one too. My collection is doing well. If you’re unfamiliar with the function these powders perform; they are billed as a personal lighting system, blurring, colour correcting and highlighting where needed.

Dim Light is the setting powder of the bunch. A peachy beige that works on my skintone to keep everything in place without a cake-face complexion emerging. The most shimmer packed of the three is Incandescent Light, which fits the bill of a classic highlighter. I tend to use the pearly powder in the corner of my eyes and tops of my cheeks. Radiant Light rounds things off nicely imparting a bronzey golden glow to the face. Why oh why did I not discover this in the summer? So yep you’ve guessed it, I’ve been using this trio in the order and for the functions as described. All dusted on with the Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush which I’ve found to not only fit in the pans perfectly but brush on the powders without things getting too heavy.

I picked mine up for £56 from Space NK. A pricey investment, but one I’ll get more than my fair share of use from and I can always just stare at it lovingly and that’s enough of a justification on its own, non? In the run up to Christmas I can’t help but think that this would make a perfect gift for a friend, or maybe just yourself.

  • Sylvia

    So angry that I already own Radiant Light or else I would’ve picked up this palette as soon as it came out. It just doesn’t seem worth it if I already own 1/3 of the palette.

  • GirlLovesGloss

    Oh I want this sooo bad! I was going to just get Dim, but if this is available during the Sephora VIB I’ll just have to pick it up, now wont I?

    PS – LOVE the new look of the blog!

  • Stephanie Taylor

    Anna, thank you so much for unveiling this palette! It’s beyond divine. Although I will have no money, at least I will have a glow to die for…

  • Jo Sharma-Stray

    I have been lusting after these for ages, think I might try one of the single ones soon, they have such rave reviews x

    Jo ♥ | A Little Pop Of Coral

  • Anna Blush

    Definitely thinking of gifting this to myself! So gorgeous

  • Jess and Erin

    Be still my beating heart. Now to convince my mother to spend such a ludicrous amount on face powder for my Christmas present. Also your blog is looking rather spiffy

    Jess x

  • Maddy Cane

    Looks so amazing, I may just snap and order it! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • Ivana C

    Anna, what are your thoughts on owning all three shades in the palette vs. having to pay more money for less product? Not sure if I should buy just one shade or the palette! x

  • merredee

    Oh my this is gorgeous! I’m a sucker for highlighter *added to wish list*

  • Emma Be Beauty
  • AgentSmyth

    This truly is beauty porn. I hope Santa is doing a Space NK detour for me this year

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  • Yu

    Anna you’re no longer just an enabler, you’re a glowing enabler. I’m so behind, I need at least one – if not these three!

  • Oresiri teru

    Those colours look great on your skin

  • Ella

    Ok, if your skin in the above picture wasn’t enabling enough, the review certainly was… I’ll have to keep myself AWAY from hourglass counters! It’s not lim ed is it?

    Topshop giveaway on my blog!

  • Aneeka Bashir

    I got this too and the product and packaging is to die for!

  • brusselslifebeauty

    Wish they sold this in Belgium…a girl can dream;)

  • Shrutilaya

    Wish I had a way to get my hands on this.. a girl can dream..

    You look beautiful btw.

  • Shahrzad Saednejad

    Gosh Anna this is just gorgeous on you! I have been umming and ahhing this palette for awhile now. I’m sold I’m going to have to have it! :)

  • Rachel W

    You look absolutely flawless in that photo. That was the final push I needed to convince me that I have to buy this palette

  • Makayla

    I think I’m already obsessed! do you know where you can pick it up in the US?

  • Olivia

    This is so beautiful! I really want it now :P Maybe I will have to save up… ;)

  • Roxanne

    Even though I have Dim Light on its own, Im justifying getting this because it just so travel friendly! x

    Sweet Style Beauty

  • Becky

    Oh wow, can we please all agree that you look more than beautiful on that picture?! <3 If the palette has anything to do with it, I will go without food this month so I can get it. :D

    Lovely post! xx

  • AmeliaRoseL

    This is beyond pretty! Wow.

    AmeliaRose | Beauty Blogger

  • PeonyandPeach

    I’ve yet to try any of these, I really, really want this palette now!

  • Veronica Vargas

    I must get my hands on this!! Great post! Looks beautiful!


  • Eline Boot

    Wow, superpretty!

  • Rebecca Lately

    It’s so gorgeous! It’ll be one of my first purchases when I’m done with my ‘no buy’!

  • Sweetieglamgirl

    Do you think this palette is too dark for someone who’s in MAC NC15?

    • Rach

      I’m NW15 and I use Dim as my bronzer rather than allover setting powder. So Radiant might be too dark?

      • Sweetieglamgirl

        Thank you ^^ last month I bought 2shades Ethereal and Diffused light then this palette is came out. I really want it but I need to make sure it’s not too dark. So from your comment I think I’m not gonna take it.

  • Nina | Hermania

    Oh god, it’s beautiful! I feel like I would never need another powder or highlighter with this baby in my possession… Now I just need to find someone who will buy it for me!

  • Iris Nguyen

    Girl, you are glowing! This is your best portrait.
    I intend to skip this pallette to save up for the coming Guerlain warehouse sale (as rumours has it they are going to reformulate the meteorites). But now I’m torn. I love and get a lot of use from meteorites, should I get them or try something new in Hourglass?

  • Poppy


  • On The Dressing Table

    So if you had to pick a favourite out of the 5 you have which would it be?! x

  • Michelle Glassow Schroll

    This is for sure perfection!

  • Kristin

    So much gorgeousness!

  • Emma and Emily

    This looks absolutely beautiful! Am I actually in love with a highlighting trio?!

  • Sarah S.

    Wow, you are the best ad for this! You look flawless :)

  • jjjoy

    I just got this in the mail as part of my Sephora F&F sale haul. I’m super happy with it, though I’ve just put it on the first time this morning. I think the Radiant and Incandescent shades will double as eye shadows for me on short trips. I love Hourglass’ packaging – sleek, yet warm and luxurious.

  • Shel

    I feel like I NEED this in my life, but not sure I can justify the price tag?! Conundrum…

    Shel x

  • Jen Hately

    Wish this didn’t cost so much

  • Bnii

    this is definite;ly going to be my christmas gift ;)
    looks so lovely on you Ana :)

  • Renae

    Can you do a video how to apply?

  • Emily Allen

    Oh my gosh I need this! I wouldn’t be able to keep my mouth zipped on this Viv hehe xx Emmi

  • Lyndsey

    This has jumped straight to the top of my list. Luckily, my birthday is around the corner. Hoping it sticks around til then!

  • Cassie

    This is soooo gorgeous. I wish it wasn’t so expensive :(

  • Xanthi

    Hi Ana!! I have my eye on this too and just patiently waiting for my birthday month to come so that I have an excuse to buy it!! :-) Do you have the ambient powder brush too? What do u think of it??

  • Bee

    Next payday gift for myself I think! Literally every palette you write about makes me not want to pay my rent and spend the money on glowy products instead, thanks a lot! ;)

    The Beauty Locker

  • Erin

    Not sure if I picked this up as a gift if it would ever leave my hands…. haha! Great post x

    Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  • Char

    Pls do a video on how you applied. Thanks!

  • covetingnow

    my dream palette :)

  • APurseOf HerOwn

    Your skin looks radiant!

  • Kate F

    Ah! This looks so gorgeous!! I need it in my life. As a makeup artist, that can be my excuse ;)

  • A Stubbs

    Oh god this looks ridiculously beautiful! Ahh I NEED this but cannot justify that price tag :( :(

  • Heather Newlin

    Beautiful. I had no idea that the powders were so different- definitely seems worth the money. Putting this on my Christmas list! :)

  • Mette

    Oh god, It looks amazing! x

  • Iqra

    *sighs* if only it were magically half price and thus affordable for all the 18 year old beauty overs out there! haha…guess i’ll have to wait a while for this luxurious beauty!

    The Blushing Giraffe| The Blog Loving


  • Dirty Blonde Ambition

    I tried using Dim Light as a setting powder, but I much prefer using Radiant Glow. It gives the face a tanned, well, radiant glow (props to Hourglass on naming their products)! I agree, Incandescent Light a great highlight shade. It’s not glittery or shimmery — just glowy and radiant.

    xx Lauren
    Dirty Blonde Ambition

  • Katie Nicholls

    I’ve tried my damn hardest and you cannot find this to test in Bristol or Bath. I will have to wait until I get to London as don’t want to part with the cash without first trying. But I want, I want I want!!!!!

  • Deareux

    I told myself I didn’t really need this. Maybe now I do!

  • Claudia

    This looks so gorgeous. I always over-looked Hourglass but this is gorgeous. I love that brush too, looks perfect for sculpting!

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic