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.