Beauty Cults: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

A beauty cult product… these are always tricky to review, because they tend to be hideously overpriced and sometimes difficult to source. This palette is the former, but not the latter. Easy to find, crazy price that makes you wonder.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette - HN

This stuff is bloody gorgeous however, and well worth the hype. Powder that looks and feels like velvet, and actually stays on! Now, the palette includes three shades: Dim Light, Incandescent Light and Radiant Light. As the owner of brown skin, my two shades of choice are Dim Light and Incandescent Light (the middle and furthest right shades in the above picture). The lightest shade, Radiant Light is just a bit too light for my skin tone, and I feel it doesn’t really show up.

Unfortunately, it comes with no brush (not even a cheap brush!), so I’ve paired it with the Make Up For Ever Double-ended Sculpting Brush – 158, which is the most divine brush I’ve ever owned – incredibly soft, multipurpose, no loss of hair and washes perfectly. I use the contoured side of the brush for bronzer/contouring powder, and then use the large fluffy side of the brush for the Ambient Lighting Palette. The brush is also hideously priced, but worth the $$$ for makeup lovers. MUFE Double Brush

The Ambient Lighting Palette is a great all-rounder highlighting powder, and understandably a beauty holy grail product! If you’re not into highlighting (I actually wasn’t until I picked up this palette), find a cheap but decent highlighter from a drugstore brand, and try it out. It’s quite amazing to see such a light powder which has so little colour give so much depth and dimension to a finished look. Once you get it right, it’s really hard to go back from using it!

[I recommend the Milani highlighters for the American readers or Revlon for any Australian readers who want to try out a reasonably priced highlighter before embarking on a big purchase like the Ambient Lighting Palette. I personally like powder highlighters more than liquid ones, but feel free to try your hand at whichever one to find what you like.]

Would I buy it again? For sure, but hopefully I won’t need another one for a looooong time. As you can see from the photo above, even with fairly regular use, I haven’t made a dent in the powders!
Who would I recommend it to? Anyone who is a passionate user of highlighters.
Is it value for money? It’s pricey, but you do get three shades in it – there’s definitely more hideously priced, less useful products on the market. At least this one you can use daily!
How can you get it? Mecca Cosmetica – $76.00 [it’s called the Ambient Powder Wardrobe on their website]

As always… if irritation occurs, discontinue use.

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