The Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette.

Ah, the long waited review of Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette is here! This review is long overdue…and also just long. If you’re not familiar with Ambient Lighting Powders and are a bit confused as to what they actually do – well, they are basically soft-focus finishing pressed powder that can be used all over the face or in certain areas of the face. Each shade acts as a different light source to create different lighting effects on your skin. It’s a pretty neat concept, it’s like having your own specific light source wherever you go! These powders are ridiculously soft and extremely finely milled – they literally feel like silk on the skin.



Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette includes Dim Light, Incandescent Light and Radiant Light. They are technically a finishing powder, highlighter and bronzer respectively. The nice thing about this combination of shades is that they work on a really wide range of skin tones. As I’m super pale I prefer to use Dim and Radiant Light together as a subtle contour and a bronzer and Incandescent Light as a highlighter. You can also use these shades as a setting powder after your foundation. I prefer applying a mixture of Dim Light and Incandescent Light over my regular setting powder. It’s just because my T-zone can get really oily and my Laure Mercier Loose Setting powder is the only thing that keeps my face matte, while the Ambient Lighting powders will add a natural “glow” back to my face. My only advice if you’re going to use them as a setting powder is to use a fluffy brush and a light hand. All in all, these powders are very versatile and the possibilities are endless!


Dim Light – Incndescent Light – Radiant Light

Dim Light
A neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with a balance of warm and cool tones. I know most people use it as a setting powder, even people with lighter skin tone, but for me it’s just a dab too dark. I tend to use it as a contour or a natural bronzer. When I’m going for the glow-look I swirl Dim Light and Incandescent Light together and dust it all over my face for a soft, airbrushed glowy effect.

Incandescent Light
My favorite shade of the three! It’s an opalescent pearl powder that highlights and brightens the skin to give you that “glow” from within effect.  This shade was designed to work best in the office lighting. It gives a very natural highlight, far from theBalm Mary-Lou Luminizer that can give you a disco ball look. It’s a stunning shade!

Radiant Light
A sun-kissed golden beige powder that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth. Gives you the sun-kissed glow to your face to mimic a summer glow. As I’m quite pale Radiant Light sometimes can be slightly “golden” on me. Which is why I use it on top of my other bronzers for extra glow. On its own I have to use a light hand to avoid the resemblance of an Oompa Loompa. Over all it’s a very nice bronzer, gives warmth and color back to my face.


If you’re searching for a natural looking bronzer and a highlighter that gives you the “lit” from within glow, then this is the palette for you. I do really like this palette as on everyday basis I tend to wear quite natural makeup look and this palette gives me all that I need. Ok, well I do need to start fake tanning so i could use Dim Light as an all-over setting powder, currently it’s just a bit too dark for that.

What’s also exciting is that Hourglass now offers a Custom Ambient Lighting palette, which means that you can create your own perfect palette. Available exclusively online and ships worldwide! I must admit that I’m already contemplating whether to order it or not. The Ambient Lighting powders are just that good!

Have you tried out Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders or are you thinking about trying them? Share your experiences and thoughts in the comments as I’d love to read them…

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One response to “The Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette.”

  1. I really want one of their highlighting palettes! Lovely photos! xx

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