My Personal Lighting Crew: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Everyone and their momma has raved about Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light (I did, too, right here). I use every time I want my skin to have a smoother finish, which is always. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thisย Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($58) contains 3 mini Ambient Lighting powders: Dim Light (peachy beige), Incandescent Light (exclusive shade; a light pearly highlighter), and Radiant Light (golden beige), as well as a 5ml ย Veil Mineral Primer.

I swatched these powders heavily so you can see the difference in the shades and finishes. Right away you can see that Dim Light has a blurring and subtle brightening effect on the skin, while Incandescent and Radiant give off a more fine-milled pearly finish.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette swatches
Heavy swatches of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette: Dim Light, Incandescent Light, Radiant Light

Here’s a before and after. Do you see the difference? To be honest, you have to experience the finish in real life than in photos. It makes such a difference in smoothing and perfecting the skin and at the same time, being undetectable. Notice how Dim Light cancels out strong yellow tones in my skin, and that the highlight of Incandescent Light is totally natural and not OMGsparklebomb! Radiant Light gives the skin a warmth but isn’t dirty or orange.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Before and After
Before and after wearing Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Who here likes diagrams? *raises hand* I think some people still don’t get the point of these powders, but each powder in this trio really serves its own purpose. Here’s how I apply them. Using an angled powder blush brush — this is key, or else you’re not applying enough product to make a difference — I use Dim Light all over my face as my setting/finishing powder. Then I use Radiant Light where the sun usually hits: forehead, cheeks, nose, chin. Then I finish with Incandescent Light on the tops of my cheekbones, under the brows, down the centre of the nose, and inner corners of my eyes.

How to use Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
A bit of placement tutorial for Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Here’s a super close-up of my un-Photoshopped skin, so you can see how undetectable these powders are. But, skin SO pretty!

Wearing Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette close up
Thank goodness I remembered to wax the lady ‘stache. ๐Ÿ˜›

Wearing Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
Wearing Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

If you’re anxious to try just one, start withย Dim Light. Seriously, you’ll love it.

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  • You make me laugh. I always make sure to wax/pluck/etc before doing swatches and it’s the first thing I photoshop. Love!

    • Haha everything except for skin base products I usually Photoshop. For this one, I have to keep it real for the most accurate effect! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Oh yeah, I can definitely see the difference! I have Radiant Light already, so I passed on this one. Now I’m seriously tempted by Dim Light though ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Dim Light! Dim Light! You gotta try it Sunny. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love the before and after, it really does make a difference! Thanks for the placement tutorial, I had no idea what to do with radiant light, lol. Such a gorgeous palette!

    • So glad you can see it! I think for those who don’t know how subtle these are in photos, they’ll just think it’s totally pointless. Hahaha. But I really love these powders!

  • Very clear difference! It’s beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚ Didn’t buy the palette and I’m sure I’ll end up regretting this.

    • Thank you Isabelle! Glad the photos are helpful. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • You are such a dream boat. I love your skin. And your brows are bangin.

  • Brianna

    This post makes me understand the hype even less because I think you look better in the before photo. ๐Ÿ™ I’m glad that you and the rest of the beauty blog world enjoy them, but for me it was a waste of $45 (I have dim light). Maybe I’ll try your brush suggestion and see if it makes a difference. . .Either way, you look gorgeous in both the before and after photos! Thank you for the thorough review and diagram!!

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  • wow thanks for this, arianne. i’m one of those people who looks a this palette and is a bit perplexed on how to use them together. this tut helps a lot!

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  • I so wanted this palette! But I can’t find it anymore. Sad face…..

  • Great post! I was on the fence about getting this palette but your review really helped. I liked how you have a diagram of how you used them together! Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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