Forget Filters! Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette { Review and Swatches}


Aaaaah, beautiful skin. No Facetune needed. Let’s keep it real my angels, I do not want to insult any ones intelligence by telling you that a lot of pics on the ‘Gram are Photoshopped, Facetuned and God knows what else. But the result it gorgeous to look at and I can appreciate it and it’s aspirational. No shade, no shame.

But, this begs the question, can we achieve plastic perfection? Perhaps . . .


Enter the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette. It has three shades of Ambient Lighting Powders. They include Dim Light and Radiant Light, both, which are part of the permanent range, and a palette exclusive shade called Incandescent Light.

Each shade is 3,3g in size, compared to the full-sized compact, which contains 9,9g

It comes with a hefty price tag, no doubt. That said, it’s a great way to try multiple shades from the line and gauge whether or not you would buy the full size.


The packaging is beautiful and it’s my first dance with Hourglass cosmetics.

It is a reflective metallic brown that comes with a full size mirror. It doesn’t have a magnetic closure but it snaps shut so you don’t have to worry about taking this guy on a trip. It is also prone to those dreaded finger marks, so keep your Mr. Min on hand and to wipe it down

These powders are finely milled, light diffusing powders, magic powders if I may say, that blur imperfections. I would call them finishing powders that impart luminosity to the skin. But you can get a subtle, yet, noticeable highlight.

Not the blinding kind, but a beautiful highlight that you know is there without being OTT.


This palette has been named Ambient® Lighting Powders named to Vogue 100 Beauty Hall of Fame and, spoiler alert, for good reason!

The palette includes 3 shades:




Dim light is a warm beige powder, with a peachy undertone. This powder is great for highlighting the T-Zone and even using it to set concealer under the eyes. It has zero sparkle. I’m not into glitter powders to set concealer, just saying, I don’t find it cute.


Incandescent light is a HIGHLIGHT on my skin. This is a slightly more shimmery powder that despite its shade melts into the skin and creates a subtle yet not obnoxious highlight. I thought this highlight would be too light for me and look ashy, but it truly does work wonders on my skin tone. This shade was limited edition when this palette first launched, but the palette is now permanent with this shade being exclusive to the palette.

Hourglass describes this as ‘An opalescent pearl powder that brightens the complexion with a celestial glow.’ In my opinion, it looks likes an angel kissed you. I like using this only on the high points of my cheekbones to bring them out.


Radiant Light is a beautiful golden bronze. This powder is best used to add warmth to the face and truly give you that healthy glow. It is darker that my skin tone, so, it serves a subtle bronzer. Again, the texture is beautiful and the finish, celestial.



The Ambient Lighting Powders are gorgeous. I don’t know what muthi they put in it, but it has so much punch while being so subtle. It’s definitely a silent killer and I love it.

All the powders work on my skin tone and I can play around to give me the right light, Dim Light is my fave because it brightens the skin and I love using it under my eyes.

These powders do not have any mattifying properties, so if you are oily, use a pore-filling, mattifying primer and set your face with powder before going in because while it blurs imperfections and plays with light, it will draw attention to large pores and it can become a be slick as the day wears on if you are oily.

If you have normal , even slightly dry skin, you can go to town and visit your mother-in-law and these powders will last ages.

The great part about these powders is that there is no way you can go overboard


Now, Hourglass is not available in South Africa, so getting your hands on this palette will be a mission. But, if you want a glow that is super soft that gives you luminous skin, this is worth the effort. Truth be told, this palette will last you a long time. I know I won’t go through it, unless I use it constantly on clients, for at least two years – because you need minimal product to create maximum impact.

These powders are a great way to try put the different shades and you know I don’t bul$$%^t you beauties. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette, are worth ALL they hype. You also know that I review a lot of sssspensive products (FYI, I am not a make up snob though), so you know this isn’t sssshhhheeepppp!

I love highlighters and I have been using highlighters before Jaclyn Hill introduced them to the world. The irrefutable evidence is on the blog. And while I am appreciative of someone telling me my ‘highlight is poppin’ I also like to hear that ‘my skin looks great’.

This palette was a gift from my beautiful friend Sarah, in my makeup swap so I didn’t have to shell out my own coin to get this. I guess getting this palette is a matter of a preference: Do you prefer #highlightonfleek or #nofilterneeded! Let me know down below. If you answered ‘yes’ to the later, this palette is for you!


Where to buy: or try amazon or your third party courier or reseller of choice. As always, keep it legal peeps!

Price: $70 USD (RSP)

If you are looking for something comparable in terms of the concept in SA try Bobbi Brown’s Nude Finish Illuminating Powders. They are not the same, but the idea resonates.


Until next time,

Stay blessed and Beautiful

Love you all like I love these Ambient Lighting powders



Beauty Bugle

3 thoughts

  • I prefer #nofilterneeded.

    But I am not planning to buy the gorgous palette and the Mr Min 😉

    My wishlist is getting longer by the day 🙂

    • lol . . . no filter needed is the way to go! It is so expensive, in the top 10 most expensive single makeup items I own, I think. I did hear that the MAX Factor powder puff blushes are similar but I haven’t tried so I can’t say it for sure. The Bobbi Brown powders are worth looking into. xoxo thank you my angel for always supporting me. xoxo

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