I’m pretty sure the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit palette is the most expensive product I’ve ever purchased. At $80 ($95 CAD), it was a pretty big deal for me to buy, but I knew that if I really wasn’t happy with it then I could always return it to Sephora. After eagerly waiting a couple of months for it to be released, I made the plunge- even though so many reviews on the Sephora site were complaining about the size of the palette. So… what did I think?
Let’s start with packaging. It’s gorgeous! We all know I’m a sucker for gold, and the six products in this palette are housed in a gorgeous- and quite sturdy feeling- gold case.
Inside are three powders, two blushes and one bronzer. Each individual product is 0.049oz in size (a grand total of just under 0.3oz for the whole palette), compared to the 0.35oz you get in a single Ambient Lighting Powder ($45 each) or the 0.15oz you get in the Ambient Lighting Blush ($35 each) and Ambient Lighting Bronzer ($50 each). This is why there was such an uproar in the reviews for the palette- but hear me out for a second.
I totally understand that amount of product-wise, this seems like a total rip-off. In fact, it basically is a total rip-off if you already own at least a couple of the products that are in this palette. BUT, for the people like me who own nothing that is in this palette, this is an excellent way to try out a whole bunch of what would otherwise be insanely expensive products (if you were to purchase full sizes of all the products in this palette). And let’s be real, who goes through any sort of blush/bronzer/highlighter quickly, or in my case, basically ever? I’ve hit pan on like, two bronzers in my life and I don’t know that I’ve ever hit pan on a blush. SO, regardless of how small these are in comparison to the full size products, I still think it’s worth my money.
I did my best to get swatch photos, but it was super difficult for the Ambient Lighting Powders because they’re super light and I’m super pale, haha. Everything shown below is in the same order as they are in the palette.
Purely based on swatches (because I just got this yesterday and haven’t even had a chance to try out all of the different products in this palette yet), I am l loving the first and third powders (Dim Light and Diffused Light), and the two blushes (Mood Exposure and Luminous Flush). When I swatch the second powder (Iridescent Light), I am picking up quite a lot of sparkle (sorry, this didn’t pick up on my camera). I haven’t tried this on my face, so I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. The bronzer also looks quite warm/almost a bit orangey in my swatch, so that worries me a little, but again- I haven’t tried this on my face so I’m not giving up on it just yet.
Overall, even though the price is definitely steep, I think I’m getting bang for my buck. I love that as a newbie to Hourglass, I now have six new products to try and hopefully love, and I didn’t have to dish out $35+ for each product when I might not totally be in love with it. You can get your own Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit from Sephora, but don’t hesitate because it’s been a pretty highly anticipated limited edition product and it could sell out at any time!
Are you convinced yet? Do you think you’ll buy this palette?