When the Hourglass Ambient Lighting hit the market, every beauty blogger / vlogger / makeup artist (and their mothers) raved about it. I wasn’t sure because it is one of those products the camera doesn’t seem to pick up massively, so it was hard to make an informed decision (especially about which colors) without trying. When there was a limited edition palette I patiently waited until it came to Europe

Product Description:


A palette featuring three shades of Ambient Lighting Powder, the high-tech, soft-focus finishing powder that recreates the most exquisitely flattering:

DIM LIGHT: A neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with the perfect balance of warm and cool tones.

INCANDESCENT LIGHT (EXCLUSIVE TO THE PALETTE): An opalescent pearl powder that brightens the complexion with a celestial glow.

RADIANT LIGHT: A sun-kissed golden beige that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth, and also extends a summer glow.


The product comes in a compact case with a mirror and 3 shades. It retails at 60€ (£56 or $58

What’s good about it

  • It’s a finely milled powder with a very nice texture that applies well without looking chalky like some finishing powders can do
  • Radiant Light provides a very subtle, yet flattering sheen that adds a pop of bronze. It is not very obvious which means it will work great for a wide variety of skin tones. Definitely my favorite!
  • Incandescent Light is a great shade as highlighter for more light to medium skin tones, possibly even darker. On the very fair it will apply a subtle radiance when applied all over.
  • Very elegant compact with a mirror which makes it perfect to carry around your makeup bag and pply on the go
What’s not so good about it

  • For my skin tone (light to medium) I did not notice any special effect with Dim Light, like I did with the other two. It’s a good all-over powder, but there nothing more special about it than any other pressed or loose finishing powder
  • The product is overall nice, but overhyped. I did not notice anything magical about it. Pores didn’t minimize more than with other powders, I did not look better in photos when using the product and it is not that noticeable to the naked eye.
  • Ridiculously expensive. You are getting a good deal considering a single one costs $45 / £38 / 40€, however; given the hype and the promise I was expecting more.
  • Really, I just don’t get the hype. It is a very good, high quality product, but maybe the excessive love made me have all these huge expectations. Would I repurchase? Maybe the single Radiant Light because it is the one I noticed the most.

Paola’s mood after using this product:

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