The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit: Volume 3

Thursday, 19 October 2017


I thought that I knew what love was. I was wrong. Looking at this palette is love. The heart palpitations I get when I glance at the beautiful rose gold packaging of the new Ambient Lighting palette from Hourglass. This palette is a limited edition holiday special from Hourglass and the first product I've ever bought from Hourglass and I'm not disappointed. I am head over heels for this palette.

However, as always, beauty comes with a price. And that price is hefty. If you want to pick up this baby, it's going to set you back a whopping £80. That's right. Eight-zero. I quite often talk about how I like budget make up and how I can't justify spending too much money on one product so it won't shock you to know that I didn't actually spend £80 on this palette. It was on offer for £69 on John Lewis (which it still is, so if you want it for cheaper then check out John Lewis!), and I am very lucky in that Johnny works for John Lewis and we live together, meaning that I have a partnership card, entitling me to 25% off at John Lewis. This means I "only" paid £51 - which yes, I know, is still f*cking extortionate for make up. Honestly, I got into one of those situations where the sales lady was really nice and started asking me about my blog and I felt obligated to buy it. Also, it's rose gold. And I'm a blogger. That's just a match made in heaven. 


 So I guess the question you're probably wanting to know is is this palette worth £80? Well, let me break it down for you. This palette is obviously incredibly beautiful. It contains three of Hourglass' best selling powders and three brand new shades that are unique to this palette. The top row contains the coveted (L-R) 'Diffused Light' which is described as a pearly finishing powder, 'Hypnotic Strobe Light' which is described as a marbled taupe and bronze highlighter and 'Dim Light' is a peachy pink finishing powder. I really love the two finishing powders and they'd been on my to-buy list for ages, so it's very handy that they're here and in one place, which saves me from buying them separately. 

The highlighter in the middle was not one that I'd been specifically coveting but when I swatched it, I fell in love. I usually don't like really glittery highlighters, but this one has a fair amount of glitter in it and I don't hate it. It's stunning on my face and makes me look healthy rather than sweaty, which is something I look for in a highlighter. The finishing powders are really gorgeous too, making my skin look incredibly luminous and soft. I see why these get such a hype online. I personally adore Dim Light; it gives my skin such a healthy appearance like I'm lit from within. 

The bottom three shades are new and exclusive to this palette. We have (L-R) 'Luminous Bronze Light' which is described as a marbled pink and champagne-hued bronzer; 'Surreal Halo' which Hourglass say is a bronze marbled blush mixed with hues of purple and 'Pure Effect', which is a coral marbled blush mixed with hues of bright pink. The shade that sold me on this palette was for sure 'Surreal Halo'. It looks dark and scary in the pan but the marbling gives the deep plum a softer appearance on the face and it applies more of a soft pink. It's perfect for autumn, and I'll be so scared to use this because I never want to run out. 'Pure Effect' is less exciting for me as I have quite a few coral blushes, but it's still exceptionally pretty and looks stunning on the cheeks. I prefer the highlight on this row 'Luminous Bronze Light' to 'Hypnotic Strobe' purely because it's just a tad more golden which is my preference with highlighters, but both are beautiful. 



This palette is full of shades that I would wear everyday, the packaging is a reflective rose gold and the quality of the product is second to none. However, that doesn't answer the question of whether or not I think that this palette is worth the £80 price tag. Short answer, unless you're Kim K and have money coming out of your ears, then I think you can live without this palette. Sure, it's really nice but it's not completely life changing and there are so many cheaper options on the market that do a similar job. If you can find the palette for an insane discount like I managed to do then I do recommend it but think of all the other things you could buy for £80. The original Ambient Lighting palettes are ~only~ £69, so you're paying an extra £11 just for the beautiful packaging. If you can compromise that, then one of the permanent Ambient Lighting palettes may be more up of your alley.

I can't deny that this palette is completely stunning and makes a wonderful addition to my make up collection, however that £80 price tag just keeps coming back to haunt me. Honestly, if you look past the fact that buying this palette covers about 1/4 of my rent for the month, and if you really enjoy collecting make-up and having limited edition in your collection, then this might be an investment you want to make. However, it's not something that you have to have. I've included some swatches below but it's not the best photo. Johnny was out and I had to take it myself and auto-focus would not work on my arm, so I had to try and manually focus it while using one hand - the struggles of a beauty blogger, eh? 

(Front to back: Diffused Light, Hypnotic Strobe, Dim Light, Luminous Bronze Light, Surreal Halo, Pure Effect)
Personally, I think this palette is the prettiest palette I have ever seen in my life. The beautiful rose gold finish appeals to the blogger in me and the shades are just stunning. I'm so glad that I finally have some Hourglass products in my collection to play around with. You can buy this palette here:


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37 comments

  1. Oh my gosh this is SO pretty in literally every way. I kind of hate you for posting this as now I want a god damn £80 palette!! It's got everything you need in there to add a nice glow and a bit of colour to the cheeks and the packaging looks so sleek and professional. Dammit Chloe!
    Alice Xx
    www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

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    1. I know!! It’s so pretty 😭😭 I wish it was a tenner!!

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  2. This does look like a really gorgeous palette, but £80 is mad! I don't think I could part with that haha!xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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    1. Scared me to think that is 1/4 of my months rent haha!! Xx

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  3. Omg, this palette is absolutely gorgeous, I got last years one as a Christmas present so I don't think I could ever justify this one but I would love to own it. I love Hourglass powders and the glow they provide, and I definitely need to try more. xx

    Kristy | thevioletblonde.com

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    1. The finishing powders are incredible! I love them so much!

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  4. Wow, this is such a cool palette but yeah, £80 is a bit much for me! It is so pretty though and would look amazing on a dressing table! x

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  5. Oh be still my beating heart - I think I've just fallen head over heels for this palette! It's beyond stunning. The price tag is absolutely extortionate but I think if you were to treat yourself to something special, then this should deffo be something you should invest in! xx

    www.imjustagirl16.co.uk

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    1. It’s gorgeous, isn’t it? 😍 I defo had a “treat yo self” moment when I bought this!

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  6. I think its safe to say this is one of the most amazing palettes ive ever laid eyes on!!! Those marble shades are jusg absolutely something else- and it also looks like you get a fair amount of product, as some highlighters are such a small quantity!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

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    1. Yeah you do get a lot of product which is a bonus x

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  7. Goodness ME! I cant justify spending £51 on anything, let alone £80! I'm very much a high street, cheap ass when it comes to make up. But you are right, this is flippin STUNNING. It makes you wanna buy it just to use in photos doesn't it!

    Jenny 🎀
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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  8. I am honestly so jealous, this has got to be the most blogger-esque palette ever!! xx

    Gemma Louise

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  9. Such a beautiful palette x

    www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

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  10. Thankyou for the honest review! It may not be technically 'worth' the £80 price tag but I still want it so badly! It's beautiful and I can just imagine how pretty it'll be for photos! The powders look beautiful ahhh I think I need to treat myself!
    PaleGirlRambling xo
    http://palegirlrambling.co.uk

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  11. Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous! I don't think I would shell out the whole £80 for this palette but at £51 I'd be way more tempted! Lucky you to cash in that John Lewis discount! Like you, I'm not the biggest fan of glittery highlight but this looks stunning, not surprised you fell in love! Fab photos, you've shown this off so well!

    Abbey 🍂 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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  12. I've been eyeing up Hour Glass for so long, but I just can't ever justify the price - I think I'm doing something totally naughty if I purchase one! I will one day, but I'm always looking at the blush singles xx

    Taylor Jane ox | www.taylorjane.co.uk

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  13. This looks gorge, I've been looking at this for a while but the price puts me off!
    M x
    lifewithmaria.co.uk

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    1. I know - it’s ridiculously expensive!

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  14. Urghhh at the price omg!! The discount you got was insane though. I have the Ambient Light Palette and its my holy grail of my make-up! This is just soo pretty though... why are we not Kim K rich! xox
    www.emmalanglands.co.uk

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    1. I wish I was Kim K rich, I’d have all of these xx

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  15. Oh wow, now this is pretty! That package is simply gorgeous. I think I need this in my life...

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  16. I have the original 6-pan palette which I picked up a few years (omg) back now and I still love it! I did buy the marble edition last year but was very unimpressed with the pigmentation of each shade. These ones look better but I think I'll hold off since I think I'm good on powders. The rose gold is absolutely beautiful tho!!

    Cindy | www.cindyhyue.com

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    1. This palette is stunning it’s just so pricy!

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  17. I really really REALLY want this palette, but I cannot justify £80 - I still can't even justify £69 from John Lewis.. If only money was no object eh?! Stunning review and I love your gorgeous photos xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.co.uk

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  18. Oh my god, this highlighter palette is B E A U T I F U L L but daaaayuuuuuum £80.00... I CAN'T! Your photos look incredible Chloe and I really loved your review xx

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