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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