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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette: First Impressions & Look

Hourglass Cosmetics was first introduced in Singapore back in 2008.  Since then, they have pulled out islandwide, probably given that not enough publicity and awareness were created around these Paraben-free products. It is a huge pity because Hourglass has lately been releasing very interesting, inventive products which I am more than curious to try out.

Most recently in October 2013, Hourglass released their limited-edition trio Ambient Lighting Palette featuring three shades of Ambient Lighting Powder: Dim Light, Incandescent Light and Radiant Light, which boast state-of-the-art technology to recreate the most exquisitely flattering types of light. Included in part of the palette is a 5-ml Veil Mineral Primer to ensure the perfect canvas. 

Hourglass 2013 Limited-Edition Ambient Lighting Palette

Hourglass 2013 Limited-Edition Ambient Lighting Palette

At 3.3-grams, this travel-sized trio of Ambient Lighting Powders are definitely smaller than the regular-sized (9.9-grams) Ambient Lighting Powders but each pan is certainly large enough to fit a fluffy brush for easy application.

Ambient Lighting Powders are finishing powders that mimic how light is reflected on the skin by recapturing, diffusing and softening surrounding light. 

My Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

My Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

The palette is made of hard plastic and is finished with a reflective gloss in a deep maroon colour, giving it an overall rich, classy feel reminiscent of high-end cosmetic brands such as Chanel. Whipping this baby out of your bag will definitely be a pleasant experience for those ladies who love simplicity and yet appreciate the well-made feel of Chanel-type packaging.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette packaging

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette packaging

These powders are said to brighten the appearance, and conceal skin imperfections, pores and wrinkles and contain revolutionary photo-luminescent technology – micron-size spherical particles that refract light and create transparent coverage. These powders are free of parabens, talc, fragrance, nano-particles and gluten.

Limited-Edition Incandescent Light: 
An opalescent pearl powder that brightens the complexion with a celestial glow.
Dim Light:
A neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections.
Radiant Light:
A sun-kissed golden beige powder that adds warmth.

R - L: Dim Light, Incandescent Light, and Radiant Light

Left to Right: Dim Light, Incandescent Light, and Radiant Light

Upon opening my palette, I was seriously stunned by the beauty of these powders.

I swatched them against my tanned skin and was happy to note that they were so pigmented giving such excellent colour payoff. The powders are very finely-milled, have no scent and are very soft. So please use a synthetic brush to pick up the product lightly. As they say, less is more, with beauty products.

Ambient Lighting Powders swatched

Ambient Lighting Powders swatched

There is a subtle luminous quality of all the powders. Although each powder looks like it contains shimmer in the pan, out of the pan, the shimmer is unnoticeable and is very subtle. I love the overall effect it creates on the face: a soft-focus type of look that is not only perfection but extremely romantic and feminine.

FOTD finished with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

FOTD finished with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

This is only my first day using the product and have had a very positive first impression thus far.

My cheeks give off a certain glow when I dusted the Dim Light over my cheeks. I also notice that my T-zone is more luminous with the use of Dim Light. I used Radiant Light over my bronzer and it created a somewhat soft-focus type of look. My pores do not seem as visible and my highlighted areas seem to look brighter with these powders. Overall, my face just looks like it is glowing. I especially love that these powders are free of paraben, talc and fragrance.

I will definitely be using this again and will give an updated review to those who might be interested in a review of the Dim Light and Radiant Light powders which are part of the permanent selection of ambient powders currently available. Unfortunately, these powders are currently not available in Singapore and are only available intentionally via this eBay seller dan36999 or special orders. I got mine via a friend who travelled overseas recently and was happy to help me pick up a set.

For those who may be intrigued to know about Hourglass, here is an excerpt taken off the Sephora International website and also the official Hourglass Cosmetics website.

” Hourglass creator, Carisa Janes understands the importance of short and long-term benefits, innovative treatments, and sleek, sophisticated packaging. In 2004 she launched Hourglass, bringing together technologically advanced formulas and clinical levels of active ingredients. In addition to skin-improving complexion formulas, Hourglass delivers inventive products for eyes, lips, and cheeks.” – Sephora webiste, USA.

“Hourglass exists at the revolutionary intersection of science, beauty and luxury. The brand is acclaimed for its breakthrough formulations, technological innovations and unwavering commitment to reinvention. Complexion products are infused with the most groundbreaking active ingredients available to create unbelievably surreal skin. Distinguished by sensorial textures, modern color collections, and sleek custom packaging—Hourglass puts the art in state-of-the-art.” – Hourglass Cosmetics website

Once again, thanks for reading!

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2 comments on “Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette: First Impressions & Look

  1. Bel Far Niente
    June 21, 2014

    where can we purchase hourglass cosmetics in Singapore ?

    • spattiselanno
      June 23, 2014

      Hello there! I got mine through a contact, but I think you can try Net-A-Porter. Thanks for stopping by!

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