HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Edit review

Hi guys! So the HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Edit has been out of stock for a year or something crazy like that and it finally came back and I bought it. My wallet is NOT happy, because this is THE most expensive makeup product I’ve bought – but maaaan it’s worth it. And I wanted to try all of these anyway and it’s much cheaper buying the palette instead of all the singles – so it’s a win-win!


If you haven’t heard about this, you’ve been living under a rock. Sorry to say. This was/is all over YouTube and it’s the most beautiful makeup item I own. Like, I’m about to cry when I look at it.



This palette contains six shades:


  • Iridescent Strobe Light – A soft pink pearl powder that gives a refined glow to the complexion.
  • Dim Light – A neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights the complexion.
  • Diffused Light – A soft, warm, pale yellow powder that conceals redness and gives skin clarity.
  • Luminous Flush – A champagne rose blush fused with luminous light to evoke a candlelit glimmer.
  • Mood Exposure – A soft plum blush fused with mood light to brighten the complexion.
  • Luminous Bronze Light – A medium tan shade fused with luminous light for a softer, candlelit warmth.

This is what is says about it:

“Designed to give you everything you need to finish, brighten, contour and highlight your skin in a single compact. Unlike traditional powder, blush and bronzer, which tend to be flat, all Ambient Lighting products use Photoluminescent Technology to filter out harsh light and refine the appearance of the complexion. All products in the palette are universally flattering and deliver multidimensional luminescence to every skintone, making it appear softer and lit-from-within.”

So these are not your typical boring powders. If you swatch these, you will not be too impressed. And that’s because it’s one of those products where you can’t tell by swatches – you HAVE to use them on your face to see the full effect, because of the reasons stated above.

Where people go wrong:

These powders are not setting powders. Don’t set your makeup only using these. They won’t do anything – your makeup won’t last and you will not be matte all day. These can be used to on top of a setting powder, and you won’t have a cake face or look powdery.

You can use them as highlighters but you will not get a glow like the hyped highligters. This is not what they were made for.

What they do:

Photoluminescent Technology: The optically transparent particles alter the appearance of the skin by manipulating and refracting favourable light. The result is skin that looks smooth, even, and enhanced- not masked. The soft-focus technology helps to minimize the look of wrinkles and imperfections, neutralize discolouration, and emulate the appearance of young, healthy skin.

These finely milled powders are very special – a lot of people don’t know how to use them correctly. That’s also the reason why some people have given them bad reviews. They expected something else, and used them wrong. So make sure to read up on it BEFORE buying it! 🙂


I am so in love. I couldn’t be happier and it was worth the money. It costed me £70 (around 630 kr) and I bought it here:



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