14 August 2014

Hourglass' Ambient Lighting Palette Makes a Comeback

Flick back the calendar 8 months to January, where I tried (and failed big time) at tracking down a certain cosmetic compact that I'd planned to spend my Christmas present pennies on. The compact in question being Hourglass' Ambient Lighting Palette - there was no such luck simply because it was labeled a limited edition number and was snapped up by every highlight-lover who could get their paws on it. Now you can only imagine the squeals expressed when I saw this had permanently returned on the Sephora site, and soon after stocked in UK Space NK stores - I assure you I had no problem putting those pennies towards another something, but let's just say a mid-year Christmas-present-to-self went down...

The 3-in-1 kit has got all your highlighting needs covered with a trio of Ambient Lighting Powder shades - two of which can already be found as stand-alones; on the left we have Dim Light, the all-over setting powder member. As a peachy-toned beige, it'd work for all skin tones and a dainty dusting holds everything in place whilst imparting a natural glow minus the cakey-ness. In the middle you'll find the one exclusive shade to the palette, Incandescent Light, basically your high-point highlighter. A champagne pearl in shade, it imparts a subtle sheen in all the right places - tops of the cheekbones, inner tear duct, cupids bow and all. Finally, Radiant Light sits on the right and is golden beige in shade which delivers an overall sun-kissed, bronzed-up warmth. All powders are designed to mimic how the complexion comes across in soft candlelight compared to harsh, brighter lights, the transparent micron in size, colour correcting particles alter and refine the skin's appearance by capturing and diffusing the way light reflects onto it. All of this housed in a sturdy but streamlined compact that can even be chucked in your clutch for touch ups, what's not to love?

Smaller in size than the original individual pans which hold just under 10g and roll in at £38 a pop, there's only 3.3g in each here, but you've got yourself a three-way shade selection in one nifty compact rocking up at £56, and unfortunately, this re-release doesn't come paired with the bonus miniature sample of their Veil Mineral Primer that it came with first time round *boooo*. A pricey investment maybe, but one that'll get a heck of a lot of use out of and will probably last you a light-dusting lifetime...

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