25 October 2015

Do I Need Hourglass' Latest Launch?

If there's a launch worth waiting year round for it's those from Hourglass - they just seem to bring it each and every year with something utterly swoon-worthy launched usually just before Christmas. We've seen the Ambient Lighting Powder Palette, followed by the Ambient Lighting Blush trio, but their latest and greatest, the Ambient Lighting Edit is a little bit of everything housed in a cushty compact. To clear up any confusion, pictured above are my two palettes put together compared whilst I make up my mind as to whether Hourglass' latest needs to join my palette line-up. With that said, let's weigh things up...

Launching as limited edition, this six-piece powder wardrobe features curated must-haves from the Ambient Lighting line; finishing powders, blushers and a bronzer, the full-face works in a compact to brighten, contour and lighten. So let's break this down, along the top row we have the finishers, left to right, the first, Dim Light, is a neutral peach-beige to blur imperfections and highlight. Centred is Iridescent Strobe Light, a new and exclusive powder to the palette which comes as a sheer, illuminating pink pearl highlight, delivering a refined glow and imitates how strobe lighting captures and reflects in all the right places on the face, then Diffused Light is a warm, pale yellow powder which reduces redness and brightens the complexion over-all. Down along the blush and bronzer bottom row we have Mood Exposure, a mauve-plum blush fused with Mood Light Powder to add some neutral cheek colour, Luminous Flush, is a champagne rose blush blended with Luminous Light to veil the skin in a 'candlelit glimmer' and Luminous Bronze Light, a medium tan shade also paired with Luminous Light for a softer, all-over warmth. Created as a all-shades-suit-all compact, the combo of all of the above is universally flattering for all skin tones.

So here's what's got me 'umming' and 'ahhing', three of the shades have previously been released in the past two palettes. Dim Light features as the first in the Ambient Lighting Powder Palette, and Mood Exposure and Luminous Flush make up two thirds of the Ambient Lighting Blush Palette. There's no mention size wise here, but if I've heard through the beauty grapevines correctly, the powders in this latest palette don't quite size up to the trios being slightly smaller. On one hand I'm wishing they'd replaced those three already-used shades with some of the others, yet on the other I'm currently dreaming of subtle-strobed cheekbones that Iridescent Strobe Light could provide me with and the convenience it means for travel - it's one I'm having to talk myself into as well as out of for now - throw those thoughts at me.

Alas, this comes in at £65 and can be found over on Space NK and at John Lewis. I've got a feeling it won't be about for long, so get it whilst it's hot to avoid disappointment once it's out of stock...

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