Today it’s time for the review of the newest Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette: Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 4. I’ve loved how all the previous palettes looked but I never actually picked it up because I thought it was too expensive for a brand I didn’t know yet. This year I caved and went for the Volume 4 Palette because the shade selection is totally up my street. I’ve got to tell you: this is a hit! I am loving it!
The exterior of the palette is a gorgeous, reflective (showing every fingerprint haha) rose-gold. It scream luxury to me (and the price does that as well, but we’ll get to that).
The palette contains six Ambient Lighting powders: two finishing powders, one strobing/highlighting powder, one bronzer and two blushes. All are very beautiful.
Top row: finishing powder in Dim Light, finishing powder in Diffused Light and strobe powder in Euphoric Strobe Light.
Bottom row: bronzer in Filtered Bronze Light, blush in Luminous Glow and strobe blush in Euphoric Fusion.
These are the swatches of the powders. The powders are subtle, radiant and all except for the finishing powders shimmery as well.
It took me a few tries to see how I can get most use out of this palette and now that I’ve figured it out, I am using this palette every day.
In both looks I am wearing the following:
finishing powder in Diffused Light to set the concealer under my eyes (it makes my under eyes so bright and awake), mix of the blush Euphoric Fusion with a tiny bit of Luminous Glow as a blush and a little bit of Euphoric Strobe Light (strobe powder) as my highlighter.
The glow on my face comes mostly from the blushes because they give a beautiful radiance. Luminous Glow is actually a bit to bright for my taste so I love mixing it with Euphoric Fusion to tone it down a bit.
When I am going for a quick and simple look, I throw some of the Filtered Bronze Light bronzer on my eye lids for warmth on my eyes as well. I love how healthy and radiant it makes me look!
Gosh, I can’t stop raving about how much I love this palette. It is crazy expensive ($80 – SAY WHAT!?) and the pans are pretty small, but it’s so convenient and gorgeous and amazing and beautiful. If this is on your wishlist and you are willing to splurge on it: grab it while you still can!
On these swatches you see the palette blushes compared to the Ambient Lighting blush in Mood Exposure (this is a travel size). It’s pretty similar but the Euphoric Fusion blush from the palette is clearly a strobe blush, hence the shimmers. Mood Exposure still gives a radiance though, just not with shimmers.
Well… goodbye money… because I’m in love with Hourglass products now!