My Thoughts on the Hourglass Ambient Edit

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hourglass ambient edit
hourglass ambient edit
hourglass ambient edit

I went there. I went down the rabbit hole, across the point of no return and bought myself the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit. But it’s okay – it’s all for my upcoming Christmas Gift Guide ;) You see it would be rude not to pickup one of the most highly anticipated and coveted palettes to be released around this festive season, I just had to cover my eyes and blindly enter my payment details to avoid the horrendous cost of £65. Thank you SpaceNK Ndulge card with your sweet £5 off! Christmas Gift Guide aside, I wanted this palette. I was sucked in by the 6 inviting powders all promising to preen my skin into a glowing piece of perfection. No rhyme nor reason could stop me from picking this up and adding it to my already impressive collection of the Ambient Lighting Palette and Ambient Blush Palette. #Whoops

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty – what’s inside? Power wise there is the Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light (available in the powder palette), Iridescent Light (new) and Diffused Light. Blush wise you get the Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure & Luminous Flush (both available in the blush palette however it’s limited edition and less widely available now). Finally there is Luminous Bronze Light, one of Hourglasses latest powder releases. If you are one of those people who already own the power & blush palette, three of these six shades are within your collection already.

Aside from weighing up the shade selection, we need to talk size. You see if you’ve already seen reviews online about this palette you will have see it’s size, therefore the price, come heavily into question. As a guide in the lighting & blush palette you get 0.33oz of product for around £56 however in the edit you get 0.29oz for £65. The pans are also tiny resulting in a struggle to get your average blush brush to fit. When it arrived on the doorstep I had my initial ‘omgggg new makeup, come to me, I will love you forever you beautiful thing, get on my face but please always look so perfect’ but as soon as I opened it I couldn’t help but feel a tad disappointed by the size.

So is it worth it? If you are an avid Hourglass fan, adore the products and often hit pan or want to try something new, yes. Also I find this palette would be perfect for someone who travels, you have everything you need powder wise in one small easy to pack palette. Although it is an item of luxury, no not everyone needs it and honestly it isn’t great value for money. But it is damn beautiful? Yes, and you can’t deny that anyone will swoon to receive this come Christmas Day.

  • ninegrandstudent

    I think if I travelled more it would definitely be on my wishlist, but unfortunately th size is definitely putting me off! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  • This palette is so pretty! Definitely agree that it would be perfect for travelling too <3

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  • As pretty as it is I’m giving this one a miss. I own the two previous palettes as well as diffused light and the bronzer so this really would be a pointless purchase for me. I can see how it is appealing though, Hourglass powders are just gorgeous. The sizing v pricing seems odd to me also.

    • I think those who have the palettes and bronzer this wouldn’t make sense as a purchase but great for those that want to try out the brand for the first time :) xx

  • I just realized these look like the most delicious marshmallows ever! This would be great for people who haven’t bought anything from hourglass (i.e. me) but bummer there is repeat shades like you said!

    Chelsey |

  • I just recently bought and posted about this myself- I love everything about it apart from the size, my brushes do struggle to fit in the pan! :( x

  • This does look like such a beautiful palette and I can’t stop lusting over it although the size is a little disappointing although would be a perfect travel companion!

    Jasmine |

    • It sure would – already know it’s going to be the first thing I pack for my next trip away xx

  • This palette is beautiful but I’m not that curious to dive in!! It would be a great christmas gift thou ;) xx

    Sara |

  • This looks gorgeous, but I’m still undecided by it due to the size x

    • The size is a shame but I’ve already gotten so much more use out of it than I initially thought xx

  • I took advantage of the Sephora VIB sale and got this palette! I think with the 20% off it’s worth it at least in my mind :)) I’m a big fan of Hourglass and I have all their palettes so this will be a nice addition.

  • This looks completely amazing – so perfect!

    Lucy |

  • This palette is so so beautiful :) x

  • Danielle Beautyblog

    I was gearing up to buy this then watched a few reviews and saw the size! Definitely a disappointment! I managed to find the blush palette in stock on John Lewis and treated myself to that instead – worth it! I don’t think I would have got much use out of the top 3 powders in the bigger palette anyway but it does look gorgeous!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

    • Glad you managed to get that blush palette – it is gorgeous and if you have that I don’t think you need this palette!xx

  • Madison Victoria x

    Love this palette and the blushers look amazing and so beautiful!

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  • This palette looks amazing! I can’t help but swatch it every time I pop into Sephora. I was surprised when I saw how small it was too, but I do think this would be a great gift for a die hard Hourglass fan. Thanks for the informative post!

    Alisa |

  • Dorota Gornicka

    I just had mine in the post in the last couple of weeks and have to admit, I’m in love. What these powders do to my face is quite incredible. I’m in love with all the shades. Worth every penny !!!

    Love Dorota

    • The Hourglass powers are the best I’ve ever used and you are right, what they do to your face is incredible!xx

  • Jen

    This is so pretty, I need it!

  • The pan size sounds annoying! I personally already own half of it so will give this a miss, as lovely as it looks xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  • I don’t own any Hourglass products hence I really wanted to give this a shot but it’s SO expensive that I keep biting my lip thinking about it haha

    Creepers & Cupcakes

    • It’s a fab starter kit for those who haven’t tried Hourglass before even with the steep price tag :) xx

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  • alicekatex

    Would love to try this! Never tried anything from Hourglass xx


  • Just purchased this and I’m excited to receive although disappointed by the poor value for money :/
    – Ambar x

    • It really is a shame they went in so high with the price tag but you won’t regret the purchase :) It is beautiful!xx