September 18, 2018

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette Tempting but Are There Any Takers?

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The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette ($80) is a new, limited edition palette that Hourglass released for Holiday 2018 which includes Ambient Lighting Powder, Bronzer, Blush, and Highlighter. It’s a tempting, elegant piece of makeup but are there any takers out there for this one?

I’ve considered it. A lot. Perhaps too much and decided to skip it. This launch is repetitive for me even though it includes six, all new and exclusive shades. I feel like I have a ton of the Ambient Lighting Edit Palettes already which I’m barely making use of so my collection might not need another near $100 palette I won’t use.

But man, it is very, very tempting!

You get:

  • Ambient Lighting Powder in Soft Light (soft, subtle peach), Filtered Light (cool, medium tone)
  • Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Golden Bronze Light (neutral, golden bronze)
  • Ambient Lighting Blush in Nude Glow (shimmering light amber), Mood Flush (soft plum)
  • Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder in Champagne Strobe Light (true champagne)

I was never a strong supporter of Ambient Lighting Blush from the get go but I’ve always been a lover of the Ambient Lighting Powder which is odd considering I don’t typically use powder since my skin is drier. But this stuff really does create a beautifully smooth, diffused, soft focus on skin. I have grown to love the blush over the years but the powder remains a holy grail product for me.

I’m currently trying hard to keep my feelings to a firm no on this but every time I open Sephora’s page it’s front and center as if calling me to buy it. I’m resisting that siren’s call for now but not sure how long I’ll hold out!

Do you purchase the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette this year?

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  • Elise

    Beautiful…yes. Pricey yes. Dupable…could be. I have been looking at the BECCA Be A Light palettes which for $46 each look to be winners.

    In past years, I just could not bring myself to buy any of the Ambient Light palettes. I also ditched the 3 blushes I had too. Just not impressed. So this is an easy skip.

    • Isabella Muse

      Too true! I have a lot of the edit palettes and I feel like they run together for me lately!

  • Maria

    The blush palette is a pass. I just ordered the Huda obsessions palette in the new Amethyst shades. Looks so pretty from website. The green and ruby were not available yet.

  • kjh

    Being a junkie, jumped on the first ALP trio, and hated it. Who knew sheer could read so wrong?Mood is the only color that suits me. Using both today. If they issued Filtered Light or Mood Flush as singles, might do them. These holiday palettes are notorious for being bad values, ben if you do favor the shades. The prices remain high, and the ounces decrease. So, even if you love these, it’s pretty lose…lose.

    • Isabella Muse

      Not so sheer on me but I always hated that the blush didn’t quite have the glow I was looking for!

    • Maritza

      In Canada de palette is 95 can +tax, each “square” is the size of a mini (0.04) , the mini blushes, highlighter and bronzer are $32+tax can when purchase individually and the ambient powder mini is 30 . So basically if you buy the palette is like paying for 3 minis and getting 3 minis free. In my opinion it is a deal.‍♀️

  • Eva Lee

    Not tempted by this year’s edition. I purchased two of the Surreal Light Edit Palette back in Winter 2016 because that one was worth the splurge to me. I still love it to this day and only use it on special occasions even though I have a back-up, haha.

    • Isabella Muse

      I feel overwhelmed with edit palettes and I feel like I’m not making as much use out of them as I should be so I think I’m ok skipping!

  • Laurie

    I wish they offered more than one color way for their holiday palette. I own some singles from last year’s sale … two are full sized, another is the travel size … and those I own are definitely on the lighter side and will last me forever. These look like they would not suit my fair skin or skin tone, which is all to the good as I won’t be tempted. Because they really are ridiculously priced for what you get. My suggestion? Offer a three pan palette and let users pick three full-size pop-Ins shades for a holiday price. Of course, nobody asked me.

    • Isabella Muse

      I feel the same which is why I skipped. The shades in all my edit palettes seem to run together! omg yes excellent idea!

  • Kish

    This is actually one of the few things I want this year. I only have the original trio palette plus the original blush trio so I think I’d use this a lot. But I can see if you have every palette that you wouldn’t need it.

  • Maritza

    I bought it.alwsys wanted to get the products since I tried i mini of one of the ambient light powders.
    These colours seem they will suit me better and will be using them for my wedding. There is something about the luminosity that gives me so beautiful on mu oily skin

  • Tabitha

    I only have one of these palettes, the 1000 point Sephora reward -the name is lost on me right now… BUT I REALLY FLIPPIN WANT THIS. I think its because it looks to be less frosty/shimmery than the other palette i have. Ima sucker tho

  • Traci

    I want this. But I’m worried I’ll also want the holiday Edit 4 palette. I don’t know which one to pick or which has better colors/choices.

    Decisions. Decisions.

  • Mia

    Way too expensive! This reminds me in color and style of some of the Makeup Revolution highlighter palettes. Pro glow 1 & 2 (cool glow is much cooler) palettes.

  • Skye

    I bought it and I’m not a fan! The finishing powders are lovely, but the darker, plum blush isn’t luminous, and the lighter one is pinkier than pics show and is glittery, and the bronzer is least best of the palette- it has chunky glitter (which can be seen on my face after application) and the hue is rather red. It showed up as the same colour as he plum blush on my skin, sadly. I must have a funny undertone (olive fair?). Such a shame as I was so excited for this; I’ve restrained from buying the ambient edit palettes previously. I hope others have better luck!

    • Isabella Muse

      Aw sorry Skye! Return it! Especially if you purchased at Sephora as they have a great return policy!

  • bella

    As previous stated in the Clinique pop blush post, I am a blush junkie! I bought the first Hourglass ambient powder trio and I used all three until I hit the pan. Last year I bought one of the blushes and it is only ok–not as good as the too face 16 hour heart shape blushes. If you read Christine, from Temptalia, she always breaks down the price per ounce and it is never, ever worth it. However, when Sephora has the 20% sale I will get one of the strobe highlighters as I think they are totally worth the money! This palette is way too expensive for me.

  • Wanda

    I’ll be passing on this one. I have the Ambient Lighting palette which suits me just fine. I also purchased minis of the Diffused Light powder and the Mood Exposure blush and loved them both so I got the full size compacts. Once my palette is finished I plan to purchase a full size Dim Light. I’d rather just get full sizes of the ones I love instead of a palette of smaller sizes I’m not too crazy about. Especially because they include bronzers which, as much as I try, never use.