Thursday, June 16, 2016

I Came Around: The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

[Product was purchased by me. There are no affiliate links in this post.]
Ok, so we're clear: I rolled my eyes at this product, but now I love it.


Great. Let's move on.

(I am ever so gracious, I know - it's one of my best features).

Seriously, though, when it first came out, I believe (correct me if I'm wrong, please) that it was touted as SUPER LE BUY NOW BUY BUY. And then, a very short time later, it was released with much fanfare as a permanent item. I understand that this is a business and they are presumably responding to high demand, but...the whole thing was really quick. I gave them the benefit of the doubt, and I suppose this just serves as a personal reminder to ignore LE marketing schemes.

With that said, I wasn't interested when the single Ambient Lighting Powders first came out, either, because at the time I though that finishing powders should be translucent (so as not to mess up your meticulously matched foundation). As you can see, I've come to appreciate something with a bit of color to it.

I bought this palette because it features three shades: Dim Light, Incandescent Light (exclusive to this palette), and Radiant Light. Since I'm on the paler side, I can use Dim Light pretty liberally without experiencing any shade change. Radiant Light can be dusted all over my face lightly to bring some warmth (and match a tan), and then concentrated in certain areas to act as more of a bronzer. Incandescent Light is a highlighter; it's beautifully, subtly shimmery, but it does have some sparkle to it. Doesn't bother me, because it's not excessive, but it's there.
Thus, the beauty of it, to me, is that it's an all-in-one - I don't have to have a separate bronzer or highlighter. This only works if you fall in a certain range of skin tones, though. The powders themselves are easy to apply and deliver on glow, though it did take me a while to really appreciate it. Initially after purchasing, I was really confused - I have dry skin, yet the powders seemed to cake up when applied, and I didn't understand the raves. After a few months of use (I bought this in...October 2015?), and playing around with application methods, I'm finally at the point where I would buy another one if I ever used up the shades - which I use pretty equally. If you are using it as a setting powder, you definitely want your face to be completely dry (after foundation, concealer, etc.) before applying, or it will cake up. I think you also want a sparser brush rather than a very dense one. I use a big fluffy brush to apply Dim Light and Radiant Light, and a smaller brush for the highlight.

Most of my recent FOTD photos feature it, but it's really hard to feature a "before" and "after" photo. I tried. But it's the kind of thing that really needs to be tried in person, I think. And I don't think everyone needs a setting powder. I just felt like my skin was dull, and needed something to help soften flaws and add a glow. If that's what you're in the market for, I'd recommend giving this a shot, or one of the singles, if you don't need the multitasker palette (and price tag). This is $62; I purchased mine at Sephora.