Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette | Review

Happy 2019 everyone! I’ve got a lot of backlog to catch up on and I’ll be posting more often in the coming days. I didn’t expect the holidays to be busier than usual so I wasn’t able to plan posts ahead of time.

This Hourglass palette is one of the makeup items I looked forward to during the holidays. I thought I would not be able to get my hands on it because it keeps selling out and there was some trouble with the customs department here. I am glad this is 100% vegan as Hourglass Cosmetics continues its commitment towards being a cruelty free brand and pledge to become fully vegan by 2020. Now let’s get onto the review.


Introducing the next generation of the coveted Ambient® Lighting Edit. The Unlocked edition features 6 new exclusive shades of powder, bronzer, blush and metallic strobe powder.

This 100% vegan palette features the Hourglass symbol representing our commitment to being a cruelty free brand. A portion of profits from this palette will go to support the Nonhuman Rights Project – the only civil rights organization in the United States working to secure legally recognized fundamental rights for nonhuman animals.

The Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette has 6 shades of powders which are composed of 2 ambient lighting powders (Soft Light and Filtered Light), a bronzer (Golden Bronze Light) which has the good neutral tone, 2 blushes (Nude Glow and Mood Flush) and one highlighter (Champagne Strobe Light) all of which are exclusive to this palette. It has the same rose gold packaging as most of their previous holiday releases –although I keep hoping every year that the marble design from the Surreal Light Palette will make a come back.

Their powders are still of the same soft, buttery, finely-milled quality that I’ve come to love but I noticed that they’re not as powdery as they used to be. There wasn’t a lot of product kick-off unlike how I found them to be in the past. These blend the same way as the powders from before and performance-wise there were no significant differences in how they build up. Another thing I noticed is how these are so much more pigmented and darker but I did recall reading in one post from IG about how these were meant for medium skin tones.

One pro I realized from this claim is that I don’t really need to build up the bronzer or the blush on my skin tone because the color easily shows up. However, a con would be I can not use Filtered Light as a finishing powder as it makes me a little bit darker. Instead I can use it as a light bronzer. Never mind that though because in my swatches below, you may not be able to detect Soft Light because it practically has the same tone as my arm — that suits me well as a finishing powder.

I believe this is the best face palette that Hourglass has come up with in recent years. The bronzer, the blushes and dear me — the highlighter, don’t get me started on the highlighter; these 4 are just better than what I expected. I’ve been wearing them a lot for the last few days of 2018 and I’m glad I made this purchase despite one powder being too dark to be used as an overall finishing powder.

This palette retails for $80 and to my knowledge, this has been out of stock online but Sephora states that it is available in select stores. If you happen to see it still available, grab it.

Who is lucky enough to get a hold of this palette? How was it for you?


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