Holiday 2017 Makeup

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Volume 3, The Rose Gold Edition

September 11, 2017

For part one of their highly anticipated Holiday launches, Hourglass recently unveiled the Ambient Lighting Edit – Volume 3 ($80). The new limited edition Ambient Lighting Edit features three best-selling and three new exclusive powders housed in a sleek rose gold compact perfect for the Holiday season.

Formulated with Photoluminescent Technology, these one-of-a-kind multidimensional powders are created with swirls of pigmented color and highlighter which creates depth and dimension that capture, diffuse and soften surrounding light for skin that appears softer, younger and lit from within. All of Hourglass’ powders are handmade and formulated using an advanced miscelare technique – which means “to mix” in Italian – creating the perfect balance of pigment and powder, so no two compacts or swatches look alike. Basically, what this means is that the overall color formula in each compact will look similar to others but there will be slight variations in the depth of said color depending on the blush pigment versus highlighter ratio.

Much like the Ambient Lighting Powders as well as Ambient Lighting Blushes and Ambient Strobe Lighting Blushes (reviewed here), these marbled powder blushes have a soft and ultra smooth texture. They are lightweight, easy to blend and buildable without emphasizing pores or skin texture. When you look at the pans in person it may appear that some shades will come across as too light but these blushes are surprisingly pigmented with an intense color deposit. A little brush swirl around the pan will go a long way creating a mix of pigment and highlight to give the complexion a perfect ethereal glow with a luminous finish that is not frosty. Or “otherworldly glow”, as Hourglass would say which is an apt description, if I may say so myself. As is with the Ambient Lighting Powders, Ambient Lighting Blushes and Ambient Strobe Lighting Blushes, the lasting power of these blushes are particularly impressive – lasting from early morning to mid-evening without fading or the color separating from the finely-milled shimmer particles.

Featuring three best-selling and three exclusive shades, including:

  • Ambient Lighting Powder – Dim Light – is a warm, light neutral peach with subtle pink and yellow undertones and has a soft satin/shimmer finish.
  • Ambient Lighting Powder – Diffused Light – is a warm, light almost white-ish beige with yellow undertones and has a soft, barely-there shimmery sheen.
  • Ambient Lighting Bronzer – Luminous Bronze Light – is a warm medium tan with yellow undertones and has a golden shimmer sheen finish.
  • Ambient Lighting Blush – Surreal Halo (NEW) – is a medium mauve berry with soft reddish undertones and has a pearl finish.
  • Ambient Lighting Blush – Pure Effect (NEW) – is a bright, warm pink with a hint of blue undertones and has a luminous finish.
  • Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder – Hypnotic Strobe Light (NEW) – is a warm, light to medium champagne beige with subtle pink undertones and a multidimensional pearly sheen finish.

Swatched on the arm

A closer look at the swatches


Comparison swatches to the Ambient Strobe Lighting Blushes in Euphoric Fusion, Incandescent Electra and Iridescent Flash (all swatched and reviewed here), and Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush.

Bottom line, I personally feel this was totally worth the splurge. I have been a major fan of Hourglass since around 2011 when they still had their old logo and each year since then I look forward to their seasonal collections as well as Holiday launches, which in my humble opinion are some of the best. I skipped on Volume 2 last year since the color selection did not exactly blow my mind, this year’s edit completely exceeded my expectations as I turned out to utterly love it even for the $80 pricetag. It’s an exquisite, well-executed palette that works really well for my medium skin tone and each of the shades layer beautifully with the next, making this a total travel gem. These have the perfect in-between mix of color and glow. They are luminous in a subtle nature so they give the skin that beautiful soft sheen with enough color balance to bring life to the face. They layer nicely with other powder-based products as well as creams, meld well with the skin and don’t emphasize pores or skin texture. I did notice that they slightly warm up on the skin but don’t oxidize too much. In terms of lasting power I found these rank as very impressive.

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Volume 3 is currently available on the official Hourglass website and Sephora.

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