For the holidays, Hourglass introduces the new limited edition Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette ($80 / .04 oz – 1.4 g x6) featuring six all new exclusive shades of Ambient Lighting Powder, Bronzer, Blush, and Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder. The next generation of the covered Ambient Lighting Edit series, Unlocked is a 100% vegan palette that is donned in the Hourglass bunny symbol on the outer lid representing their 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 UnitedThe powders are finely milled with a smooth finish that doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture and blend seamlessly into the skin. What I truly love about the Ambient powders is that they soften the complexion and really gives this filtered and luminous from within look. Lasting power is quite good – it stayed put on my face, eyes and cheeks from morning to late evening. States working to secure legally recognized fundamental rights for non-human animals.
All six powders in this palette are formulated with the famous Hourglass Photoluminescent Technology to capture, diffuse, and soften surrounding light for skin that appears softer, younger, and lit from within. The entire feel and vibe of this palette is on the neutral side for color with a naturally glowy finish. Pigment is soft yet really good and consistent across the palette. Each shade contains enough color to show up on medium to tan skin. Right now I’d consider myself to be a medium-tan and the colors show up very well on me. I’m not sure if the shades will show up on deeper skin tones but if you’re about 3-4 shades darker than me I do think most of the shades will still show up.
The powders are finely milled with a smooth finish that doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture and blend seamlessly into the skin. What I truly love about the Ambient powders is that they soften the complexion and really gives this filtered and luminous from within look. Lasting power is quite good – it stayed put on my face, eyes and cheeks from morning to late evening.
A look at the color selection and descriptions as I see them
- Ambient Lighting Powder in Soft Light – is a warm, light beige with golden undertones and has a matte finish
- Ambient Lighting Powder in Filtered Light – is a warm, light brown with soft yellow undertones and has a satin sheen finish
- Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Golden Bronze Light – is a warm, medium brown with subtle red and golden undertones and has a satin sheen finish
- Ambient Lighting Blush in Nude Glow – is a warm, light pinky peach with peach undertones and has a satin sheen finish
- Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Flush – is a warm, medium mauve pink with pink undertones and has a natural finish
- Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder in Champagne Strobe Light – is a warm, light champagne gold with yellow undertones and has a metallic finish
Bottom line, spendy but worth it for me as it exceeded my expectations like the Edits do every single year. I’ve been a fan of the Ambient Lighting line since it launched in 2013 and to date I haven’t missed any of the limited-edition palettes except maybe a small handful which is usually caused if a palette contains too many of the same shades I already own in singular format. The Ambient Lighting Edit palettes are great for travel and if you’re new to the line it’s a nice and more affordable way to try multiple colors rather than buying all the individual compacts separately. They’re exquisitely well-executed palettes and I highly recommend them because of the great value.
It is worth noting that the pans are considerably small in size. Each year many who purchase the Ambient Lighting Edit palettes are severely disappointed by the sheer size of the pans which are roughly the same as the size of the single Ambient Powder minis. While I do agree that the price is a bit steep, I stand behind that the palettes are of great value especially if you’re either a collector or first-time trying Hourglass products. Hourglass is generally a little on the more expensive side of the spectrum but you do receive superb quality products that last in return. After almost a decade of purchasing and following Hourglass, I have yet to be disappointed.
Below is a size comparison for compact measure next to the Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Radiance Bronze Light, Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush in Euphoric Fusion (reviewed here), and Ambient Lighting Bronzer Mini in Luminous Bronze Light.