Why, hello there reader(s)! September has been a hectic month for me with university work, placements and intern applications but I've finally found the time to fit in a quick blog post. I thought I'd be a little different today and talk about one of my favourite beauty products right now - the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette or "wardrobe" as they call it here in Australia. I'd been eyeing this for a while and my friend luckily grabbed me one from Barney's in New York whilst she was in the States! The bargain-hunter in me was patient enough to wait for one from the States, which retails at USD$58. In Australia, the palette retails for $86 and is available at Mecca & Mecca Maxima. Mecca recently decreased their prices for some products so it actually used to be $95 (hooray for their recent price changes).
This palette is my very first product from Hourglass and I believe it's pretty good value given that each of the ambient lighting powders are going for around AUD$59 each. So what is this product actually meant to do? The Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders are finishing powders that work to capture, diffuse and soften the way light is reflected on your skin. The photoluminescent technology allows harsh light to be filtered out and leaves your skin looking like it's photoshopped. The powder is extremely fine and feels very light on the skin. Hourglass is parabens & sulphate free so it's definitely suitable for sensitive skin.
For me, did the product really do what it had been so hyped-up to do? YES. YES. YES. I've been using this palette almost everyday since I got it and has become one of my holy grail beauty products. Here's a look at each of the shades in the palette:
Dim Light: After evening events for example, clubbing, I often come home, looking at my face and wondering where all of my make up went. I'm pretty sure it just melts off my face... BUT after using the Dim Light powder, I've noticed it keeps everything in place. After a long day, I come home pleasantly surprised to see my make-up as fresh as it looked when I left in the morning. After the powder settles, its blurring effect is highly noticeable; leaving your complexion smooth, illuminated and poreless.
Incandescent Light: This shade is exclusive to the palette and is described as an opalescent pearl. I use this powder as a highlighter just on my cheek bones, along the top of my nose, in the middle of my forehead, my chin and just under my brows to illuminate my face and give it a little more dimension.
Radiant Light: This is my least used shade in the palette so far but probably because I don't know when to use it! For darker skin tones, it would be perfect as finishing powder and for more medium-toned skins, it supposedly gives a sun-kissed glow. I've used it in instances when my foundation has looked a little pale for my liking.
There is a specific Hourglass brush for these powders however I've found my Real Techniques Powder Brush works just fine.
Who needs Photoshop or Valencia when you have this?!
Posted by : Meghan