The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Wardrobe contains three Ambient Lighting powders, one of which is limited edition – Incandescent Light. Although Incandescent is a gorgeous highlight, I have to say I was quite disappointed with this palette. I only liked the effect Incandescent gave to the tops of my cheekbones and Dim Light was okay at best. Considering all the hype and pretty swatches I thought for sure Dim Light was the one for me. Turns out my favourite of all the ones I’ve tried is Diffused Light as it gives me close to flawless skin.
Dim Light looks fantastic under fluorescent lighting, however on me it merely becomes a subtly darker highlighting shade, and when applied all over it made me look overly beige and only lasted a about 2 hours. To say I was disappointed in it was an understatement. Radiant Light actually pleasantly surprised me; it warmed up my skin nicely especially in the décolletage area, however upon closer inspection it merely finishes as fine gold sparkle and powder on me – it’s a product which may be dupe-able later on.
Back to the palette itself, I find I cannot justify the ridiculously high price point (AU$76) for three powders which individually weigh 0.116oz/3.3g and together 0.348oz/9.87g, whilst the standalone powders are sold at AU$59 for 35oz/10g of product. The image below shows quite a difference in size. However, there is no doubt that these powders are of the utmost quality and some are actually worth the price tag; a little goes a long, long way.
Another point I should make is about the packaging. While outwardly it looks heavy and luxurious, I was slightly alarmed at how light these powders actually were. Since the high quality powders are encased in bulky plastic they will not be good for travel and the like as one drop would probably shatter your heart and product. I prefer these things to be at least in shock proof packaging.
I suggest to those who don’t mind paying so much – this is even after Mecca’s recent price drops – to try out this palette if you must. But if you’re like me and want some acceptable quality for money, try out the powders first before splurging on one or two which you know for sure work for you and your skin. Keep in mind that these powders are “special effect” or “finishing powders”, not to be confused with setting powders. If you are after some oil control which still leaves a dewy finish, go for the Nars Translucent Crystal Light Reflecting Powder.
Rating (palette): 3/5 – did not feel that it was worth the splurge, however, good for those who want some variety on hand
Rating (Dim Light): 3/5 – should be better for medium to dark skin tones
Rating (Incandescent Light): 4/5 – such a pretty highlight shade, if not a little too subtle
Rating (Radiant Light): 3.5/5 – it’s nice, but I’m on the fence about it. It is after all, just nice.