Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 Review and Swatches

Every year for the past three years, Hourglass have released a palette containing their highly sought after Ambient Lighting Powders and they’re always a sell out. I have one Hourglass Ambient Powder in the shade Ethereal Light and I really don’t use it very much as I don’t notice any difference to my skin when using it, but everyone raves about the Hourglass powders so I’ve been dying to try some more to see if I can see why everyone loves them so much. When the photos of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 first emerged, I instantly fell in love but with a £69 price tag I just couldn’t justify it so close to Christmas.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 Review and Swatches

I entered a giveaway on the very lovely Siobhán’s blog (Beautylymin) and to my surprise, I won the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 and as you can imagine, I was and still am absolutely thrilled as I wanted it so much. Siobhán’s review made me want it even more, especially as she said it was her favourite palette from the three palettes and I couldn’t wait to give it a try.

It’s a limited edition palette, just like the previous two palettes so if you want to get your hands on it, you need to do it soon as they’re always one of the most popular festive beauty launches. The packaging is seriously stunning, with a rose gold metallic casing and a mirror within the lid. The box even comes with directions on how best to use each powder which I thought was really handy too.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 Review and Swatches

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 and the previous volumes have had a little negativity about the price and small sizes of the powders compared to their full size powders. This palette is £69 and contains six different Ambient Lighting Powders which are 1.4g each, so the palette contains a total of 8.4g of product which is definitely not a lot of product when you compare it to a full size Hourglass powder which contains between 4.2g and 11g depending on the product.

If you like a lot of product for your money, this palette might not be for you but I think it’s a fantastic way to be able to try six different Hourglass powders in one palette. The Hourglass powders are priced between £32 and £45 so it’d cost £223 to buy the six full sizes and this palette is a lot more travel friendly, and I love that you can mix shades together within the palette. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 contains three bestselling shades as well as three exclusive shades so there’s a great mix of old and new shades within the palette.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 Review and Swatches

1 – Hourglass Diffused Light Finishing Powder – a soft, warm, pale yellow powder that conceals redness and gives skin clarity.

2 – Hourglass Hypnotic Strobe Light Strobe Powder –  a champagne powder infused with multidimensional pearly for a sublime highlight (NEW).

3 – Hourglass Dim Light Finishing Powder – a neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights the complexion.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 Review and Swatches

4 – Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light Bronzer – a medium tan shade fused with Luminous Light for a softer, candlelit warmth.

5 – Hourglass Surreal Halo Blush – a deep berry blush fused with Surreal Light for a vibrant flush of color (NEW).

6 – Hourglass Pure Effect Blush – a bright petal pink fused with glimmering rose for a youthful glow (NEW).

I am so in love with all six shades within this palette. After being underwhelmed by the Ethereal Light Ambient Lighting Powder, I was a little worried I’d have the same experience with other shades within the Hourglass range but these are a lot more remarkable in comparison. Ethereal Light feels as if I’ve blending dust onto my skin which always confused me as so many appear to love it, but all six shades within this palette are beautiful and I can use every single shade even with my pale skin.

The Luminous Bronze Light Bronzer is a touch too dark for me, but if I use a brush like the Real Techniques Setting Brush, it ensures I don’t go OTT and it gives a light yet radiant warmth to the skin. I am delighted to have this palette within my collection, and I honestly cannot thank Siobhán enough for running the giveaway and picking my name via the randomiser, as it’s such an amazing palette.

You can purchase the palette via Space NK here, but it does keep coming in/out of stock so make sure you keep checking if you wish to purchase it.

I would love to know if you’ve tried any of the Hourglass powders? Do you have a favourite shade?

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