Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

This is one brand that I’ve heard so many people talking about, for so many different products. With claims that each of the high-tech formulas creates that radiant ‘glow from within’ look that softens and creates a flattering ‘light source’ on the skin, it’s no wonder that their products are expensive and highly sought-after.

I was so INCREDIBLY lucky to find this at a car boot sale (I know, right?!) and immediately snapped it up. It was boxed, unopened and had been an unused Christmas gift to the woman I brought it off for £10! When it retails at £59.00 on the SpaceNK website, I hands down got myself a bargain!

I’d been eyeing up their finishing powders and blushers for a while, but at £42.00 and £32.00 respectively, I haven’t been able to justify the amount – even on months I’m feeling particularly flush. The beauty about trying this particular palette out is I get to try 3 of their best-selling powders for a fraction of the price to see if A) They are worth the money and B) If it is something I will get good use out of.

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Basically, the hype around these powders stems from the fact that they are completely soft, finely milled powders that are designed to give dimension to the face, even after you’ve applied a foundation and primer to mattify and even out your skin. Instead of your skin looking flat and 2 dimensional, their “state of the art technology” powders are designed to simulate different lighting effect by either diffusion, softening or highlighting the skin. Kind of like a light-box for the face.

This palette comes with the powders Dim Light, Incandescent Light and Radiant Light. Dim Light is a neutral beige toned powder that is the most matte out of the trio. It creates a lovely sheen to the skin, setting your base without looking too powdery. I do notice a slight blurring of the pores too, so it does soften the features very subtly. Incandescent Light is a limited edition shade only found in this palette. It is slightly more pink toned than Dim Light, and is a lot more highlighter-like also. It doesn’t make your skin shimmer, but when it catches the light it makes your skin glow like you’ve been in the sun. Don’t be confused with a bronzer; it doesn’t colour the skin too much, but it does add a natural glow. Radiant Light is a golden beige colour with a slight shimmer, but not quite as shimmery as Incandescent Light. This is the darkest of the three, which on my skin came out slightly bronzed. It creates a very natural sun-kissed look, but is rather warm toned so do go lightly!

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In terms of quality, these powders are very special, and I do think that the hype is real. I especially like Dim Light, so if I were to purchase any of them full size, then this would be the one I’d buy as it’s the most flattering and versatile. However, I am hesitant about this palette.

Don’t get me wrong, they are lovely powders and they are definitely worth the money if you like luxurious products. It’s so handy having a powder, highlighter and bronzer in the same palette, and they do look beautiful on the skin. But I don’t see the difference between these and other finishing powders I’ve tried – both Higher End and High Street. Quantity wise, you get quite a small amount of product in each pan, and for the money I don’t think that this is worth it.

For the £10 I paid for it – a complete bargain. Would I spend £59.00 on it? No way!

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