Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Review & Demo


The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders have gotten a lot of hype in the YouTube/Beauty Blogger Community. Being a dry skin girl (kinda), I was a little leery about trying them out. Also, most of the people I saw raving about them were lighter complected, so I wasn’t sure how nice these powders would be on dark skin. So when I saw that the new limited edition Ambient Lighting Palette came out, I decided to give it a go, since it would allow me to try out multiple powders at once. Continue reading for my thoughts on this product! If you would just like to see how I apply these, scroll down to the middle of the post for my video!

The palette comes packaged in a similar case to the full size powders, except this one is longer. I think the packaging looks nice and sleek, but due to the reflectiveness, it shows a lot of fingerprints.

L-R: Dim Light, Incandescent Light, Radiant Light
L-R: Dim Light, Incandescent Light, Radiant Light

According to the official product information on Sephora’s website, these powders are “finishing powders that capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on your skin”. With that being said, these powders are not meant to provide any coverage, only to perfect the way your skin looks. This palette contains 3 shades: Dim Light, Incandescent Light, and Radiant Light. The descriptions below are taking directly from Hourglass Cosmetics’ website.

DIM LIGHT: A neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with the perfect balance of warm and cool tones.
RADIANT LIGHT: A sun-kissed golden beige that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth, and also extends a summer glow.
LIMITED EDITION INCANDESCENT LIGHT: A pearlescent powder that highlights the cheekbones and brightens the complexion with a celestial glow.
L-R: Dim Light, Incandescent Light, Radiant Light
L-R: Dim Light, Incandescent Light, Radiant Light

In my opinion these powders do what they say they do. For me they provide a soft-focus effect that I really notice more on camera or in sunlight. They don’t provide a matte appearance to the skin, but rather give my skin a subtle glow. Typically, I use these powders with more satin foundations (as opposed to dewy) that I normally wouldn’t use a setting powder with (for example, Smashbox Studio Skin foundation). For the most part, I use Dim Light all over my face, Radiant Light on my cheeks, and Incandescent Light on the tops of my cheekbones. To see a demo on how I apply it, check out the video below!

Unlike traditional powders, the Ambient Light powders help give life to the skin. I haven’t found that they make me look cake-y unless I over apply (which I did the first time I tried them on). They also don’t accentuate any dry patches on my face. These powders do not prolong the wear of my makeup, but that is not what they are intended to do.

Me wearing all 3 powders
Me wearing all 3 powders

Some of you may be wondering how the Ambient Lighting Powders compare to the Nars Light Reflecting Powders (reviewed HERE). The Nars powders are more of a setting powder, while the Ambient Lighting powders are more of a finisher. I typically use the Nars powders to keep my more dewy foundations in place and to set my concealer. They have absolutely no shimmer, but still keep the healthy look of the skin. While the Ambient Lighting powders, I usually dust very lightly in places that I wan’t to be more luminous over satin finish foundations.

Overall, I’m really glad that I purchased this palette! It is not cheap, but I think it is worth it. A full sized Ambient Lighting powder is 0.35oz for $45 and this palette is 0.348 oz (total) for $58. Although this palette is more expensive for less product, I think it works out well for me because I like using all of the powders included for different effects.


  • Helps perfect the skin
  • Provides luminosity to the face without added oiliness
  • A little product goes a long way
  • Can be used on all skin types and tones


  • Expensive

Final Grade: A+

Have you tried any of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders? Do they live up to the hype for you?


10 thoughts on “Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Review & Demo

  1. Thank you so much for the review and demo. You are always right on time Ayesha!!!! I will be adding this to my VIB shopping list and the Nars setting powder also.

  2. Well, there goes my hair, nail, and makeup budget for the month, if I’m lucky it will be sold out online when I do my online order for VIB!!! Now I want the Smashbox Studio Skin, MUFE face and body, the Hourglass palette, Off the Cuff Palette, with a few more items!!!😆 I’m stealing money from my food budget for makeup, I think I have a problem.

  3. I picked up Mood Light yesterday after watching your Youtube vid. I agree all the shades work for all skin tones, but the pinky lavender in Mood Light looks like it’s tailored for us! I’m so glad I bought it. Thanks!

  4. If you had to pick only one which one would you pick? Does it work with dewy finish foundations?
    Do you have warm or cool undertones?

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