Do you feel it getting chilly in your end of the woods? For me, that means one thing. Specifically, the chill in the air means the holidays are coming. Even more, I always think I have so much time to get all the presents I need to gift, and all the other things I need to do. However, I am still running around on Christmas Eve! But, I am not sure how things are going to pan out this year, with the Coronavirus still in our midsts. Anyhow, the holiday makeup palettes are starting to launch. One of my favorites, for the past few years, is The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palettes. This year’s palette is the Ambient LightinG Edit Sculpture. However, starting in 2016, I’ve collected all the new edits!
Also I have reviewed these Ambient Lighting Edits. First, was the 2016 palette, Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light Holiday Palette. Then, there was the Ambient Edit Volume 3 in 2017. After Volume 3, 2018 brought the Ambient Lighting Palette Volume 4. Last year, was the Ambient Lighting Edit Ghost Palette. I have them all. The reason I buy one every year is because they usually introduce three new shades. Although, you still get three oldies but goodies in the palette. This year, is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Sculpture. To begin with, Sculpture includes the usual six shades. Two of the shades are finishing powders. Also, two of the shades are blush. Then, there is a bronzer shade and a highlight shade. Again, there are three new shades in the palette. And, they are joined by three of Hourglass’ most loved shades.
The Packaging For The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Sculpture
First, this year the palette is gold. Even more, it has architectural facets that give it a new, modern look. Also, it looks festive, for the holidays.
Inside, are the six pans of powder on one side. On the other side, is a nice, large mirror. Take this palette with you for touch ups! It’s too pretty to. leave at home.
The Formula For The Ambient Lighting Edit Sculpture
Let’s start with the technology that makes the Hourglass powders so special. First, it is called Photoluminescent technology. Additionally, the technology diffuses surrounding light to give your skin that lit from within look. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders are known for their ability to create the illusion of being lit from within. Furthermore, the bronzer, and blush shades are mixed, in small batches, by hand. No two powders will look alike. In other words, you and I could have the same blush. Mine will look different than yours. So, you can think of it as your own, unique blush or bronzer!
Finally, the brand is cruelty free, and vegan. Also, the formula doesn’t include talc, alcohol, oil, parabens, sulfates and phthalates.
The Six Powders In The Ambient Lighting Edit Sculpture : Shades And How To Use Them
Ambient Lighting Powder
Both Dim Light and Diffused Light are oldies but goodies. In fact, I wear both of these shades, depending on where I am going, and who I am with.
To begin, The Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light, a neutral beige shade, has a satin finish. First of all, this is one of my favorite finishing powders. I think of dim light as how you’d look in a dark restaurant, with a candle lit on your table. Now that is how I’d like to look when I go out at night. I think of Dim Light as being more romantic. You can wear Dim light after your foundation. Then, apply your blush, lipstick, bronzer and highlighter. Or, after you have applied all of your makeup, use it to set your face. Therefore dust it all over your face, over your makeup.
Next, I also like to wear Diffused Light as a finishing powder. Lighting also depends on the time of day, and where you are. Therefore, if you want to look like you are in soft light, without shadows, then wear Diffused Light. I like to wear it when I go out to lunch with the girls. In this way, you don’t look harsh, and you don’t look too romantic! Instead, you want to look soft. If I were a bride, in the daytime, I would wear Diffused Light. But, I would change to Dim Light if the wedding were at night.
Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder In Glistening Strobe Light
In the Sculpture Palette, Glistening Strobe Light is your highlighter. Glistening Strobe Light, a champagne shade, has a pearlescent finish. Even more, this is one of the new shades in this palette. So, you don’t own this one. Don’t be afraid when you see the word Strobe. This highlighter has just the right amount of shimmer. However, if you want it to strobe like a disco ball, you can use a wet brush to apply it. In this way, you can get an intense highlight.
Last, highlight all of the high points of your face. Therefore, use it on your cheekbones, brow bones, bridge of your nose, and Cupid’s bow. Also, if you are only using this palette, at the time, then put it in the inner corners of your eyes. Also, use some on the center of your eyelids.
Ambient Lighting Bronzer In Natural Bronze Light
Another newbie! First, Natural Bronze Light, a coppery brown neutral shade, has a luminous finish. Use this new bronze shade to contour the hollows of your cheeks, jawline, and temples. You can also make your nose look more sculpted, put the bronzer on either side of your nose. And, if you are using this palette alone, use the bronzer in the crease of your eyes. Also you can wear it on your eyelids. Even more, you can line your lower lash lines with this bronze shade. If you want to do a monochromatic bronze look, wear it on your cheeks too!
Strobe Lighting Blush In Vibrant Flush
One more newbie is the Strobe Lighting Blush In Vibrant Flush, a bright coral-pinky peach shade, has a radiant finish. First, apply the blush on the apples of your cheeks. Then, I always swipe a drop on my eyes, to make my look more finished. This blush is bright and vibrant. Also it is richly pigmented. I’m telling you this for a reason. Sometimes, the Hourglass blush is for the faint of heart. And, I am the type, the more blush the better. And, this one is perfect for me. It gives your cheeks some color.
Ambient Lighting Blush In Mood Exposure
Finally, Mood Exposure, a soft plum shade, has a radiant finish. This shade is not new to the brand. However, this is for you beauties who don’t want a lot of blush. This shade is soft. Although, it is buildable. For me, it just isn’t enough color. So, I used it on my cheek bones, and I used the bronzer as my blush. Don’t get me wrong, it is a beautiful shade. And, I love plum, but it is light. Maybe, my marbling has more ambient powder, and less blush mixed in. Every marbled shade is slightly different.
My Final Thoughts On The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Sculpture…….
This year’s Ambient Lighting Edit did not disappoint. First, the compact alone is beautiful. Also, I like that this palette will do your whole face. All you will need is foundation, and lipstick! Oh, don’t forget mascara. I think this is a fabulous splurge gift for the makeup lover in your life. Especially if you don’t have any of the Ambient Edits, you must gift one for yourself. However, there is an Ambient Edit Sculpture Mini Palette, with four shades, that will do the same job. And, it costs a lot less ($58)!
Tell me what you think of this new holiday palette from Hourglass! Please tell me in the comments below!