I've been wanting to write about this palette for a very long time, giving it its own dedicated post in all its glory. It was love at first sight...until I saw the price tag. Lets be honest this is not a great money deal, which for a while was the deal breaker, but when something looks so pretty I usually give in much to the despair of my bank balance. That's exactly what happened. When it arrived in its little black box from net-a-porter, it was the real deal and way more beautiful in person. I felt on top of the world but equally as scared to actually use it. The thought of eventually hitting pan on this limited edition product and never being able to re-purchase scared me so much that I hid it away. I decided to only use it for those special occasions, like those date nights where I could get dressed up and feel that extra bit special. What was I thinking...that's making an already bad money deal an even worse one. When you spend a lot of money on a product it should be used, loved, adored and put to good use. It's taken me a long time to become fully okay with using a high-end luxury product on a daily basis, after all I mostly use drugstore products where the price is more justifiable. I think at that time, this was the most expensive make up product I owned. However, what was once one of those purchases that give you that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach when you're about to hand over your credit card, it has become not only my everyday palette, but also my travel palette.
The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit has you covered for all you face needs -- setting, blush, bronzer and highlighter. It's just the perfect all-in-one palette. The packaging is sleek, chic yet compact...making it easy to travel with and the large mirror inside comes in handy too. The top row of this palette contains the Ambient Lighting Powder collection: Dim Light, a light beige that I use to set my base makeup all over the face, Iridescent Light, a shimmery baby pink, best for a subtle highlight and finally Diffused Light, a pale yellow which I use for setting my under-eye area. The bottom row showcases the infamous Ambient Lighting Blushes: Mood Exposure, a mauvey-plum shade that I like to use for any evening look whilst I like to use Luminous Flush, a rose pink to add a little colour to my cheeks for a spring or summer daytime look. The final shade is the Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light, a beautiful honey shade that is going to give you that subtle sun-kissed glow. The textures are so gorgeous too: light, soft and so darn bendable.