Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

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

 

 

Hi Everyone!

When this palette first came out, I tried repeatedly to get it both online and in store, but just kept missing it. Needless to say, when it was announced that it was coming back and being made part of Hourglasses permanent collection I was super excited. I ordered mine from the Sephora website (it’s not carried in any of the stores).

The Ambient Lighting Powders are designed to replicate the most flattering type of light for skin. This palette includes two shades Dim Light and Radiant Light, which are sold individually, as well as Incandescent Light, which is a special edition shade for this palette. I previously had a full size of the Dim Light powder, and loved it, but ended up dropping it on my bathroom floor and it shattered and I had to toss it (do not drop this palette, the powders will shatter).

I like to use Dim Light as an all over setting powder, it just gives your skin the most airbrushed look, without looking powdery. I tend to like a more dewy look, so usually shy away from using powder, but with Dim Light, I still get the dewy glow.

Incandescent Light is absolutely amazing, it’s a lighter shade and does an amazing job of setting concealer and brightening the under eye area at the same time. I hope they release this shade as part of their permanent collection, because it will definitely be the one I finish off first. In the pan it does seem to have a little glitter, however that does not translate to the face.

I’ve swatched Radiant Light a number of times in Sephora, and wasn’t ever super impressed, it just seemed light your standard bronzy highlighter when swatched on the hand. Something magically happens when you pop this baby on your face, it gives your face a natural sun kissed glow, without looking like you’re wearing bronzer.

So happy I finally got my hands on this palette! If you haven’t tried these powders, go now, do it! They’re that awesome!

Thanks for stopping by!
Meg


Too Faced The Chocolate Bar Palette Review

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Hi Everyone,

I’ve been putting off writing my review of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette for about the last month, not because I don’t like it, but because I wasn’t sure that I could properly express just how awesome this palette is. I have a lot of eyeshadow palettes, they’re one of the makeup products I gravitate to the most. They have tons of shades, fun packaging and are great to travel with. Rarely however, have any of those palettes really made me go “wow”, this one did!

Right off the bat, the packaging is adorable! Honestly, who wouldn’t like a eyeshadow palette that looks like a chocolate bar? But it’s what’s inside that makes it so amazing.

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Palette with shade name overlay on top

 

When you first open the package, all you can smell is the most divine cocoa smell, like opening up a can of real cocoa, the kind you make brownies with. The eyeshadows are formulated with real cocoa powder, which gives it the delicious smell. It’s the best smelling palette ever. It might have ruined all other eyeshadow palettes for me, I now open them expecting to smell chocolate and get disappointed when they don’t.

The cute packaging and amazing smell aren’t even the best part of the palette, it’s the eyeshadows themselves. There are 16 amazing shades, that are buttery soft, extremely pigmented, and blend beautifully. There honestly isn’t a bad shadow in the palette. It’s a good mix of mattes, shimmery and full on glittery, in a great range of neutral shades. They’ve even thought about the shades that are used the most, and made the two highlighter colours; 1 shimmery and 1 matte, larger than the other shades.

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My swatches do not do these shades justice, however hopefully they’ll at least be able to give you an idea of the shades and how pigmented the formula is. Too Faced has done such a good job on all the formulas, but most surprising is are the glitter shades. Both Black Forest Truffle and Candied Violet are quite glittery, but unlike some palettes, they aren’t chunky and are just as buttery and pigmented as the shimmer and matte shades.

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Top Row on Palette L-R: Gilded Ganache, White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Black Forest Truffle, Triple Fudge

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Second Row on Palette. L-R: Salted Caramel, Marzipan, Semi-Sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, Candied Violet, Amaretto

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Bottom Row on Palette. L-R: Hazelnut, Creme Brulee, Haute Chocolate, Cherry Cordial, Champagne Truffle

I love that this palette has a combination of textures and shades. You can do anything from a basic neutral day look, to a full on smokey purple evening look. My go to work look with this palette has been: White Chocolate in the inner corner of my eye and on my brow as a highlight, Salted Caramel in my crease, Marzipan on my Lid and Hazelnut smudged along my lash line.

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I own many of the much hyped about palettes, including the three Urban Decay Naked Palettes and the Smashbox Full Exposure palette, and this is by far the best and my most used of the bunch. If I could do it over again, and only buy one palette, it would definitely be this one. (I don’t own the Lorac Pro Palette (yet…), so can’t compare it to that one).

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Meg!

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