Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked

Many were surprised to see to see that Hourglass decided to release two Ambient Lighting Palettes it it’s this year. As soon as I saw it sneak peeked I knew that the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked was the version that I was most attracted to.

I had skipped out on last year’s edit because of the similarity to the previous years palette but was surprised to see how pretty this one looked in pictures however I really liked the way the Hourglass Unlocked strayed away from Hourglass’ traditional marbled pans.

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked palette features six new exclusive shades which are said to be suitable for all skin tones but I believe they are most suitable for light to medium skin tones.

The palette features two Ambient Lighting Powders in Soft Light and Filtered Light which means that they can be used separately for fairer or medium skin tones or mixed together. I have found great results using the light shade in the center of my face and then use the darker shade around the perimeter to create a slightly contoured look.

As previous years there is a bronzer in the shade Gold Bronze Light. While light in tone the bronzer does feature quite a lot of pigment.  I found that the shade tended to lean a bit orange  and needed quite a lot of blending.

The true stars of this pallet however are the blushes and highlight. There are two Ambient Lighting blushes; Nude Glow is very very pretty on the skin with a nude peachy look which is very glowy. It could double as a highlighter for a medium skin tone. Mood flush is deeper and imparts has a classic dusty rose shade. Mood Flush is very pigmented and those with a lighter skin tone will need to use a light hand.

I was very surprised by the Ambient Metallic Strobe lighting powder in Champagne Strobe Light as it imparts  such a warm glow to the cheeks.


The palette is gorgeous however as in previous edits the shades are mostly suitable for light to medium complexions. I’d love to see Hourglass come out with another palette that is suitable more for medium to deep skin tones.

For the first time Hourglass is moving towards becoming 100% vegan and they are starting with this pallet which also is contributing a portion of profits to the Non-Human Rights Project

 Check out the video below to see all the details and find out what my final thoughts are.


The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked retails for $117 and in Australian is available exclusively at Mecca Maxima  this palette is limited edition.

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