Hello everyone, sorry that I’m late reviewing these beauties but I want to make sure that I really test out the palettes.
Hourglass released two LE holiday palettes this year, The Ambient Unlocked and The Ambient Edit 4. These palettes both retail for $80usd. The Unlocked palette is sold out and the Edit 4 is still available. I hope Hourglass make the Ambient Unlocked permanent, I think it’s the best one for dark skin.
There are 2 finishing powders, a bronzer, 2 blushers, 1 highlighter. The Unlocked palette is suppose to be all new shades. I don’t think the blushers are new or unique. The blush look like, the blushers that I already have in my collection from Hourglass or maybe it just appears that way on dark skin.
These palettes are tiny and smaller than their prior palettes which, make them hard to use because the pans are so tiny. I use the Hourglass Ambient Edit brush and it fits but I still have to be careful not to mix products together. I think these are way overpriced but I do love the quality of their products.
I also do not recommend these because of the value, it’s best to pick up some single shades. If I had to choose a palette to recommend, it’ll be the Unlocked palette because the shades are all new. I also think it’s the best one for dark skin.
Ambient lighting powders 0.04oz/1.13g
Soft light is described as a soft, subtle peach
Filtered light is described as a cool, medium tone
Ambient Lighting bronzer 0.04oz/1.13g
Golden Bronze light is described as a neutral, golden bronze
Ambient Lighting Blush 0.04oz/1.13g
Nude glow- Shimmering light amber
Mood Flush- Soft plum
Metallic Strobe Lighting Powder 0.04oz/1.13g
Champagne Strobe Light- A true Champagne
I used soft light under my eyes to give them a little brightening and filtered light all over my face. I didn’t experience any flashback and it photographed well. It really does give a flawless look. The bronzer didn’t “bronze” my skin which wasn’t surprising, I own one of the singles thats suppose to be geared towards dark skin and it doesn’t bronze me either. I use the bronzers on top of my Bobbi Brown bronzer and I love it!
The Nude glow blush took some layering but it gave me a nice glow and I will use this as a blush topper or mix it with the other blush. Mood Flush was pretty on my cheeks, melts right into the skin like a typical Hourglass blush. I don’t like really pigmented blush, just a flush of color. It didn’t look ashy on my skin. I loved the highlighter, it gives a nice glow from within, it isn’t a blinding highlighter which I love or glittery.
I think the Edit 4 is suppose to be geared towards lighter skin tones but the finishing powders worked well on my skin tone. The blush looked good mixed together and I find myself having to do that a lot with their blush palettes. I think this does work on dark skin, if you aren’t worried about the bronzer. They also have a trio palette of their finishing powders if you don’t want to get this palette because of the bronzer or blush. Finishing powders aren’t really meant to be seen on the skin.
This is suppose to soften and diffuse the skin for a lit from within which it does accomplish. If you have dark skin don’t be scared of Hourglass finishing powders. It would be nice if Hourglass stop with the “one size fits all” and give us more of a variety. A palette for light, medium, and dark skin tones.