The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette gives you #skingoals

Hello from Tokyo! It's about 9:45 AM and I can't wait to start eating at Tsukiji Market. It's my favorite place in my favorite city, because the sushi is amazing and the snacks are perfect. Anyway, before I leave, I thought I'd write a quick review on a pretty popular complexion powder: the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette (P3,900 at

I read somewhere that Hourglass is considered the Bentley of the makeup world. The prices are up there, but you do get what you pay for. The Ambient Lighting powders is what made the top brand Hourglass is today. This innovative blend of powder, pigment, and luminescence is still hard to duplicate after all these years.

I finally got to try it after Hourglass launched in Sephora PH and you know what, I understood immediately why it's such a sought-after product. The Ambient powders are ultra-smooth and almost invisible to the eye; they have barely any shimmer, but they make your skin glow. A small amount goes a long way, and staying power on my combination skin is about five to six hours - great in this weather. 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Swatch L-R: Dim Light, Incandescent Light, Radiant Light

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Swatch L-R: Dim Light, Incandescent Light, Radiant Light

There are three shades in the palette:

  • DIM LIGHT: A neutral beige powder that blurs skin imperfections and serves as an overall final finishing powder.

  • INCANDESCENT LIGHT: An cool pearl powder that can serve as a highlighter on the high points of the face. You do have to use fingers to layer it to make it show up as a highlighter.

  • RADIANT LIGHT: A golden beige that can warm up the complexion or serve as a light bronzer on top of the cheek bones, across the forehead, and the chin.


I love using all three together on different areas of my face. These are great as a final touch to your look, which means that you should add them on top of your setting powder, even your blush and contour. If you have a lot of skin texture, it should be less harsh considering the finish, but if you have A LOT of texture then you might want to avoid illuminating powders like this one across the board.


The packaging itself, as you can see, drips with class and elegance. The palette is surprisingly lightweight; I was expecting more heft because it is pretty expensive, but in this case I actually appreciate that it's light so that I can easily travel with it.

Hourglass also sells a brush that goes perfectly with this palette called the Ambient Powder Brush (P2,350 at It's super soft and sweeps the powder evenly. It also comes with a velvet case for easy travel.

Overall, I love the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette and would recommend it to fans of perfect, glowing skin who don't mind splurging for high end brands. I will probably purchase this when I run out, although I doubt that's gonna happen anytime soon!

Have you tried this palette already? What do you think?