for the Glow

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette 2020

| Review | Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit 2020 – SCULPTURE

Hourglass is renowned for their finely milled, lit-from-within powder formulas. This palette is no exception. I have dry skin and tend to steer very clear of powders because they make me look and feel like a dried out prune! UNTIL I discovered Hourglass powders back in 2018. These are clearly some sort of magic.

Lets start with the packaging. As always, Hourglass have created a bold, classy and luxurious product packaging. This gold palette feels weighted, has that satisfying click and stands out elegantly on your dresser. There is nothing tacky about this gold. Inside you’ll find six small pans of versatile face powders, making it your perfect compact travel companion.


Top left to right: Dim Light, Diffused Light, Glistening Strobe Light. Bottom left to right: Natural Bronze Light, Vibrant Flush and Mood Exposure.

The palette features three of their bests selling ambient powders (top row) and three NEW shades (bottom row). These new shades are absolutely gorgeous and the limited edition feature of this Ambient Lighting Edit.

Swatches of the SCULPTURE PALETTE from top to bottom: Dim light, Diffused light, Glistening strobe light, Mood exposure blush, Vibrant flush blush and Natural bronze light.

I use Diffused Light to set concealer under my eyes, bringing this slightly down my cheeks and dusting over my eyelids and nose. This is essentially a sheer powder with an ever-so-slightly yellow undertone and a brightening effect. Perfect for the under eye. It does not settle into my fine lines or exaggerate dryness or fine lines. Making it one of the few powders I trust for setting concealer.

Natural Bronze Light is a neutral, warm tone bronzer with a touch of glow. I would say this shade is almost a mixture of two of their most popular bronzers – Radiant Bronze Light and Nude Bronze. I am really enjoying this shade and find I am reaching for it daily. I love that you can start really light and keep it sheer but also build it up to a deeper bronzed look.

The two blushes are quite different, which I think makes this palette all the more versatile. Vibrant Flush is my new favourite. This pink is perfect for summer, such a fun yet delicate pop of colour. I also love popping this on my eyes as a shadow. Mood Exposure is a cool toned, less shimmery, mauvy-plum blush. It’s quite a romantic colour and really suits a sultry night time look or paired with a nude lipstick.

Once you have finished your makeup, dust Dim Light all over your face to set and even out your makeup. Dim light will soften your makeup look and add that luminous glowy gorgeous finish. This is a cult classic – for a reason. Dim light works well as an under eye powder too.

Finally, we have Glistening Strobe Light. This is a soft and subtle highlight when applied with a brush, but when applied wet is more intense. I actually love using this with a bit of Mac Fix+ on my eyes. I am loving the current trend of natural shimmery eyes with black winged liner. I have swatched other Strobe Powders in store at MECCA, and this one seems a lot softer but still gives you that lit-from-within highlight.

These powders have an excellent wear time too – zero complaints there.


Ok – so it is expensive. You can purchase this palette locally or online from MECCA for $141. Thank goodness for free samples right!?

You can also purchase this directly from for $129. Keep in mind you must spend $145 or more to qualify for free shipping.

And if Hourglass couldn’t get any more perfect – they are also one of the few Cruelty Free Luxury makeup brands out there. This particular palette is formulated Vegan, oil free, sulphate free, paraben free and alcohol free. So for the sensitive skin souls out there – this might be a good fit for you too.

In my opinion it’s worth the money. When purchasing any of the ambient powders or palettes from Hourglass you are not only paying for a luxury product but the quality of the formula inside. The Photoluminescent Technology they use truly looks amazing on all skin types and I think this palette is a great way to try out some of their powders. As I said before it’s one of the few powders that my dry skin with 30ish-fine-lines look good in. Just take a look at my last Hourglass palette – the Unlocked Edition of 2018 (bottom right) – I hit pan on every shade.

Top: Hourglass SCULPTURE 2020 Palette, Below: Hourglass UNLOCKED 2018 Palette

I would love to hear your thoughts or comments below. Will you be picking up this palette? Have you got a favourite Hourglass powder that you recommend? or favourite Hourglass product?

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