Even MOAR ideas!! On the off chance that you haven’t already heard, there’s a Sephora VIB sale this month! To give you some ideas, I’m highlighting some of my favorite makeup that you can find at Sephora this week.
I’ve been the proud, happy owner of this highlighting palette ever since the first time it came out in 2013, and I lurve it just as much today as I did five years ago.
The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette is $62 at full price, a.k.a. HELLA EXPENSIVE, but the Sephora VIB discount kicks it down to $49.60, which is a teensy bit easier on the wallet.
Whenever someone near or above 30 asks me for a highlighter recommendation, this palette, along with MAC Hush, are the first two things that come to mind.
Well, each of the three face powders in the Ambient Lighting Palette has a lovely opalescent glow…
Hmm, let me rephrase that, because I don’t know if “opalescent” is quite the right term. Basically, I think the finish is unlike anything else out there. Opal, or pearl, would indicate some obvious shine, and the Ambient powders aren’t even close to shiny. They’re a velvety pearl, if that makes any sense, because while you can can definitely see light bouncing off your skin when you wear them on your upper cheekbones or down the bridge of your nose, they’re nowhere close to shimmery or frosty or shiny.
It’s the subtlest of glows (here are some swatches). You might not even be able to tell at first that there’s something there, but when you look closely…there is!
What it is:
A palette featuring three shades of Ambient Lighting Powder, the high-tech, soft-focus finishing powder that recreates the most exquisitely flattering types of light.
What it does:
Ambient Lighting Powder is a groundbreaking collection of finishing powders that capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on skin. Unlike traditional powders, which merely cloak imperfections, Ambient Lighting Powder utilizes photoluminescent technology to filter out harsh light and refine the appearance of the complexion. The powders deliver a multidimensional luminescence to every skin tone, making it appear softer and lit from within. The finishing powders enhance skin in any type of light, including flash photography. With three universal shades available in the Ambient palette, you can create any desired effect.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
What else you need to know:
This palette includes Incandescent Light, a shade exclusive to this palette, and two existing shades, Dim Light and Radiant Light. This product is free of talc, gluten, fragrance, and nano particles.
“I learned early on how different types of light can truly flatter the complexion. Growing up, my mother had pink light bulbs in all of the lamps throughout the house. She loved pink light because it was the softest and most flattering, and she always wanted to look good. I used this concept of lighting in Ambient Lighting Powder.”
— Carisa Janes, Hourglass Founder
Hourglass products are 100 percent cruelty-free.
I mostly use the Ambients as highlighters, either wearing them separately, or I mix them together, but I also occasionally use them to set under-eye concealer. Sometimes I’ll do a light dusting all over my face with a big fluffy brush *after* setting liquid foundation with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Golden Tan, and I kid you not, my skin will look unreal — like there’s some kind of real-life Instagram filter following me around.
Granted, most makeup “civilians” don’t really notice it, but if I ran into you or any of my hardcore makeup peeps, you’d ask what I did with my skin that day RIGHT QUICK.
Oh! Eyeshadow — these work great for that too. Brow bone highlight. Inner corner highlight. Lid highlight! All the eye highlights… I love how the powders are easier to blend than mattes (because they do have that velvety pearl). I can totally lift brows and open up my eyes without having to use a frosty finish that would just emphasize all of the fine lines I’d rather not call attention to.
Oh, and this will last you roughly forever!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,