Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Volume II Review

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Volume II Review

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Volume II is the second edition of the bestselling Ambient Lighting Palette. Similar to the version I or Ambient Lighting Palette, volume II has three shades of Ambient Lighting Powder. I have previously shared about the Ambient Lighting Powders and why they are the best face powders out there. The powders instantly deliver flawless results. That means, once the powder is applied and blended, the skin looks natural and radiant. Also, the imperfections are blurred.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Volume II Review

The key technology behind the uniqueness of these powders is the Photoluminescent Technology. With it, the powder captures, diffuses, and softens the surrounding light to refine the skin's appearance. In other words, the harsh light is softened to work as a filter. Thus, the manipulated light filters out imperfections, pores, and even wrinkles.

Similar to volume I, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Volume II has shades designed to finish, highlight, contour, and warm the complexion. Apart from it, the powders also refine the skin to look fresh, even, and youthful. The three powders in the palette can be used with each other or alone based on the results needed.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Volume II Review
Volume I vs Volume II

For your reference, Volume I had the shades Dim Light, Incandescent Light, and Radiant Light. Dim Light and Radiant Light are my everyday shades for overall setting powder and a natural highlight. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Volume II has three shades, Soft Light, Radiant Light, and Golden Bronze Light. In other words, Volume II is an extension of Volume I with warmer shades.

I am so happy with this warmer version of shades. As mentioned, Radiant Light and Dim Light are my go-to everyday shades but since I started using Volume II, I am wearing them every single day. For my medium skin with golden undertones, these shades are a must-have. They compliment my skin tone very nicely. I have a finishing powder (whether I am wearing makeup or not), highlighter, refining powder, and a powder to give warmth in one. The longevity of the powders is impressive. They keep the makeup put together for a good time.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Volume II Review
My Review of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Volume II

The formula of the powders is excellent. I have used them for years and find no change in terms of the formula and texture. They are super lightweight and blend seamlessly into the skin giving a radiant natural finish. They look good in general for every day as well as for any events or photography. Below are the three shades in Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Volume II:

  • Soft Light – soft, pale peach
  • Radiant Light – sunkissed, golden beige
  • Golden Bronze Light – Radiant, medium bronze

Soft light works perfectly to set any concealer or even under the eyes. It brightens the complexion. Radiant Light is an everyday finishing powder for my skin tone. It gives a beautiful natural radiance to the skin. It blurs the pores, problem areas, and sets the skin by blending in flawlessly. Moreover, it is so lightweight that once applied and blended, it is hard to notice as it looks so natural. It does not emphasize any dry areas on my skin.

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On the days I am not using any makeup, I just apply this powder for a naturally flawless finish over my moisturizer and sunscreen. Golden Bronze Light gives a really nice glow and warmth to my skin. On a beach day, I apply this lightly on my face while I apply it on the high points of my face for everyday use. It also looks really pretty on the high points of the shoulder and collar bone.


Overall, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Volume II is an all-in-one palette for the face. Moreover, the palette is all I need to travel with. And yes, as the powders are fragile, so I make sure to keep them safely inside a soft pouch.

Apart from these powders, I also love Ambient Lighting Blush. They give such a beautiful hint of color to the cheeks along with radiance. I shared my favorite three shades of the blush in the past. If you love cream blush, my go-to is the new Vanish Blush Stick, it is so easy to apply and blends seamlessly. The shades are truly amazing. I shared my favorite shades of this formula in the past. I love the Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette that is a must-have for special events and when I want to feel like a star.

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