Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3

Hourglass had a special preview on Instagram of this year’s LE Holiday palette and of course I had to get it. This year Hourglass will release the Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 Palette which is the palette that comes with six shades. 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3

The palette is housed in beautiful rose gold packaging and has the Hourglass signature look.

As I mentioned before, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Volume 3 comes with six powders:

  1. Diffused Light (finishing powder)
  2. Hypnotic Strobe Light (strobe powder)
  3. Dim Light (finishing powder)
  4. Luminous Bronze Light (bronzer)
  5. Surreal Halo (blush)
  6. Pure Effect (blush)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3

Swatches of the Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 L to R: Diffused Light, Hypnotic Strobe Light, Dim Light, Luminous Bronze Light, Surreal Halo, Pure Effect

Three of the six powders are new never before seen shades that are exclusive to the palette. That includes the strobing shade in Hypnotic Strobe Light and the two blushes in Surreal Halo and Pure Effect.

Regarding the amount of product you are getting, have in mind that this is not a value palette. You get 1.3g of product per pan that totals to 7.8g of product for $80. I think these palettes are a great option for people who want to try more powders at once for basically the price of two full size powders. For reference the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders are $46, the bronzers are $50 and both the blushes and strobing powders are $38.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3

The formula is never a miss when it comes to any Hourglass powders. They are soft, pigmented but never over the top. The finishing powders give the “my skin but better” effect. I use Diffused Light to brighten my under eye area since it’s a yellow powder. Dim Light is my perfect all over face powder that gives me a glow in within look without any shimmer.

Hypnotic Strobe Light is a beautiful light champagne shade. As with every Hourglass Strobing Powder, the finish is subtle and natural and in my opinion, perfect for every day wear if you prefer your highlighter on the natural side.

Luminous Bronze Light is a medium warm toned bronze shade that’s suited for light to medium skin tones. It’s a great shade to warm up your compexion and gives a nice glowy bronzed effect to the skin.

Surreal Halo is a mauve berry shade infused with pale gold. It’s the darker shade from the palette but I feel that it will suit most skin tones.

Pure Effect is a beautiful glowy pinky peach shade. This shade actually appears darker in the pan than on the skin when blended.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3

Since I have the previous two palettes, I figured it’s a good thing to do comparison swatches so you can see if the new palette is different enough.

The first Ambient Lighting Palette featured three shades that are included in this year’s palette. Dim Light, Diffused Light and Luminous Bronze Light are in the first palette. I don’t mind getting the same shades since you can see that both finishing powders are well loved from the first palette. I do wish they included a different bronzer shade this time since they released more shades from their bronzer formula.

Swatches of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit L to R: Dim Light, Iridescent Light, Diffused Light, Mood Exposure, Luminous Flush, Luminous Bronze Light

Last year’s palette was housed in marble packaging. It also featured five instead of the six shades but we did get a bigger pan of the Surreal Light Powder. This palette doesn’t have any repeat shades but I found it to be on the lighter side, so I think it was suited for fair to light skin tones.

Swatches of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light Palette L to R: Surreal Light, Surreal Bronze Light, Surreal Glow, Surreal Effect, Surreal Strobe Light

I think the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 Palette is different enough to justify the purchase if you already have the previous two palettes. These palettes are my favorite to take when I travel since you pretty much get everything that you need when it comes to face powders. Or if you haven’t tried much from the brand and you want to treat yourself, they are a great option without spending too much.

The Instagram preview is already closed, so the palette is no longer available for purchase but if I remember correctly from past launches, these palettes usually launch at the end of September at Sephora. Anyhow I will keep you posted as soon as I hear about the exact launch date.

Are you planning on picking up the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 Palette?



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  • Great swatches! The new shades really speak to me. I actually don’t have any of the older shades. I always avoided Luminous Bronze Light because it seems so warm, but I recently tried it in store during a makeover and fell in love. I had Diffused Light, but I decluttered it awhile back because I wasn’t reaching for it. I’m still on the fence, but I don’t think I’ll be disappointed if I do go for it.

    Jenn │ Beauty by Jelly Bean

    • Thank you! I think this year’s palette is more versatile since the shades are a little darker so it will work for a lot of skin tones.

  • Dom

    I like the deeper tones in this palette which I think would suit my medium Golden skin well! Thank you so much for sharing the comparison swatches. It was helpful!


  • I agree about the last years palette, it didn’t really work on my skin tone either. I love the look of this years though! I will definitely be getting it when it launches in the uk xx

    • I can still make it work but in winter when I’m lighter but otherwise yes I got it just for the marble packaging :))

  • I need this palette! I bought one a few years ago, but Volume 3 looks amazing!

    xx, The Makeup Feed

  • I never tried any Hourglass product but I really want to try their blushes. This palette looks amazing but I don’t know if I would reach for all the colors on it. Still thinking if I’m gonna buy it or not xx

    Carolina’s Makeup Life

  • The swatches are beautiful! It will be hard to not pick this one up, it looks perfect.

    Billie |

  • I have the first one and now I want the new one. I don’t need it for sure as I’ve barely made a dent in mine but I think its going to be too hard to resist. I do wish they hadn’t included the same bronzer shade though…a new shade would’ve been great xxx

    • My thoughts too! The new bronzer shades are super nice but I think that one is their best selling one so that’s why it was included in this palette.

  • I have been eyeing this palette ever since I first heard about its upcoming release. I like the colours and quality of Hourglass is always great, but I am disappointed that they made it pricier than it’s worth…


  • Christine Chambers

    Mine is on its way, and I can’t wait!!

  • I have the previous 2 palettes and for sure will get this new palette once it’s released in the UK. It would have been nice if 3 shades are not repeated or at least like you said a different type of bronzer. Thanks for the swatch comparisons.Xx

    • Thanks Sandy! Are you getting the highlighter palette too?

  • I think I will be picking this up. I haven’t purchased anything from their holiday collections since the 2014 blush trio (I wish they still did the same good value now as back then). If I only have one shade already then that’s great. If I have two I’ll need to have a deeper think about it. The deep mauve shade speaks to me!

    Maddie |

    • They are actually releasing a palette with 3 pans that will be cheaper but with highlighter shades.

  • I wish there were all new shades in this new palette as I still haven’t even hit pan on my first palette but I will probably buy the new one anyway as it’s too hard to resist this beauty 🙂 x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  • sassy

    i love your swatches because we almost always wear the same shades!!! Dim light is also my ideal face powder shade :DD I didn’t pick this palette but i feel like I should