Holiday time is one of my favorite times of the year in the beauty industry. Many of my favorite companies come out with amazing palettes and gift sets showcasing customer favorites (or entirely new product) just in time for my birthday (in November) and Christmas. Usually I find this to be a cost effective way for me to try products I’ve been having a hard time justifying adding to my collection for one reason or another.
Last year, I decided a little too late that I wanted the Hourglass holiday release of the Ambient Blush palette. Well, I missed it, and since it was limited edition, I’ve got nothing. This year I swore I would be on the ball and order the Hourglass holiday release as soon as I could, because I certainly didn’t want to miss the bus two years in a row. So, as soon as I was able, I placed the order.
This year’s Hourglass Cosmetics release is the Ambient Lighting Edit palette. It contains 6 different products: 3 ambient lighting powders (Dim Light, Diffused Light, and Irredesent Light: a shade exclusive to this palette), 2 ambient lighting blushes (Mood Exposure and Luminous Flush), and one ambient lighting bronzer (Luminous Bronze Light). I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to try out a nice selection of the Ambient Lighting range, as I currently have none in my collection.
As you can see, the palette is absolutely beautiful. It’s everything you could want in an Hourglass palette. The packaging is very sharp looking, but it does get fingerprinted and smudged very easily.
The Ambient Lighting powders:
- Dim light: neutral beige powder. My favorite in the palette
- Iridescent light- An exclusive strobe light powder in pink. Theres a lot more visible glitter in this one, which makes me not want to put it all over my face, but could be cute for highlighting.
- Diffused light- Pale, warm yellow.
- Blush in Mood Exposure- Soft Plum
- Blush in Luminous Flush- Champagne Rose
- Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light- a medium tan shade fused with Luminous Light, a champagne pearl powder, for a softer, candlelit warmth.
As you can see, the variety in this collection is great, and it looks like it would suit a wide range of skin tones. Awesome!
Now, for the bad news. The price tag on this bad boy is $80.
Okay, so that would not be outrageous at all if the pans were a size that was comparable to the ambient lighting or ambient blush palettes, but they’re nowhere close. Dissatisfied with the size of the product, I decided to look at the numbers. There is less product in total in this palette (0.294 oz) than in one full size ambient lighting powder or in the Ambient Lighting Palette, which both contain 0.35 oz of product.
I decided to take the analysis one step further and did some math to figure out the exact value of the Ambient Lighting Edit palette. After breaking down the prices of each type of product compared to their price and weight in the full size version, I figured out what this palette should cost.
The value of the amount of product in the Ambient Lighting Edit palette is $48.05..
Im just going to let that sink in for a minute. We are paying $80, for something that shouldn’t cost more than $50… maybe $55 if you want to upcharge for the packaging and limited edition-ness of the palette.
What’s up with that, Hourglass???
So, at the end of the day, my verdict is that this palette is going back to Sephora and I’m getting my money back. I am all for paying a bit more for limited edition palettes and collections, but the difference in price versus actual value is far to large (and in the wrong direction). I feel like I’m getting screwed out of a lot of money, which is absurd.
Now, if you’re someone who is okay with this pricing issue, then by all means, go for it. The palette itself is awesome for someone wanting to try out the Ambient Lighting line, and the size is definitely travel friendly. I just can’t get past the pricing issue.
What are your thoughts about this product? How do you feel about the price and value?