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Chanel Les Beiges 2024

June 6, 2024

Chanel Les Beiges 2024 review and swatches new bronzers via The Beauty Lookbook

For this year’s Summer Les Beiges collection Chanel Beauty launched new oversized bronzer palettes called the Healthy Glow Sun-Kissed Powders ($95 each, 5 shades). They also added a few shade extensions in their Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation ($65, 42 shades available) and the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powders ($60 each, refillable). I’m late to the party with these but I have a closer look at 4 of the bronzers and one of the new foundation shades.

I’ve also included a peek at a few launches from Spring-Summer for lips and nails since there weren’t any new colors for the Les Beiges launch.

Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sun-Kissed Powder

Chanel Les Beiges 2024 review and swatches new bronzers via The Beauty Lookbook

I’ve been collecting the Chanel bronzers every year for as long as I can remember. This year they brought 5 shades and I love how soft and naturally glowy they look on the skin. Each compact has 3 shades you can use individually or swirl together. The compacts are oversized like the ones from 2022. Each color has enough product you can definitely dip your brush into each shade without overlapping colors if you prefer.

Light Coral is a mix of light gold, medium bronze and soft peach

Medium Coral is very similar to Light Coral, each shade is just more intense and more saturated

Chanel Les Beiges Light Coral vs Medium Coral Bronzer 2024 review and swatches new bronzers via The Beauty Lookbook

Medium Rose Gold has a soft tan shimmer, medium warm bronze and luminous rose gold pink shimmer

Deep Rose Gold has a warm gold shimmer, deep brown tan and a deep rose pink

Chanel Les Beiges Medium Rosegold vs Deep Rosegold Bronzer 2024 review and swatches new bronzers via The Beauty Lookbook

Chanel Les Beiges 2024 review and swatches new bronzers via The Beauty Lookbook

I can see myself wearing every single palette this summer although my favorites are Medium Coral and Medium Rose Gold. I like that Light Coral is lighter but still shows up my skin. If you have ultra fair skin tone I think Light Coral will be the best option for you. Deep Rose Gold is so beautiful but pulls very dark on my skin. Even with a light hand it’s too dark but that means this will most likely show up on deeper skin tones.

They didn’t launch a new brush to go with the bronzers but I really love the Chanel Brush 106. It’s the perfect size, shape and density for any kind of powder product.

Each shade of Les Beiges bronzer below, also wearing:

Healthy Glow Sunkissed Powder in Light Coral + Rouge Coco Baume in Flirty Coral

Chanel Healthy Glow Sunkissed Powder in Light Coral + Rouge Coco Baume in Flirty Coral

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Healthy Glow Sunkissed Powder in Medium Coral + Rouge Coco Baume in Anemone

Chanel Healthy Glow Sunkissed Powder in Medium Coral + Rouge Coco Baume in Anemone

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Healthy Glow Sunkissed Powder in Medium Rose Gold + Rouge Coco Baume in My Rose

Chanel Healthy Glow Sunkissed Powder in Medium Rose Gold + Rouge Coco Baume in My Rose

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Healthy Glow Sunkissed Powder in Deep Rose Gold + Rouge Coco Baume in Coralline

Chanel Healthy Glow Sunkissed Powder in Deep Rose Gold + Rouge Coco Baume in Coralline

Chanel Les Beiges Bronzer swatches

Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation (new shades)

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation BO53

The Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation has been one of my favorite foundations Chanel has ever launched. I think it rivals Armani Luminous Silk Foundation but the Chanel has a tiny bit more coverage, a little better lasting power and more hydration without being too hydrating. It wears well in the summer months for me, even in hot humid weather.

I usually wear the Shades B40, BD41, B50 or BD51. The BD range has typically been the best for me as it has a golden undertone. They added BO which is for olive skin tones. I usually cannot wear a lot of foundation with olive undertones even though I do think I have them in my skin because most olive shades pull very green. The Chanel BO53 is a perfect match for me, I literally could not believe my eyes that I’ve found a match this exact! They also have BO33 and BO73. Other shade extensions now include B00, BO33, BO53, BO73, B90,B130, B160.

Spring-Summer Lip Colors

Chanel Rouge Coco Baume Anemone and Coralline

I didn’t end up reviewing the Spring-Summer launch but I did pick up a few things which I really love. Chanel added two new shades of Rouge Coco Baume ($45) in Anemone 932 (muted peach brown) and Coralline 934 (a coral). I’m a huge fan of these tinted balms and I think they’re under-rated. They swatch very sheer on the arm or hand, but for most of these (except the Dreamy White) pull more pigmented on the lips than a hand swatch. They’re still very natural looking for that effortless polished wash of color.

I wear Flirty Coral and My Rose the most. I swatched all the shades I have except for Dreamy White because it doesn’t show up in an arm swatch. I am missing one of the red colors. But all the other shades are swatched below.

Chanel Rouge Coco Baume swatches

Le Vernis – Sun Drop 177

Chanel Le Vernis Sun Drop

Last but not least is a look at the Le Vernis in Sun Drop. It’s such a unique dusty muted peach with a hint of brown undertone. I have to admit it didn’t look really exciting in the bottle but on the fingers I love it. It adds a nice pop of color without being too bright.

That wraps up my Chanel Les Beiges review! I think the shades are beautiful.

Available now at Chanel.

P.S. I’ve been getting a lot of follow up questions from you about Les Exclusifs in Comete, the Gardenia Body Oil and there’s a new No 5 L’eau launch coming out. I’ll put together a Chanel fragrance/body roundup review soon!

Bronzer + Blush Pat McGrath Labs

Pat McGrath Divine Cream Blush (new shades)

May 21, 2024

Pat McGrath Divine Cream Blush (new shades)

Pat McGrath added four new shades of the Divine Cream Blush Legendary Glow Color Balm ($29). The team sent 2 of the new ones alongside 2 previously launched shades for me to try. I have swatches to share today. New shades are currently available at Pat McGrath and Selfridges.

These are dewy balms for lips and cheeks. These have the same level of glow as the Chanel Baume Essentiels. They have a dewy finish that stays dewy (they have no dry down) and a glossy look. I know a lot of you are all about the dewy look and love these. For me they are really too dewy for the cheeks. I do really love the texture on the lips though! Pigment is on the sheer side, especially once you blend it out on the cheeks.

The four shades swatched in this post:

  • Alluring Nude (new) is a soft neutral nude beige
  • Divine Rose Glow (new) is a medium rose
  • Peach Lotus is a soft peach
  • Sunkissed Seduction is a terracotta brown

Pat McGrath Divine Cream Blush (new shades)

Pat McGrath Divine Cream Blush swatches

More swatches from last year in this post here. The original Divine Rose is a bit lighter in color compared to the new Divine Rose Glow. Both are very pretty soft rose colors, I like the newer one better because it’s slightly darker and shows up better on my skin.

Below wearing:

Lip + Cheek combos below:

Peach Lotus Divine Cream Blush
Lips: Venusian Peach SatinAllure + Peach Perversion LUST Gloss

Pat McGrath Divine Cream Blush Peach Lotus

Divine Rose Glow Divine Cream Blush
Lips: Divine Rose Glow Divine Cream Blush

Pat McGrath Divine Cream Blush Divine Rose Glow

Alluring Nude Divine Cream Blush
Lips: Flesh Astral LUST Gloss

Pat McGrath Divine Cream Blush Alluring Nude

Sunkissed Seduction Divine Cream Blush
Lips: Sunkissed Seduction Divine Cream Blush + Bronze Divinity LUST Gloss

Pat McGrath Divine Cream Blush Sunkissed Seduction

Overall really beautiful colors. I do think they wear well on the lips. For the cheeks they’re great if you like a dewy look for the blush, for me they are too dewy to wear comfortably on the face. If you want to see them in action I’ve linked the video below!

 

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New shades are currently available at Pat McGrath and Selfridges.

Blushes provided for review.

 

Armani Bronzer + Blush

Armani Luminous Silk Bronzer + Prisma Glass

May 5, 2024

Armani Luminous Silk Bronzer + Prisma Glass

Armani launched a few new items this spring including a new Luminous Silk Creamy Bronzing Powder ($58) and Prisma Glass High Shine Lip Gloss ($38). They’re beautiful additions to the Armani Beauty lineup and I have swatches and a review today.

Luminous Silk Creamy Bronzing Powder

Armani Luminous Silk Bronzer 100 and 110

The Luminous Silk Creamy Bronzing Powder is currently available in 4 shades and comes in a large mirrored compact. I love the large size of these and the formula is really nice. It’s described as “ultra creamy” but to me it feels more like a silky soft smooth powder with any creamy feel to it.

These have a luminous glow to them with noticeable shimmer particles. On the skin they don’t appear shimmery though, it’s more of a subtle glow on the skin.

I picked Shade 100 and 110 since I wear their Luminous Silk Foundation in 6.5 (recommendation for Medium to Tan skin 5.5 to 8). I like Shade 100 best on me right now. 110 is a little too dark and pulls a little reddish on me. Overall I really like the texture, undertone, finish and how they blend. I give these a solid A+.

Below Armani Bronzers vs Gucci Beauty Bronzing Powder, Hourglass and YSL All Hours

Armani Luminous Silk Bronzer 100 and 110 vs Gucci, Hourglass and YSL

Below Shade 100

Armani Luminous Silk Creamy Bronzing Powder 100

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Below Shade 110

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Prisma Glass High Shine Lip Gloss

Armani Prisma Glass High Shine Lip Gloss

Armani also launched a new gloss formula called the Prisma Glass High Shine Lip Gloss. There are 6 shades plus a clear option. They’re a smooth non-sticky kind of gloss with a super high shine and sheer pigment. You can layer it for the color to show up without it being too thick but overall pigment level is pretty sheer. You also have to do some serious wand pumping to get product onto the applicator. I would have loved it if the colors showed up better, but I really love the color and finish.

They do have a subtle plumping effect on my lips. It’s not a full tingle or numbing effect but it does feel like your lips become fuller after a few minutes.

Overall, very pretty and I get tons of compliments with this gloss, but it’s a bit high maintenance in the application, pretty spendy for the amount you get and the applicator doesn’t pick up enough product on its own.

There is a soft pearlescent quality to some of the shades I tried but on the lips it’s really not noticeable.

  • 03 Honey Gleam is a pretty nude honey orange
  • 02 Candy Halo is a warm fresh pink
  • 05 Berry Beam is a cooler-toned rose pink (almost lilac)
  • 04 Cherry Glaze is a bright but very sheer cherry red

Armani Prisma Glass High Shine Lip Gloss

Armani Prisma Glass High Shine Lip Gloss

Overall some really nice fresh makeup launches I think are very wearable and pretty for a polished but still natural look. For a smooth gloss I still think the Pat McGrath LUST Gloss and Dior Addict Lip Maximizers are better for formula + pigment, but I am still really enjoying the new glosses from Armani.

You can find the Luminous Silk Bronzers exclusively at Nordstrom for now.

In action on Instagram here.

Prisma Glass is more widely available at Nordstrom, Sephora and Selfridges.

Prisma Glass applications in action here.

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Bronzer + Blush Sephora

Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Luminous Blush

April 12, 2024

Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Luminous Blush

Rare Beauty launched a new blush called the Soft Pinch Luminous Blush ($26 each at Sephora) and they’re so beautiful. They’re shimmery blushes with the softest silky texture I’ve ever felt. I bought 4 of them to try but also ordered the other 2 (coming in the mail).

  • Cheer is a pale pink
  • Happy is a cool pink
  • Joy is a soft peach
  • Hope is an iridescent rose

I shared a Reel applying these last week. I really love these alone or layered on top of a cream blush, but I want to preface this by saying I love a good shimmer in blushes. I was chatting about these with a friend last week and her first question was “does it emphasize the pore situation?” and my answer is “yes it can, but it’s not as pore emphasizing as some powder highlighters I have (like the ones from Hermes, Becca or Benefit)”.

The texture is super smooth and the shimmers are UNREAL! These truly feel lightweight like there’s nothing on the skin. They have a beautiful finish and the shimmer is very soft and glowy without being frosty. This makes me want to try the Positive Light Silky Touch Highlighters although I am pretty shopped out with everything I hauled from the Sephora sale.

See them in action here:

 

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If you have a lot of texture and large pores I do think this could emphasize it. I do not have perfect skin but I don’t have large pores (except my nose area). These went on smooth for me and I had no issues. If you’re conservative on the glow in blushes then I’d recommend the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic which have a more subtle shimmer to them.

Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Luminous Blush swatches Cheer, Happy, Joy, Hope

Swatching each shade, also wearing:

Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Luminous Blush Cheer

Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Luminous Blush Happy

Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Luminous Blush Hope

Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Luminous Blush Joy

I really love these. I think the colors are fun, youthful looking but not too trendy. I am 42 for a few more weeks and I think they are wearable for any age. The only downside is they do seem a little delicate/fragile.

You can still take advantage of some savings with the Sephora Savings Event using YAYSAVE (20% off for Rouge, 15% for VIBs and 10% off for Insiders, with 30% off all Sephora Collection).

I don’t know that I will have time to post my full haul here before the sale ends, I will try to round up everything by Monday. If you want to see my IN-STORE SEPHORA HAUL you can check it out here. I’ve saved some snippets to my SEPHORA RECOMMENDATIONS highlights on Instagram too @beautylookbook.

Bronzer + Blush Lips

New Guerlain KissKiss Bee Glow Oil, Terracotta Blush + Concealer

March 13, 2024

New Guerlain KissKiss Bee Glow Oil, Terracotta Blush and Concealer review

Guerlain added quite a few new things in their makeup lineup and I have a roundup review of their KissKiss Bee Glow Oil, Terracotta Powder Blush and Terracotta Concealer.

Terracotta Concealer

Guerlain Terracotta Concealer 3N

Guerlain launched their Terracotta Le Teint Foundation last year (reviewed here). This year they’ve added a Terracotta Concealer ($47) to the lineup and it has a beautiful formula. It’s what I would call a classic concealer formula – not too creamy, not too thick, not too matte, not too radiant. Formula is just right.

I used their shade chart to order Shade 3N since I use 3N and 3.5N in the foundation. It’s a good match but I wish I had purchased 2.5N for more brightening under the eyes. There is added fragrance and it’s pretty strong just like the foundation but it didn’t irritate my skin and seemed to wear just fine without any issues.

Below the 3N Le Teint foundation all over blended with the 3N Concealer

Guerlain Terracotta Concealer 3N

3N Terracotta Concealer blended with the Hourglass Vanish Concealer Brush

Guerlain Terracotta Concealer 3N

The only downside is applicator is difficult to pull out of the container. On one hand the design seems to ensure product will not leak. But it is difficult to pull out and takes some tugging (I have to be careful otherwise product goes flying everywhere).

I shared a quick look on my Instagram stories and had a number of questions about this and how it compares to other formulas. This is a classic formula with a satin finish and very good coverage and blendability. It doesn’t cake or crease. A little goes a long way and it’s easy to work with. Formula is VERY good in my opinion, but I still prefer the Natasha Denona concealer formula which is creamier, has better packaging and better for multi-tasking. This one also has fragrance in it but it’s not noticeable to me.

Comparison swatches below which I know are all over the place in terms of color. I am still in my winter skin tone so most of my matches look orangey on my skin but in a few weeks I will have my tan back and most of these will match better:

Guerlain Terracotta Concealer 3N swatches vs Dior, Givenchy, Natasha Denona, Makeup by Mario

Terracotta Powder Blush

Guerlain Terracotta Blush Light Pink and Light Coral

Guerlain also launched a new cheek product called the Terracotta Powder Blush ($55). These are soft silky satin blushes in beautiful colors. They have a soft texture with a little bit of a glow. I picked out two to try in 01 Rose Clair/Light Pink which is a soft pink and 02 Corail Clair/Light Coral a soft peach. Both show up well even on my medium skin tone.

They do not swatch the best on the arm or hand so I did not include arm swatches but they apply beautifully on the skin. They meld into the skin beautifully, last long. Colors are easy to build up pigment wise without looking cakey or powdery. If you like their bronzers I think you will like these.

They are heavily fragranced and while the colors are beautiful and very wearable (at least for the 2 I bought) I do think they can be easily duped from other brands like the ones from Gucci or Armani. That being said I do think the lasting power of these Guerlain ones is better.

KissKiss Bee Glow Oil

Guerlain KissKiss Bee Glow Oil

Guerlain launched lip oils and I am 100% in love with these. The KissKiss Bee Glow Oil ($40) comes in six shades and they have a color-reviving formula. They swatch sheer but once on the lips transform into a soft tint.

These are heavily scented with a strong honey scent but it’s pleasant to me and I love them. They’re thick and smoothing and give the lips a beautiful glazed look. On me they feel slightly plumping and they feel very hydrating.

Colors will most likely look a little different on everyone since they react to your pH. Lasting power is pretty good. They feel thick for an oil but it’s comfortable and adheres well to the lips.

The question so many of you have asked is how the Guerlain KissKiss Bee Oil compares to the Dior Lip Glow Oil and I have to say I have not really been a HUGE fan of the Dior ones. I think the Dior Lip Oil is a nice formula but in my experience all the colors look identical on my lips (clear). For me they just did not live up to the hype and the Dior formula feels like something that is going to slide off my lips (even though it is thick) and they feel sticky.

The Guerlain oils feel thicker and more cushiony but the texture isn’t tacky feeling. They also don’t feel like they’re sliding off my lips – it’s like a glossy hydrating cushion that stays put. The color reviving quality is stronger so more of a tint shows up on my lips with the Guerlain oils.

Guerlain KissKiss Bee Glow Oil swatches

Bottom line love.

Swatches of each shade on the lips, also wearing:

258 Rose Glow KissKiss Bee Oil + 01 Rose Clair Terracotta Blush

Guerlain KissKiss Bee Glow Oil 258 Rose Glow

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458 Pop Rose Glow KissKiss Bee Oil + 01 Rose Clair Terracotta Blush

Guerlain KissKiss Bee Glow Oil 458 Pop Rose Glow

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809 Lavender Glow KissKiss Bee Oil + 01 Rose Clair Terracotta Blush

Guerlain KissKiss Bee Glow Oil 809 Lavender Glow

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319 Peach Glow KissKiss Bee Oil + 02 Corail Clair Terracotta Blush

Guerlain KissKiss Bee Oil 319 Peach Glow

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309 Honey Glow KissKiss Bee Oil + 02 Corail Clair Terracotta Blush

Guerlain KissKiss Bee Glow Oil 309 Honey Glow

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775 Poppy Glow KissKiss Bee Oil + 02 Corail Clair Terracotta Blush

Guerlain KissKiss Bee Glow Oil 775 Poppy Glow

KissKiss Bee Glow

Guerlain KissKiss Bee Glow Lip Balm

Last I have a quick look at the KissKiss Bee Glow Lip Balms ($40 each). These are color reviving balms with a sheer wash of color but transform on your lips. I did quick swatches of these on my arm since the way they will look on my lips most likely won’t be the same for everyone. These are highly under-rated. I think the Guerlain KissKiss Be Glow balms rival the Dior Addict Lip Glow in formulas for hydration and color. I love both formulas. If you’re looking to try something new I highly recommend checking out the ones from Guerlain for better hydration (I think Honey Glow is my favorite).

Guerlain KissKiss Bee Glow Lip Balm swatches

I think the balm + oils layered in coordinating colors create a really pretty combination!

That wraps up my Guerlain roundup! Absolutely obsessed with the new Lip Oils and I will be keeping one of the balms in my purse at all times. Concealer and blushes are nice but not must-haves. I do think the formulas and colors are excellent, I am just not sure I would call them game changers or super unique.

Available now at Guerlain.

KissKiss Bee Oil and Balms gifted for review. All other items purchased by me.

Bronzer + Blush Lips

Valentino Beauty Eye2Cheek 03 Rosa Emozione + Satin Lipstick 100R Roman Grace

January 11, 2024

Valentino Beauty Eye2Cheek Rosa Emozione and Satin Lip 100R Roman Grace

I have a mini review today featuring two things I bought recently. Valentino Beauty launched a few items in white and gold limited-edition packaging and I picked them up over the past few months. I picked up the Rosso Valentino Satin Lipstick in 100R Roman Grace ($45) and Eye2Cheek Blush + Shadow in 03 Rosa Emozione ($52). Both shades are part of the permanent lineup so if you can’t find the white packaging edition know they are still available in the classic red + gold.

Eye2Cheek Blush

Valentino Beauty Eye2Cheek Rosa Emozione

It’s been a while since I’ve played with Valentino Beauty (review + swatches from several years ago when the line first launched here). Over the holiday I started playing with some of the Eye2Cheek shades in 04 and 08 which many of you really loved. I forgot how silky smooth they are! You can use them on both the eyes and cheeks, but since I have mostly pink and coral shades I’ve been using them as blush.

These have a very fine soft powdery texture. They’re so soft and silky they almost feel creamy to the touch. Finish has a very fine pearl sheen to most of them, but a few have a more noticeable shimmer. Shade 03 Rosa Emozione is a beautiful baby pink with gold shimmer. It can double as a highlighter since it’s shimmery. I think it’s beautiful!

Valentino Beauty Eye2Cheek Rosa Emozione

Valentino Beauty Eye2Cheek Rosa Emozione

Swatch comparisons below to a few other shades including RMS Beauty ReDimension Hydra Powder Blush in French Rose, NARS Powder Blush in Orgasm (a classic for me), a few other Valentino Eye2Cheek shades, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Blush in Sublime Flush and Chanel Illuminating Powder Blush in Fantaise de Chanel (review here, discontinued).

Pink Blush Swatches

Rosso Valentino Satin Lipstick

Rosso Valentino Satin Lipstick in 100R Roman Grace

I bought the Rosso Valentino Satin Lipstick in 100R (shade in permanent packaging here) a few months ago while traveling and it’s the perfect neutral nude mauve pink for me. It has a satin finish so it has a little bit of a sheen to it. I think I tried this in a mini several years ago and I’m not sure why I didn’t wear it more often. I really love it now. The case is refillable for both the red and white packaging.

Rosso Valentino Satin Lipstick in 100R Roman Grace

 

I did a few swatch comparisons below which I will say look a little off but I suspect it’s because my body has completely lost its tan. These rose mauve lips all look so darker on lighter skin tones because of any brown or mauve undertone they may have. On my face/lips they don’t look as dark.

Nude Pink Lipstick Swatches Charlotte Tilbury, Valentino, Gucci, ABH, Chantecaille

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Pillow Talk, Gucci Satin Lipsticks in Blaze of Noon and Bertha Blossom (review here), Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipstick in Rose Dream (on the lips here), Chantecaille Lip Chic in Freesia (review here), YSL Rouge Pur Couture in N5 (swatched here).

Overall really love. I think the Valentino Beauty line is really under-rated and I suspect it’s because of the packaging. So may of you have told me the packaging colors are a bit clashy looking and the plastic has a cheap look and feel. I have to say I agree. The packaging is actually well-constructed and sturdy but there’s something about the plastic in red that makes it kinda unappealing. The white plastic is the same material but somehow looks more elevated. That being said the actual products perform really well.

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I bought mine from Sephora. You can also find Valentino Beauty at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s.

Bronzer + Blush Highlighters Hourglass Cosmetics

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palettes 2023

September 13, 2023

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette Holiday 2023 - Jellyfish

This year Hourglass has three new limited-edition Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palettes ($90 each) and they are stunning. They’re currently available online at Hourglass Cosmetics and will be launching at Sephora starting 9/22.

You can also customize the palette combination of the compact + palette inside on the Hourglass website (they have an exclusive Owl design) although I ordered the palettes as they are named/pre-designed. There are repeats in each palette but Hourglass gave us quite a few new shades this year.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palettes Holiday 2023

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palettes Holiday 2023

Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked – Jellyfish

The Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked – Jellyfish is probably my favorite although I’m not thrilled about the finishing powder repeats. They are nice to have and work well to set or blur, but I think the vast majority of us already own the setting powder and are craving all new shades.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette Holiday 2023 - Jellyfish

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette Holiday 2023 - Jellyfish swatches

Lunar Bronze swatches warm on my arm but it’s actually more neutral. The pink blushes are neutral and the new highlighter pulls cool-toned on me. I am currently in between MAC NC30 and NC35 (I’m wearing NC35 in the new MAC Studio Radiance Serum Foundation) and this one surprisingly shows up on me. At first glance I thought there could be a chance it would be too light but it works for me!

  • Diffused Light Finishing Powder (repeat, available individually)
  • Rose Fusion Blush (new)
  • Opal Strobe Light Strobe Powder (new)
  • Bronzer Lunar Bronze (new)
  • Diffused Heat Blush (repeat, available individually)
  • Ethereal Light Finishing Powder (repeat, available individually)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette Holiday 2023 - Jellyfish

Look wearing:

Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked – Leopard

The Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked – Leopard Palette seems the most versatile to me but it has a lot of repeats in it. I do think if you’re new to Hourglass or makeup and want a good mix of shades that you can wear with almost any lip, this is it.

  • Dim Light Finishing Powder (repeat, available individually)
  • Celestial Strobe Light Strobe Powder (repeat from Holiday 2022 Butterfly Palette and 2023 Blush & Glow Palette)
  • Mood Exposure Blush (repeat, available individually)
  • Iridescent Rose Blush (repeat from Holiday 2019 Ghost)
  • Ethereal Flush (new)
  • Lustrous Bronze Light Bronzer (repeat from Holiday 2022 Elephant)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette Holiday 2023 - Leopard

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette Holiday 2023 - Leopard swatches

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette Holiday 2023 - Leopard Look

Look wearing the same as the above look, but with Scattered Light Eyeshadow in Ray and Phantom Glossy Balm in Slip

Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked – Snake

The Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked – Snake is the most unique as it has almost all new shades. It pulls very warm and reminds me of the Holiday 2022 Tiger Palette, but isn’t as orangey. This year’s Snake Palette has more pink tones but still pulls warm.

  • Radiant Light Finishing Powder (repeat, available individually)
  • Coral Haze Blush (new)
  • Infinite Strobe Light Strobe Powder (new)
  • Sun Beam Blush (new)
  • Mystic Flush Blush (new)
  • Solar Bronze Bronzer (new)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette Holiday 2023 - Snake

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette Holiday 2023 - Snake swatches

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette Holiday 2023 - Snake look

Look wearing the same as the above look, but with Scattered Light Eyeshadow in Foil and Phantom Glossy Balm in Lucid

I tried to get the same camera and lighting settings as last year to do side by side swatches. I think they’re close enough to give you an idea of how different/similar they are. Full review of Holiday 2022 here.

Holiday 2023 vs Holiday 2022 Palettes

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palettes Holiday 2023 vs Holiday 2022

Overall I think the Holiday 2023 palettes are really beautiful. For me they were worth the splurge even though they’re incredibly expensive. Are any of them must-haves? I think it depends on how many other Hourglass palettes you own, but I do think this year’s palettes are among the prettiest ones I’ve tried.

Based on the feedback from many of you, opinions seem mixed. A good portion of you are like me: love these and collect them every year, even if there are duplicates and similarities. Then there are quite a few who passed on the last year’s palettes and aren’t quite sure about this year’s because you own one or two from several years ago and either never used them or think there are too many similarities to justify another one.

With the holiday season approaching (sets come out earlier and earlier every year), I think there will definitely be some upcoming sales like Friends and Family discounts or gift card events etc. You might want to bookmark these or add these to your wishlists for those times.

Currently available at Hourglass Cosmetics. Customization options are exclusive to Hourglass. Pre-designed palettes will be launching at all retailers starting September 22.

What do you think about these palettes? Did you order any of these yet?