Best Of 2015 (2/20): Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Edit Palette with NARS Kabuki Ita Brush, Chanel Pinceau Blush Brush 4, Sonia Kashuk 123 Brush, MAC 109 Brush, Real Techniques Setting Brush

Hi everyone! I took a look into my Sephora account to check what date I purchased the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette because I have been using it every time I wear makeup. Since September 10th (about two months), this palette has been an absolute pleasure to use. In the picture below I have numbered the pans according to the amount of use I have dipping my brushes into: the number one being the most used product and six being the very least. I have hit pan on Diffused Light and have purchased the full size during the VIB sale. Yes, I love it!

Correction: number 6 is Luminous Flush not Champagne Rose
  1. Diffused Light: A soft, warm, pale yellow powder that conceals redness and gives skin clarity
  2. Dim Light: A neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights the complexion
  3. Luminous Bronze Light: A medium tan shade fused with luminous light for a softer, candlelit warmth
  4. Mood Exposure: A soft plum blush fused with mood light to brighten the complexion
  5. Iridescent Strobe Light: A rose pearl powder that gives a refined glow to the complexion
  6. Luminous Flush: A champagne rose blush fused with luminous light to evoke a candlelit glimmer

Now let’s talk about some brushes that fit perfectly into these pans! I have a hand full of brushes in my collection that fit the pans in this palette. I have chosen five that I feel pick up and blend the products perfectly.

The first brush is Sonia Kashuk’s 123 brush. Here are some details from the Target website:

  • This is part of the Core Tools collection
  • Retails for $8.99
  • Gets more control and targets powder placement without the overload
  • October 2013: Small Powder/Blush Brush won “Best Blush Brush” for Allure “Best of Beauty” Awards

I feel like this brush is a great dupe of MAC’s 109 brush (you will see it shortly in this post). The bristles are soft. I purchased this brush when it first released in 2013 and it is still in fantastic condition. There is absolutely no shedding and it’s built is up to par in terms of quality. I think everyone needs this brush in their collection. It is also light weight (plastic).

You can visit Target here to check it out for yourself.

A full view of the Sonia Kashuk brush above.

Next up is my favorite under-eye setting brush: MAC’s 109 small contour brush. I understand that some prefer a sharper edge to set their under eyes and I have tried that. Nothing has beat the amount of product that this brush picks up and gently blends away at the edges. I love it. Some info from the MAC website:

  • A brush used on the face to apply, blend or contour powder products
  • The softly rounded dome tip delivers just enough color and smoothly blends color into the face
  • Made of natural fibres
  • MAC professional brushes are hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials
  • They feature wood handles and nickel-plated brass ferrules
  • Retails for $35

You can visit the MAC website here for closer pictures and further detail.

The Real Techniques brush you see in the above photo came in a set of three. This particular brush is the setting brush and is described as:

  • the key to completing any look with a controlled dusting of powder or highlighter

You can visit the Target website to see the full set here.

The duo bristles in this brush are great and I also use it with the Iridescent Strobe shade in the Ambient Edit palette.

My NARS iTa Brush! I still have another un-used or “back-up” iTa brush that I purchased in last years Sephora VIB sale! This brush is definitely a favorite for me. When using this brush in this palette, I aim it sideways using a X movement to pick up product. This brush retails for $55 and you can visit the Sephora site directly here for more info.

Le Chanel! Oh wei wei. I like using this brush with the shade Mood Exposure. It is perfect for the apples and when blended up toward the temples its distributes product with ease making Mood Exposure darker at the apples and lighter as it is stroked up. It is a fantastic blush brush that is more flat in shape and the bristles shorten toward the end. I think that the make of the bristles is why this brush performs superbly. Some info from the Chanel website:

  • Expertly tapered bristles allow the professional application of blush to highlight cheekbones and accentuate the contours of the face
  • The natural-fiber brush hair is formed without using scissors or razors to deliver exceptional makeup results
  • Retails for $54

You can visit Chanel here for more photos and info.

Some blush brushes are just too “puffy” or wide – I think this is the ultimate blush brush that will get your product where it is suppose to be.

I hope you all are enjoying the weekend! Have you started thinking about your 2015 picks? I would love to know yours!

Much love, Gigi

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During this blog post I was listening to: CHVRCHES, Leave A Trace


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Hi there! My nickname is Gigi and I am a Los Angeles based beauty blogger here to share respectable reviews, thoughts, opinions on all spectrums of beauty. Please join me on this journey! I welcome requests and enjoy interacting with all beauty lovers from around the world.

17 thoughts on “Best Of 2015 (2/20): Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Edit Palette with NARS Kabuki Ita Brush, Chanel Pinceau Blush Brush 4, Sonia Kashuk 123 Brush, MAC 109 Brush, Real Techniques Setting Brush

    1. It was a good tester for me. I’ve read that there is a lot of product in the original sized compacts and they can last quite a long time. I don’t own any of them so this palette was a great buy for me since it gave me a lot of options to try.


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