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The Hourglass Palette That’s Light Years Ahead

There are bright ideas and then there are truly illuminating ones. When Hourglass founder Carisa Janes first voiced the prophetic words “Create your perfect light”, she wasn’t kidding. The Ambient Lighting Collection, her light-diffusing, skin-brightening finishing powders, beamed down to planet beauty three years ago. Since then the visionary product developer has added ethereal blushes, flattering bronzers and strobe highlighters that empower women to be their own lighting technician.

Now, to celebrate Mecca’s 20th anniversary, Hourglass has created a world-first MECCA20 Ambient Lighting Palette. Aside from its festive packaging, the real attraction is the vibrant pink blush at the centre of the trio. The exquisite cheek colour, inspired by a pink Pantone shade and enlivened with flecks of gold, is exclusive to Mecca; it’s called “Mecca Birthday Glow”. Unlike standard blushes, which can appear unrealistically flat, the Hourglass versions have depth and dimension—they work with your complexion. This next-generation blush infuses cheeks with seamless, soft-focus colour, and an otherworldly flush.

The limited edition palette also includes Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light for a soft radiance, and Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Radiant Bronze Light for subtle bronzing. All the powders harness the brand’s Photoluminescent Technology, so that your skin appears softer, younger and lit-from-within. The palette is portable, pretty and remarkably multipurpose: you can finish, contour and brighten with one product. Start by dusting the finishing powder all over your complexion, contour with the bronzer, and then add the blush to the apples of the cheeks. No light check required.

When the glow must go on, as it must for the imminent party season, the Hourglass palette is the ideal pick-me-up. “It helps you mimic that perfect sun-kissed look with a shade exclusive to Mecca,” Carisa Janes told us. It’s a godsend for “creating beautiful, glowing skin.” The advanced powders enhance skin in any type of light, including flash photography, which partly explains why so many women have gravitated to them. “They’re like an Instagram filter for your complexion, ensuring picture-perfect lighting at any moment,” adds Janes. Are you ready to trip the light fantastic?

October 2017.

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