I’m currently in the process of editing my makeup and skin care stuff. I came to the conclusion that project use-up-your-stuff won’t really work for me.
So I listed my activities, the frequency by which I do them, and the beauty stuff I actually need for those.
I’m glad I’ve developed my de-stashing muscles through recent years. Otherwise, I’m sure I won’t be able to let go. I’m also glad I don’t have the tendency to collect stuff for the sake of collecting.
That being said, the ability to let go of stuff is a lot different from the ability to keep myself from buying stuff I don’t need. I still have to work on the latter.
Moving on to what I should be talking about, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette. I bought this around 5 months ago and it’s one of the stuff I disposed of.
I had a particularly hard time deciding if I should part with it because I asked my brother to get it for me when he went to the US to visit his girlfriend. I mean, they spent effort in looking for it and now I feel like crap for selling it.
But when I read this quote from an excerpt of a knitting book, I knew what had to be done:
“Yarn is meant to have a future,
and yarn I don’t love won’t ever be knit;
I am liberating it
that it may achieve its full potential with another knitter.”
It wasn’t that I didn’t like it. I did. I tested it several times and I used it on 2 weddings — including my own. And in all the times I used it, I think I looked a little better. Sometimes I even get compliments.
Now you’re probably wondering why I even considered letting go of it.
It said on the instructions on the website: Apply powder all over the face using Ambient Powder Brush...
I thought I could use it sans any other face base or complexion product. I don’t like normal face powders because they make my face look dry. I thought this could reduce the shine on my face without leaving it overly matte. What didn’t sink in to me in the instructions was this: Apply powder all over the face using Ambient Powder Brush… as the final step for a flawless complexion — which means there has to be something underneath first for it to work it’s magic.
The palette has three of the ambient powders: dim light, incandescent light, and radiant light.
On its own, Dim Light accentuates my pores and dims my skin, and not in the dim light beautifying kind of way. Over a matte foundation like MAC Studio Fix Plus Powder, it looks good. It brings back sheen and a little bit of dimension. The sheen is not enough for it to be considered a highlighter though. It’s great to use when I’ve already filled in all of my pores to a point of matte-ness and I’m too impatient to wait for my skin oils to mesh with the matte goop.
The other powders, Incandescent and Radiant, are too shimmery to use all over the face. I (used to) use Incandescent to highlight my nose bridge and cheekbones and it worked great for that purpose. The shimmers are subtler compared to The Balm’s Mary Loumanizer and aren’t really that visible.
The Radiant powder — I didn’t really explore its uses. On reviews I’ve read of people with lighter skin tones, it’s used as a contour product or a bronzer. On me, it wouldn’t really show up enough to function like that. I remember using it over a chalky matte powder blush and it made it look significantly better. But I’ve also already disposed of that blush so I did not have any use for Radiant anymore.
Bottomline, I wasn’t reaching for this enough to finish it up before it expires. I also don’t go to a lot of events that require me to wear makeup. (To some extent, this makes me wonder why I buy face products. I don’t wear them everyday.)
Anyway, I decided not to give myself more time to grow into using it so that the next owner will have more time to play with it. I hope Donna enjoys it more than I did.