Public Service Announcement: How to Pronounce Brand Names7:09 AM
I was looking up reviews for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette, trying to curb my lemming for the $58 USD finishing powder palette. One video compared it to one of the Guerlain Meteorites and while the review was great, the vlogger kept pronouncing it as "gur-lain." NO NO NO. It's a pet peeve of mine when people mispronounce brand names; it takes away from their credibility. The most common victims I see on YouTube are Clarins, Guerlain, and Le Métier de Beauté. So if you've ever been tongue-tied by brands such as Cle de Peau, Prêt à Papier, Nuxe, Terre Saharienne -- do yourself a favor and watch this very informative and entertaining playlist! (Ironically, this girl mispronounces the word "pronunciation.")
Oh, and about that palette. I found the most compelling reason not to get it: shade match. The powders are marketed as "universally flattering," but as we universally know, that is rarely true. Whenever I have doubts about a shade I find as many blog and video reviews as I can by people with the same skin tone -- Asian/medium/yellow undertone. Based on these reviews, the most flattering Ambient Lighting shades would be Mood Light and Diffused Light -- none of which are in the Palette. The shades are that included (Dim Light, Incandescent Light, and Radiant Light) seem to flatter tones that are either lighter or deeper than my own. As much as I love palettes, when they come with this hefty a price tag I'll go for picking up singles that suit me over pre-selected shades. You know what would be excellent? If you could make your own custom Ambient Lighting palette! I would pick that up IN A HEARTBEAT.
The palette is sold out at Sephora but is still available at Hourglass, Barneys NY, and SpaceNK.