Hello stranger, how've you've been? My next post will be explaining why I've been taking an unplanned hiatus from the blogosphere and where I've been (it's all about my master's degree experience and is proving quite a heavy post to complete, so thought I'd ease myself back into blogging with a lighter topic). 

If you're an avid beauty blog reader, this won't be the first time you'll have seen the newly launched and beautifully packaged Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light by Hourglass Cosmetics. Priced at £69, this is palette was not exactly friendly on my intern-salary-budget but having regretted not purchasing the original Ambient Lighting Edit for over a year, I felt like I could justify the investment for my September payday. This is the first Hourglass product I've purchased, and overall I am impressed but can't say I'll be rushing back to Space NK to splurge on more because of the hefty pricetag.

All five of these shades are unique to the palette so it does have the limited edition feel to it. The first shade swatches is Surreal Light, a shade that can be used all over the face to give a subtle glow whilst fixing your base in place. The shade is inspired by the golden hour just before sunset to give, well, a golden glow, and I'm really enjoying using this so far. The second shade (top middle) is Surreal Glow, the first of the two blushes and is described as a pale peony pink, swirled in with Surreal Light. I feel like this could be more pigmented, and is perhaps a bit browner than Hourglass describe, but as a gal who gets quite flushed in the cheeks without the help of blush, I do think it is a nice, subtle shade.

The second blush, Surreal Effect, is a bit more in your face in terms of pigmentation and is coined to be a cool, pink rose with soft, warm peach again mixed with Surreal Light. In reality I think the shade borders on a fushia and is lovely for really making the cheeks pop (definitely one for winter), but I can already tell that this will be the powder I use the least. The bottom middle is the palette's bronzer, Surreal Bronze Light. It is deemed to be a neutral tan and is defintely a colour that could suit a lot of skin tones. It's a lovely formula and a lovely way to subtley add definition and a contour to the face. Last but not least is the highligher Surreal Strobe Light, as is a golden peachy shade with a hint of glitter. It's defintely not glitter-based like a lot of highlighters are and definitely adds the "glowing from within" look to the complexion.

Overall, I'm really pleased with the formulas of these - they are all buttery soft and super long-lasting. Also, it goes without saying that the packaging is beautiful (I can tell this will be featuring on my Instragram feed a lot). I think all of these shades are beautiful and I really love that you can create a subtle look with this palette, as the glow given by all the powders is great for my oily complexion as I love the dewy look, but can never use a light, dewy foundation.

So what do you think to this palette? And have any of you tried any products by Hourglass before? 
Let me know!

Cx

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette in Surreal Light: Review and Swatches

23 October 2016

Hello stranger, how've you've been? My next post will be explaining why I've been taking an unplanned hiatus from the blogosphere and where I've been (it's all about my master's degree experience and is proving quite a heavy post to complete, so thought I'd ease myself back into blogging with a lighter topic). 

If you're an avid beauty blog reader, this won't be the first time you'll have seen the newly launched and beautifully packaged Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light by Hourglass Cosmetics. Priced at £69, this is palette was not exactly friendly on my intern-salary-budget but having regretted not purchasing the original Ambient Lighting Edit for over a year, I felt like I could justify the investment for my September payday. This is the first Hourglass product I've purchased, and overall I am impressed but can't say I'll be rushing back to Space NK to splurge on more because of the hefty pricetag.

All five of these shades are unique to the palette so it does have the limited edition feel to it. The first shade swatches is Surreal Light, a shade that can be used all over the face to give a subtle glow whilst fixing your base in place. The shade is inspired by the golden hour just before sunset to give, well, a golden glow, and I'm really enjoying using this so far. The second shade (top middle) is Surreal Glow, the first of the two blushes and is described as a pale peony pink, swirled in with Surreal Light. I feel like this could be more pigmented, and is perhaps a bit browner than Hourglass describe, but as a gal who gets quite flushed in the cheeks without the help of blush, I do think it is a nice, subtle shade.

The second blush, Surreal Effect, is a bit more in your face in terms of pigmentation and is coined to be a cool, pink rose with soft, warm peach again mixed with Surreal Light. In reality I think the shade borders on a fushia and is lovely for really making the cheeks pop (definitely one for winter), but I can already tell that this will be the powder I use the least. The bottom middle is the palette's bronzer, Surreal Bronze Light. It is deemed to be a neutral tan and is defintely a colour that could suit a lot of skin tones. It's a lovely formula and a lovely way to subtley add definition and a contour to the face. Last but not least is the highligher Surreal Strobe Light, as is a golden peachy shade with a hint of glitter. It's defintely not glitter-based like a lot of highlighters are and definitely adds the "glowing from within" look to the complexion.

Overall, I'm really pleased with the formulas of these - they are all buttery soft and super long-lasting. Also, it goes without saying that the packaging is beautiful (I can tell this will be featuring on my Instragram feed a lot). I think all of these shades are beautiful and I really love that you can create a subtle look with this palette, as the glow given by all the powders is great for my oily complexion as I love the dewy look, but can never use a light, dewy foundation.

So what do you think to this palette? And have any of you tried any products by Hourglass before? 
Let me know!

Cx

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