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

14 comments

  1. I think I will gibe this product a try. I like the packaging and the shades are so flattering as well. Great review!

    Carolynn | blog.carolynnyoe.com

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    1. It definitely is worth a try! The packaging is so pretty, and the shades are very subtle so I imagine that they will work well with a lot of skin tones. Thanks Carolynn! Let me know if you give it a try :) x

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  2. I really want this product but it's very expensive! I love the look of this though, I haven't been tempted by other things by Hourglass Cosmetics but this just looks so nice! x

    Emma | emmaetc.com

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    1. Yeah it is a rather pricey product and is definitely the most I have ever spent on one product! But I had regretted not buying the original palette for so long so thought it was worth the investment - and the singular Hourglass powders are around £40, so thought this would be a great way to try out the formulas. It is such a gorgeous palette, so definitely one to save up for :) x

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  3. What a gorgeous palette! I've heard amazing things about Hourglass x
    britishmermaid.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's definitely the prettiest thing in my makeup bag at the moment! I'd heard such amazing things about Hourglass too and have been wanting to try their Lighting Powders for ages. Thanks for your comment Cara :) x

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  4. This is such an ascetically pleasing palette - with some really beautiful powders!

    Lucy | Forever September

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    1. It really is isn't it? I love the marble packaging and the baked effect to the powders! Thanks for stopping by on my blog Lucy :) x

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  5. Oh these are so pretty and shimmery. What a lovely looking palette! Miranda xxx http://mirandasnotebook.com/

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    1. They really are pretty powders and the packaging does them justice, I'm glad you like them too Miranda! Thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog :) xx

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  6. Its so beautiful and gorgeous packaging! I wish I had the funds to splash out x
    eleanorfrances.com

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    1. It is such a gorgeously packaged palette isn't it? It is definitely a pricey product, but I still stick by it being a great one to first try out the famous Hourglass powders! Thanks so much for reading :) x

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  7. Your blog is so darling! Lovely review, the packaging and shades are so beautiful, perfect for bringing out a winter glow in the colder months! I love your photos :D xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram - tempting Too Faced Gingerbread giveaway!)

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    1. Thank you for leaving such a lovely comment Elizabeth! It is such a lovely palette and so great for getting the glow in the winter months and the summer too actually, as the powder is quite oil-absorbing! So glad to hear that you like my blog and photography, thanks for having a read and for taking the time to comment on here :) xx

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