Soon, as in a matter of days, the latest Hourglass Palette will be released, which sadly means the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light Palette will be discontinued; a crying shame as it is truly one of the best, all-in-one beauty kits that has been launched in a long time. If the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light Palette has as much as crossed your thoughts recently, I'm afraid it is a case of now or never - let me help make the decision that little easier...
I think we'd all be in agreement that 2016 was the year in which the blogging world fully embraced marble and what could be a more fitting addition to any make-up bag than the marble adorned case of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light Palette. Yeah it is plastic but it is surprisingly durable despite being lightweight (a blessing when travelling) and let's face it, it does happen to look rather attractive too - love it or loathe it, many a beauty purchase has been acted upon purely due to how well it will photograph. Blame Instagram.
For a moment, let's forget the marble packaging for now and focus on what really counts - what is inside: five exclusive shades of bronzer, blush and more. As someone who owns a good few Hourglass face products the allure (and convenience) of five new, wear everywhere powder products was too much to resist, I relented and of course made the palette mine. I have no regrets as since giving into temptation, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light Palette is all I have used in terms of blush, highlighter, bronzer and to an extent even setting powder - this truly is the gift (to self) that keeps on giving.
If you have yet to try Hourglass powder products for yourself, let me quickly explain that no amount of swatches nor product images can truly do the finely milled powders justice - I am afraid this is something that you need to see in the flesh to truly appreciate. The beauty of the Hourglass powder formula is that it is subtle yet both illuminating and refining - this is not a texture that will nestle into enlarged pores and despite offering a radiance quality, I can vouch that all Hourglass face powders are free from chunky flecks of glitter. I can also state from personal experience that despite being a lighter in texture formulation, the Hourglass powders do wear true and are not prone to fading nor transferring. If a soft, lit from within glow is what you crave, be it from a blush, bronzer or highlighter this is not only the palette for you but also the brand that you will want to revisit time and time again.
Let's take a closer look at the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light Palette, shall we?
•Surreal Light (the large segment on the left of the palette): best described as a sheer nude veil of powder that has been created to evoke the magic hour of perfect lighting just before the sun sets. Best used as a setting powder, this light, almost traceless shade gently lifts and brightens the skin without adding excess colour or coverage to the face. If you find traditional setting powders to be a little too chalky, heavy or flat, this is what you have been waiting for - I do worry that this may be a tad stark on deep complexions so if you fall into such category, I do recommend trying this in store before purchasing.
• Surreal Bronze Light (top row, left): a neutral peach tan blush shade that has been fused with a smattering of the Surreal Light powder to create a subtle yet natural and altogether warm flush of colour. This is a great winter option as it adds a little depth, definition and dare I say warmth to the skin without the need for a separate bronzer.
• Surreal Glow (top row, right): another blush and again it has been infused with the Surreal Light powder for additional radiance qualities. This is the pop of colour amongst what is a fairly neutral palette and despite being a little on the bright side, it is equally flattering and easy to wear. I would deem Surreal Glow to be a medium, cool toned pink that perks up any complexion, as well as adding a youthful brightening element too - the perfect shade for Spring.
• Surreal Effect (bottom row, left): apparently this too is a blush but on my skin tone it translates to a cool toned, albeit fairly light bronzer with a slight pink undertone - depending on your preference this could of course be used as a blush, or dusted on the high points of your face to add warmth and a little definition. I would also go as far as stating that this doubles up as an eyeshadow in a pinch too.
• Surreal Strobe Light (bottom row, right): a soft focus, illuminating, gentle peach tinged highlighter that glides onto the skin creating the most beautiful, gleam of light that does not draw attention to enlarged pores nor any other skin complaint and generally brightens even the dullest of complexions. A true wonder find.
Do you need the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light Palette? Need is a strong word but if like myself you adore the Hourglass powder formulation and enjoy the idea of storing all your daily face products in one place, this is the investment product for you.
You can find the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light Palette
- in the UK via Space.NK for £69 - link for £15 off use the code Explore17
- in the U.S via Sephora $80 - link