Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette ($80.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes a finishing powder, bronzer, two blushes, and highlighter inspired by Surreal Light, which is a new shade in the Ambient Lighting Powder family (currently only available in this palette). This palette will work best for someone who is less concerned about a “value-packed” palette/is unlikely to finish their products and really needs everything in a single compact. I think the palette, all being in the same family of Surreal Light, ends up getting muddled a bit between the blush, bronzer, and highlighter with the Surreal Effect blush being the one lone shade that stands out as a bit different. It is a distinctively warm-toned palette, so it will likely not work for everyone. The texture seemed a bit drier across the majority of the powders as the permanent range, though I did not notice the dryness as applied to the face in practice.

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Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
Hourglass Holiday 2016 Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
87%
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Sneak Peek: Hourglass Surreal Light Palette Photos & Swatches

Hourglass Surreal Light Palette
Hourglass Surreal Light Palette

Hourglass Surreal Light Palette ($80.00 for 0.30 oz.) contains five cheek/face powders revolving around the shade of Surreal Light, which makes them all new (and limited edition), but it wouldn’t surprise me if we saw it added to the regular line someday later on (equally possible it never returns!). There are two blushes, one bronzer, one highlighter, and one finishing powder (which is the largest of the five shades).

Like last year’s palette, the only value is in whether you like the idea of getting five shades for less than the cost of two or three full-sized Hourglass Ambient Lighting products (which range from $38 to $50 in price). There’s only $53.30 worth of product in the palette, so it’s obviously not a value-packed palette. This is something that will be best for someone who wants everything in a single palette and will wear at least three of the five shades often. This year’s palette is marginally better in value than last year’s (which was $48.05 in product value at the same $80.00 price point), but their palettes prior to that were significantly better in value.

  • Ambient Lighting Powder | 0.14 oz. is worth $18.40
    Ambient Lighting Blush | 2 x 0.04 oz., 0.08 oz. total, is worth $20.27
  • Ambient Lighting Bronzer | 0.04 oz. is worth $5.13
  • Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder | 0.04 oz. is worth $9.50
  • Total Value: $53.30

Hourglass Surreal Light Palette

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Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit for Holiday 2016

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit for Holiday 2016
Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit for Holiday 2016


Discover the most covetable Ambient® Light yet. Introducing Surreal Light – a sheer nude powder evoking the magic hour of perfect lighting where the sun brings the softest, most flattering glow to the complexion. These never-before-released shades of powder, bronzer, blushes and highlighter are available exclusively this holiday season.

Availability

Now available to Sephora VIB/VIB Rouges

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The Details

Surreal Light Holiday 2016 Ambient Lighting Edit | $80.00 | Limited Edition

  • Surreal Light (Ambient Lighting Powder) Sheer nude powder evoking the magic hour of perfect lighting
  • Surreal Bronze (Ambient Lighting Bronzer) Neutral tan shade fused with Surreal Light
  • Surreal Glow (Ambient Lighting Blush) Pale peony pink blush mixed with Surreal Light
  • Surreal Effect (Ambient Lighting Blush) Cool, pink rose fused with a soft, warm peach
  • Surreal Strobe Light (Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder) Glimmering peach powder imparting an alluring highlight

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation ($46.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a new stick foundation that’s supposed to have full coverage, be long-wearing (12-hours) and waterproof, and feel “weightless” like a powder. There are 26 shades available, so it has a solid range of shades to choose from (I think some of the more comprehensive ranges are closer to 35-45 shades deep), and one thing I liked was that the brand gave descriptions for each shade, not just shades, which is a good starting point in picking from new shades. The brand also has a handy chart that compares matches from their other base products to the new foundation (see it here).

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Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation
Hourglass Vanish Foundation Warm Ivory
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
5
Total
82%
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Hourglass Ambient Luminous Light Palette (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Exclusive) for July 2016

Hourglass Ambient Luminous Light Palette
Hourglass Ambient Luminous Light Palette


The limited edition palette will feature a powder, blush and bronzer in 3 bestselling shades all featuring Luminous Light for a candlelit glow.

Availability

July 14th, 2016 for cardholders; July 22nd for all shoppers

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The Details

Ambient Luminous Light Palette | $62.00 | Limited Edition, Nordstrom Exclusive

  • Luminous Light Champagne pearl that creates a soft candlelight glow (Ambient Lighting Powder)
  • Luminous Flush Champagne rose blush fused with Luminous Light to evoke a candlelit glimmer (Ambient Luminous Blush)
  • Luminous Bronze Light Medium tan shade infused with Luminous Light for a softer, candlelit warmth (Ambient Lighting Bronzer)

Introduction to Hourglass

Introduction to Hourglass

I’m new to this brand. Where should I start?

A Few Notes | When I reviewed the brand’s eyeshadow palettes, it seemed that the majority of readers had similar issues of sheerer, more powdery product, but there are still some who like them. That being said, if you like really sheer, silky eyeshadows, you may enjoy the Hourglass formula. Hourglass also makes some nice brushes and base products, like their Veil Mineral No. 28 Primers. Their Lip Oil is also a fantastic lip treatment if you have very dry lips.

What would you recommend to someone just trying Hourglass for the first time?

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