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Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
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.

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

Surreal Light is a light, yellowed beige with fine gold shimmer over a matte finish. This is the original Ambient Lighting Powder, which is a finishing powder, so it is something applied after setting powder, at the very end (hence “finishing!”) to “diffuse” and “soften the look of the skin.” It added very subtle warmth and made my skin appear smoother and more matte, but this particularly iteration had very subtle shimmer, which added a little bit of light all-over but was only noticeable in certain lighting in person. The texture was soft, a little dusty and prone to kicking up excess product in the pan, but it applied well and dispersed easily. It was sheer, as promised (and as you would expect for a finishing powder). Guerlain Perles de Legende (LE, $60.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Light Cocoa (P) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Filtered Light (P) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal Glow is a light-medium peach with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, which is in line with the brand’s promise of “buildable color.” It does not deliver the “otherwordly glow” much, as it is more satiny and just keeps the blush from appearing totally flat. The texture was soft, a little dry and dusty, but it blended well and was impossible to overdo on my skin tone as it barely showed up (that’s a warning for those with similar skin tones!). I think this color would be better on fairer complexions. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading. Kevyn Aucoin Sahara (P, $54.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sahara (P, $54.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sahara (P, $54.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Silent Nude (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Catrice I Am Nuts About You (P, $5.99) is cooler (85% similar). Zoeva CR040 (P) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Coup de Genie (P, $32.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal Effect is a light-medium pink with warm, coral undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation that was very soft, silky, and smooth without being dusty or excessively powdery. The texture sat well on the skin, and it did become a little more satiny when buffed and blended on the skin. For reference, I get noticeable color when applied to my skin, but it is very subtle and doesn’t get any more intense than as shown in the face swatch below, so it would not be good for someone with deeper skin and/or someone who wanted bolder blush. This shade stayed on well for seven and a half hours. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is brighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Delilah (Light) (P) is warmer (90% similar). Clinique Pink Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Peach Cobbler (LE) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Fun Ending (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Catrice La Vie En Rose (P, $5.99) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #6 (LE) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Unleashed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is more muted (90% similar). Catrice Coral Me Maybe (P, $5.99) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (P, $60.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Trickery (DC, $8.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Shame On You (01) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Tinge (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Spellbinder (LE, $22.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC At Dusk (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal Bronze Light is a soft, light-medium brown with warm, rosy undertones and a soft, dusting of gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer to medium, buildable coverage that sat well on the skin, even though the texture seemed a little thin and dusty. I had no trouble blending and diffusing the color, and it showed up a little more noticeably than Surreal Glow. I think it would be a lovely option for someone wanting a subtle bronzing shade that wasn’t too yellow or too orange in tone. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Streak Bronzer (-) is brighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Optical (LE) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal Strobe Light is a soft, light-medium yellowed peach with warm undertones and gold shimmer. It had sheer coverage that did not really build-up, while the texture was drier and looser. It is supposed to be sheerer, though this is a lot sheerer than the other permanent shades. I do not think this would apply as well over drier skin types as it would just not stick well, but if you normally wear primer, liquid foundation, and so forth, it should be okay. It does add a nice, luminous glow that isn’t metallic or shiny, so I think those who like a a more subtle sheen may like the finish of it. This highlighter wore well for seven hours on me. MAC Glow Rida (LE, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). Essence Be My Highlight (P, $4.49) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hourglass Holiday 2016 Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
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Surreal Light

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Surreal Glow

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Surreal Effect

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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

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 AmbientĀ® 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

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Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation
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).

I tried two shades–Warm Ivory and Nude–which are fairly close to my skin tone with Nude running a little darker. For reference, I used a combination of the two shades for the best color match, since I happened to have both, but I would likely lean toward Warm Ivory to pick one for my skin tone (light-medium, light yellow undertones). I loved the way this blended and sat on the skin initially, as it covered very well, evenly, was seamless as promised, but I had a lot of issues with wear–it looked like it was breaking down after five hours of wear. It would look a little separated, slightly patchy, and it never, ever set–it would transfer very easily with the press of my fingertip to my cheek (this was at any given moment while I wore it). The latter part is frustrating, because one may inadvertently rub their nose or scratch an inch, and the foundation will transfer and move at the merest touch.

The foundation has a very creamy, emollient consistency and delivers full coverage readily. I very much advise applying a lot less than you think and blending, buffing, and working it across the planes of the face before adding more. The creaminess of the stick is felt immediately, and it seems to get creamier as it sits on the warm skin, which makes easy to spread across the skin. It is undeniably a full-coverage foundation, but the blendability of the foundation does make it possible to get coverage as sheer as light-medium coverage. At full coverage, it is still a lighter-weight foundation, though not as undetectable as a BB Cream or Tinted Moisturizer (not surprising), but it didn’t feel heavy or uncomfortable; I didn’t feel like I was wearing a mask of product, and the finish was natural enough that it looked more like my skin than anything else. I also liked how it didn’t settle into creases or fine lines, even as it wore away, creasing/settling into lines was the least visible characteristic of wear to me.

I have normal-to-dry skin that leans mostly normal (if I get dry, it’s typically on my eyelids, tip of my nose, and apples of my cheeks) and used the same skincare regimen that I’ve been using for awhile with a variety of other foundations (so I don’t suspect it’s my skincare driving any longevity concerns with this foundation, because I haven’t had sudden issues with wear with my favorites!). The foundation sat well on my skin without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture, and it had a noticeable sheen but didn’t look oily. When I wore the foundation at full coverage, I could start to see it break down after four to five hours of wear (I tested it five times); the foundation separated and looked a little patchy, slightly oily and looked like something was sitting on my face rather than seamlessly blended on my face. When I wore the foundation at more medium coverage, the wear was better at six hours, but I still couldn’t get close to the 12-hours it is marketed as. I also tried using Hourglass’ Mineral Veil primer underneath, and here were my results: at full coverage, eight to nine hours; at medium coverage, ten to eleven hours.

As a note, I’ve read and seen a lot of complaints regarding the amount of product in the tube–0.25 oz.–and a lot of comparisons are made to liquid formulas (usually containing 1.0 fl. oz.), which are not quite the same, but it’ll depend on your formulation, how much you use, and so forth. It is a lot like a twist-up pencil eyeliner and one you sharpen; they have standard amounts and which you prefer will come down to use. That being said, Hourglass’ 0.25 oz. is noticeably lower than other similarly-priced brands: Shiseido The Makeup Stick is $38.50/0.38 oz. or $101.32/oz.; Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick is $43.00 for 0.44 oz. or $97.73/oz.; Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick is $46.00 for 0.31 oz. or $148.39/oz.; Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation is $82.00 for 0.50 oz. or $164.00/oz.; and Lancome’s Teint Idole Foundation Stick is $42.00 for 0.31 oz. or $135.48/oz. Hourglass, for comparison, comes in at $184.00/oz. — and that makes it even pricier than luxury-level Tom Ford.

Lastly, I primarily used Hourglass’ new Vanish Foundation Brush ($46.00), which I am quite fond of, and it certainly works exceptionally well with the new Vanish foundation. It’s a dense, lightly angled brush with a short handle that is very, very soft and smooth. I’ve had no issues cleaning it thoroughly (I use a mix of Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Soap and water), and it doesn’t take an extraordinarily long time to dry. The new brush worked well with other cream and liquid foundations to yield very smooth, even, and streak-free results. I also used the following brushes with the new Vanish Foundation and had good results: Real Techniques Expert Face, Tom Ford 02 Foundation Brush, Shiseido Foundation Brush, Kat Von D Lock-It Edge Foundation Brush, Marc Jacobs The Face I, II, and III Brushes, and IT Cosmetics Velvet Luxe LBD Foundation Brush #302; I also used it with a damp Beautyblender, which I liked but found to soak up product a bit too much for my personal liking.Brush Dimensions: 4.5 inches / 11.5 centimeters in total length; 28mm in width and depth, 26mm in height.

Hourglass Vanish Foundation Warm Ivory
Warm Ivory
Warm Ivory
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
4
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total
Hourglass Vanish Foundation Nude
Nude
Nude
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
4
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total

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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

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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