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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 more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior Cosmopolite (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Filtered Light (P) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Luxurious Beige (LE, $82.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Light Cocoa (P) is less shimmery, 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. 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 lighter, brighter (85% similar). Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is lighter, brighter (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). Clinique Pink Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC At Dusk (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Spellbinder (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Fun Ending (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Peach Cobbler (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Shame On You (01) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Trickery (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Catrice Coral Me Maybe (P, $5.99) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Delilah (Light) (P) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). KIKO 109 Candy Rose (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Unleashed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Tinge (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #6 (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer (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 (P) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Optical (LE) is darker (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). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar). Essence Be My Highlight (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (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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A-

Surreal Light

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Surreal Glow

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A-

Surreal Effect

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Bite Beauty Blondie Multistick

Bite Beauty Blondie Multistick
Bite Beauty Blondie Multistick

Bite Beauty Blondie Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a light-medium peachy brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Yash (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Sensual (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Cheeky (79) (DC, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Zoeva ND010 (P) is less glossy (90% similar). KIKO 106 Beige Rose (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Video (P, $26.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Magic Wand (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Zoeva Shy Beauty (P, $11.80) is lighter, more muted, less glossy (85% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Cherish (P, $17.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Bow 'n' Arrow (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Becca Amaretto (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Doe (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Velvet Teddy (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Honeycomb (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $10.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty No Angel (242) (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $35.00) is darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Stark Naked (DC, $22.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For an in-depth look at what the formula is supposed to do and how it performs generally, please check the overview below the rating. Blondie worked best as a blush, where it blended out nicely and lasted well, but it was more problematic as a lip and eye color, where it pulled into lines and had a shorter wear time.

As a cream blush, it delivered buildable, blendable color that was easy to work with and spread across the skin. I could apply with fingertips or brushes, and both types of tools worked well. It lasted for just over eight and a half hours on me as a blush. I do expect that this will be more suitable for fairer complexions as it just barely shows up on my skin tone once I blend it out, unless you’re of light-medium to medium complexion and want something subtle and warming.

As a lipstick, this was one of the more unflattering shades applied to the lips, even though the texture did not feel that different from other shades, as it looked drier, emphasized lip lines, and sunk into those same lip lines on me. I felt like the texture felt a bit drier, more powdery, on my lips, and the wear was shorter (not entirely unexpected, as it is one of the lighter shades) at four hours. The formula was neither drying nor hydrating over time.

As a cream eyeshadow, it actually looked similar on the eye as it did on lips: it pulled into my fine lines and creases with ease and looked somewhat dry applied. The color itself blends in with my natural skin tone, so the creasing wasn’t as noticeable from a normal viewing distance, but it was definitely there within five minutes of application.

Please note, the rating is an average across performance on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Bite Beauty Multistick Blondie
Blondie
Blondie
B-

Permanent

7.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

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Bite Beauty Macaroon Multistick

Bite Beauty Macaroon Multistick
Bite Beauty Macaroon Multistick

Bite Beauty Macaroon Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. Tarte Fomo (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Thames (LE, $8.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Illamasqua Peaked (P, $26.00) is glossier (95% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Nouvelle Vogue (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Virgin Rose (P, $50.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Brave (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #1 (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M200 (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pastille (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Thirsty (LE, $5.00) is brighter (85% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Mother (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For an in-depth look at what the formula is supposed to do and how it performs generally, please check the overview below the rating. Macaroon was fairly creamy, light-to-medium in weight, and smooth on the skin and lips. The color spread easily across the skin and blended out well on eyes, lips, and cheeks. It worked best as a cheek color, then as a lip color, and was worst as an eye color. It had buildable pigmentation from semi-sheer to fully opaque depending on application method.

On the cheeks, the color blended effortlessly without losing its color or tone. The texture was smooth and sat well on the skin with a soft, natural finish. While the product didn’t dry down fully (so it would transfer if you touched it), it didn’t move or migrate on the skin and lasted well for nine hours on me. On the lips, it didn’t tug or drag on the lips, but I had some color emphasize lip lines as some color pulled into them. It lasted for four and a half hours on the lips and was neither drying nor hydrating. On the eyes, I experienced creasing within minutes of applying the color, as the formula did not set or dry down.

Please note, the rating is an average across performance on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Bite Beauty Multistick Macaroon
Macaroon
Macaroon
B-

Permanent

7.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

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MAC x Selena Techno Cumbia Powder Blush Duo

MAC Techno Cumbia Blush Duo
MAC Techno Cumbia Blush Duo

MAC Techno Cumbia Blush Duo ($29.00 for TBA oz.) is blush duo that features a split-pan with more of the deeper shade (Blunt) and a smaller portion of the lighter shade (Ven Conmigo). The smaller blush is hard to apply on its own, as it doesn’t accommodate the average blush brush well, and even my smaller blush brushes were too large and I had to pinch the brush head to get it to narrow and fit in the area. This was the weakest product in the collection, so I figured we’d get it out of the way.

Blunt is described as a “muted golden brown.” It’s a dark, rosy brown–almost plummy–with a mostly matte finish. It looked warmer and more like that “golden brown” in the pan, but it darkened up a lot and looked much cooler in tone (though still warm overall) swatched on my arm as well as on my cheeks. I am warm-toned, so things looking cooler than they do in the pan is usually not something I experience! The texture was fairly soft, moderately blendable, but it wasn’t the best texture for such an intense, pigmented blush as it required extra work to blend and diffuse the color. It wore well for almost nine hours on me before I noticed fading. MAC Earthshine (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Plum Attraction (LE, $45.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Tea Petal (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Viseart Bronze #3 (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Film Noir (P, $22.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ven Conmigo is described as a “beige pink.” It’s a soft, medium rosy mauve with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was firm and difficult to get color out of; I had to scrape at the top layer to get enough powder off the surface to even show up on the skin. It wore well for six hours on me before fading.
Tarte Royal (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Cinematic (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The MAC x Selena collection will be available online September 28th for MAC Select members and October 1st for all others. It will be in select store locations on October 6th–call your local store to find out if they will be one of those locations.

MAC Powder Blush Duo Techno Cumbia
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total
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Blunt

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Ven Conmigo

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Bite Beauty Mochi Multistick

Bite Beauty Mochi Multistick
Bite Beauty Mochi Multistick

Bite Beauty Mochi Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark pink-red with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M401 (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Smashbox Unzipped (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Dance With Me (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (95% similar). Bite Beauty Sour Cherry (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Quiver (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Frankly Scarlet (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Life's Blood (LE, $21.00) is brighter, cooler, glossier (90% similar). MAC Never Say Never (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C405 (P, $22.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Apple Red (P, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Mulling Spices (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Coral #3 (P) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop London Fog (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For an in-depth look at what the formula is supposed to do and how it performs generally, please check the overview below the rating. Mochi is a bold shade in the tube, but when wore at sheer to medium coverage, it looks more pink than it does red. In order to get true red color, it has to be worn at mostly opaque or fully opaque coverage. The texture was smooth, creamy, and blendable on all three areas it can be worn, but it performed the best as a lip color, then as a cheek color, and worst as an eyeshadow.

On my cheeks, it applied easily with fingertips, a brush, or dabbed on directly from the tube, though I preferred fingertips as the product melted and blended effortlessly with the warmth of my fingertips. It has more buildable coverage when applied with fingertips or a brush, but if you swiped it on directly from the tube, it would leave a rather opaque streak. The texture sat well on the skin and had a natural sheen, but it wasn’t glossy and didn’t move around during the day. The color lasted for ten hours on my cheeks.

On my lips, I applied it directly from the tube, and it was opaque in one stroke, though if I applied it using fingertips or a lip brush, it was sheerer. The consistency was smooth and sat well on the lips without emphasizing my natural texture or sinking into my lip lines. This shade wore for over six hours, wasn’t drying, and left a stain behind.

On my eyes, the color creased within minutes after I had applied it. The color didn’t adhere any better despite trying fingertips, brushes, sponges, and directly from the tube. The consistency is creamy and blendable, which made it easy to apply to the lid, but I just couldn’t get longevity out of it at all. It didn’t dry down or set, so it always remained blendable and moveable, and I’d even push the color back into place but it would crease again.

Please note, the rating is an average across performance on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Bite Beauty Multistick Mochi
Mochi
Mochi
B

Permanent

7.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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Bite Beauty Papaya Multistick

Bite Beauty Papaya Multistick
Bite Beauty Papaya Multistick

Bite Beauty Papaya Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark rose pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. Milani Tea Rose (08) (P, $8.99) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Guerlain Fleur de Givre (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #1 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Rose (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cary (P, $35.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Indian Rose (P, $50.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Infamous (228) (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bebe (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Vibration (270) (P, $45.00) is brighter (85% similar). MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) (P, $36.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Torte (LE, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Becca Pamplemousse (LE, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Happy (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For an in-depth look at what the formula is supposed to do and how it performs generally, please check the overview below the rating. While the color is undoubtedly lovely, and it’s a deeper, warmer pink that isn’t as commonly seen, it was one of the weaker shades I’ve tested, as it stumbled in every aspect: eyes, lips and cheeks! It performed best as a lip product, then as a cheek color, and worst as an eyeshadow. It had buildable pigmentation overall, but if you apply it directly from the tube in hard swipes or passes, you will get opaque coverage, while if you dab, pat, or if you use fingertips/brush to apply, you’ll get more buildable coverage.

On the cheeks, I struggled a bit with blending and diffusing the color without it becoming patchy, as the texture seemed drier and felt more powdery, though it was still creamy enough where I didn’t suspect it was going to be problematic in application. Unfortunately, it dragged a bit, and if you wanted to apply it over a base product, like foundation, it was prone to disturbing the base quite a bit and only applied decently on bare skin. The color itself did still wear longer at nine and a half hours, which was the upside.

On the lips, it had buildable coverage if applied with fingertips or a lip brush and opaque coverage when applied directly from the tube. The color applied evenly and fairly smoothly, but the consistency emphasized the texture of my lips, while the color gathered into lip lines. After four and a half hours of wear, the color had really migrated into lip lines and was hard to smooth back into place.

On the eyes, the color creased within a few minutes of applying it, and it never fully dry down or set, which meant that even if when I smoothed it back into place, it would crease a few minutes later. I’ve found that loose or pressed translucent setting powder helps but doesn’t extend wear to a full day without altering the color too much, but it does mattify the finish noticeably.

Please note, the rating is an average across performance on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Bite Beauty Multistick Papaya
Papaya
Papaya
B-

Permanent

7.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

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