I’ve got to be honest, I actually thought that today’s review was never going to happen!
*Cue major life-changing backstory*
I purchased the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit quite a while before Christmas. Considering it’s immense beauty for a palette, I panicked that it would be one of those limited edition products that sells out within two days of it’s launch date. Do you know what? I was fortunately wrong! You can still purchase this beautiful little number from Space.NK, so I’ve linked it above in case I’ve done a fantastic job in selling this to you today *wink*.
So when it arrived, I got super excited and took lots of pictures of it before I started to use it (yes, I really am that sad). I did all of this in anticipation of creating a blog post that would hopefully inform my lovely readers of this palette’s pros and cons.
Then… I literally never did it.
It’s okay, I don’t blame you if you’re disappointed in me, I would be too.
Never fear though! Because here it is, well overdue, my review of the best face palette I’ve ever purchased.
I actually think this is quite apt for Springtime and perhaps not at all appropriate for December and the festive season, pfffft, what was I thinking?? In any case, this palette comprises of five different types of powders to be used on your face. Maybe not altogether though, but I’ll get to that bit.
So to quickly run down the types of powder featured in this palette: You’ve got a large size (far left pan) of their Ambient Lighting Powder in Surreal Light. This is intended to be used as an all-over face powder/setting powder. It’s essentially a beauty powder that works pretty hard when it’s on your skin to evoke the perfect lighting, wherever you are. I personally love a glowing, dewy finish when it comes to my base makeup so this is perfect for that. I just dust it all over once I’ve finished with foundation and concealer and it makes skin look flawless. Then the top two smaller pans contain two different blush colours, Surreal Glow (left) and Surreal Effect (right). The first is a light and delicate peony toned colour and is definitely my favourite of the two. The one on the right is much darker, described as a “pink rose fused with a soft, warm peach tone”. This one pops a little more on your cheek, essentially mimicking the effect of a bright natural flush.
The smaller pan in the bottom left-hand corner is a bronzer in Surreal Glow Light and is my favourite thing about this palette. It is, quite frankly, stunning! It has been infused with the Surreal Light powder to translate a subtle, natural warmth on the skin. I personally really hate matte bronzers and I would say that this is probably the best bronzer I’ve ever used because it just gets it right. I mustn’t forget to say, with all the colour/pigmented pans in this palette, please use a light hand as colour pay off is strong and it is very easy to go overboard! Finally, the bottom right pan contains a highlighter in Surreal Strobe Light. This is not my favourite highlighter ever because there isn’t a lot of the sheeny shimmer that I love in a highlighter (for pure highlighter ecstacy, check my “Confessions of a Highlighter Obsession” post!). It’s an average highlighter I’d say, not too over-powering which means it’s suitable for the day-time.
I haven’t got that many faults with this palette in all honesty. Perhaps my biggest one is the fact that none of these shades can be purchased separately. This is quite frustrating if you have a particular favourite in the palette and would like a much larger, more portable version of a single powder. All of the shades in the Surreal Edit were made specifically for the palette which makes them exclusive, yes, but also limits them to this particular product. Having said that, there honestly are very similar shades of the products featured here that Hourglass sell in their core range and you’ll find that the formula and effect will be just the same.
So that’s the most recent festive edition from Hourglass. The packaging is so beautiful with this, they got it so right and also probably appealed to the marble and rose gold loving population too (*raises hand* guilty). It’s pretty easy to transport and isn’t really heavy at all and a great added extra is the large mirror!
If you are really interested in this, I’d suggest ordering it soon just in case it starts to disappear in the next month or so. But for now, I think you’re safe.
Hope you enjoyed this one folks!
Thanks for reading
A Little Disclaimer- All products/items featured have been purchased with my own money or have been gifts from friends and family. I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned or the links to websites that have been provided. All opinions are entirely my own and honest, I am not being paid to advertise these products. All pictures on this post have been taken by yours truly and as such must be approved by the author for any further or commercial use.