Hourglass Ambient Surreal Light Edit | A Review
Few holiday releases got me as excited as this year's Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light. Last year was the first year that Hourglass released a palette of their cult Ambient Lighting powders, that included the original Ambient Lighting formula as well as a few shades of the Ambient Lighting blushes and bronzers. This year's palette was designed in the same ilk as last years, but with the addition of one of the new Ambient Lighting Strobe powders, which is basically Hourglass's version of a more intense highlight.
There are few powder formulations that I love as much as the Ambient Lighting range from Hourglass, not only are they incredibly beautiful tones, but the powders themselves are extremely finely milled and give the most refined look on the skin. *Not to mention that they are a total dream to apply and are great for those of us who like more subtle makeup*.
In terms of the shade selection, all of these powders are new additions to the Ambient Lighting Range, which is nice because if you, like me, already own a fair few products from the line you don't really want to be getting repeats in a palette like this (considering how much it costs). First up is the Ambient Lighting Powder in Surreal Light, which is nude powder that doesn't lean particularly cool or warm. This powder can be used either as an all over face powder if you like a glowy finish, or you can use it as a very subtle highlight. The two blushes on the top row are Surreal Glow and Surreal Effect. I think Hourglass really hit the nail on the head with these two blushes. Surreal Glow is the pinkier of the two and looks like a really pretty pink flush on the cheeks. Surreal Effect looks like nothing in the pan, however I fell in love with this shade as soon as I put it on my cheeks, it is the most gorgeous rosy peach that would go with almost any makeup look. I had never tried the Ambient Lighting bronzers before because the shades in the permanent line were either too dark or too warm for my skintone, however Surreal Bronze is a beautiful bronzer for those of us with fair to light skin. I like that it leans a bit on the cooler side and the shimmer is very subtle so you can use it as a bit of a sculpting bronzer. Last but not least is the Strobe Lighting Powder in Surreal Strobe Light. Like the bronzer, I had never tried the Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders as they were only released a few months ago. But man oh man am I in love. The color is a bit more peachy and gold than I would normally be drawn to, however the color isn't too saturated so it looks very natural on fairer skin tones. Really its the formula and the finish of this powder that I am in love with, it definitely does highlight the skin but in the most glossy natural way rather than a metallic, super shimmery kind of highlight.
Now, is this palette worth the $80 price tag? For the amount of product you get I would say no. That being said, if you are fair to light skinned and love the Ambient Lighting range and want all of the products in one palette that is super convenient for travel, I would say absolutely yes. I personally find that ever since I bought this palette I've been getting a ton of use out of it. I wish the shade selection had been a little bit more inclusive because I feel like the majority of these shades would really only register on light skin tones, but the quality and the actual shades themselves are absolutely beautiful.