Tuesday, December 6, 2016

HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light and Ambient Lighting Edit Brush | Review

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Given my considerable penchant of HOURGLASS Cosmetics, I was utterly gleeful when I received the spectacular HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light and Ambient Lighting Edit Brush. I have many products from their iconic Ambient Lighting range, and this does not disappoint!

HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Edit - Surreal Light (Limited Edition Holiday 2016. $80.00 for 0.30 oz. from Space NK) is an utterly stunning limited edition face palette that features a highlighting powder, two blushes, a bronzer and a finishing powder. Each of the powders is ultra-finely milled, and they glide across the skin effortlessly, deposit color evenly, and they neither settle into fine lines, nor do they emphasize pores. Furthermore, this palette features all new shades made expressly for this limited edition holiday palette, and therefore you don't need to be concerned about the potential of unwanted repromotes.

The palette is elegant and subtle, and imparts the perfect luminous glow. This is definitely one of my favorite palettes from HOURGLASS, and it is a dream for fair to medium complexions. I am also smitten with the faux Carrara Marble compact in which it is housed!
According to Space NK,

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.
Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light contains 5 exclusive shades:

Surreal Light: "a sheer nude powder evoking the magic hour of perfect lighting." I would describe it as a light, and nearly translucent golden beige with ultra-fine gold shimmer. It is intended as a setting, or finishing powder, and it effectively blurs imperfections.

Surreal Bronze Light: "a neutral tan shade fused with Surreal Light, for a subtle, natural warmth." This is a beautiful ethereal bronzer that is a neutral-leaning rosy brown with a refined and subtle golden shimmer. Unlike many bronzers that oxidize into an unflattering orange shade, this one remains both try and stunning. It offers buildable coverage, but I tend to prefer wearing it lightly.

Surreal Glow: "a pale peony pink blush mixed with Surreal Light for a delicate flush." This is a spectacularly beautiful warm peach that has a luminescent satin finish. It is semi-buildable blush that gives skin a natural glow from wishing effect.

Surreal Effect: "a cool, pink rose fused with a soft, warm peach for a pop of flattering color." Surreal Effect is a beautiful, cool pink blush with an undercurrent of coral. Depending on the veining in your palette, you may find that yours could lean more pink, or more coral, but I found that I had enough of each that I could easily use them independently or blend them. The satin finish offers enough luminosity to create a lovely glowing effect.

Surreal Strobe Light: "a glimmering peach powder imparting an alluring highlight." This is a lovely warm-leaning golden peach highlighter with subtle golden shimmer. I found that this shade runs sheer, and isn't very buildable, but that doesn't bother me in the least because the more subtle the effect, the more natural and healthy the glow.
Click to enlarge ingredients list.
Left to Right:  Surreal Light (Finishing Powder), Surreal Glow (Blush), Surreal Effect (Blush), Surreal Bronze Light (Bronzer) and Surreal Strobe Light (Strobe Powder).
Note the luminosity in each of the powders as the light shifts
• Finish: Apply Surreal Light finishing powder all over the face.
• Bronze: Contour along the temples, hollows of the cheeks, and jawline with Surreal Bronze Light.
• Blush: Apply Surreal Glow to the apples of the cheeks for a delicate flush of colour.
• Blush: Layer Surreal Effect to the apples of the cheeks for a brighter pop of colour.
• Highlight: Apply Surreal Strobe Light to the high points of the face – tops of cheeks, bridge of nose, brow bone and cupid’s bow. Can be used wet for a more intense highlight.
HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Edit Brush ($46.00 from Space NK) is a two phenomenal brushes in one that was created to use in conjunction with the Ambient Lighting Edit. The synthetic, Cruelty-Free brushes are the perfect size to fit in this palette, and boast the perfect shapes for flawless application. Both brush heads are soft enough to feel heavenly against the skin, but are firm enough to pick up and lay down pigment effortlessly and flawlessly.

According to HOURGLASS,

A multi-tasking brush featuring two versatile brush heads that can be used for an array of products including powder, blush, bronzer and highlighter. This double-ended brush can be used with powder, cream and liquid formulas for the most flawless finish. Perfectly-sized to be used with the Ambient® Lighting Edit.

Key Benefits:
• The rounded end is ideally shaped for applying finishing powder and adding bronzer to the temples and hollows of cheeks, while the tapered side is shaped to flawlessly apply blush and highlighter.
• Features PETA-approved, high-grade, ultra-soft Taklon bristles.
• Weighted metal handles provide control for effortless blending and application.
• Perfectly sized to work with all Ambient® Lighting Palettes and travel-sized compacts.

 To Clean: Gently clean brush with mild soap and water. Lay flat to dry
Overall Assessment: This is my favorite face palette of the season, and perhaps of the entire year. It is perfect for fair to medium complexions, and delivers on the high quality that one expects from HOURGLASS Cosmetics. I also find the brush to be the perfect accompaniment to this palette in part because of the high quality, but also because the heads are perfectly sized for this palette. For me this is a homer, and definitely a palette worth having before its limited edition status makes it disappear. The video below demonstrates how best to use this lovely palette, and I urge you to watch it if you are thinking about purchasing this palette, or just want to learn some great tips!

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  1. I can understand why you're smitten with this lovely palette! The blush alone is a stunner!

    1. It really is a very lovely palette, and the brush is a complete stunner!

  2. This is beyond beautiful. I love the swatches and I know from my Hourglass items that the powders are smooth as can be.

    1. It really, truly is, and it is such a pleasure to use!

  3. This palette is gorgeous! I love Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders and blushes.

    1. It is a real stunner! It is such a pleasure to use, and it is the same high quality that you expect from Hourglass!

  4. Oh! That's so pretty! I have one Hourglass palette that I haven't even touched yet. So sad. lol

    1. It is a beauty, that's for sure! Why haven't you touched your palette? Pull it out and give it some love! :-)

  5. Isn't it lovely? It is so gorgeous on the skin, too!

  6. I bought this before and returned it. The shades didn't show up on my medium skin tone

    1. That is such a bummer! It definitely seems to be more well-suited to paler skin.

  7. ahhh, I'd scream if I received this in PR! lol I've been so good about resisting these, but they are soo pretty!

    1. I did!!!!! It is definitely a palette worth considering. Everything about it is extraordinary!

  8. It's so gorgeous! I really love the marble packaging.

    1. Isn't it absolutely amazing?! I love the faux marble packaging as well!


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