Holiday collections are always exciting, but I especially look forward to Hourglass Cosmetics’ releases. A huge fan of last year’s Edit Palette, I was eager to see what they would come up with this year. As soon as I laid eyes on the limited edition Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette in Surreal Light, I knew it was going to become an instant favorite. What’s especially exciting about this year’s holiday palette is that it consists of five brand new, exclusive shades.
Brands typically revisit past shades when creating palettes, so I was especially intrigued to try the exclusive, new shades created for this palette. I have tried countless Hourglass products, from their foundation to their lipstick to basically every ambient lighting product they have released, and I have never been disappointed. The Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light has been no exception. Obviously I was instantly drawn to the palette’s beautiful marble and gold packaging, but it’s the products inside that I really adore. Hourglass really knows their stuff when it comes to bronzing and highlighting, and this palette makes it so easy to do.
The palette includes five exclusive shades; Surreal Light, Surreal Bronze, Surreal Glow, Surreal Effect, and Surreal Strobe Light. Surreal Light is a sheer nude powder evoking the magic hour of perfect lighting. When you apply this shade, it adds the perfect glow to your skin. It reminds me of the Snapchat filter everyone is obsessed with using (myself included). Surreal Bronze is a neutral tan shade fused with Surreal Light for a subtle, natural warmth. Surreal Glow is a pale peony blush mixed with Surreal Light for a delicate flush. This shade is so pretty and flattering. It is the epitome of a natural highlight. Surreal Effect is a cool, pink rose fused with a soft, warm peach for a pop of flattering color. Surreal Strobe Light is a glimmering peach powder imparting an alluring highlight.
All five shades are formulated with Photoluminescent Technology to capture, diffuse and soften surrounding light. In simple terms, these shades will make you look like you are glowing from within! They are so flattering and absolutely perfect for strobing! This palette will literally make you glow, trust me. Sometimes certain highlighters and bronzers can be overwhelming, but with this palette you can create a soft, beautiful all-over look.
Overall, I am in love with the Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light. I may even love it more than last year’s Ambient Edit Palette, which I didn’t think was possible. I feel like you get a great amount of product, yet the palette is still compact and light enough to travel with. It is limited edition, so if you’re thinking about purchasing it, I highly suggest you get to it as soon as possible!