Give a Little Glow This Holiday Season with Hourglass || HWong’s Holidays 2016

I’m sorry I’ve been MIA for almost a week, it’s been a hectic Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, plus an unfortunate case of the fever has hit me. But, here I am back with a new blog post!

This year’s holidays seems a little more special than the last. I feel like every cosmetic brand is really stepping up their game with packaging and gifts. Hourglass, like every product they release has stunned me again. Excuse me while I slowly pick up my jaw off the ground with their new, Ambient Lighting Edit – Surreal Light palette.

Like the rest of their palettes, this revolves around highlighter, blush and bronzer. While, their past palettes have been a mixture of products they have released prior, whether individually or within a separate palette; this one consists of products that cannot be found in any other palette or Hourglass product.

Hourglass Ambient Edit Palette, $95 CAD/$80 USD,

The palette retails for a steep price of $95 CAD/$80 USD at Sephora. While, the price is super steep, I deeply regretted not picking up their holiday palette last year and couldn’t get my hands on the reward that Sephora held for the palette. So, to make up for my regret from last year, I picked this one up.

This marble palette is making it difficult for my usual flatlay backdrop.

The packaging is gorgeous, it’s a matte marble design, which I’m really digging as with the other Hourglass palettes, they tend to be a metallic colour making it a lot easier and prone to fingerprints. While the palette is about the width of my palm, it’s not as big as my hand. It consists of 5 products, the finishing powder in Surreal Light, a bronzer in Surreal Bronze Light, two blushes in Surreal Effect and Surreal Glow, and a strobe powder in Surreal Strobe Light.

Something I love about the Hourglass palettes are that the size of the mirror is the entire size of the lid. I’ve never been a fan of mirrors that only take a minimal portion of the lid, so this was definitely a plus for me.

Moving onto each individual powder…

  1. Finishing Powder, Surreal Light (0.14 oz/4 g)

    According to the ‘How To Use’ guide that comes with the palette, the finishing powder is to be applied all over the face. While, it does consist of a little bit of shimmer, I found it to be very subtle and barely noticeable. It definitely adds a nice glow to the skin to make it look fresh.

  2. Bronzer, Surreal Bronze Light (0.04 oz/1.4 g)

    I’ve never been a fan of bronzers with shimmer in them, I tend to gravitate towards the matte ones to really carve out my barely-there cheekbones. However, this one really gave a nice contour and tan to my cheekbones. As each palette varies with the ‘swirl’ of the product, I like that mine consists of an equal amount of the lighter and darker shades to add variation.

  3. Blush, Surreal Glow (0.04 oz/1.4 g)

    I can see myself using this blush on a daily basis. It’s very subtle and barely noticeable. I’ve never been big on bright blushes or super flushed looking cheeks so this definitely helps in the subtlety of it all. While it is fairly similar to the bronzer, the bronzer tends to be a little more orange when swatched.

  4. Blush, Surreal Effect (0.04 oz/1.4 g)

    As much more of a brighter pink blush compared to ‘Surreal Glow,’ this would definitely be a blush I use on special occasions. It would work all year round varying between a lighter hand and heavier hand application. It adds a really nice pink glow on the cheeks.

  5. Strobe Powder, Surreal Strobe Light (0.04 oz/1.4 g)

    This was definitely a lot more shimmery than I expected (think Becca X Jaclyn Hill’s Champagne Pop). I did not expect it to be as pigmented as it was. However, I found that I didn’t mind it. It’s definitely buildable on the cheeks and doesn’t overpower the rest of the cheeks.

Guide of where all the products were applied

As someone who’s more into the ‘natural,’ ‘make-up free’ look, I really do like this palette. I think it gives a good variation between an everyday look to a night out look with how buildable the products are. The finishing powder gave a healthy glow and the bronzer and blushes didn’t overpower one another. The strobe powder also gave a subtle glow but could definitely be built upon for a more out there highlight.

For reference, the other products worn on my face are:
Foundation: Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick in Buff
Brows: Benefit ka-BROW! Cream-Gel Eyebrow Colour in Deep 6 & Essence Clear Lash and Brow Gel
Lips: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Project Chimps

What are your thoughts on this palette? Would you purchase it?

Until next time,
– h.

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DISCLAIMER: All products are purchased with my own money and all opinions are my own.



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