Ever since I saw the first sneak peeks of the new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit - Surreal Light palette being released for Holidays 2016 I knew I'll need to have it. I've been totally in love with the last year's edition, Ambient Lighting Edit, and I use it very often. It's one of my most luxurious and treasured piece of makeup but also one that is worth every single penny I paid for. Not only because all the powders are amazing quality but also because I get so much use out of it. £69 for a little palette is a lot of money though so I didn't jump straight to ordering it the moment it was released in UK and thought I would ask for it for Christmas if it's still available at that time. But when Space NK had an offer of £15 off when you spend £60 I knew it was now or maybe never to get the palette. So off it went to my basket, I also used £5 from my NDulge points so the palette cost me £20 less the original price which was pretty good, almost a bargain, LOL!
There's no denying that the palette looks beautiful with its marble design and large great quality mirror inside, the packaging is plastic but very sturdy and although it does look so much different from last years' palette or other powder compacts from Hourglass I appreciate the fact that it won't be getting fingerprints all over it.
Just like last years' palette the value for money is quite poor with 4 powders weighing only 1.4g and the large pan - 4g but for someone who wants to try a few different Hourglass products for the price of less then 2 full size is definitely worth getting. I've been using my Ambient Lighting Edit palette for 10 months, very regularly, and I'm yet to finish off any of the powders.
The new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit - Surreal Light palette contains 5 different powder products with the Finishing Powder being the largest pan, all the shades are new and exclusive to this limited edition palette. All the powders are very finely milled and silky soft, they blend like a dream and the overall quality is as good as other Hourglass powder products.
Surreal Light, finishing powder - sheer nude powder which is undetectable on the skin yet it provides a soft focus effect and very natural looking glow. I dust it all over my face with a large fan brush after setting my foundation with a setting powder.
Surreal Glow, blush - pale peachy pink, it adds beautiful glow to the skin, this shade is perfect for pale and light-to medium complexions but for darker skin tones it would be more of a highlighting shade.
Surreal Effect, blush - cool toned pink, beautiful for any complexion.
Surreal Bronze Light, bronzer - neutral tan shade, it adds lovely luminosity to the skin without being shimmery, it's cooler in tone then the Luminous Bronze Light shade and more suitable for paler complexions, on darker skin tones it probably won't show up.
Surreal Strobe Light, strobe powder - golden peach with very subtle but pretty highlighting effect. The first time I used it I didn't think it showed up on my skin at all but the next day I clearly saw the golden, strobing effect. So its effect depends on what you pair it with and you need to build it up a bit.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit - Surreal Light palette VS Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit swatches
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit - Surreal Light palette swatches
If you have last years' palette and you wonder if you 'need' the new one I wanted to make a quick comparison of both of them for you.
The shades from both palettes are different, apart from blushes: Luminous Flush and Surreal Effect which are pretty similar in my opinion.
If you loved the Diffused Light finishing powder and it suits your complexion very well or you used it to brighten the centre of your face, the Surreal Light powder, although very pretty, it won't give you the same effect and it might be slightly too dark for the palest skin tones.
But the Surreal Glow blush and the Surreal Bronze Light bronzer would work beautifully on fair skins and if the bronzer from last years' palette was a bit too orange for you the one now will be probably much better as it's cooler in tone.
If you've been loving the palette from last year or you're a fan of Hourglass powders the new Surreal Light palette is definitely worth getting, in my opinion, as all the shades are new and apart from one, very different to what Hourglass has released already.
I've had the Surreal Light palette only for a few days but I already can see it becoming my favourite. The finishing powder suits my complexion really well, the bronzer looks even prettier then the Luminous Bronze, especially now when I'm loosing my tan and the blushes are beautiful. The Surreal Strobe Light is not my favourite but still pretty and it looks very nice applied over the bronzer or the pink blush.
If you're tempted to get the Hourglass Ambient Lighting - Surreal Light palette there's still time to grab it while SpaceNK is having the £15 off offer (but only until tomorrow).
What are your thoughts on this new limited edition palette? Will you be getting it?