It’s that time of year when most cosmetic companies come out with their Holiday palettes. And I LOVE Holiday palettes. You can usually try a lot of products from a particular brand for a more affordable price than you usually would. But then, Hourglass decided to lead us all into bankruptcy by releasing the Hourglass Surreal Palette for $80. EIGHTY DOLLARS people. That is ridiculously expensive.
Most Holiday palettes at Sephora run around the $50 mark and they usually include some combination of eye shadows/blush/bronzer. So $80 for a palette is way up there. But then I saw the packaging…
It’s faux marble people. Almost all my pictures are taken on a marble slab. It was like it was made for me.
So, at the risk of having my husband kill me, I bought it. And of course, for your reading pleasure, I will share my thoughts.
The full name of this palette is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Surreal Light. For discussion purposes I’m just going to call it the Hourglass Surreal Light Palette. Both the palette and the shades are limited edition. It includes a powder, bronzer, highlighter and two blushes. The shades are supposed to mimic the time of day when the light is soft and warm.
As you can see in the pictures, the packing is insane. Even though it looks heavy it really isn’t. And it comes with a pretty big mirror. The powder is 0.14oz while the rest of the shades are 0.4oz.
What I Like About it?
+ I love having a powder, bronzer, highlighter and blush in one palette. I don’t think I’ve even seen another palette that has all of these. The most I’ve seen is blush, bronzer & highlighter. But those usually never come with a powder. This makes it super travel friendly, or great for when you are in a rush.
+ The quality of the powders is just like the other Ambient Lighting powders. I wrote a whole post on how to use there here.
+ The bronzer, highlighter and surreal glow blush are so beautiful and subtle. When I first swatched them I thought they would barely show on my skin tone. However, when I applied them I realized that they look extremely natural and subtle.
+ You get two blush shades. As I mentioned above, the surreal glow blush is very muted. However, you can mix it with the surreal effect blush for more color.
+ A palette like this one really allows you to try multiple products from a brand. Although all of the shades are limited edition, the formula is just like their regular sized powders, bronzers, blushes and strobing powders. Even though the sizes are small, think of how long it would take you to get through a full size blush? Freaking forever. I don’t need to spend $50 on the full size of anything. These are more than enough for me. If I bought the full size for all these products I would spend over $200.
+ I know a lot of people don’t care about this, but I love the packaging. It makes me so happy to see this on my vanity!
What I don’t Like About it?
+ For once I am not going to mention the price first. But my biggest beef with this palette is that the shades would only suit a very narrow range of skin tones. The face powder is very much yellow toned and it definitely adds darkness to my face. On me, it looks fine, but if you are very fair or very dark it will look weird.
+ The highlighter shade is too dark (you can’t even see it in the swatch above) to really highlight my skin tone. I can make it work, but I prefer something much lighter.
+ The bronzer shade is too light. What the heck Hourglass? it’s like different parts of the palette were made for different skin tones. If you are any darker than I am, this bronzer will not work for you. As you can see below, it’s barely noticeable on my skin.
+ The price. This palette is really expensive if you think only of the amount of product you get. However, on the flip side, all the hourglass powders, blushes and bronzers are in the $40-$50 price range. So with this you can try 5 different product types for $80.
Should you buy it?
It really depends.
Buy it if:
+ You have a light to medium complexion.
+ You were wanting to try several Hourglass products but didn’t want to spend the money on all of them.
I know I’ll get a ton of use out of it, but in terms of the ambient lighting powders, I find the $62 trio to be much more versatile than this.