Hello Beautyowls!

Today I would like to share with you, my thoughts about the Limited Edition Hourglass Ambient® Lighting Edit – Surreal Light Palette. Is it worth the purchase or not?


Well, let’s break it down first and take a closer look at the Palette. This palette comes in a beautiful high-end plastic packaging with a marble optic finish that will knock your socks off (it will look beautiful on any vanity table). Included is also a generous mirror. The design is very similar to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette from last year. ($80.00 for 0.29 oz.)


With this palette, you are getting 0.30 oz / 9.6 g of product for $80.00 which a lot of money for the amount of product you are getting. This palette is currently available on the Sephora website or you can order it directly via Hourglass.

Now, when it comes down to the product I must say that it didn’t really amaze me at all. To me – although it is claimed that those powders are unique to this palette – they are extremely similar to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette from last year. The powders are very finely milled and distribute very nicely with any brush, so no need to purchase the “specially designed” powder brush that comes with it and retails for 46$ unless you would like to splurge.


Although this palette is supposed to be suitable for all skin types, I find it to be more appropriate for light to medium skin types. The highly promoted Surreal Light Finish Powder has a yellowish finish that is supposed to be brightening and illuminating for the whole face but I didn’t see any illumination at all.

The bronzer is very subtle and does give a nice soft sunkissed look to the complexion but again very similar to the bronzer from the Ambient Lighting Edit Palette. The blushes have also nothing special to say except that they distribute evenly and wear nicely during the day. (No patchiness at all) Finally, the highlighter, which you can also apply wet, is very natural and also very close to the rest of the Hourglass highlighters. Be aware that the formula doesn’t contain any parabens but it does contain talk.


This would be an interesting palette for those that would like to try the Hourglass powders for the first time or would like to splurge. If you want to achieve a natural very soft look, then this is the palette for you, otherwise, I would say that this palette is a pass, especially if you have last year’s limited edition palette.

As always, I hope you found this review helpful. Have you tried this palette yet? and if so what are your thoughts abut it? Let me know in the comments section below.

Till next time.
xoxo from Zürich,

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