A First Look at the Holiday 2016 Hourglass Surreal Light Palette

Hourglass Holiday 2016 Surreal Light palette review
Hourglass Holiday 2016 Surreal Light palette review

WHAT IS LOVE? Dare I say it– I think it might be this palette.

I think my love for Hourglass products has been well documented on here. It’s a brand that consistently creates beautiful and luxurious products. So, after falling in love with their Edit palette from last year, I had to have this one too.

Hourglass Surreal Light Palette review

Hourglass Surreal Light Palette review

A close up of the Hourglass Surreal Light Palette

A close up of the Hourglass Surreal Light Palette

Hourglass Surreal Light palette swatches

Hourglass Surreal Light palette swatches top to bottom: Surreal Strobe Light, Surreal Bronze Light, Surreal Effect blush, Surreal Glow blush, and Surreal Light

Hourglass Surreal Light Palette

This palette has 5 powders:

  1. Ambient Lighting Finishing Powder in Surreal Light– a sheer nude
  2. Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Surreal Bronze Light– neutral tan with Surreal Light marbled through it
  3. Ambient Lighting Blush in Surreal Glow– pale peony pink with Surreal Light marbled through it
  4. Ambient Lighting Blush in Surreal Effect– cool pink rose with soft, warm peach
  5. Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Surreal Strobe Light– glimmering peach

First of all, can we talk about the marble packaging? The marble aesthetic is still going strong, and I’m not mad about it.

The Finishing Powder in Surreal Light is the largest powder in this palette, and the rest of the 4 powders are the same size as the powders in the Ambient Edit palette. If the size of the Ambient Edit palette turned you off then I’d steer clear of this one since it’s the same size. Side note: if you’re having problems finding brushes that fit the smaller pans, I gotchu covered. 

Overall, the powders perform the same as their regular full sized powders. They’re pigmented, easy to blend, and look seamless and untraceable on the skin. The reason I love HG powders so much is exactly for those reasons. They’re not powdery, chalky, patchy or hard to blend. Basically, it’s everything you want a powder to be and not to be. No question about it.

The price is pretty steep, but honestly the Ambient Edit is my most used palette in my collection. Although I still think the price should be somewhere in the $60 range since you don’t get a huge amount of product, it is very versatile and all the shades in this palette are new.

Are you going to give this palette a try? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Jennifer

    Yessssss, I’ve been waiting to see this properly since seeing some first sneaks on Insta and almost dying. I think people are going to go mad for this one!



    • I think so too! It’s such a beautiful palette and I love that every shade is new :)

  • I’ve had my eye on this palette but I’m so undecided! The packaging is gorgeous though!

    Jenny Loves Beauty ♥

    • It’s a really good palette if you want a little bit of everything all in one :) xx

  • Oh my this is gorgeous! I can’t wait to get mine! I feel the same way about the Ambient Edit palette, it’s one of my most used ones so I’m definitely getting this one.

  • Annie

    This is so beautiful! I haven’t tried Hourglass yet but now there is a Space NK near me I will xx


  • Such a beautiful palette – the shades are gorgeous. x

  • Great swatches babe! I’m so happy with this purchase, I’m glad I didn’t buy last year’s since I own already so many of the permanent powders (would have been such a waste of $$$ for me). Such lovely peach shades here that I often gravitate towards!


  • Rebecca Fletcher

    omg this looks beautiful! Ive always wanted to try hourglass powders and this one looks perfect for my pale skin. I am 100% going to buy this!


  • Oh dear God! The beautifulness is just amazing! Smart move by Hourglass using the marble for the packaging!!! We’re not getting this one here in Aus until October!!! :-( <3


    • It was definitely very smart on their part :). Aww, at least that’s not so far away now :)

  • Oh wow, this palette is stunning!

    Abigail Alice x

  • This palette looks stunning! Wow. I have to get my hands on this one. That packaging is a beauty blogger’s dream – haha!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

  • This palette looks so pretty! I think I’ll probably be passing on it, as I like to buy the Ambient Lighting powders & layer them over different blushes, which gives more possible combinations. I can see it’s appeal though, especially when you’re short on time or travelling. Xx

    Tania | Creating A Blusher Using The Ambient Lighting Palette

  • Yep, want want want! Oh my, its soon pretty! I always use my Hourglass powders all the time so I most definitely think they are a great investment. Plus your images make me want it more and more as they really are stunning. K xx


  • *heart eye emojis* I love my Blush palette so much but I don’t think I can’t justify another palette but they really are the most gorgeous powders!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

    • I missed out on the blush palette and I’m still so upset about it haha

  • I wanted this soooo much but I couldn’t justify the price especially for a blush/bronser palette. Should have saved my money and invested in this instead of the Becca Face palette. #regret

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Aww boo! Hopefully it’s still around during the Sephora VIB sale so maybe you can pick it up then!

  • I so want it! I’ve fallen in love with Hourglass powders and the size of the palette doesn’t put me off as I can try a few different products for a fraction of price and they still last a long time. I’ve been using my Edit palette very often and I haven’t hit pan on any of the powders.

    Can’t wait for this new palette to be available in UK! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • That’s exactly how I feel :). I use the Ambient Edit so much and still haven’t hit pan either. Definitely a good investment!

  • Great post! I haven’t tried any of the Hourglass products, but this feels like a fantastic introductory product to the brand and I am keen to try their stick foundation as it seems to be friendlier than most stick formulas to oilier skin types. I do like their traditional packaging more so than the marble but it does look really pretty. Awesome review xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • I love their stick foundation as well! I love their original packaging, but it’s nice to have something a bit different since it’s limited edition :)

  • I think I will have to buy this when it’s released over here! xx


  • I don’t think I am going to get that one. Not the biggest fan of the Strobing powders, even though the blushes always tempt me.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • I wanted to get edit palette, however, when I decided to get it, it was out of stock so couldn’t get it. This palette looks as beautiful as the edit palette and marble packaging looks different. I will check this out and maybe I end up splurging myself since I missed the gorgeous edit one! x

    Ela BellaWorld

  • Bernadette

    This face palette looks gorgeous!


  • Oh this just looks ridiculously gorgeous! I love the Hourglass powders and blushers so I’m really tempted to buy this.

    Also I have no idea how I wasn’t following your blog before, it’s beautiful!

    The Makeup Directory

    • Aww thank you so much. That means a lot!!

      I hope you get it. It’s stunning :)

  • This looks dreamy! I’m still yet to try any Hourglass powders but I definitely think I need to start with these x


  • I think I will be getting this palette (or asking for it for Christmas haha) as it’s the first one they’ve released with all new shades and the main reason I was put off the others was because I already had some of the colours in there. Very tempted…

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • Lol I hope you pick it up or get it for Christmas! I love that it has all new shades :). Definitely worth it in that case!

  • Ms Tantrum

    I really want to have this palette. I see powders in this are more pigmented than ambient light. I don’t know when it’s going to be available here in the UK and at what price. Loved your post Nida.

    Ash | http://www.mstantrum.com

    • Thanks :). I think it’s supposed to launch in the UK sometime in October. I’m not sure, but I think that’s what I’ve heard.

  • It’s sad that I just want this for the packaging. It happens every year, I’m always tempted to buy the limited edition palettes and (thankfully) I never do. I have the Ambient Lighting Powder and two blushes, which is enough I guess.

    Advaita | Blush Canvas

    • I’m always tempted by packaging too. If this didn’t have new shades I probably wouldn’t have picked it up, but luckily they’re all new. I wonder if they’ll be added to the permanent lines.