Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes

Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes ($58.00 for 0.175 oz. each) debuted this spring as a new formula from the brand. There are seven variations, and each palette has five different shades. I didn’t like any of them, and I would never use any of these again personally, because they’re just far too time-consuming to work with. I’m a fan of Hourglass, and I loved their previous eyeshadow duos (some of the best eyeshadows on the market), so I was incredibly surprised to have such a poor experience with their newest formula.

The main problem with the formula is that it is so soft and finely-milled that it turns powdery, sometimes chalky, and doesn’t hold together well. In turn, that powderiness translates to poorer color payoff, poorer adhesion, and shorter wear times. The eyeshadow tends to dust off the skin without a tackier base to hold it there. Many shades sheer away to some degree with a few sheering away to near nothingness. Some of them are drier, some may be powdery but blend poorly. Even if you prefer a softer or sheerer look, you can easily achieve the same look with hundreds of other products that are easier to use.

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Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Hourglass Obscura Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Obscura Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Obscura Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.17 oz.) is supposed to be a mix of “earth tones.” It’s consistent with the other palettes I’ve reviewed: disappointing. The texture of the eyeshadows is absolutely soft and finely-milled, but those positive characteristics are outweighed by how dusty and powdery the end result is. These are frustrating to use; they are not effortless, and half of the time, despite being so soft, they don’t go on smoothly, tend to look uneven, and require some elbow grease to blend. I also noticed that this particular palette seemed to have more overlap with the other palettes (but it could just be that it is last to be reviewed).

Obscura #1 is described as a “cream.” It’s a yellowed, light beige with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish–there’s a little sheen there. The texture was soft, finely-milled but quite powdery, which made it prone to sheering out. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Obscura #2 is described as a “smokey brown.” It’s a dark brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was very powdery, so very little of the powder actually stuck to the skin, which made it appear sheer and uneven. The texture may feel silky to the touch, but it is much harder to use in practice. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Obscura #3 is described as a “rose gold.” It’s a golden copper-bronze with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It’s not rose gold to me, as it is has far too much brown in it. It had good pigmentation both wet and dry, though it was easier to get smooth, even color and longer wear when I applied it with a dampened brush. Dry, it only lasted for seven hours, but dampened, it lasted closer to eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Obscura #4 is described as a “coffee.” It’s a dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff that went on unevenly–it looked patchy and was difficult to diffuse and blend–while the color itself wore for seven hours before fading. The texture was powdery and didn’t want to bind/adhere to the skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Obscura #5 is described as a “cool bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, golden brown with a metallic sheen. The texture was somewhat dry, a little powdery, but it is workable on the lid when used with a dampened brush. The color payoff is good both wet and dry, but it just was so much easier to work with when it came to blending and getting even, smooth color when I tried using it with a dampened brush. Once on, it lasted for seven hours dry, eight hours damp. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Hourglass Monochrome Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Monochrome Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Monochrome Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.17 oz.) is called the “rose ” palette for its mix of pinks. It’s a sheerer set of shades that, while very soft and finely-milled, were powdery, prone to blending away into nothingness. Three of the shades are matte, while one is a low-level sheen satin and another is a frost. I think they should have skipped the frost here, as it didn’t play nicely with the others due to having a slightly thicker, dense texture so it looked more textured and thicker on the lid as a result.

Monochrome #1 is described as a “warm ivory.” It’s a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was incredibly silky, but it was rather powdery to work with and quite sheer. It was noticeably faded after six and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Monochrome #2 is described as a “rose nude.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer and didn’t adhere well to bare skin, and applied damp, it was more pigmented and applied more easily to the skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Monochrome #3 is described as a “peony pink.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a matte finish. It was sheer with a soft, powdery finish that didn’t want to stick to bare skin. On me, it was noticeably faded within six hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Monochrome #4 is described as a “light mauve.” It’s a dirty, medium-dark mauve with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It was very sheer, dusty, and didn’t want to stay on bare skin at all. This was also a shade that seemed to look patchy and uneven applied. It lasted for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Monochrome #5 is described as a “dark chocolate.” It’s a deepened brown with warm,r eddish undertones and a satin finish. The color payoff was actually quite good, but the dusty texture made it harder to work with. It just didn’t blend as easily as most eyeshadows, so it took more work to get it to look even and diffused on bare skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Hourglass Exposure Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Exposure Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Exposure Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a real mix in regards to quality with one spectacular miss that really brings down any chance the palette had at a decent score. If that one shade had performed even average, this palette would be closer to a B+ in rating. This set of shades was less powdery compared to the other palettes I’ve reviewed with this formula. It still tended to apply more easily and wear longer when applied damp, though.

Exposure #1 is described as a “champagne.” It’s a light champagne beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, though it was easier to work with when applied with a damp brush, as it adhered better and went on more smoothly. The consistency was very soft and finely-milled, while being lightly powdery. It wore well for eight hours both wet and dry. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Exposure #2 is described as an “aubergine.” It’s a deepened eggplant purple with a matte finish. It’s extremely powdery to work with, so little color adheres to bare skin; it absolutely has to be applied over a base or primer. The color is actually more pigmented than you’d think, just none of it sticks due to just how powdery the texture is. I found it a little hard to blend and prone to fading within six hours. The way this applies and looks on the skin is so disappointing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Exposure #3 is described as a “bronze.” It’s a medium-dark golden bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The eyeshadow was nicely pigmented both dry and wet, though it was easier to apply to the skin when used with a dampened brush as the eyeshadow adhered better and the dampness eliminated the powderiness of the formula. Applied dry, it wore well for seven and a half hours, and applied damp, it lasted for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Exposure #4 is described as a “black violet.” It’s a deepened, blackened purple with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It applied nicely both wet and dry, and it wasn’t powdery even when used dry. It had excellent pigmentation, and the eyeshadow wore well for eight hours regardless of how I applied it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Exposure #5 is described as a “lilac.” It’s a muted, dusty mauve with rosy tones and a pearly sheen. It was powdery and drier to the touch, which made it harder to apply dry as it was prone to sheering out with the barest touch of the brush. It was better applied with a dampened brush, which brought out the cool tones and shimmery finish. Applied dry, it lasted for six hours, and applied damp, it wore closer to eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Hourglass Color Field Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Color Field Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Color Field Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a mix of beige, gold, brown, and green. It had more shimmery shades than most of the other variations, and in general, the shimmery shades have outperformed the more matte ones for me. It seemed promising when I swatched it, but when I applied to the lid, I really struggled to get even, pigmented color that stayed in place. I would apply the medium green to my lid, then apply the shade next to it, and it would look faded by the time I finished blending! I ended up going over every shade damp, because it was a complete and utter mess dry: patchy, uneven, sheer. I tested it applied dry as well as applied damp, and it’s more usable damp and lasts longer that way, but it was frustrating to use it dry. Even when I applied the eyeshadows with a damp brush (except the beige, which is matte), the texture and finish still end up looking a little dry/powdery, especially with the darkest green in the palette.

Color Field #1 is described as a “warm ivory.” It’s a light beige with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. The texture was a little stiff, actually, and not powdery at all… just harder to get color out of. It lasted for seven hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Color Field #2 is described as a “champagne gold.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff applied wet and dry, but it really has to be pressed into the skin when dry to look smooth and even. It was lightly powdery and lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Color Field #3 is described as a “taupe brown.” It’s a golden, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. Another shade that had good pigmentation regardless of wet or dry application, but I found it prone to fading on the eye when applied dry–a mere six hours–and applying damp helped it last for eight hours in total. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

Color Field #4 is described as a “golden olive.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark olive green with a warm, golden frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation both dry and damp, but the dry application was quite powdery and prone to sheering out. This was a very troublesome shade to work with dry, as it seemed to fade shortly after applying (in the time it took to blend out a shade next to it). Dry, it started to fade immediately and was very faded after six hours, but applied damp, and the shadow lasted for almost eight hours. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

Color Field #5 is described as a “forest green.” It’s a muted, dirty forest green with warmer, olive undertones and a frosted finish. It had a lot of shimmer and read warm-toned overall, but the darker base seemed almost cool-toned. It was somewhat powdery and was easier to work with when applied damp, as the dry application was sheerer and prone to disappearing. I was able to get eight hours of wear when I wore this damp but only six hours when I used it dry (and it looked awful dry). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Hourglass Atmosphere Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Atmosphere Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Atmosphere Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a warm-toned set of neutrals that range from beige to mid-tone brown to darker taupe-brown. The brand actually listed this as a cool-toned palette, but four of the five shades seemed rather warm-toned. The problems I’ve had with previously reviewed versions of the formula persisted in this one. The way these look on my skin is often dry, and I have fairly normal skin on my eyes, though they can lean dry occasionally. That being said, I don’t think my skin was dry when I used these; I had just done a look prior with other eyeshadows and didn’t have any issues with the area looking dry, powdery, or flaky. When I applied this palette, it made the texture look worse. When I did a look with other eyeshadows after these, no issues! It’s like that matte, dry lipstick that makes your lips look worse no matter how much you prep beforehand.

It is interesting to read through your reviews and reviews on retailers’ websites, because the product seems to be fairly polarizing — either it’s the best ever or terribly disappointing. There is definitely something to be said when the one thing I’ve heard the most is, “I got mine, I tried it, and I already boxed it back up to return it.”

Atmosphere #1 is described as a “pale ivory.” It’s a light, yellow-toned beige with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a very fine, but dusty, consistency that made it prone to sheering out. It lasted for seven hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Atmosphere #2 is described as a “pale pink.” It’s a light, pink-tinted peach with warm undertones and a satin-to-matte finish. It seems to have a very slight sheen to it when buffed into the skin, but it looks mostly matte if you wear it with more coverage. The texture was incredibly powdery due to being very, very soft. It tended to sheer out when applied to the lid, and like other powdery shades in this formula, would greatly benefit from a lightly tacky base or primer. It lasted for seven hours on me before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Atmosphere #3 is described as a “taupe.” It’s a medium brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and this shade wasn’t powdery, it was a little stiff! It wore well for eight hours on me, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Atmosphere #4 is described as a “espresso.” It’s a medium-dark brown with subtle, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It was somewhat powdery, but it wasn’t the worst int he formula, and it had mostly opaque pigmentation. It sheered out somewhat during application. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Atmosphere #5 is described as a “charcoal.” It’s a cool-toned taupe brown with more gray than brown in it and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a very lightly powdery texture. It wasn’t as blendable as I expected on bare skin as I expected. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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