Monday, January 12th, 2015

Hourglass Graphite Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Graphite Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes ($58.00 for 0.175 oz.) popped up on Sephora last night for VIB Rouges. I bought four of them, but I did receive these two on Saturday from Hourglass, so I thought you might enjoy a preview while I test them out! :)

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Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes for Spring 2015
Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes for Spring 2015

An artist-inspired eyeshadow palette with seamless color transitions offering effortless blending in a single pan. Each palette contains five richly pigmented shades in a range of finishes from matte to shimmer for an endless array of creative eye looks. The innovative multi-press, three-dimensional design, combined with a fine, creamy consistency, introduces a new level of control for blending and picking up pigment.

Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 U.S. / $67.00 CDN) (New, Permanent)

Innovative pressing technique provides a continuous form, offering advanced blending and artistry. Complementary colors for base, crease, and eyeliner allow for endless customised looks with one palette. Artist-inspired palettes feature a range of finishes, from matte to shimmer, for countless combinations, from subtle to dramatic. Unique sculptural design provides superior control for picking up and blending pigment. Each shade and finish is specifically calibrated to work with the other formulas within the palette. The finely-milled, creamy formula—the first of its kind—is exceptionally soft, longwearing and crease-resistant. Shimmer shades may be applied wet for more dramatic color.

  • Atmosphere (Cool Neutrals) Pale Ivory, Pale Pink, Taupe, Espresso, Charcoal
  • Color Field (Olive) Warm Ivory, Champagne Gold, Taupe Brown, Golden Olive, Forest Green
  • Exposure (Plums) Champagne, Aubergine, Bronze, Black Violet, Lilac
  • Graphite (Smokey) Warm Ivory, Copper Gold, Deep Brown, Gun Metal, Silver (Sephora Exclusive)
  • Infinity (Warm Neutrals) Warm Ivory, Dusty Rose, Bronzed Mauve, Cool Taupe, Dark Cocoa
  • Monochrome (Rose) Warm Ivory, Rose Nude, Peony Pink, Light Mauve, Dark Chocolate
  • Obscura (Earth Tones) Cream, Smokey Brown, Rose Gold, Coffee, Cool Bronze

Availability: January 18th at Sephora (early access for VIB Rouges, no specific date given), January 19th at HourglassCosmetics.com, January 23rd at Space NK, NET-A-PORTER, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

Update on 10/1: Now available for to all at Sephora while supplies last :)

A limited edition palette featuring three shades of ambient lighting blush, the groundbreaking blush that creates seamless, soft-focus and multidimensional color. Features two of our best-selling shades, Luminous Flush and Mood Exposure, as well as a new shade, Incandescent Electra, which is exclusive to the Ambient Lighting Blush palette.

Ambient Lighting Blush Palette ($58.00 U.S. / $67.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Luminous Flush Champagne rose blush fused with Luminous Light to evoke a candlelit glimmer
  • IIncandescent Electra Cool peach blush blended with Incandescent Light for a celestial glow
  • Mood Exposure Soft plum blush fused with Mood Light to brighten the complexion

Availability: Early access for VIB Rouges at Sephora while supplies last; October 2014 at Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-A-Porter.com, Sephora, Space NK, and Hourglasscosmetics.com

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Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette ($58.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a trio of Hourglass’ blushes, including one shade (Incandescent Electra) that’s exclusive to the palette. Luminous Flush and Mood Exposure were very similar to the individual, permanent versions I have, though they varied slightly as is the nature of the product (swirled, so yours may be lighter or darker, depending on how much the blush and illuminator portions are). The Mood Exposure in the trio has more of the illuminator showing, but the general composition, look, feel, and so forth, are in the line with the standalone shades. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes have a very soft, finely-milled feel that’s silky and a little powdery in the pan, but they don’t look powdery applied. They have good color payoff that’s buildable as well as blendable, so you can always take it down a notch if you prefer or go for full-coverage.

Full-sized blushes are $35 for 0.15 oz. or $233.33/oz., and each blush is 0.11 oz. in the palette for a total of 0.33 oz., so the palette contains $77 worth of blush. The Ambient Lighting Powders are $45 for 0.35 oz. or $128.57/oz. The Ambient Lighting Palette is $58 for 0.35 oz., so only a $45 worth of the Ambient Lighting powders, so the blush palette is actually a value-packed palette in comparison. If you rarely finish blushes, you may also consider that $58 for three blushes compared to $105 for three full-sized blushes (and similarly with the powder palette, $58 for three compared to $135 for three full-sized powders).

Everything about this palette is nice with regards to quality, wear, and color payoff, but I really wish the blushes had more variety in their undertones/colors–I think if you are very fair, you will notice the most difference between the three. On my medium skin tone, they look very similar with Incandescent Electra being the lightest and pinkest, followed by Luminous Flush, which is slightly warmer, and finally by Mood Exposure, which has a warmer, redder tone applied. I would have loved to see a cool-toned pink and more mauve-berry shade, because they could really be mixed and layered for even more variet (and that makes more sense to me for a trio format). This is how I felt about the permanent range when it initially launched as well. I hope Hourglass will consider adding more differentiated shades in the future.

Luminous Flush is described as a “champagne rose.” It’s a pop of light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was a bit powdery in the pan but looked soft, luminous on without emphasizing pores or skin imperfections. The color wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is warmer. Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is pinker. NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is warmer. MAC Petal Power (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is similar. Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is darker, pinker. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is darker. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker. Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is darker. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is darker. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is slightly pinker, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Incandescent Electra is described as a “cool peach.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle warm, yellow undertones and a satiny finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture felt soft and smooth, though it was slightly powdery in the pan. It wore well for eight hours before fading, and it looked luminous without being too shimmery on the skin, so it didn’t emphasize skin imperfections or pores. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $21.00) is slightly darker. Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is darker. Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is a touch darker. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is darker, more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is more shimmery. Edward Bess Filled with Desire (P, $43.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Launch Away (LE, $21.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Easy Manner (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mood Exposure is described as a “soft plum.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy pink with warm undertones and a soft, satiny shimmer-sheen. The one in the pan seemed to have slightly less shimmer this time around, but it was within what I’d consider a normal variation for this type of product. It didn’t seem to impact the overall look of it once applied, which was softly luminous but not shimmery, so it didn’t emphasize pores. It wore well for eight hours on me. Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is very similar. MAC Corol #2 (LE, $21.00) is slightly more shimmery. Becca Raspberry/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Blush (LE, $26.00) is darker. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is darker, more shimmery. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Here are five fun shades that might be worth checking out this fall in various shades of red and plum! I’d love to hear about your go-to glosses for fall! :)

  1. Bobbi Brown Naked Plum — a cool-toned, dusty pink-plum
  2. Milani Red My Lips — a bright, warm red
  3. Hourglass Siren — a rich, metallic red
  4. Bobbi Brown Black Ruby — a blackened red with gold sparkle
  5. NARS Baroque — a plum with gold shimmer

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Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Hourglass Obsidian 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner
Hourglass Obsidian 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner

Hourglass Obsidian 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner ($45.00 for 3 x 0.002 oz.) is described as an “ultra black.” It’s a dark black with neutral undertones and a semi-matte finish. There are plenty of similar-hued black eyeliners on the market. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is supposed to be waterproof, long-wearing, transfer-free, and pigmented. The consistency is creamy without being too wet, but it glides on smoothly and evenly without tugging on the lash line or skin. It is very thin, so you can get really precise lining out of it, which can be nice for tight-lining. It was semi-opaque in a single line, and it was buildable to fully opaque color in two layers. I had a lot of trouble with wear, though. I applied it to my lower lash line, and after wearing it on seven different occasions, every time it smeared and smudged after six hours. I honestly thought maybe it was my mascara, but I had the same issue over and over again. I think what it excels at most is really precision–it is so much thinner than other eyeliners I have, so you can really get between lashes for a lusher, thicker lash line if desired. It just doesn’t last very well on me at all, and rather than just fading/thinning into oblivion, it transfers (it goes from my lower lash line to my inner tear duct area) and smudges, which can ruin a makeup look. On my hand, it is resistant to pure water, but with enough fussing, it will budge.

I appreciated that Hourglass was upfront about how many uses each pencil contains, though I’m curious as to what constitutes a single use (lower lash line, upper lash line, or both? both eyes?). Each pencil contains 0.002 oz., and most twist-up pencil eyeliners are 0.01 oz., so this is a teeny, tiny amount. Most gel eyeliners (in pots) are 0.10 oz. or larger. They’re sold in a three-pack for $45 or individually for $16 (at Sephora/Hourglass’ website only for singles). Anyone track how many uses they normally get out of a twist-up pencil? I might just go draw twenty lines with mine to see if it empties the container. You know, in the name of science.

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