Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes
Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes

Here is a sneak peek at the other five variations of the Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes ($58.00 for 0.17 oz.). Full reviews to come as I test them, but I can tell you that some shades are very powdery, others are somewhat powdery, and a few were actually a little stiff. The quality seems to really depend on the specific shade, but in general, mattes tended to be more powdery and more shimmery shades were more pigmented.

Also, every single compact had a degree of scratches on the exterior of the lid. Only one had very slight damage, the others were immediately obvious.

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Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.175 oz.) is a warm-toned neutral palette with four matte finishes and one shimmery shade. All five shades were slightly to very powdery, though pigmentation was decent for three of the five shades. It’s a formula that needs a good primer or base (preferably a lightly tacky base) so the powderiness gets absorbed and color can be packed on, but even the most mediocre of eyeshadows can be boosted with such tools. At $58, it shouldn’t need the full bag of tricks to perform well. On the upside, I think the color combination works well together, and there’s a good light-medium-dark ratio so you can build various gradients of brown.

Infinity #1 is described as a “warm ivory.” It’s a very light beige with subtle, warm undertones and has a matte finish. It seemed marginally less powdery than the beige in Graphite–the two look virtually the same on me (the descriptions are the same, actually). It only lasted for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Infinity #2 is described as a “dusty rose.” It’s a muted, medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was incredibly silky but it was very powdery and dry, so there was a lot of excess product even with gentle touches of the brush in the pan. I had a lot of trouble getting this shade to adhere to the skin on its own, because the texture is thin and dusty, it just doesn’t stick. It tends to sheer out even more when you blend it. This was noticeably faded after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Infinity #3 is described as a “bronzed mauve.” It’s a smoky, bronzy brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was soft, finely-milled, somewhat powdery, but it was blendable on the skin. It had good color payoff both wet and dry (shimmery shades can be used damp in this formula). I had the best luck applying it by pressing it into the skin, then pressing more into the skin, and then using a very light touch to blend out the edges–and of course, make sure to tap your brush to remove the excess before you apply to the eye. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Infinity #4 is described as a “cool taupe.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff and wasn’t as powdery as other shades in this palette, which made it a lot easier to work with. I don’t think it’s the easiest eyeshadow to use on bare skin, but it was manageable, and if you use a primer, it should help it blend more smoothly. (At this price point, though, it’s disappointing no matter what.) It lasted for seven hours on me before creasing and fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Infinity #5 is described as a “dark cocoa.” It’s a dark, taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones with a cooler, gray-ish overtone and a matte finish. This shade wasn’t too powdery and still managed to have good pigmentation, though there was a dryness there that made it harder to blend. It really needed a lot of buffing along the edges and may just be more work than one wants to put in for a neutral palette (when there are so many to choose from). It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

P.S. — I haven’t received my order from Sephora for the other five palettes. It was supposed to arrive yesterday, but it just says “order processed,” which means it isn’t even transit yet (but should have been, because it was 2-day shipping). It is unlikely I will receive this week. I’m really sorry :(

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Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Hourglass Graphite Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Graphite Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Graphite Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.175 oz.) is an interesting mix of neutrals with two pops of bolder color–a coppery-orange and a bluish-teal. The new formula is supposed to be long-wearing, “crease-resistant,” and “richly-pigmented.” Though I am a fan of Hourglass and often think they put out excellent products, I wasn’t too impressed by this eyeshadow palette. The matte shades, while incredibly soft and finely-milled, are extremely powdery to work with. There is an excessive amount of powder kicked up just touching the brush to the surface, and even after tapping that excess off the brush, there is still fall out during application. The mattes didn’t wear well, and they were harder to blend on the skin for me.

The shimmery shades are not quite as prone to powderiness, but there is still some powder fall out during application. These shades can also be used wet or dry, and I had the best luck using them damp, as it prevented fall out and helped maintain intensity without having to build up the colors in layers. Wear was all over the place, so the eyeshadow formula on the whole seemed rather inconsistent. It is particularly disappointing, because Hourglass’ previous powder eyeshadow formula was one of the softest, most buttery and well-done, period. Here’s hoping the other palettes perform better, and this was just a one-off.

The two palettes I received as press samples were damaged on the top. I bought the four other palettes, so if those have any issues, I’ll be sure to note those things in the relevant review. A reader mentioned hers (that she purchased) also had scratches on the lid, which is an issue when you price your product at $58.

Graphite #1 is described as a “warm ivory.” It’s a very light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was very dusty and was difficult to apply to the skin; it just didn’t want to stay on well, and it was faded within six hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Graphite #2 is described as a “copper gold.” It’s a brightened, copper with a warm, metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was very sheer and dry, even though the powder itself was incredibly fine. Unfortunately, it was only usable when applied with a damp brush and really pressed and smoothed over the skin, and then I was able to get rich, opaque color. Applied dry, it was a total mess; I could only see it working dry over a slightly tacky base. Dry, it was faded within a few hours, but applied damp, it lasted for almost seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Graphite #3 is described as a “deep brown.” It’s a dark brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had decent to good pigmentation, but the consistency was also powdery with a dryness to it that made it harder to blend on the skin. It just seems to stick wherever it initially lands without wanting to really diffuse or soften. It lasted for seven hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Graphite #4 is described as a “gun metal.” It’s a steely gray with a hint of blue and a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque but less blendable. Applied dampened, it was more opaque and deeper, and it was easier to apply to the lid and use, though it dried back down quickly and became harder to blend out the edges. It wore longer–almost eight hours–compared to other shades, at least. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Graphite #5 is described as a “silver.” It’s more of a pewtery gold with subtle, warmer undertones with a metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer in coverage, and it did intensify to mostly opaque pigmentation when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was soft, blendable, but it was somewhat powdery. This was the only shade I liked in the palette. On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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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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