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).

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Hourglass Obscura Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette Obscura
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
79%
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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.

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Hourglass Monochrome Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette Monochrome
C-
Product
7
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
72%
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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.

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Hourglass Exposure Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette Exposure
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
79%
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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.

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Hourglass Color Field Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette Color Field
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
81%
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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.

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Hourglass Atmosphere Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette Atmosphere
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
82%
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Sneak Peek: Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes Photos & Swatches

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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