Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer for April 2015

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Ambient Lighting Bronzer ($50.00)

Ambient Lighting Bronzer fuses the illuminating effects of photoluminescent technology with bronze pigments to deliver a natural, sun-kissed glow while exhibiting depth and dimension. The sheer, airy formula sweeps on softly for a healthy-looking, radiant finish to the skin.

  • Luminous Bronze Light A medium tan shade fused with Luminous Light, a champagne pearl powder, for a softer, candlelit warmth. Ideal for fair/light complexions.
  • Radiant Bronze Light A warm bronze shade fused with Radiant Light, a golden beige powder, to mimic a summer glow. Ideal for medium/deep complexions.

Ambient Lighting Blush ($35.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Incandescent Electra A cool peach blush blended with Incandescent Light for a celestial glow (Will now available individually)

Availability: Ambient Lighting Bronzer will available for VIB Rouges April 7th through 14th (for everyone on April 15th) at Sephora; the blush will be available on April 15th. In-store in May. Will be available at other retailers May 2015.

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Round-up: Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes Overview & Thoughts

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.

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Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes

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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