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 🙁