Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo
Hourglass Exhibition Eyeshadow Duo

Hourglass Exhibition Eyeshadow Duo

Hourglass Exhibition Visionaire Eyeshadow Duo ($38.00 for 0.20 oz.) contains a grayish plum mauve with a frost-metallic finish and a blackened burgundy eggplant with a frost-metallic sheen. Hourglass’ Eyeshadow Duos are such an underrated and under-appreciated product–the quality is absolutely phenomenal and the shades are infinitely flattering.

Selfishly, I wish they had about a dozen more duos, because their eyeshadows are easily some of the best I’ve come across–and better yet, the quality is fantastic across the range. There are no duds in their duo line-up. Soft, smooth as silk, and buttery texture paired with intense color pigmentation that glides on, blends effortlessly, and can be used wet or dry.

The $38 may seem steep, but don’t let it fool you: there are two full-sized (actually, more than that) eyeshadows inside. Each eyeshadow is 0.10 oz., which is double the average full-sized eyeshadow, for a total of 0.20 oz. The packaging is also this pewter bronze with a swivel top that reveals a mirror inside along with a pint-sized brush (with real bristles) that’s usable and not scratchy.

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  • Product: 30/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: Hourglass as a brand is underrated, but their eyeshadows are easily my favorite product from the brand. There is something to be said for a brand that puts out consistently high quality products with to-die-for textures. This duo will naturally flatter cooler skin tones but it is not so cool-toned that warmer skin tones will find it difficult to work with.


See more photos & swatches!

Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo
Hourglass Exhibition Eyeshadow Duo

Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo
Hourglass Exhibition Eyeshadow Duo

Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo
Hourglass Exhibition Eyeshadow Duo

Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo
Hourglass Exhibition Eyeshadow Duo

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Exhibition? How much is it?

Sephora, $38.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

NARS Ondine (browner) and NARS Lulu (matte).

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34 thoughts on “Hourglass Exhibition Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Fey

    Real gem in their duo collection. I adore frosty shadows.

  2. penelope

    Wow. What a pretty purple. I will have to try one of their duos since you have always said good things about the duos and I love that there is more product for each of the shadows and with a brush we can actually use.

  3. I’m with you Christine, I ADORE Hourglass eyeshadows. (Hourglass everything, really!) Packaging, pigment, color offerings – they’re just amazing.

  4. Evelyn

    I just bought this one to go with the other 3 I have. They really are wonderful shadows and I so enjoy wearing them!

  5. sarah

    This review is copied and pasted word for word from your Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo review. why?

    • Because it’s exactly the same – I’m not going to repeat myself about price, size, etc. if all things are the same :) The only thing that differs in this is the color, but the quality, packaging, size, price, etc. are the same.

  6. eva

    Thank you so much! I was dying to see swatches of this duo (impossible to find online), but now i need it LOL. I also love from the brand the Bronzer/blush duo. That one is a real gem!

  7. DawnaldC

    I have this and LOVE it. It makes my hazel eyes pop — perfect color!!

  8. All of your reviews on Hourglass products have been so positive that I think next time I need a new product I’ll check them out. I’ve seen their “station” at Sephora all the time but never gave them a try! This is why you must keep blogging — thank you!

  9. Bernice

    WOW! I hope there’s a tutorial using this in the near future =)

  10. Banan

    you are making me fall in love with hourglass! I think I have to pick up some of their poducts…

  11. Heather

    Yeah these are beautiful. And they’re what $19 an eyeshadow? There are a lot of high end eyeshadows that cost that much. Also, for me anyway, the plus side to buying expensive makeup is im more likely to make a real effort to use it, in order to get my money’s worth.

  12. This reminds me a lot of L’Oreal HiP’s Electrified (number 910, I think) duo.

  13. Rosanna

    I already pay $38 CAD for NARS Duo eyeshadows but $45 CAD for Hourglass Duos……….I don’t know…the colours aren’t the most original although I like the combo for this one.

  14. Carrie

    The colors are gorgeous! Just a shame that they won’t work on my skin tone :)

  15. june

    that’s a beautiful duo. christine, do you know any places to order these online internationally? i’ve never see hourglass in australia

  16. Porcelain

    Just out of curiosity, do you use a primer when swatching? I had a quick look through the FAQ’s but didn’t find an answer.

    I lovelovelove this duo, come payday it is mine :)

  17. Angelcat47

    Absolutely gorge…I may just have to buy this!!

  18. Nunuiviet

    Way too expensive + the packaging is so simple… Nothing really great about this stuff

    • I’d agree it’s expensive, but there’s nothing simple about the packaging! It’s bronze metal, the top swizzels 360 degrees, and it includes a high quality brush. I think it right up there with Guerlain.

      But,as with everything – to each their own!

  19. Very pretty, though I’m not sure I -need- these colors. What I just realized, though, is how amazingly OFF Sephora’s online color representations are, though. Now I remember why I don’t buy things from them online unless it’s a repeat buy.

  20. tpiece

    Lovely! How close do you think this duo is to Nars Melusine?

  21. Anya

    reminds me of NARS melusine duo!

  22. Naheeda

    Wow, really like colour – not bright or dark..

  23. liz

    and there goes $38 of my $100 giftcard! haha. beautiful shadows.

  24. nicci

    this is very similar to the Misty Soft duo I have from Chanel.

  25. snm

    the purple side reminds me mac’s Altered state from the sorceress there a single dupe for the light side? i really loved hourglass products,too bad that they are not available in my country:/

  26. I absolutely love everything I’ve tried from Hourglass, but for some reason I’ve never tried the eye shadows. Thanks for the review…I’ll be heading out to Sephora soon!!

  27. Polly

    I hope Hourglass would be more accessible for me :[

    and UD, too! I want Naked palette and those fab eyeliners SO BAD!


  28. Miranda

    The logo for this brand kind of looks like 2 pairs of underpants. I’m just sayin lol