Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo
Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo

Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo

Hourglass Gypsy Visionaire Eyeshadow Duo ($38.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a beautiful neutral duo featuring a shimmering, warmed-up champagne beige and a rich, coppered chocolate brown. Hourglass’ Eyeshadow Duos are such an underrated and underappreciated 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 warmer skin tones but they are not too warm–they will work well on cooler and neutral-toned skin, too.


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Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo
Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo

Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo
Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo

Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo
Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo

Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo
Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo

Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo
Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Gypsy? How much is it?

Sephora, $38.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

MAC Arena (slightly darker), MAC Antiqued.

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30 thoughts on “Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Ani_BEE

    Has anyone tried depotting these? I have an Lagoon Eyeshadow Duo coming in the email and I was curious on how to take apart the packaging.

  2. Evelyn

    I just bought my 3rd duo last night – exhibition. I love these shadows, they are so smooth & pretty! Very pigmented!

  3. Dollymix8

    Not the most original colours, I think every brand sells colours similar to these.

    • Ani_BEE

      Agreed which is by I’m not keen on shelling out $44 CAN per one but I’ve been on a swap hunt for these for a while and continue to do so.

  4. Heather

    Ok these do look very nice

  5. Vijaya

    Sometimes I wish companies would just give less of the product for cheaper. I don’t know that I’d necessarily buy this for $38, but if the eyeshadows were half as large, I’d gladly pay $19.

    • Julia

      I actually like that these are so big. These are two colors that I can see using daily in simple looks.

      • Elaine

        I’m not necessarily disagreeing with you, but I do agree with Vijaya, because I’d rather have to repurchase something I use everyday than spend double on a shadow that I may only use for special occasions.

  6. lissa

    these look really pretty. unfortunately they are so similar to other less expensive shades it would be hard to justify the price. looks like sin/smog almost (maybe one of the lighter MACs on the light shade, can’t think of the name) color looks nice & rich though. for another underrated brand I love thebalm. shades are very flattering on and the palettes have 9 shades as big as MAC or UD singles and the singles are .12 for like 16-17. sexy stacey is a dark smoky pewter

  7. bxboricua

    Gorgeous but I really want the duo in Prism that you reviewed before :)

    • Miriam

      I also want the prism duo…I just recently bought Dandizette from the MAC peacocky collection and compared it with the blue color in the prism duo, and they’re a pretty close dupe if you want to check it out :-).

  8. liz

    yay thank you for doing more hourglass!

    i have only played with the brand in sephora but i would love to get into them!

  9. baby in a corner

    i think UD’s sellout (for the lighter shade), and roach (for the dark brown) are similar if anyone is interested. I love these colours but unfortunately no UD in Ireland

  10. Melanie

    I’d wear these colors, since I’m a neutral girl [but the price is steep].

  11. Katie

    Nice :) I bought Exhibition and more recently, Prism based off your review. Which duo would you say is your favorite, Christine?

  12. I’m really starting to love the brand Hourglass because of Temptalia!! I only have their Extreme Sheen Gloss in Verse (gorgeous!) but they discontinued it at Sephora. Anyways, I hope you’ll be reviewing more different products form Hourglass! Your reviews really help me choose what I want to buy!

    Thanks again Christine!! :)

  13. Kat

    Christine, how would the lighter shade compare to Stila Kitten? Thanks!

  14. Vale

    A question for you. This is not the first time you review this brand of eyeshadows. From what I’ve understood, the price is quite high, but each time I look at the pictures, the “pan” (don’t know how it’s called in English), the pressed powder rectangle, is not “clean”. It has a lot of dust around and the symbol of the hourglass is never well-defined. So I was wondering… the products have been used before you took pictures, or maybe you got them via mail so they have been spoiled for delivery, or what else…? Usually high end brands show perfectly “new” products…
    Just curiosity

  15. Shannon

    it actually looks pretty warm, which is why i didn’t get this last time. but I agree that these are amazing quality shadows. I got Suede earlier and love it, though i guess they are all rather dupeable shades. lol

  16. Donna

    Would love to see pics of the finished look.

  17. krissy

    It reminds me of a Lancome duo that I have used so much I can’t see what it is named anymore. It is a perfect neutral though and blends so well.

  18. cafii

    Hi christine, I was just wondering how long these shadows last with/without a primer? My lids are slightly oily and my UD 24/7 liner smudges into my shadows after a few hours…

  19. Would you choose this or Shiseido Strata?

    •  @camkale I have no idea – they’re completely different colors!  Maybe I’m looking at the wrong Strata? This duo is very warm-toned, while Strata is more muted and earthy.