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 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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Estee Lauder Chrome, Gold, Pearl, Pink Gold Double Wear Stay in Place Eye Pencils

Estee Lauder Chrome Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium silver with a metallic sheen. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke that was buildable to semi-opaque coverage in two to three layers. It glided on but seemed a little waxy. It lasted for nine hours on me, which is shy of the 12-hours promised. MAC Sterling Silver (P, $16.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Certainly Sterling (LE) is lighter. L’Oreal Silver Sky (290) (P, $8.99) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Cuff (P, $19.00) is similar. MAC Silver Skates (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Chrome (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Estee Lauder Chrome Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil Chrome
B-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
80%
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Tom Ford First Time & Black Dahlia Lip Color Matte

Tom Ford First Time (09) Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light-medium pinky-peach with a satin finish. This was a limited edition color, and likely the only way to find it is if your local store happens to still have one stashed away. As pretty as this color is, it was the type of finish that I feel is more unforgiving and definitely benefits from a full lip prep routine (the majority of shades in the formula didn’t feel that way). It lasts for five hours, but it pulls into lip lines after three and a half hours (you can even see how it seems more attracted to my lip lines upon initial application). The more velvety texture doesn’t cling, so you can smooth it out as you wear it, but it is a little drying. Colour Pop Button (P, $5.00) is warmer. Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is more beige. Bobbi Brown Pink Nectar (P, $26.00) is darker. NARS Julie (P, $32.00) is pinker, glossier. NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is pinker, glossier. NARS Descanso (LE, $25.00) is similar. MAC Runway Hit (LE, $16.00) is pinker, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tom Ford First Time (09) Lip Color Matte
Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Matte First Time (09)
B+
Product
8
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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NARS Liguria Sheer Lipstick

NARS Liguria Sheer Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “nude caramel.” It’s a soft, pumpkin peach-orange with very fine yellowed peach shimmer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Covet (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Sensual Sparks (LE, $16.00) is much sheerer and appears more muted as a result. NARS Floralies (P, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Sheer Mandarin (LE, $17.00) is brighter, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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NARS Liguria Sheer Lipstick
NARS Sheer Lipstick Liguria
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
77%

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.

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Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette Infinity
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
78%
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