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Monday, February 9, 2015

Review & Swatches: Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes in Color Field and Graphite

After falling in love with their unmatched Ambient Lighting Powders, I knew that when Hourglass released their Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes ($58), I would be one of the first in line to give them a try. I purchased the Graphite and Color Field Palettes online about a month ago - I would come to find that I should have popped into a store to give them a swatch beforehand! Each shadow contains 5 shades, and a total of 1 gram of product (the Ambient Lighting Powder Palette contains 3, and retail for the same amount). Steep, but I was hoping they were worth it. 

Graphite was my first pick - the mix of cool and warm tones, and variety of textures made this such an interesting palette to me. Unfortunately, the quality just isn't there. The biggest disappointment was the gold shadow - it was patchy when swatched, and virtually nonexistent when worn. I was also surprised at how patchy the deepest satin taupe shade applied. In the look posted below, you can see how unevenly it lays, and that's after a TON of blending! Needless to say, mine will be going back. 

Color Field is my color kryptonite. I'm the biggest sucker for khaki and olive greens, so this palette called my name. I'm happy to report that the quality is vastly better than that of Graphite! Each shadow is buttery smooth, and supremely pigmented both when swatched, and applied. The only thing holding me back from wholeheartedly recommending this to anyone who asks is how unique the color palette is. Given my obsession with these shades, it's not surprising that I own other palettes that are similar. You can watch the video above for visual comparisons of a few palettes. Ultimately, I concluded that, while there are palettes that provide similar color palettes, the hardest shades to duplicate were the satin finish shades. Nearly all of the more affordable shades were either completely matte, or overwhelmingly shimmery, and some might be looking for the satin finish that falls precisely in the middle - that's exactly what you get with gorgeous light taupes in this palette. 

Overall, if the Color Field palette looks like you want to add to your makeup stash, I recommend it. Just stay away from Graphite!

Have you tried Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes?

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