If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram you would know that in January I attended an Hourglass event in Liberty London store. Whilst at the event we all took part in a masterclass session where we could get hands on with the full range of Hourglass products both new and existing. After the event there were a few products I knew I wanted to own for myself one of which was the Obscura eyeshadow palette.
As you can see the palettes colour scheme is golden brown described by hourglass to be "earthy tones" which complements most eye colours especially blue and brown. The first thing I noticed when using the eyeshadow palette is how soft the eyeshadows are due to them being finely milled. Also I like the waved pattern emboss on all of the eyeshadows which give the palette a more luxurious feel. As demonstrated at the event if you were by accident to mix up the colours by swatching colour too close to the divides, it can easily be corrected using a clean brush and lightly swiping over the affected area which returns the palette to its original seamless finish. This is due to the way the eyeshadows have been filled in the pan of the palette instead of stock filling into a single pan.
The colours as described by hourglass as the following from L-R Cream, Smokey Brown,Rose Gold, Coffee,Cool Bronze.
I would describe each of the colours as the following:
1-Pale Yellow 2-Warmed Dark Brown 3-Light Copper Bronze 4- Dark Brown 5-Brown Toned Gold.
The finishes of the eyeshadows vary throughout the palette from left to right I would say the formulas are 1-Matte with a slight pearl sheen 2-Matte 3-Veluxe Pearl 4-Semi Matte and 5-Powdery Metallic.
1-Due to the depth of the palette and the generous sizes of the eyeshadows themselves this palette definitely gives you more colour for your money than the standard single eyeshadows palettes out on the market.
2-The packaging although slightly more bulky is sleek and sturdy and is perfect for travelling.
3-Large mirror in the palette is perfect for on the go touchups.
4-All of the colours except the pale yellow apply well used wet using M.A.C Fix +
5- Only require the palette for a complete eye makeup look.
1- Due to the softness of the eyeshadows one sweep of the brush lifts a considerable amount of powder off from the palette which I think in the long term will waste a considerable amount of product.
2- Darker crease colours could be smaller size and the end brown toned gold could be larger.
3- No mini brush included in palette so you would have to bring additional brushes for touch ups.
4- Due to the softness of the eyeshadows the darker colours are harder to blend evenly.
3.5 out of 5
The palette is versatile for a high end brand, containing a range of colours which can be used in conjunction with one another for an easy one palette eye. However as the formulation of the eyeshadows is very soft when applying there is fall out which makes touch ups on the go more difficult compared to other brands eyeshadow palettes, plus you must bring additional brushes as the palette provides none.
Would I purchase another palette from the range?
Overall I would buy one more palette (Infinity) from the range due to the variety of colours they provide in each palette.Each colour works with another and there is no stand alone colour. However I would make sure I use a good eyeshadow base with the eyeshadows to try and avoid touch-ups on the go.
Have you tried the Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes?