Yesterday on my way to my sister's house for dinner, I thought that I would make a quick trip to the Sephora near her house to see if they had any Ellis Faas at that location (thanks, Zuzu!), but unfortunately the Sephora clerk with whom I spoke was misinformed and there was no Faas at that location (sorry, Zuzu!). So while my mission had been thwarted I decided to take a look at the new MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural Lipsticks- which are GORGEOUS (thanks, Marcia!), and some Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duos. The line at Sephora was ridiculously long and for some reason was moving quite slowly so I decided I would look and swatch and buy later (probably a good thing since I am trying to be less impulsive- see this post).
I had very little time, so my attention zeroed in on the Exhibition Hourglass Duo. I have one Hourglass single shadow from ages ago, and the texture is phenomenal. It is buttery soft, beautifully pigmented, and simply stunning. All of this can likewise be said about the Exhibition Duo. Exhibition is so finely milled and buttery soft that you will wonder why you didn't buy it years ago. The pigmentation is astounding, and the quality really is as good as it gets. The colors are spectacular. The left shadow is described as a mauve shimmer and the right is described as an eggplant shimmer on the Sephora website, and as a a deep purple on the Barneys website. I would suggest that left shadow is a mauvish taupe- definitely cool leaning, and ridiculously gorgeous and pigmented. The shadow on the right is somewhere in between an eggplant and a deep purple, and it is simply sublime. I swatched them both, and had planned on taking a picture the moment that I got to my sister's house, but between my sleeve and my niece's bear hug there was little left to photograph (sorry). Rest assured, I am buying this gorgeous duo and will do a full review with MANY swatches to accompany my effusive gush.
What I do not understand is why Hourglass Eye Shadows, and Hourglass in general gets so little love in our community of beauty bloggers! The quality is exceptional, and the colors are gloriously pigmented. The packaging is gorgeous- it comes in a bronze compact with a mirrored lid that swivels 360°- it is both innovative and convenient!
Additionally, the shadows are free of Sulfates, Synthetic Dyes and Phthalates. Hourglass does not test on animals.
Ingredients: Talc, Zinc Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Nylon-12, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysilicone-11, Silica, Lauroyl Lysine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090:2), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Tin Oxide (CI 77861), Black 2 (CI 77266).<br /><strong>Exhibition, Suede, Prism:</strong><br />Talc, Zinc Stearate, Triethylhexanoin, Boron Nitride, Lauroyl Lysine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Tin Oxide (CI 77861)
Initial assessment: I NEED THIS DUO, and so do you if you love mauvish taupe and the most regal purples. This is a definite must-have for cool toned beauties, and if you are fair and cool toned- you have just found eye shadow nirvana.
$38.00 at Sephora, Barneys, & Hourglass