Review: Hourglass Visionaire Eyeshadow Duo in Exhibition

I just remembered today that I hadn’t yet reviewed this shadow – and it so rightly deserves attention.  I do not own ANY shadows that have a lovelier texture than this.  Wowza.  I personally find UD’s shadows quite smooth and soft, and these easily trump those.  Similar to UD, the pigmentation is also excellent; I find more and more I really appreciate when color payoff is exactly or very close to what you see in the pan…it can be a rare thing.  It was tricky getting a photo that captured the pretty eggplant shade and the depth of color – the first photo is a tad blurry but it seemed to get the plumminess across the best.

I found the wear of the eyeshadow exceptional too – I put it on before a night out (sans primer) and it was still relatively in place by the evening’s end.  All in all, while this shadow is expensive at $44CDN, you get two shadows (sizes: 3g / .10 US oz each) – to give you a reference point, a single MAC eyeshadow is 1.5g / .05 US oz, for $17.50CDN , and a NARS eyeshadow duo retails for $38 CDN and is a total of 4g / .14 US oz (so, 2 x 2g / .07 US oz).  Doing the math, thats:

$220 / oz for Hourglass
$350 / oz for MAC
$271 / oz for NARS

Which is kind of crazy when you think about it.  MAC’s price point is the ‘lowest’ yet you’re paying considerably more per oz than more high-end brands.  Go figure!

Ultimately, aside from a handful of MAC and NARS shades (which even then aren’t completely on par), the smooth-creaminess of the Hourglass shadows highlights its considerably higher quality and justifies the price regardless of anything else.  I’m totally sold!  I just wish they had more/different shades – there are only 6 duos to choose from, and the shade range is relatively demure: a bronze duo, a plum (like mine), two blue based, an olive, and basic neutral duo.  If they threw a couple fun shades in there, with that texture and that pigmentation…ooohh ~shivers~   Who am I kidding, I’d go broke if that happened!  Guess it’s better as is 😛

Have you tried this brand yet?  Any other standout products?  It’s certainly making me take a second look, if the quality remains along these lines!

~10 days~

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  1. #1 by Liz (Beauty Reductionista) on April 13, 2011 - 8:09 am

    I LOVE Hourglass! They have a small variety but every single one of their product is amazing. I almost prefer it that way – better quality and smaller range of offerings.

    • #2 by Toyarosie on April 17, 2011 - 11:23 am

      I’m going to have to check out their line in person when I’m in Maine this weekend! I am going to have one heck of a haul to showcase when I get back 😀

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