Hourglass Modernist Eye Palette in Atmosphere Review

To be honest, I have been drooling over the Hourglass Modernist Eye Palettes for a LONG time! I held out testing it out for a few reasons: very expensive and mixed reviews of the product.  As you can see, however, the magnetic pull to this palette won out and here it is!


Hourglass Modernist Eye Shadow palette is beautiful but does it work well as an eye shadow?  There are seven available Hourglass Modernist palettes :

  1. Obscure is earthy tones and includes: cream, smokey brown, rose gold, coffee, and cool bronze
  2. Monochrome is rose tones and includes: warm ivory, rose nude, peony pink, light mauve, and dark chocolate
  3. Infinity is warm neutrals with warm ivory, dusty rose, bronzed mauve, cool taupe, and dark cocoa
  4. Graphite includes smokey tones warm ivory, copper gold, deep brown, gun metal,and silver
  5. Exposure is plum based with champagne, aubergine, bronze, black violet, and lilac shadows
  6. Color Field is olive and has warm ivory, champagne gold, taupe brown, golden olive, and forest green
  7. Atmosphere has cool neutrals such as pale ivory, pale pink, taupe, espresso, and charcoal – this is the only all matte palette

I chose the Atmosphere selection – and if you know me you would have guessed that since it is the only all matte palette. The colors in the palette are so appropriate for me and, in reality, the only colors that I really wear.


So…what did I think about this palette?


I LOVE it!!  It is so beautiful to view and that does not end there.  The colors are so creamy-ish and apply/blend flawlessly.  There is definite fall-out but that happens in almost all my palettes and does not bother me at all!

The fact that there are no true dividers between the colors may not appeal to all.  I find it as a non-issue with me and lends to the beauty of the palette.  What I do not know, however, is whether it will crack when you start to hit pan in an area.  Does anyone know?

Some reviews I analyzed reported that the lighter colors did not hold much pigmentation and/or were more dry than the others.  I did not find this with my palette at all.

Another question is longevity.  I use eye shadow primer with my Mac Paint Pot (in painterly) my favorite item to use to serve this purpose.  Using primer (I also tested it out with a Smashbox and Urban Decay primer), the shadows last all day (10+ hours) with little, if any, fading or creasing.  So happy!!

A lingering question is…how much?  Okay – take a seat because this is startling (at least it was to me).  The Hourglass Modernist palettes case $58 but before you shut the door, remember that you can (hopefully) find a palette that has all colors that you will USE – not one of those loaded palettes that you typically use only 1/3 of the colors (at least that is what happens with me!).  The quantity of shadow for each color is also greater than what you often receive in larger eye shadow palettes, which is important when they are colors you love and use regularly!  The colors in this palette also lend to creating several different looks even though there are only five options.  Do I sound convinced that this is a good buy?  Well, for me it really is!  I adore it and am so happy with my leap of faith to purchase it!  Hourglass rocks again!

See my video review in the link below and then let me know what you think!!

Thanks so much!!  Enjoy!


Kat Von D Shade+Light Eye palette Review



I jumped the fence to the side of buying the Kat Von D Shade+Light Eye palette!  I have been deliberating about this purchase for a while and finally decided to buy it.  Not only was it expensive ($46) but it also seems so close to my Too Faced Natural Matte palette (click here for review of that palette), and I wanted to make sure there was not too much overlap.  I also really did not NEED this palette…but I finally decided that I WANTED it.  So how did it do after I played around with it?

First of all, the colors are divine and so rich both in pigmentation and in the ability to blend flawlessly.  This is a goIMG_0063od thing because they colors can be intense and not for the heavy handed unless you plan to blend a great deal!  There also is a bit (maybe a lot) of fallout, so be prepared.  As I was at Sephora (this palette is exclusive to Sephora), I asked for some feedback as I was also trying to decide between this palette and the Tartelette (also matte).  I definitely received some good advice.  The Sephora SA defined the different in very easy terms.  The Tartlette palette is softer colors that although pigmented do not hold the bang that the shadows in the Shade+Light palette.  If you want a softer eye, you may want to Tartelette palette, but if you want to create and sculpt, you will cherish the Shade+Light palette.  These were very wise words!

So what do I think?…Was the plunge to buy worth it?  Is this staying in my stash or being returned?

First, here are the color swatches and a bit about the palette. There are three quadrants to this palette: Warm, Neutral, and Cool.  In each quad, there is a base, contour, define, and highlight shade.

Neutral Quad

  • Laetus – creamy nude
  • Lazarus – cool taupe
  • Ludwin – peachy bronze.
  • Samael – dusty fawn

Cool Quad

  • Solas espresso brown.
  • Lucius – soft beige
  • Saleos – smoky brown
  • Shax – jet black

Warm Quad

  • Liberatus – pinkish ivory
  • Succubus – rich rust
  • Sytry – chocolate brown
  • Latinus – golden bisque

So what did I think?  I LOVE this palette!!  It is a wonderful collection of colors that lead to a great deal of creativity!  The colors transfer so well (but there is fall out) and blend beautifully!  No lingering color falling into my (not so) fine lines under my eyes and no creasing throughout the entire day – but I do always recommend some type of eye primer.  I like to use my Mac Paint Pot in Painterly.  Even without eye shadow primer, however, the colors applied well, blended easily, and lasted more than 8 hours without creasing or fading.

Here is my rating of the Kat Von D Shade+Light eye palette.  If you are on the fence about whether to buy this palette, I would recommend taking the plunge knowing that you can always return it if it does not live up to your expectations, but I think this is a high probability bet that you will keep it!

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Here are a few photos of me wearing the warm quad.


Warm Quad

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Warm Quad

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Tarte Energy Noir Clay Palette Review

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It is here – a NEW Tarte palette!  This is the Energy Noir Clay palette, which retails for $38, and let me tell you about it!  The palette contains eight shadows, one highlight, and one blush.  Here are names and brief descriptions:IMG_0026

Top Row on Left:

  • Full Moon (matte beige)
  • Charged Up (silvery taupe – shimmery)
  • Dark Drive (matte dark chocolate)

Second Row on Left:

  • Stone Unturned (matte taupe)
  • Up Too Slate (smoky plum- shimmery)
  • Misty Mauve (matte mauve)

Bottom Row on Left:

  • Power Plum (matte dark plum)
  • Lunar Eclipse (matte black)

Top Upper Right:

  • Unearthed blush

On Right Under Blush:

  • Crystal spark (champagne highlighter but could be a shimmery shadow)

So now the question is — how are they?  Well, let me put you at ease…they are wonderful!  The shadows are a nice mixture of holding color but blending evenly (something I have not always experienced with Tarte palettes) and the colors are wonderful.  I love using them individually and also mixed!  There is a balanced mixture of matte and shimmery.  As you may know, I tend to favor matte shadows but these shimmery colors are rather nice and easily toned down.

The cheek color is just perfect – a bit darker than I would have thought I would like but when applied – I LOVED it!  The only piece of the palette that may not get much use from me is the highlighter.  I have become tied to the Charlotte Tilbury bronzer and highlighter palette I just got and cannot use anything else right now (this might just be a phase however).

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Other than the highlighter jut not catching my eye at the moment, the palette is a home run!  No settling into fine lines around my eyes – meaning there is minimal fall out when applying since that often is what happens and catches in my lovely crevices!

Here is my overall rating.  I bet you will not be too surprised by it!

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L’Oreal La Palette 2 Nude Eye Shadow

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A drugstore eye shadow palette (well a Target eye shadow palette)!  There have been quite a few surfacing lately, and I have to admit I have been eyeing them all and trying to choose which one I would purchase.  I have been doing the typical – reading reviews, watching videos, etc. – especially because you cannot test these palettes out as you can with ones at Ulta and Sephora.  The winner for my purchase was the L”Oreal La Palette 2 Nude ($15.99 – although I got it for less at Target with my Cartwheel app).    It won me over because of its array of colors and not overly shimmery-ness of the shadows.  (I really cannot wear shimmers.)  The packaging of the palette also was very pretty just not maybe at the quality of higher priced ones; although I was never a fan of the velvety Urban Decay Naked palette.  Were any of you?

Here it is:

Are the colors not wonderful?  I love the neutral browns and then the plums – oh I loved the sight of the plums!

So here is my review.  First test is the finger swatch and, of course, I went for the dark end with the plums 😀  Nice transfer and minimal powder making clouds in the palette.  All good so far!  Yea!!

Next test, a very critical one, is putting them on my eyes.  I decided to do the “one eye primed and the other eye not primed” trick just to see how they performed.  I took one of my favorite Morphe brushes – one with great movement and limited density – and made the first “dot.”  I can explain about my “dot method” for applying eye shadow at some point if you are interested.  Just let me know.   Good – eye shadow applied and no dispersion beyond my lids.  Thumbs up!

And now – the most difficult test – how does it blend?  Oh no!  This was a miserable fail on each eye (primed and unprimed).  The shadow just sat there and when it did start to stray it was blotchy and as some of might say “was a hot mess!”  That is right, it just became a patchy mess and did not blend well at all.  I did not want to give up though and sampled another color (but it was the plum that I was so excited about).  I next strayed 2 colors to the left and went through the same motions.  Again, nothing fun and exciting.  It did not splotch as much as the other but there was not “buttery” feel or gentle application with effortless blending.  No, my eyes instead looked a blotchy and well ugly!  This was so unacceptable that I had to wash my makeup off!

Just to be sure because I did not want to give up on this deceivingly pretty eye palette, I tried again later that day.  I just love testing makeup out before I was my face at night.  Is that weird or do others do that too?  I mean even if it look awful, you are not going anywhere and already have your cleansing products in close proximity!!  Again, I was left disappointed by the last test. It seems that some of the shadows perform okay but not at a level that I would ever reach for this palette.  Perhaps it is my mature eye characteristic that makes these shadow so underwhelming but even on the back of my hand I could see evidence of patchy blending.

Here are my ratings.  My guess is that you are probably not surprised!

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Has this product performed well for others?  I was so sad that it did not work out and am back on the search for another eye palette with which to play!

Here is a link to my video review.  I hope that you all have wonderful and positive days and no “hot mess eye shadow experiences”!  Until my next post!

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Review of Too Faced Natural Matte Eye Shadow Palette

Review of Too Faced Natural Matte Eye Shadow Palette – Not to give it away, but “Yes!”

For me, one of the most creative parts of applying makeup is what you do with your eyes.  There are so many ways to approach it and so many avenues to do something different.  In my case, however, I have deep set or what everyone calls hooded eyes, so my options are a bit more restricted than for those of you who do not have hooded eyes.  For example, no matter what eye shadow I put on my eye lid, it does not show except for when I blink and even then it is for a split second.  I also have to deal with the overhang of my upper eye onto my lid, which if handled incorrectly – for me – can make my eyes look even more closed.  I am always playing around with different techniques, but my tried and true approaches include using matte colors and applying colors to make my hooded lids recess back so that they do not take over my whole eye.

With that out there…I need a good variety of matte shadows; although I do still like to play with more sparkly ones just carefully applied.  In the past, I have bought many palettes (e.g., UD Naked 1, Lorac Pro Palette) only to use half the colors because sparkly colors dominated the collection.  I did find the It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty eye palette very nice and it is ALL matter and very nice matter shadows; however, it did not rise to every day use.  In the duration, I put together Z palettes of Makeup Geek and Mac single shadows and deported the mattes from my other palettes.

And then one day…I found the Too Faced Natural Matte Eye Shadow palette ($36)!

These shadows were not only color-coordinated (a nice perk for someone like me who needs some prompts as to what coordinates well) but smooth and blendable.  There is some fall out as you can see on my photo, but the transfer of color from pan to eye is ideal.  There are so many looks that you can create with this palette.  The provide ideas in a handy booklet provided or you can use the rows that depict a step-by-step application – a good first use guide.  What I like to do, however, is to mix a little here and there and just PLAY.  All colors “work” together so free for all time is opportune with this palette.  Another key point about this palette is that it travels very well, which is a big plus for me.

Can you tell that I like this?  Watch my video below for more swatches, etc.  What are your thoughts?  Any other good matte palettes out there?

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