Thursday, November 8, 2012

Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo - review, swatches, photos

A couple of weeks ago, you might remember me waffling on about Hourglass, a new brand to me that knocked me upside my head and got me all giddy about make up again.  You can see the overview of the brand that's available in Space NK in Harvey Nichols Dundrum and click here to see some of the products in action on my mug after make up artist Mel Leonard gave me a guided tour of the products.

As I drove home that day, I had one thought.  And it was that I needed to go back and pick up one of the eyeshadow duos that Mel used on me, Gypsy.  But I am on a spending ban at the moment.  So I held tight.  Until two weeks ago when I was in Harvey Nichols getting my nails did and as I waited for my appointment, I was sat on a couch at Shavata's Brow Bar, in eyeshot of the Hourglass stand.  After lots of sidelong glances and wistful sighs, fueled by absolute giddiness at the beauty of my nails, I hovercrafted myself over to the Hourglass stand and got this.

The Hourglass Visionaire eyeshadow duo in Gypsy.  This duo is on the spendy side at €32.80 but it's beautiful.  I mean, look at the packaging.  It's plastic but because of the metallic finish, it looks more expensive.  It has a grand mirror which swivels if you're in to swively mirrors, a dinky little double ended brush and two eyeshadows.

Both shadows are soft, shimmery and warm toned and were made for my eyes.  The champagne beige shade on the left makes for a gorgeous inner corner highlight, a wash of colour all over the lid, or as a brow highlight.  The warm chocolatey brown shade is rich, deep and works perfectly with the lighter colour.

Texture wise, these guys are soft, buttery, blend like an absolute dream and can be used wet or dry.  I'm still not ready to try them wet as I don't want to mess up how they look but give me another week or so and I'll be sorted.  The little brush that comes with the set is actually really usable although I'm pretty sure I've already lost it.

When Mel did my make up, she applied the brown shade all over my eyelid and used the lighter colour on the brow bone, so that's how I've been wearing them too.  Listen, Mel knows her stuff and if she says it's a more modern look, then I'm all for it and so I've been doing it like this ever since buying it.  I use a flat eyeshadow brush to pat the darker shade all over my lid and use a fluffy brush to blend at the crease.

This duo was made for my eyes and I have no doubt I'll be picking more up soon.

Have you tried any Hourglass products yet?  If so, what do I need to try next?!



  1. Those colours are the perfect pick for your eyes Karen! It looks lovely

  2. It's a great color palette for you indeed, nice!

  3. It's such a pretty colour palette and really brings out your eyes....what palette would work well on brown eyes? :)

  4. Since you first blogged about hourglass cosmetics I have become obsessed! I was drooling over these in havey nic's last week, love the texture of the shadows and like the eyeliners & that bronzer/ highlighter duo thingey (which is a dupe for Tom Ford's version with a friendlier price tag)!I also checked out the U.S prices (i think sephora carry the range)- much cheaper stateside. Oh yes, i envision much self-gifting from hourglass!!

  5. That palette is made for your eyes! gorgeous hun :D

  6. Love both of the shades in this duo! Very pretty and versatile, both paired and on their own, x S.


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