Apr 18, 2011

Hourglass Visionare Eye Shadow Duo - Prism




when i heard Hourglass is now sold at Ludwig Beck in munich, and with better pricing than in the UK, i knew i would place a bigger order soon - and now it has arrived ;)
i'll start to introduce to you my haul piece for piece: first in row will be the Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Prism.
like everybody who has ever tried the eyeshadows by this brand, i was amazed and can 100% confirm the rave reviews out there. an eyeshadow quality i have rarely or maybe never experienced, everything is fantastic with these, i have not even one complaint.

*they are (finally, for the beauty-god's sake) easier accessible to us german based - you just have to make a phone call to the very nice and helpful Hourglass counter in Ludwig Beck Munich (5 Höfe). they don't charge delivery costs on orders of 50€+ (if you order less, the shipping costs will be 4.50€).

*there the prices are a bit lower than if you order on zuneta.com (UK based). for example, an eyeshadow duo would cost around 33€ on zuneta while it's 28€ at Beck.

*the delivery time is short with both shops, i receive my order within 3-5 days.

*you get a great amount of product for your money: a duo contains 2 shades of 3g each! = 28€ for 6g of fantastic eyeshadow. a nice deal for people who search for basic and everyday-use products.

*the packaging is of a very high quality. it's a glossy dark brown compact with a mirror inside and a magnetic closure. quite gimmicky (as you can twist the lid around 3d), but still very sturdy and sleek.

*even the little brush that comes with it is very high quality. pretty tiny, but of a better hair quality and shape than some of my full size brushes. i wouldn't worry if i had forgotten my "real" brushes and would have to get around with this tiny baby brush.

*the texture! the texture of these eyeshadows is incredibly fine, velvety smooth, buttery, pigmented, all positive things you could say about an eyeshadow applies to these.
they apply like a dream and blend out and together beautifully without getting muddy or blotchy. they are so dense and intense and still soft that i only need to dab my brush into the pan to get a good amount of product and colour on my lid. i don't have noticeable fall outs even with the darkest shades (i apply my eyeshadows only in a pressing motion).
they last very well on me. even though i have oily and folded eyelids, i don't get creasing or fading even without a primer 9h+.

Prism contains a shimmery blue steel grey, or you could also call it a foggy blue. it has blue microshimmer. the other shade is a matte black with lots of crystal and blue sparkles. it's incredibly rich and deep. blended out, the sparkle disappears.
this duo is great for a drama-smokey look. or you could use the black shade as your staple black just as well, it's so intense that could be easily worn as a liner.

Hourglass Prism in the shadow
Hourglass Prism in direct sunlight


i created 2 looks with this, a softer and a more intense eye make up:
the steel grey on the lid and blended out and on the lower lashline, the black shade with an angled brush as a liner

the steel blue on the inner 2/3 of the lid and lower lashline, the black in the outer corner.


comparison: i don't have a lookalike for the black shade.
MAC Knight Divine - Hourglass Prism
MAC Knight Divine - Hourglass Prism

 my 4 duos: read about Exhibition duo here.



8 comments:

  1. OH MAN! Ich war im Hautnah und hab die Duos sogar geswatched, aber ich hab mich nicht getraut nach den Preisen zu fragen, weil ich irgendwas 40 € + erwartet hab. Jetzt ärger ich mich total, dass ich nicht gefragt hab, hätt ich das gewusst, hätt ich natürlich ein Duo mitgenommen! Hilft alles nix, ich geh morgen nochmal hin :D

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  2. That is GORGEOUS! So so pretty! I have resisted these and resisted these duo's for so long! Your post is pushing me over the EDGE!

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  3. these are soo worth it! with guerlain or chanel i don't speak out a recommendation so easily, but these are fantastic in value.

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  4. I'd read about the Hourglass duo on a Spanish blog some time ago and the girl said the black on this duo was waay better than the famous 'Carbon' by Mac.
    Packaging is awesome.

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  5. This is gorgeous! I knew that but I haven't ventured to get one yet. Question: Is there no dupe for this blue?

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  6. War heute im Hautnah und hab mir das Exhibition Duo geholt :D

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  7. @Cream: yay! they are really great.

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  8. I'm completely addicted to your blog! Great products and reviews :) xx

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