Review | Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Prism

When I saw Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Prism (slate blue shimmer/black with micro glitter) on offer at Sephora Singapore, I hesitated – even at 50% off, it cost S$41 (its original price is S$82 here and US$38 in the States). However, I’m really pleased that I caved –  this duo is truly beautiful, both inside and out.

The first thing that caught my attention was the sleek packaging characteristic of Hourglass cosmetics. A reflective bronzed pewter (♥!), the flat compact houses two eyeshadow pans placed side by side, each with an imprint of one half of an hourglass to form a full one. Très, très chic!

Makeup gadgetry is in its 360° swivel lid – check out how it can twist and turn! Granted it’s a little gimmicky but I love it, all the same. :D

A little grey and a little blue, the slate hue in the duo is also accented with a hint of lavender.  Incredibly soft and blendable, I fell in love with this satiny shade as soon as I swatched it. It’s so workable that I’ve used it to rectify contour shades that are too stark or bright.

The black has multi-coloured sparkles but they aren’t so chunky that they fall off. In fact, I’ve found them to stay on well, when pressed into a semi-tacky liner/base. The black is less smooth than the slate but it blends out nicely into a charcoal.

These complementary shades can be used alone or together. They can also be wet for greater intensity.

Here is an easy eye with Prism:

  • The slate on the lid over a blue cream shadow base (I think I used MAC Metal-X in MetalBlu) and blended into the socket
  • The black on the upper lashline over Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero, blended upwards and into the slate
  • The black over the same pencil on the lower lashline
  • A Nature Republic Prism Star Dot Eye Shadow in an iridescent beige from socket to brow, to finish the look!


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