Review | Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Prism

November 7, 2010

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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19 Responses to Review | Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Prism

  1. November 7, 2010 at 1:53 am

    Wow that looks quite intense and highly-pigmented and the close-up of your eye is super pretty too

    • makeupmag
      November 7, 2010 at 11:50 pm

      Thank you, Anna!

      It can be found online at and :)

  2. November 7, 2010 at 9:27 am

    That looks stunning. I’ll have to use a blue pearlglide under it now that I see what you’ve done.

    • makeupmag
      November 7, 2010 at 11:50 pm

      Hi Marcia,

      Try that; the colour will pop! I love this duo. :)

  3. November 7, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    @makeupmag: Thanks for the links, but I live in Germany and Sephora doesn’t ship to Germany, so does Hourglass Cosmetics ^^

    • makeupmag
      November 8, 2010 at 12:47 am

      Hi Anna,

      I’m sorry to hear that. I hope it finds its way to you soon. You do have great stuff in Germany – so many lovely waterproof pencils and makeup artist lines like Makeup Factory and Art Deco.

  4. November 8, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Oh you look Art Deco? Hahahaha I don’t like any of the drugstore brands we have here. Are you able to get Art Deco stuff in Singapore?

    • makeupmag
      November 8, 2010 at 9:17 pm

      Hi Anna,

      It used to be available here but I think we can no longer find it here. I have a couple of shadows and a pencil from the brand. :)

  5. November 8, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Love the cols on you! You are really rocking smokys!!!

    I was fascinated by their yummy foody lipgloss in scent as well as colour & texture & esp the packaging! But I never got it coz I am sure it will squirt & spill everywhere in my pouch no thx to the really sleek non functional packaging. :/

    • makeupmag
      November 8, 2010 at 9:20 pm

      Thanks, Farah! :) They seem to suit me better than the brights I used to wear. I still do the latter once in a while for fun, though.

      Which lipgloss – the wand or flat squeeze tube one? The flat one is quite ok.

  6. November 8, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Whenever you need something from Germany, just feel free to send me a message. It’d be a pleasure for me to do your make-up shopping here hahah

    • makeupmag
      November 8, 2010 at 11:19 pm

      Hi Anna,

      Thank you for your generous offer. :)

  7. November 8, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    I like smokys over brights too now & I also think they work better but I do my brights once in a while. this one! I think if there is pressure on the tube or cap, it will send cap flying off & squirt gloss all over.

    • makeupmag
      November 8, 2010 at 11:19 pm

      Hi Farah,

      I’m about to review one of them! ;)

  8. November 8, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    The col of the one I saw is super gorgeous nude, total LOVE! One day when I am not so anal abt packaging I will get it! & lookG forward to your review!

    • makeupmag
      November 9, 2010 at 12:07 am

      Hey Farah,

      Was it Eden? That’s the one I’ll be reviewing.

  9. November 9, 2010 at 12:08 am

    It could be! Looks like it in the swatch!

  10. Daisy Chiu
    December 31, 2010 at 2:02 pm


    How would you compare the black shade in this duo with Kose Addiction’s Neverland or Stardust or Star Vega? Thanks. I am looking for a black shade, so, I am just curious. Thanks.

    • makeupmag
      January 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      Hi Daisy,

      I don’t own either of those shadows from Addiction, so I can’t compare them – sorry! If you’d like a fuss-free matte black, try MAC Carbon. For one with silver shimmer, try MAC Black Tied.

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