Product Review – Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette Color Field

Hello Fashionable Suburbians!

You know I am such a sucker for gorgeous and pretty products. And I could not WAIT for these to get to market in Australia: The Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes.


An invitation by the Mecca Store Crew to attend a workshop by the International Hourglass Ambassador Laura Janes, coincided with the new release a few weeks ago. How could I resist?
I took a friend for an hour of make over and fun.


I already own a few Hourglass products, all of them CULT favourites:

  • Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer
  • Hourglass Ambient Dim Light and its matching brush
  • Hourglass  Ambient Light Palette
  • Hourglass Crème to powder bronzer duo


The Modernist Eye Shadow Palettes have been getting somewhat of mixed reviews, so here is my spin on things. I have to warn you,  I am the eternal optimist and I tend not to write about products I truly dislike.

Hourglass Modernist Palette - Color Field
Hourglass Modernist Palette – Color Field


This is what it says on the Official Hourglass Website

An artist-inspired eyeshadow palette with seamless color transitions offering effortless blending in a single pan. The innovative multi-press, three-dimensional design, combined with a fine, creamy consistency, introduces a new level of control for blending and picking up pigment. Available in 7 curated color palettes.

Swatched with Flash
Swatched with Flash, no primer
Swatched in natural light
Swatched in natural light, no primer


  • Colour one: Warm Ivory. Probably my least favourite and the mattest of colours. I will use this on the inner corners and on the brow bone
  • Colour two: Champagne gold, with a lovely iridescent shimmer.
  • Colour three: Medium Brown, again with a shimmer. Beautiful colour
  • Colour four: Golden Olive Green, shimmer
  • Colour five: Forest green, shimmer, to outline.

The hardest colour to get to stand out is the lightest, warm ivory. The others have great pigmentation. I applied the colours over my Lime Crime eyelid primer. The trick is to use a good set of brushes, sweep over the colour in the palette, tap off the excess and press onto the skin.  (I used the Eco Brush Tools kit but I am sure you would have your favourites!) This method is particularly good if you are, let’s say, of a certain age and the skin on the eyelids are not as tight as they used to be (mine!!). I use a brush with slightly softer, longer bristles to softly blend all the hard edges. A little really goes a long way.

The shadows are very fine, but quite creamy and are a dream to blend. Not really sure why Temptalia gave it such a bad rap!

My eyeshadow lasted from application at 7:30am until 7:30pm. Yes, there was some creasing, but I would have been able to revive the shadow by blending a little more with my brushes.

These colours can also be used wet, and I  imagine the colours will just be intensified and will last longer.


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Other products used: Melli Foundation, Hourglass Superficial Mirage Bronzer, Nars Orgasm Lipgloss and blush, Givenchy Mascara, Essence Nude Lipliner, Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting pencil Dark brunette, Hourglass Mechanical Gel Liner


after 12 hours wear.



I paid AUS$76 for this palette at Mecca Cosmetics and I have absolutely no regrets. I tend to wear more brown/neutral colours and this colour combo really appeals to me. This Winter Khaki colours are huge and my palette will work in nicely with this trend.

I actually purchased the Obscura palette as well, but I will do a review another time.

I have one tip for you. Just because there are 5 colours in this palette, does not mean you have to wear ALL 5 at the same time. Even just wearing one or two colours from this beautiful palette will work. The colours work nicely together, but just as nicely separately. I can’t wait to create more looks and try them wet as well.


Have you tried this? What did  you think of it?


Til Next time,



About Fashionista in Suburbia

Dutch Born, Fashionista in Suburbia lives at the Southern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. A Mum. A Wife. A Lover of all things sparkly, shiny and leopard print. A Shoe, Lipstick and Sunglasses Addict. A Typical Libra. A Breast Cancer Thriver.

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