Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette in Monochrome (Rose) Review

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Hourglass is one of my favorite brands, so I was so excited about their new Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58) and ordered it the day after it came out! I chose Monochrome (Rose), since the shades are wearable and include all the shades you need for a complete eye (some kind of highlight, shimmer/pop color, blending color, dark accent shade), and I’ve been really attracted to roses recently, probably because the facial spray I’ve been using has rosewater, and it smells the loveliest! The shades for this palette are gorgeous, right?

Here’s what it looks like next to their Ambient Lighting Blush Palette (I think it’s already sold out?), so you can get a better feel of how big it is. Even though it doesn’t make sense, I was half expecting it to be just as big, since the packaging looks the same as the blush palette, but it is smaller, which makes sense.

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First Impressions

To be honest, I was very, very disappointed…I started swatching them, and they did not swatch well at all. There was crumbling powder everywhere, as the shadows are chalky and I really couldn’t get the color to build. I think the lightest shade is too similar to my actual skin color, so you can’t really see it in the first picture.

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The names of the shades (from L to R) are dark chocolate, light mauve, peony pink, rose nude, and warm ivory. I was most excited about the peony pink (the middle shade). Was really looking for something I could pop in the center of the lid for a feminine, happy color to transition into for spring (kinda early, but the spring collections are already coming out).

Since the light shades refused to show up when swatched dry, I swatched them wet.

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I think these look really nice wet! You can even see the lightest shade there at the top after swatched wet. The rose nude is especially lovely when wet. But alas, the sad truth of it is, I live in the dorms, and it’s not worth making a trip to the bathroom for a wet brush when I’m in a rush getting ready for classes in the morning…

In Use

After using the palette on my eyes, I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it and don’t think it’s worth the money. As I expected, I can create a really lovely everyday eye. However, there’s a lot of loose powder in the pan from me trying so hard to get enough of it on my eyes to get the color to show up. With my best primer (NARS Smudgeproof), the shadows do last for the day. I’m going to end up returning this palette. With this money, I’d rather get a Charlotte Tilbury Palette!


18 thoughts on “Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette in Monochrome (Rose) Review

  1. ash what a bummer you didn’t like it! It looks so pretty in the palette and I’ve heard such amazing reviews about Hourglass in general but I have yet to try a product by them. But they are just solo pricey.


  2. Hey Whitney, wow I’m so sorry to hear this is meh! I’ve seen some nice ones, but the more matte options do seem more powdery. I might still get Color Field tho. I haven’t bought anything green for a while, and I’m itching to give it a go 🙂


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