Hourglass Color Field Modernist Eyeshadow Palette Review, Swatch, EOTD

Hello Everyone,

I am sure you all must have been very excited to see the preview, I posted of the Hourglass Modernist Eye shadow Palette a couple days ago. So this will be an in-depth review and my thoughts on the Color Field palette.
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About Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette:

An artist-inspired, eye shadow palette with seamless color transitions—offering effortless blending in a single pan.

What it does:
These long-wear, crease-resistant palettes flaunt five richly-pigmented shades in a range of matte to shimmer finishes for an endless array of creative eye looks. The innovative multi-press, three-dimensional design, paired with a fine, creamy texture, achieves a new level of control for blending and picking up pigment.

This set contains:
– 5 x 0.035 oz Eye shadows

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates
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“Eye shadow palettes, with their flat surfaces and defined borders, can be so confining. I wanted to curate a collection of eye shadows with a versatile, continuous spectrum. Much like an artist’s palette, Modernist is designed to inspire an endless number of looks with its sculptural depth and definition.”—CarisaJanes, Hourglass CEO.

Price : $58


Shade 1
Mica, Kaolin, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Lauroyl Lysine, Squalane, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Trimyristin, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499).

Shade 2, 3, 4, 5:

Mica, Talc, Triethylhexanoin, Boron Nitride, Zinc Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Nylon-12, Silica, Magnesium Carbonate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288).

My Experience with Hourglass Color Field Modernist Eyeshadow Palette:


This Eyeshadow Palette comes in a lightweight case with a decent-sized mirror. The outer case is very prone to attracting fingerprints and also it scratches easily. The size of the whole palette is not very big. The whole case is the length from your wrist upto your fingers. Also, I do not like that there is no applicator provided.
The eye shadow palette contains only 5 shades. I do find that every palette is color coordinated beautifully ranging from the lightest to darkest in a sand dune like transition.You can create a beautiful eye look with only  these shades as you can see in the EOTD but there are only so many combinations you can do with just 5 shades before bringing out you other shadows to help. Hence, I wouldn’t call it the most versatile . This is a very innovative way of packaging shadows which traditionally come in individual pans.

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The placement of shadows right besides each other can also be a disadvantage. Though the size and width of each shadow is decent to help me dip most of my eye brushes into it to pick up the precise color I want, I do feel some difficulty if I using my large shader brush or my fluffy blending brush especially with the corner-most smaller shades.


These shadows are incredibly powdery. With one dip on my brush, it kicks up immense amount of powder. Since the surface of the shadows is not flat, the shadow powder falls on the adjoining shades hence slowly creating a muddled mess of colors. Even though the shadows are powdery, I do find them soft and easy to work with. The Color field palette has 4 out of 5 shades which are dark and have good pigmentation.

Shade 1- A matte cream shade. Very poor pigmentation. Hardly shows up on my skin as you can see in the swatch. Tried using this as a brow bone and inner corner highlight but it failed to perform.

Shade 2– A nice metallic deep brassy golden shade. Pigmentation is good. It works great as a transition shade or all over eye shadow. The shimmer in this shadow is not gritty but gives a beautiful sheen.

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Shade 3– A deep metallic bronze. Works great to deepen up the crease.

Shade 4- An absolutely beautiful forest green. Pigmentation is very good. It goes on with full color. It has a beautiful sheen which catches the light and looks different from every direction.

Shade 5- A deeper more darker green than shade 4 with visible specks of gold glitter. I use it to darken my outer V. The gold glitter specks in it do generate some fall out. Pigmentation is good.

I did find the shadows to apply and blend easily and did not cause a lot of fall out on me. But since these eye shadows are so powdery, you do need to take care not to over blend as all the colors do tend to get mixed into each other and can get muddy very quickly.

Staying Power:

The staying power of these shadows is okay, not that great. They stay for 4-5 hours after which all the colors start to melt into each other and become muddy. I do have oily lids which might be causing this and I usually use a primer; but for the purpose of testing these shadows, I did not use one.

Overall, not the best product put forth by Hourglass and for the hefty price tag of $58, you are better off buying a Urban Decay Naked palette or my favorite Lorac Pro which offer many more shadows and much better quality shadows that just 5 shades. This palette is neither outstanding nor   value for money.

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Used the gold shade as a transition and used the Bronze shade to deepen up crease.

Used the forest green shade as all over lid color with the darker green shade in the outer corner.

Used the light cream shade as inner corner and brow bone highlight.

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Pros of Hourglass Color Field Modernist Eyeshadow Palette:

• Innovative packaging
• Decent sized mirror
• Lightweight compact
• Color are coordinated beautifully ranging from light to dark
• Soft shadows, easy to blend
• Darker shadows are more pigmented

Cons of Hourglass Color Field Modernist Eyeshadow Palette:

• Hefty price tag for only 5 shades.
• Shadows are very powdery and kick up a lot of powder when brush is dipped in.
• Powder blend into each other and you look and compact can get muddy quickly.
• Staying power is not that great without a primer.
• Lighter shade has very poor pigmentation, does not show up on my skin at all.

IMBB Rating:


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16 thoughts on “Hourglass Color Field Modernist Eyeshadow Palette Review, Swatch, EOTD

  1. Love your eotd neha! Rocking the wing and the eyeshadows. You are my latest makeup inspiration. Hmm anyway about the palette, I am not forking over $58 for 4 less than stellar shades. Doesn’t make any sense to me!

    1. Aww Thank U Ramya for ur kind words.. ur compliment just made my day.. :* :* :*
      I agree.. it is just not worth it.. Maybe if the price was less it could still be considered a decent buy

  2. Hello neha

    i just wanted to ask, did you order this via aramex ‘s shop and ship? ive been trying to order makeup online but have been unable to. Could you please help?

    1. Hi Sneha.
      No, Since I reside in the US I got it from Sephoras website. It is still only available online on their website and not in stores yet.
      Hope this was helpful

  3. Neha I loved ur eotds and must say that ur lovely eyes shud take credit of making this average product beyond brilliance. i did notced these palettes in sephora but never convinced myslef to try them for anyone in my core family, thanx to god my gut feeling was correct lol. 🙂

    1. Aww Thank U Neetu for ur kind words.. 😀
      I feel so bad as I was hoping it would perform much more better than it did 🙁

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