Quick Daytime Smokey Eye with Hourglass Exhibition Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo

OK, confession time: I prefer duos, trios, quads, and quints to big palettes. Sure, big palettes are exciting with their endless possibilities, but especially when I am running out of time (and let’s face it: how many of us have unlimited time to play with makeup every morning?), I get so overwhelmed with choices that I want to throw everything in the air and go out bare-faced. That or I pick two three colors that don’t look particularly hot together, and end up feeling miserable all day. That is why a well-designed duo is a life-saver in my book! I know I will end up collecting at least half of the Hourglass Visionare Eye Shadow Duos, so meet my second one: Exhibition!

Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duos come in intricate packaging with a mirror that turns all the way around. The compact has a magnetic closure, and the logo is embossed on the eyeshadows. I still wish it were heftier than it is, but other than that there is nothing I would complain about. Each eyeshadow weighs 3 grams, which is more than generous!

Hourglass has yet again modified the enclosed applicator. It has the same shape and soft bristles as the one I got in my Dune duo, but the color has been changed to match the packaging. I think it’s a great touch! The applicator also remains very usable. I can apply, blend, and even go over my lower lash line with it. Quite nifty if you need a quick eye look done!

The lighter shade of Exhibition is a grayish oyster mauve with a soft frosty sheen and very understated multi-chrome shimmer. The darker shade of Exhibition is a rich blackened eggplant with multi-chrome shimmer and a softer sheen. Both shades are phenomenally soft, pigmented, and creamy. There is no fallout at all, and even without a primer Hourglass eyeshadows last for several hours on my lids. With a primer they go all day!

Here is the swatch:

What I love about Exhibition is the fact that the colors are masterfully put-together. Because there is one light shade and one dark shade, you can create enough contrast and definition with the duo alone. The eggplant shade is really quite dramatic with its intensity, so you can go all out with it if you want, but even when used softly it adds a lot of depth to the eyes.

For my FOTD, I did a very quick light smokey eye. I consider this a go-everywhere type of look. You can wear it to work, but it doesn’t look too understated for a night out either.

I began by swiping the lighter shade all over my lids before adding the darker one to my outer v and close to the lash line. “Blending” is a big word to use here, as the shades practically blend themselves out, but I still blended the darker shade into the crease a bit to give it just enough drama. Tip for monolidders: to not close your eyes instead, make sure whatever shade you use in your “crease” is not blended past your pupil. In other words, when you look straight ahead, the darker shade shouldn’t pass the edge of your pupil. That way, you will get definition, but your eyes will stay beautifully bright and open!

I tried this look out with two lipsticks. I began with Guerlain Lou-Ling Shine Automatique.

And then I switched to Dior Incognito Addict Extreme. That way you can see this eye look can definitely be played up or down depending on where you want to wear it!

The Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duos I own so far. Take my word for it: there will be more! I use Dune all the time!

Bottom line: Hourglass Exhibition Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo packs two complimentary shades together. They work well together, have amazing quality, and this is another duo that I will reach for all the time, regardless of the occasion!

Have you tried anything from Hourglass? Do you prefer big palettes or duos/trios/quads/quints? What do you grab when you want a quick eye makeup fix?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx



  • http://www.chloeash.com Lily (@ChloeAsh)

    Oh I still haven’t tried Hourglass. I like the look of Visionaire better :-) I heard their primer is fantastic. Have to give it a try once I use up mine!

    • Sunny

      Ahh the primer! I’ve been curious about that as well. Let me know if you do get it!

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Ooh I’ve been wanting this one SO bad since I got Dune! I definitely wish the darker shade was a tad bit more purple, but it’s still a gorgeous duo. Hourglass’ duos are so fab!

    • Sunny

      Haha if you like Dune you’ll like this! The darker shade is purple enough for me, and the pigmentation is amazing!

  • http://beautycabby.com lyn

    I came across Hourglass in Sydney but didn’t pick anything up as I wasn’t sure what’s good. But they do have some gorgeous looking makeup! Both duos look very nice on you too.

    • Sunny

      Hey Lyn, I’d recommend their duos and the lipsticks. I can’t wait to try more, because the line just seems very well-done!

  • http://memoiselle.com/ Meryl @ Memoiselle

    Hi dearie,
    I also prefer duos/quads to big make up palettes :)
    Btw I don’t have any hourglass products and the eyeshadow looks very nice. I am glad that the staying power seems to be great. I love the color and the eyelook you created is so neat and very appropriate for daily use :D

    • Sunny

      Hey Meryl, if you like duos you have to take a look at Hourglass. I would highly recommend Dune too, even though at first I wasn’t 100% sure about the darker shade (this has turned out to be one of the most-used items in my collection). The lasting power is pretty impressive. It is really creamy. I have tried to use it with no primer underneath, and it’d hold up for several hours!

  • http://beautiesatwork.wordpress.com/ beauties

    wow love the spectacular packaging :)

    • Sunny

      It is fun eh? Nothing else like it on the market!

  • http://followmarla.blogspot.com/ Marla

    Love products from Hourglass.

    • Sunny

      I agree, Marla. I prefer brands with smaller but well-executed line-ups. I don’t want to be overwhelmed with underwhelming choices ;)

  • http://www.neemly.com Kassia

    I love Hourglass! I’ve had my eye on these shadows for a while now, have just been waiting to get back to the US to pick one up! I hear such good things. :)

    • Sunny

      Ahh Kassia, you’re in for such a treat! Keep me posted about how you like them!

  • http://www.cuteandmundane.com Dovey

    Hi Sunny, What a gorgeous combo! Rose and eggplant look so nice together; I think I’ll pull out a similar combination tomorrow :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks Dovey! This is why I like duos. They take the guesswork out of pairing, which I’m not very good at!

  • http://mybeautyhoard.blogspot.sg/ Jacqueline

    I have swatched these before and I know how lovely their pigmentation is. I just had to make myself put them down and walk away. I can’t afford to delve into another brand! :) I do have their Aura cheek stain which I love to bits.

    • Sunny

      Haha I know what you mean. Thanks for recommending their cheek stain! I’ll have to look into that ;)

  • http://myfashiontrendencies.blogspot.com Chris El

    I love your look paired with the Dior lipstick! I haven’t tried any Hourglass eyeshadows… yet. I’ve only tried their liquid lipsticks and I’m a huge fan. Must try soon!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Chris! Dior Incognito didn’t start out as a favorite, but I’ve been reaching for it more and more often! You should try their duos. I’m already eyeing… another couple of them haha.

  • http://www.valleydollbeautyblog.blogspot.com ValleyDoll

    Love the packaging ! Haven’t tried anything from Hourglass yet.

    • Sunny

      Hey Eva, you should! My first purchase is Dune, and you can see dips forming on both shades. With all the stuff I have, this says a lot!

  • http://www.beauty-reflections.com Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    So pretty on you Sunny! I love Hourglass!

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much my fellow Hourglass fan ;)

  • http://www.perilouslypale.com Perilously Pale

    I love my Hourglass duos! Aren’t they amazing? You look beautiful!

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Christa! I’m already planning which one to buy next. These things are addictive!

  • http://mylucitedreams.com Taylor

    Ooh beautiful! I love these shades! They look very pigmented. I have been dying to try something from Hourglass. I love the look!

    • Sunny

      Hey Taylor, definitely look into Hourglass. They have quality pieces, and it’s hard to find a dud!

  • http://thesmalllittlethingsinlife.blogspot.com Annick

    That duo looks amazing! I love the cream color… so beautiful! I’d definitely bring a duo like this traveling – pack this and a black liner and you’re ready to go!

    • Sunny

      Exactly! This is the kind of stuff I grab when I’m running out of time. For traveling it’s great as well!