These new shadows from Hourglass are truly impressive. They’re a kind of creme foil texture (glitter isn’t really the most appropriate description in my view) that create a wet-look finish that I really haven’t seen done this well before.
When you open the pot, they look a bit moussy or spongy and there is a bouncy element to the texture. They’re not the easiest of textures to use – if you dig in too hard you might as well have dipped your head in sparkle and if you go too light you won’t get the water sheen element from it. I’ve practiced hard with these and the best way to apply is to use a soft brush (I used my most reliable brush, the Cassie Lomas Buster, £14, HERE) with a small amount of product and then layer up to full sheen.
I’m trying not to get distracted by the nipple effect … moving on.. the best thing about these shadows is that drop is minimal; quite an achievement for something so saturated with sparkle. To me, glitter is a more chunky affair which is why I don’t like it in the title, whereas these are just millions of those infinitesimal twinkles in a creme mix to hold them in place.
Once they’re on the skin, different lights bring different results – ironically, I’ve got very scattered light at the moment (thanks to my fig tree) so I had to move about a lot to find a light that would bring them out at their most reflective but I think you can see what I mean about the water sheen element – it reminds me of the sun on the sea and that kind of shifting reflection you get. From bottom to top in the swatch: Smoke, Foil, Aura, Reflect and Blaze.
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I think they’re expensive at £26 BUT because they’re cremes, they decant very easily – you could get one of those tiny plastic pots (from Muji or M&S) and split with a friend. You need to use so little that even half would last you for nearly ever. You can find the Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadows HERE.
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