The first time anyone saw the likes of an Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette there was only one (Infinity) and it was exclusive to Barneys. Now all six of them have released and are currently available at Sephora($58.00), where I purchased mine. As much as I wanted to pick up all of them the price point kept me at only two - Infinity and Obscura.
The packaging is like that of the Ambient Lighting Palette but on a smaller scale. It's got a sturdy feel, a secure closure and a generously sized mirror on the inside.
Obscura(Earth Tones) - cream, smokey brown, rose gold, coffee, cool bronze
In the eye look below I started off with UDPP and applied the rose gold shade all over the lid. The cool bronze shade is in the crease and smudged under the lower lash line. The coffee shade is at the outer V, brought into the crease and blended. The cream shade is at the inner corners and to highlight. The eye liner is Charlotte Tilbury Verushka Mink 'Rock 'n' Kohl' Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil with the smokey brown shade smudged on top and the mascara is Physician's Formula Eye Boost Instant Lash Extensions Kit.
Infinity(Warm Neutrals) - warm ivory, dusty rose, bronzed mauve, cool taupe, dark cocoa
In the eye look below I started off with UDPP and applied the bronzed mauve shade all over the lid and through the crease. The dusty rose shade is a bit above the crease with the cool taupe shade above that, all blended together upward. The warm ivory shade is at the inner corners of the eye and to highlight with the dark cocoa shade at the outer V. I also smudged the bronzed mauve shade under the lower lash line. The eye liner is Urban Decay Hustle 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil and the mascara is Milani Total Lash Cover.
I'm sure by now you've heard about quality issues with these palettes. All seem to have a lot of powder kick-up and a few have pigment issues. In terms of the powder kick-up - Yes, I did experience this. It actually didn't bother me as much as I expected it to. When I used the shades I was simply careful and didn't go crazy with digging my brush in. The shadows are super soft so powder release will happen. It's probably just more noticeable because of the style of the palette with the five eye shadows sitting on top of each other in waves.
I did not experience any issues regarding pigment with either Obscura or Infinity. Both palettes contained soft shades that were easy to apply and blend. My tips? Use good eye shadow brushes, be aware of the powder kick-up so that you can keep it at a minimum and use with a primer so the shades stay all day long.
Based off of my experience with these two palettes I do plan on picking up Exposure and Color Field. Have you bought any of these yet? Which ones are you lemming?