Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette in Infinity Review & Swatches

It is always exciting when Hourglass releases a new product! They are one of the very few brands that I am most loyal to and would not hesitate to purchase their products sight unseen. Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette is another example. I purchased this palette back when it was released as a special item to celebrate Barneys and Hourglass' 10-year relationship back in October. At first glance, you may be obligated to think it's just another neutral palette, which technically it is, but what sets it far apart from other neutral palettes in my opinion is its superior texture and unbeatable performance. I've used Infinity multiple, multiple times and I am still blown away by its quality every time I use it!

Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

By now you've probably already seen promotional images of all seven Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes in the lineup. Each palette has enough contrasting color combinations to justify buying every single one which I am planning to do so (but one at a time, right?). Today I'll start off with Infinity, a warm neutral palette filled with gorgeous and wearable neutral colors that are sure to please and compliment any eye color and skin tone.

Modernist Eyeshadow Palette has the same packaging design as the Ambient Lighting Palette (review) save for its smaller dimension. It is a long and sleek metallic dark brown compact with a full-sized mirror inside. The palette snaps shut tightly with a loud click and is lightweight yet sturdy enough to toss into your travel bag.

Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

The eyeshadow itself is a continuous display of five harmonious neutral colors ranging from the lightest to darkest shades. The surface of the shadow has a ripple-like effect making the presentation unique and one-of-a-kind. At first I was a little worried that my eyeshadow brush would not pick up the pigment properly due to the uneven surface but it is not the case at all as long as you use a brush with soft and flexible bristles.

Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Infinity features extra soft and finely-milled eyeshadows in two different finishes: 4 colors are matte and one is a semi-metallic shimmer. I'm so thankful that a shimmer is included since I don't tend to do well with an all-matte look. What's even better is that the lone shimmery shade has such excellent quality and texture that you can use it on its own for a quick yet flattering one-shadow look. The accompanying mattes are also of the highest quality and performance, they glide on incredibly smooth and practically blend themselves as you apply. It literally takes only seconds and almost zero effort to blend these shadows to a perfectly diffused, smokey effect. Infinity makes achieving a polished neutral eye look simple and easy even for those who are just starting wearing eyeshadows.

Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

However, being extremely soft and not having definite boundaries between colors means that these shadows are prone to being powdery and may fall into the neighboring color very easily. To preserve the individuality of the shade, I'd try to pick up the color in the middle of the strip while being extra gentle not to kick up powder excess and always tap the brush outside the palette before application for a fallout-free finish.

Shade breakdown

Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

From left:

  • First shade -warm ivory; matte
    I'm so glad that the “highlighting” shade of the palette is not stark white! This one is more of an ivory shade that you can double as a base to smooth out the lid as well as a highlighting and/or blending color. Though the blendability is great, I find it to be a little less creamy than the rest of the mattes in the palette and is also slightly more powdery. It is still soft and quite pigmented for such a light shade, though.
  • Second shade – rosy beige; matte
    This one makes such a gorgeous, gorgeous lid color! With its beautiful and soft rosy hue, it is such a flattering shade to soften any eye look. The texture is very creamy and smooth and it blends so well into another color. I like to use it as a soft crease color as well as a transition color. It may look powdery in my arm swatch but it is not at all when applied on the eyes. It just blends and adheres so well to the skin.
  • Third shade – brown copper; shimmer
    The “star” of the palette! Listed as a “shimmery” shade but from my experience, it has a semi-metallic sheen to the finish, too. The texture is out-of-the-world smooth and creamy! It applies opaque but can easily be sheered out for a more natural finish or amped up for more drama. It is already very pigmented when it's dry but when you use it wet, it becomes even more metallic with a much stronger color payoff.
  • Fourth shade – chocolate taupe; matte
    Just like the second shade, this one is also incredibly smooth, soft, and creamy. The powderiness is not problematic at all since again, it seems to adhere and blend itself into the skin without creating any fallout. It has a nice amount of color payoff to easily create a soft yet defined crease color. I also like to diffuse it on the outer third of my eyes to enhance the smokey effect. The neutral tone of the shade makes it versatile to pair with any colors in the palette.
  • Fifth shade – rich brown; matte
    It is very hard to come by a good dark brown matte but Hourglass completely nailed it on this one! This shade is ridiculously smooth and despite having a soft and finely-milled texture, it does not cause any fallout at all! What I love even more is that it does not blend into oblivion as it still maintains its dramatic color payoff well even after some rigorous blending. I like to use it in the outer corner to add definition but it can be used along the lash line as well.

Longevity-wise, I did not notice any creasing or fading of these colors at all throughout my normal work day. As I said, they seem to adhere to the skin very well but you can certainly enhance the staying power and color vibrancy by applying them over a lid primer.

The eye look

Wearing Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Wearing Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

I applied the first shade as a base color all over the lid up to the brown bone, then I used the second shade along my imaginary crease line and further down into the inner corner of the eyes. I used the fourth shade in the outer third of the upper lid for a soft smokey effect and enhanced the outer corner for more definition using the fifth shade which I also extended to the outer lower lash line. I followed with the third shade in the middle of the lid for a soft metallic touch. Finally, I completed the look using the third shade again along the inner lower lash line to brighten up the under eye area.

Wearing Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Wearing Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

If you have been reading HelloJaa for a while, you know my love for eyeshadow palettes, especially neutral palettes! The colors in Infinity are certainly dupable but I have yet to come across a neutral palette with such stunning design and a solid performance on every single color. If you are not fond of the neutrals but still would like to experiment with the texture, you can opt for other color variations in the lineup, there are 6 others to choose from. I'm glad I started with Infinity since I believe that if a brand can do neutrals right, they are most likely to do the colors right, too! My next purchase will definitely be the Color Field which contains a gorgeous golden olive as the star of the palette! I love, love, love olive eyeshadows! :)


US$58 at SephoraSpace NK

฿2,460 at Sephora Thailand



  • So preeeeety!! It’s tough to get Hourglass here. Gotta get it online from SpaceNK which doesn’t charge an exorbitant fee for shipping. So, it’s always buying sight unseen. I was tempted a few times, but I’ve got my head screwed on tight and didn’t go crazy. Hahaha!

    • Oh Lily, it’s going to be hard to resist these palettes, though! They are not just eyeshadow palettes, they are a work of art! You have to at least buy one! ;D

  • Hi Jaa! These palettes are making even the most ardent eyeshadow haters (read me!) drool! ha ha! THIS IS GORGEOUS!! The look you did with it is stunning too! wow! :-)

    • Hey Divya! Thanks so much! You have such beautiful eyes. If I had your eyes, I’d experiment with colors and textures and different looks all day long! :D

  • OOO gawd, look at this! So incredibly gorgeous! I never get tired of good neutrals!

    I sat this one out, but with all the new ones they’re releasing, I might end up with one! Color Field is definitely on my wish list, as well as the plummy one and the gold/blue one!

    • I want ALL of them!!! >.< My goodness, they all look so beautiful! This is going to be really dangerous to my wallet. T_T

  • This palette is gorgeous and you know how much I love Hourglass myself! A girl can never have too many neutral palettes. That third shade is seriously stunning and your gorgeous photos make this palette look even more appealing!

    • Thanks, Agata! You are so right, we can never have enough neutral palettes! Will you be splurging on one of these?

  • Sigh. These are so, SO pretty. They’re definitely one of those makeup items I’m looking to buy for its artistic value alone, you know?

    • Haha I know what you mean! I had to brace myself to use the palette! It kills me every time to ruin a beautiful pattern on makeup products!

  • I just got the Charlotte Tilbury palette and I was quite content until I saw this! Lol! I’m probably not going to buy this anytime soon. I hope they make it permanent one day. :)
    It’s so beautiful Jaa, I love the unusual presentation. I imagine it’s also great to blend shades in the palette itself. I like that they kept 4 mattes, the second shade is really lovely.

    • I believe these are permanent so you have plenty of time! ;D I fell in love first with the unusual design then quality! :)

  • Beautiful palette! This is going on my to-buy list – and I love the look you created! I can never get enough of neutrals hehe.

  • These are gorgeous, no doubt!!!! I have them ALL on MY LOVES LIST at Sephora along with the Ambient Lighting Palette and Ambiient Blush Palette and a number of the Nars Audacious Lipsticks!!! HA HA :D :D :D

  • DAMMIT, TOO GORGEOUS! OVERLOAD IMMINENT! OMGWTFBBQQQQQ!!! {{{{{{{{JAA}}}}}}}} Obviously I’m talking about you and your shadow look, although the palette is nice too, LOL! I am totally over nude eyeshadows, but that middle shade is just gorgeous. I also like how this palette isn’t overly warm, like so many of them have been recently!

    I’m still torn on the design of the product. I literally cannot decide if I love or hate the ripple thing. It’s so weird! For now I will think of it as ice cream or bolts of silk, and be happy ;-) I can’t wait to see more reviews of these from you, and I totally understand why you would want to collect ’em all. I like the look of the green one, and the purple one (of course)!

    • You’re not the first one who isn’t so crazy about the ripple design! I do love it, however! :D I think it’s unique and nice to look at but it’s a little less practical than your standard eyeshadow presentation (individual pans). Are you actually over over nude eyeshadows?!!! 8-O For realz?? LOL!

  • I have been eyeing these, love the look you created! I’ve heard mixed reviews and some said they’re poor quality due to how powdery it is, so I have yet to make a purchase. I’m glad to see you like it and I too really like Hourglass in general and think these are probably just “different” from other shadows out there, probably needing a more careful hand to apply.

    • I honestly didn’t find fault with this palette except for being powdery but it’s because the shadows are so soft and finely-milled. On my eyes, they apply beautifully. :)

  • Damn, those swatches look good. I’m trying so hard right now not to buy any more shadows, but I have to admit the design and coordination of shades are pulling me in. Maybe when I see a mangled tester I’ll come to my senses. *wipes drool and heads to previous post* LOL

    • I don’t even want to imagine what the tester will look like! These shadows are supposed to be handled with care (and love). ;D Now you got me curious to check out the tester. LOL!

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