I haven’t ventured too far into the world of Hourglass Cosmetics until recently. I had tried several things in store and loved most of what I have sampled. And who can forget their extremely unique-never-duplicated-amazingly-gorgeous Siren gloss I featured here? But if there is one item I had to pick as something I have always wanted to try it would be their Visionaire Eyeshadow duos; long listed as a favorite of beauty blogger extraordinaire, Temptalia.

Let’s start with the packaging, which is sleek, understated and classy.

But then you go to open it, and THIS happens:

Yes, ladies. It swivels. It’s quite possibly the most entertaining packaging of any makeup item I own. The brush that’s included? Totally usable and actually quite lovely. The generous mirror makes sliding this in your purse a total win.

Dune is a fabulous color combination. It’s a gold/champagne with a slightly blue-toned khaki with gold and copper sparkle. Both shades are gorgeous- but up close they really shine…

The textures are every bit as buttery as I have heard them described. They are easy to blend and last all day on my eyes (I almost always use primer- especially in the summer so keep that in mind).

Dune on eyes

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I am incredibly happy with how this duo both looks and performs. It really exceeded my expectations, which is saying a lot because the bar was already set so high. I have my eye on Gypsy next- it needs to be mine! The duos retail for $38 at Sephora and are worth every penny. Have you tried the Hourglass eyeshadows yet?

*Items marked with a ‘*’ were provided by PR for review purposes only* The item featured in this review was provided by PR.

16 responses to “It’s Not a Mirage: The Hourglass Dune Duo is Very Real, and Very Pretty”

  1. Amy says:

    Ooh, gorgeous! I’ve been lemming the Exhibition duo since swatching it in-store a few months ago––the texture really is incredible. Dune looks great on you!

  2. BEST title for this eyeshadow duo EVER Bloomz!
    It looks AMAZING on you! I want to hear about the powder foundation!!

  3. It’s lovely on you! I swear my brush was double ended? Now I need to go look back at my review! LOL

  4. Amanda B says:

    gorgeousssss! i have exhibition and absolutely love it–dune is next on my list!

  5. Lyana says:

    Very pretty colors! 🙂

  6. Sooo pretty! And not gonna lie, the swivel is definitely my favorite part. The colors are gorgeous alone, but they pair so prettily together, and look fantastic with your coloring. I’m actually beginning to suspect that ALL EYESHADOWS look fantastic with your coloring, haven’t seen you look less than gorgeous in an FOTD yet!

  7. Alison M says:

    The shadow looks gorgeous on you! I just picked up a shadow trio in the same color families for fall and hope it wears as pretty as this 🙂

  8. Toya says:

    I agree with MM, everything seems to work with your coloring, Danielle!! And this duo is no exception. I have Exhibition and I love everything about the shadows – but sadly I don’t wear them very often, for whatever reason (must change that!). I will add Dune to my wishlist, because it’s stunning, but I will hold off of picking it up until I give Exhibition the love it SO deserves!

  9. Sarah S. says:

    These are so gorgeous. They’ve been on my someday-splurge list for over a year! Truth is, I just can’t buy eyeshadow without guilt right now because most days I’m too lazy to wear it! Someday, mos def!
    And Siren is insane-o awesome.

  10. stephanie says:

    The colours are absolutely gorgeous! They look gorgeous in the pan but swatched it’s a little different but still pretty….totally wearable for anyone! OMG lust..

  11. After getting Suede and Dune, I am now anxiously eyeing Exhibition–so friggin’ gorgeous!! And I can’t wait for your review on the mineral veil primer. That ones been on my wishlist for a while but the texture when I played with it in-store had me kinda iffy…

  12. Liz says:

    I LOOOOOOVE Hourglass. Haven’t tried the shadows but swatch them every time I’m in Sephora and believe they’re that good! Love the shades in this duo as well – the close up of the eye looks dramatic but the FOTD is so natural. Love your lovely face. 😀

  13. Tiffany says:

    I’ve heard great things about Hourglass’ eyeshadow duos but I guess I’ve just never been wowed by any of their color combinations. This duo looks lovely, though! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the foundation!

  14. Jessica says:

    Oh my! I am a beauty JUNKIE and I HAVE to have this!! 🙂 Thanks for the beautiful review! I have yet to try Hourglass because of the pricey-ness, but now I just may have to…..

  15. Lisa says:

    It’s soooo pretty!
    Just wondering, is Dune similar to NARS star sailor? I’m hesitating since I have the latter~

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Lisa-

      I don’t actually own Star Sailor so I can’t say. But the next time I’m in Sephora that will be on my to-swatch list for sure.

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