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Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow Review + Swatches

August 26, 2018

Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow Review | The Beauty Look Book

Hourglass Cosmetics launched a new eyeshadow called Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow ($29 each for .12 oz/3.5 g, made in Korea). I bought all five shades while at Sephora for the Beauty Insider event and every color is amazing. These are pressed pigments with micro-glitter that give the eyes a beautiful glimmer. The word “glitter” had me a little worried which is why I didn’t order them online sight unseen. I love a good sparkle but sometimes glitter can be too much for what I’m comfortable wearing. These aren’t too glittery for me although they are sparkly. You can wear these alone, layered over shadow, layered together or if you apply with a damp brush it will give you a more foiled look. Lasting power is excellent. I’ve only given these a 2 day test since I just bought these but they stayed put for hours without fall out or budging. On Friday night I’m embarrassed to admit I fell asleep with my makeup on. It’s something I tell myself to never do, but it was one of those exhausting weeks. The eyeshadow was still in tact the next morning.

Hourglass Scattered Light Aura, Reflect, Foil, Smoke and Blaze | The Beauty Look Book

Shopping the shades at Sephora:

Sephora shopping trip

There are five shades, two are more glitzy than the others (Foil and Blaze). Shimmer-wise they are indeed shimmery but the glitter is super fine and not chunky. Even on the eyes they have a smooth finish. I like apply with the fingers. They’re easy to smooth and blend out.

  • Aura is a soft shimmering cool pink sparkle
  • Reflect is a champagne neutral sparkle (my favorite!)
  • Foil is a very sparkly yellow gold
  • Smoke is similar to champagne, but more taupe
  • Blaze is a sparkling warm copper, glitzy sparkle

On me Foil and Blaze are the most sparkly. I don’t think I can wear them alone everyday, although layered over a powder shadow tones down the sparkle a little. Also if I layer the gold on top of the copper it creates one of the prettiest multi-dimensional looks.

Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow Aura, Reflect, Foil, Smoke and Blaze | The Beauty Look Book

Hourglass Scattered Light swatches Aura, Reflect, Foil, Smoke and Blaze | The Beauty Look Book

There is an insert inside to keep the shadows pressed and in tact:

Hourglass Scattered Light Eyeshadow

A closer look at all the shades:

Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Beauty look with Reflect which is my favorite color out of the five, also wearing:

Hourglass Scattered Light Reflect | The Beauty Look Book

Hourglass Scattered Light Reflect | The Beauty Look Book

Close ups and more swatches:

Hourglass Scattered Light Eyeshadow Blaze

Hourglass Scattered Light Eyeshadow

Hourglass Scattered Light Eyeshadow Foil

Hourglass Scattered Light Eyeshadow Reflect

Hourglass Scattered Light Eyeshadow Aura

Hourglass Scattered Light swatches

Some swatch comparisons to Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadows (now discontinued) in 8, 9 and 5. Also swatched next to the Natasha Denona Crystal Top Coats. The Armani Eyes to Kill had a more metallic finish with less glitter. Natasha Denona’s have more glitter and a sheerer base color. MAC Dazzleshadow Liquid is more like a metallic finish (review soon on these).

swatches hourglass vs armani and natasha denona

Hourglass Scattered Light swatches Aura, Reflect, Foil, Smoke and Blaze | The Beauty Look Book

Bottom line I love them all. 100% worth the splurge. If I had to narrow down my picks I would pick Reflect and Smoke. They are on the sparkly side but they wear beautifully in a variety of ways. I like that they are easy to apply and that they don’t have fall out on me. I think all the colors are standouts although Foil is a very yellow gold and I usually don’t like gold colors like this but it is pretty when layered with other shades.

You can find the Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadows out now. You may have to shop around as they have sold out on a few sites. Available at Sephora, Beautylish, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, Space NK and Hourglass Cosmetics.

If you’re shopping at Sephora, don’t forget you can use the Beauty Insider Appreciate promo code once online and unlimited times in store. Valid in both US and Canada:

  • Rouge Members: 20% off with code YESROUGE, valid 8/24 through 9/3
  • VIB Members: 15% off with code YESVIB, valid 8/30 through 9/3
  • Beauty Insiders: 10% off with code YESINSIDER, valid 8/30 through 9/3

Did you try these yet? I think they’re phenomenal!

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  • Arianna August 26, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    These eyeshadows are to die for! I love the shades and they’re so sparkly ❤️

    Arianna | Southernbf.blogspot.com

    • BeautyLookBook August 27, 2018 at 1:32 pm

      The sparkle is really gorgeous!

  • lilahtov August 26, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Sabrina, I was planning to wait for your review before trying one of these, but after swatching Foil in-store, it was over! I’m so glad your review is a glowing one. I originally thought the Colourpop formula was similar, and questioned the price of the Hourglass offering. Now I realize that the formulas are totally different! That being said, my only gripe is that the packaging is cheap and not fitting of the brand–but it seems I’m not the only one who feels that way.

    • BeautyLookBook August 27, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      Yay! Glad you bought one 🙂

  • Tatiana August 26, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    I’m bummed that the online code for the Sephora sale was a one use only code. I’ve already placed an order and there are more things I’d like to try, like these shadows. Online I thought they’d be too glittery, but your photos have perked my interest in these. My local Sephora has been closed for three weeks for remodeling. They were supposed to reopen last Saturday, but my husband peeked through the construction barrier and he says considering the state of what he saw they’re not re-opening any time soon.

    • BeautyLookBook August 27, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      Oh noooo … so sorry to hear that!!

  • DRTVrMoi August 26, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    I fell in love with Smoke but the Sephora store was out of stock. After seeing your review, I am so pleased that I ordered it online. As a one-shadow wearer, these should make quite the impact.

  • Anne Capitant August 26, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    I think Foil in particular would be absolutely gorgeous for the holidays. May have to pick that one up during the sale!

  • Sharon Macklin August 26, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    I placed my online order the first day…and of course, I then thought of a few more things. I probably won’t go to the store, so I’ll do without. I think it would be better for Sephora if they allowed multiples uses of the code online.

    • BeautyLookBook August 27, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      Same … wish I could do more than one order. I have a few more things sitting in my cart but am waiting because it’s a one-time use online.

  • Justine R August 27, 2018 at 4:05 am

    These are beautiful! They remind me a lot of the Armani Eyes to Kill Intense eyeshadows, and as I own all of those, I think I will pass on these – at least until I can swatch for myself in store!

    • BeautyLookBook August 27, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      The ETK shadows have been discontinued for now.

      • Justine R August 27, 2018 at 3:25 pm

        I know and I’m so sad! I still use mine now – the texture hasn’t changed at all!

  • Ana Céline August 27, 2018 at 5:12 am

    Omg how gorgeous are those eyeshadows? I literally want all of them xx


  • Cathy August 27, 2018 at 8:18 am

    I’m so glad that you did swatch comparisons with the ND chroma crystals. I bought the ND grey brown (which looks similar to Smoke) from Beautylish, but it was hard as a rock. I now scrape the top layer and use it as glitter over a cream shadow. It made me nervous to buy more. I’ve seen Smoke and Foil used in a tutorial on You Tube, but after seeing your review, I think Reflect is a great neutral colour to start with. Blaze looks pretty too. I’ve swatched some in store and the micro glitter is so pretty. Thanks for your review, it helped a lot.

    • BeautyLookBook August 27, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      Oh no! You know my ND ones are hard now too. I was going to scrape the surface off to check the bottom, but I remember them being creamier.

      The HG ones are more like pressed pigments like the Armani ETK which makes me think they won’t dry out.

    • anna August 28, 2018 at 2:38 pm

      The ND ones either harden up or totally seem to crap out, one that I ordered arrived and was all cracked and crumbled. Very messy

    • Swingtime August 29, 2018 at 7:21 pm

      Wow, thank you for posting! I was debating between HG Smoke and ND Grey Brown for my Sephora sale order, but I’ll go with Smoke for sure. Thank you so much–you saved me $$ and disappointment.

  • BlushandPearls August 27, 2018 at 9:50 am

    These are so stunning! I love a great shimmer to open up my small eyes. Would love to grab one!

    Angela at Blush & Pearls

  • Lisa C August 30, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    These are so gorgeous! I like both Smoke and Reflect.

  • Cassy KG September 6, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    These remind of the ones from L’oreal Infallible eyeshadows! Are you able to do a comparison?

  • Petunia May 4, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Just saw Ms. Rosie Huntington-Whitely use Blaze in a video and had to come here to check out your review and swatches!

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