Unsung Makeup Heroes: The Hourglass Visionnaire Duo in Prism

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Hourglass Prism

Wearing the Visionnaire Duo in Prism by Hourglass…and wondering if I remembered to shave my ‘pits

As a lifetime member of The S.O.S.E. (The Society of Smokey Eyes), I pledge…

  • To acknowledge my fellow sisters/brothers with a fist bump (the standard S.O.S.E. greeting) and by saying our motto loud and proud, “Smokey eye ’til I die.”
  • To wear smokey eyes whenever I damn well please! — and not just when it’s considered seasonally or otherwise appropriate (fall, winter and evenings out on the town).
  • To never, ever withhold sensational smokey eye accouterments, like the $38 Hourglass Cosmetics Visionaire Duo in Prism, from my beauty brethren, and to always spread the gospel of smokey eye love and truth to the best of my abilities.
Hourglass Prism

Smokey eye ’til I die!

I’ve been stuck on this duo big time, babe, and the main reason is that black eyeshadow on the right…



Imagine the darkest, deepest, truest black shadow that haunts your makeup dreams. Then make it smoother than Jeremy Renner singing in a smokey jazz bar, add powder grains that refuse fallout, and give it the cutest flecks of silvery blue glitter.

And not just a lame sprinkling of glitter, but a perfect amount — just enough to wink at you without venturing into tween makeup territory.

Swatching it on the back of your hand is like looking into a night sky filled with twinkling stars…

I fall asleep thinking about this eyeshadow, no joke. πŸ™‚

Oh, but it gets better. The other half of this duo rocks just as hard.

It’s a shimmery slate, like a combination of periwinkle Crayola crayons and thunderstorm clouds, that buffs and blends into beautiful, smooth gradients.

Hourglass Prism Swatch

Neither color leans too cool nor warm, so this is truly one of those smokey eye duos that almost everyone can wear.

Hourglass Prism

Hourglass Prism

Hourglass Prism

I like to pat the black shade down as a base on my lids, buff out the edges lightly with a domed shadow brush, then layer the slate shade on top and merge everything together with a clean blending brush.

I repeat the process along my lower lash lines, line my water lines and upper lash line with black liner, and finish with plenty of mascara. If I have some extra time, I’ll sweep a brown shade (or the bronzer/blush I might be wearing that day) into my crease.

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I adore the way the end result works with my brown eyes, and I’m sure it would coax out the color of your eyes, too.

Love it!

Speaking of things that haunt my dreams…

Image via goramen.com

Two words: ramen burgers.

Aaaaand there goes another one of those ideas I wish I’d thought of. Must have slipped right through my heavily hydrated paws (Lollia Handcreme baby!).


Apparently, it’s a thing. And it’s blowing up on the New York food scene. The chef/inventor/mad genius behind the idea, Keizo Shimamoto, takes classic ramen noodles, shapes them into buns, and crisps them in a griddle. Then he sticks a burger with shoyu sauce and simple toppings inside.

Voila! Ramen burgers.

I’d so jump on that train if I could get a veggie version, OM NOM NOM!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Heidi says:

    You rock that smoky eye anytime, anywhere girl! I did a taupey smoky eye yesterday (obsessed with Urban Decay’s Mushroom shadow).

    Oh, and I have to tell you that the 9 year old boy I take care of on Mondays is OBSESSED with Tabs! He gets here and runs to the computer first thing and says “let’s see Sunday with Tabs!” and then squeals with delight at the latest photos.

    • Karen says:

      Hey lady!

      Ooh, Mushroom is a great color. What did you wear it with?

      How sweet that your 9-year old charge hearts Mr. Tabs. πŸ™‚ I will tell him that he has a new fan!

      • Heidi says:

        I utilized my Smoked palette for the look. I put Freestyle on from lashline to brow, then applied Asphalt close to the lashline, blended Mushroom over that and up into the crease, and then lined with the Perversion pencil.

        So, when you get back from Hawaii you’ve GOT to get up here and go to the local mall with me. You’ve got to meet my favorite Urban Decay rep. He’s quite the makeup artist and an overall fun guy.

        So, about the latest Tabs fan, I’ve started calling him CCK — Crazy Cat Kid. He LOVES cats!

        • Karen says:

          Oooh, sounds super pretty. I’m noting this combo so I can try it someday. It sounds Missy-approved. πŸ˜‰

          I would absolutely LOVE that. After I get back from Hawaii, I’m headed to Las Vegas, then after that, I’m done with traveling, at least for the fall. So sometime ’round mid- to late- September, we have a makeup date. πŸ˜€

          So cute that he loves kitties so much! We need more kids out there like that.

          • Heidi says:

            He’s a really special kid. Last week he wanted to paint my nails (LOVE THIS KID), and he chose the new green polish from Urban Decay since green is his favorite color and he thought the skull on the cap is “so cool!” He did a neater, cleaner job than I do. Not a drop of polish drifted to the cuticles!

          • Karen says:

            What a sweetheart. He sounds very artistically inclined! Maybe a makeup artist in training?

          • Heidi says:

            I can totally see this kid being a makeup artist. The other day in the car on the way to Trader Joe’s (yes, he accompanies me to Trader Joe’s and helps me scope out all the cool vegetarian items, he loves to read the labels) he said “I really like how you do your makeup!” I tell ya, put a few decades on this kid and he’d be the perfect man!

  2. HOLY look at YOU!! So HAWWWWWT! Lady you’d have everybody wanting you to be their prison wife! πŸ˜‰ Sorry, just finished Orange Is The New Black the other day haha! I love their eyeshadows! They are the BEST!
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  3. Kim says:

    That is the prettiest smokey eye ever! I pretty much gave up on trying to master the look, and on black and grey shadow all together. But you made me want to try it again! I didnt realize you were supposed to start with the darker color as a base. That is what i get for trying to teach myself from palette how-to cards. thanks, karen!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kim,

      There’s a ton of different ways to do smokey eyes. You have a lot of choices! If you don’t have a black shadow, you can use something like a smudgy black liner as a base. A black liner with brown eyeshadow buffed on top is the easiest way I know to do smokey eyes. Keep practicing, you can do it! πŸ˜€

  4. Chris25 says:

    The colors are a tad too cool toned for me, but I would love to see the other shades in this line!
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  5. WOW. That’s one seriously smoky eye, Karen — I love it. I haven’t done a blue OR silver smoky eye in months (months!), and you’re kinda making me regret it.

    Something this pretty should be LIVED in, not forgotten about! πŸ˜›
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  6. Anna R. says:

    Wow….That looks amazing!! I have to say that I have never read a description that has sold me more… I must have this! That was the best write up on makeup ever πŸ™‚

  7. Sunny says:

    Ahhh Prism looks HOOOOT on you! I own 3 of these already, but Prism hasn’t become part of my collection yet! Now I really do want it!
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  8. Jessica says:

    Holy moly! This looks AMAZING on you Karen! I love these Hourglass duos… I’m definitely going to have to check out this particular one though now!
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  9. Charisma says:

    I absolutely love this smokey eye on you Karen! Taupe Smokey Eye looks regal as always! Ramen Burgers?! Hmmm. Gotta have that!
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  10. Yelena says:

    Karen, you sure know how to rock a smokey shadow! and how do u manage to do it with blue, greys and teals without looking like you got punched in the eye? this is my biggest problem… getting a smokey eye to look right without people wondering if I was in a fight or something. oh well I guess practice makes perfect and I should be more brave and join the S.O.S.E. πŸ˜‰

  11. Kim says:

    First of all, it’s a testament to your descriptive writing skills that you always make me want to buy things I will never, ever use! πŸ™‚ That black is gorgeous, though. Did I tell you about last Halloween when even my (then) 9 year old questioned my smokey eye skills? And I was making him up to be a zombie! HAHA!

    My heart seriously almost stopped when I saw that Ramen Burger. I was just saying yesterday that I don’t understand the interest in burgers on pretzel buns and that I would much prefer a standard bun. Now I have to take that back – I would be all over the ramen buns.

  12. LOVE how you’ve worn this – with the black e/s as the base. This is indeed a gorgeous combo and I really like the bluish undertone in the grey color.
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  13. GORGEOUS! I couldn’t ever accomplish that look though!

  14. Hanna says:

    Ahh that ramen burger.
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  15. Ana Samuel says:

    Just lovely on you!!

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