I’m beginning to realize that despite falling in love with a new purple eye shadow single/duo/quad/palette approximately every 6.14 seconds (a side effect of undiagnosed makeup deficit disorder), I could probably function for days, weeks or maybe even months wearing the Hourglass Visionaire Duo in Exhibition.
It’s easily one of my favorite purple duos of all time, and I always feel at least a little better when I get it on my lids.
One side is a shimmery mauve, like a lighter, shinier MAC Shale; the other, a shimmery eggplant with subtle magenta undertones (I notice them more when I apply with a wet brush), which I think give the shade more depth.
Both sides are packed with pigment — enough to please even the most discriminating mulberry mavens, and perhaps hard-core MAC-aholics, too.
The silky, almost creamy rose petal formula makes it easy to build beautiful gradients, and best of the all, the powders completely refuse fallout, creasing and fading.
Wondering how close Exhibition comes to the NARS 413 BLKR duo?
Hmm… I’d say close, but they’re not exactly dupes. The Exhibition shades appear a little brighter and shinier to me, with a corresponding chipper effect on my mood.
I still heart 413 to bits, but I think of it as having a harder edge and more tough-girl zeal.
I’d probably lean toward Exhibition if I were in the mood to slip on a dress and heels…or when I want to strike up conversations with strangers walking their dogs.
I’d save 413 BLKR for more emo days — when I’m just not having it — and all I want to do is wrap myself up in a protective purple cocoon, with a black leather jacket and ear buds, so I don’t have to talk to anyone.
One last thing: if you happen to have Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Grey Pearl, Exhibition looks amazing layered on top!
The long-running Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorite permanent collection products from a variety of bodacious beauty brands.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,