Hourglass just released the new Graphik Eyeshadow Palette ($58 / 0.05 oz each) for their Spring 2018 collection. There are four different color variations to choose from with each palette featuring five saturated colors in blendable matte, satin and metallic shades. Ranging from Plums to Earth Tones, the overall theme of the collection is rooted in the neutral outfit that caters to both a soft or dramatic eye. I ordered Ravine sight unseen the day Hourglass launched the Graphik Eyeshadow Palettes. Ravine is a soft palette of beautiful warm neutrals which includes: Champagne Beige, Neutral Brown, Plum Brown, Warm Gold, and Dark Cocoa.
Ravine offers a well-balanced mix of mattes and satin. Across the board each shade is incredibly soft and smooth with a velvety texture that allows for easy blending and layering. The colors are formulated with a high concentration of pure pigment powder which allows for their truest color payoff. All five shades are excellent in pigment, texture, and color deposit/payoff, including the mattes which are almost silk-like. On the lids they glide on flawlessly without any detectable fallout (there might be a tiny bit, but that is to be expected with any kind of powder formula). The Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes from a few years ago were hit/miss for me due to multiple issues and I never truly fell in love with them. Ravine is just utter perfection and pure love for me from the formula down to the actual colors offered in the palette which provides a well-edited blend of light, medium, and deep options. Lasting power is very impressive as well. They stayed put for close to 11 hours when I decided to wash my face off and even then each were still in full effect in terms of color and placement.
A look at the color selection and descriptions as I see them
- Champagne Beige – is a warm, light beige with subtle pink undertones and has a matte finish
- Neutral Brown – is a warm, light to medium brown with yellow undertones and has a matte finish
- Plum Brown – is a warm, medium to deep bronze with just a hint of plum undertones and has a satin finish
- Warm Gold – is a warm, medium golden bronze with yellow undertones and has a satin finish
- Dark Cocoa – is a warm, deep brown black with brown undertones and has a matte finish
Swatched on the arm
On the eyes: Champagne Beige all over as a base, Neutral brown in crease, Plum Brown all over lid and diffused into the crease. Dark Cocoa on the outer corners and Warm gold on inner corners.
The Graphik Eyeshadow Palettes come encased in a similar design to the Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes, but the Graphik Palettes appear to be a tad bit smaller if I remember correctly. Since I no longer own any of the Modernist palettes, below I provided a size comparable between the Graphik Palette, Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette (reviewed + swatched here), and Ambient Lighting Edit – Volume 3, The Rose Gold Edition (reviewed + swatched here).
Bottom line, this is a winner in my book. I’m a huge fan of all things Hourglass and this is no exception. If you’re in the market for a good, well-edited no fuss palette, the Graphik Eyeshadow Palette line is definitely worth looking into. In case you weren’t a fan of the previous Hourglass Modernist Palettes because of the either overly soft texture, the colors not applying smoothly, not adhering to the lid properly, or just the poor blending capabilities, the Graphik Eyeshadow Palettes are a major upgrade in every facet and I 100% recommend Ravine. Since this was such an amazing purchase, I’m tempted to pick up both Myth (all-matte), and Vista (earth tones).
If you’ve been trying the Graphik palettes, please chime in with your thoughts or comments below!