Most eyeshadow palettes are not attractive, even if the shadows themselves are pretty. It’s actually surprising how little thought seems to have gone into packaging and design for across most of the beauty industry. But Hourglass’ new Modernist Eyeshadow Palette wins on both accounts — the chrome palette itself is compact-sized with a decent mirror, while the five shades of eyeshadow inside are a gorgeous promise of smokey eyes to come.Product: Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow PalettePrice: $58We Think: 


How to Use It: The new Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes from Hourglass come in seven different versions — yes, seven. Each palette has five complementary shades. Some are in the purple family, some are in the brown family, and so on. Choose the palette that appeals to you the most and have a go at it — you could use one shadow all over and combine multiple shadows to do a smokey eye. Some of the shades are shimmery while others are matte; it’s up to you how you combine them.What We Think: Sometimes it can feel like eyeshadow shades have been haphazardly thrown together in a palette; the worst is when there is a shade or two wasted because I never use them. But each of the shades in the Hourglass Modernist Palette that I tested was lovely and blendable/complementary with the others and I’d happily wear them all.I tested the palette called Exposure, which are plum shades: champagne, aubergine, bronze, black violet, and lilac. I did a smokey eye with them, although it wasn’t particularly intense because the pigments are quite powdery. “Subtle” is the key word to keep in mind here. To be honest, I felt like the champagne shade was a little too light, but maybe I needed to build it up more. The other shades were quite lovely, though, and this is definitely the kind of palette that’s good to keep inside a clutch for cocktail parties and other classy affairs.Disclaimer: I received the Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette as a sample.READ MORE: The Best New Eye Makeup For Your Eye Color