Nov 122013

Tom Ford Ice Queen1

This holiday, I’ve invested in the Tom Ford Ice Queen Palette ($78.00), a cool combination of icy whites and grays. This winter-themed wonder is a must-have for those with cool coloration, although I’ve spent a bit of time to discovery ways to wear it with my warm skin.

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Housed in the typical luxe, sleek compact, the Tom Ford Ice Queen palette contains a bright white shimmery highlight color, a sparkle icy gray, a satin light cool dove gray, and a deep gray that is a near-matte.

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This is a beautifully formulated palette. Using a few simple techniques, Ice Queen has a wonderful texture that goes on effortlessly. However, those with warmer skin tones will want to proceed with care. As the name foretells, this is not a palette that goes well with warm-toned bronzers or corals. It’s “Ice Queen” all the way, with an emphasis on the “Ice.”

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To wear this, I prep my skin with the Chanel Light Revealing Brightening Makeup Base (reviewed here), which neutralizes my naturally warm coloring. I keep my blush on the cooler side, such as using NARS Dolce Vita blush or Chanel Plum Attraction. I keep lips in the cool vamp red or blue-pink category.  Swatches of Tom Ford Ice Queen:

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The colors apply very easily and vibrantly, including the white. To emphasize the coolness of this palette, here is a comparison to Edward Bess Soft Smoke:

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Here are the colors individually–first, the white highlighter:

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The dove gray color on the bottom left:

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The snowy sparkling silver/gray:

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Finally, the dark gray near-matte:

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Here are the colors on Liz:

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Liz Tom Ford Ice Queen

With eyes closed in full sun, after loading the lid with the sparkle shade:

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Overall, I loved Tom Ford Ice Queen in terms of high quality. Those who wear cooler toned eyeshadows will find this a must-have. Those with warmer tones, or for those who love their bronzer, will find this challenging. I was able to manage some looks with some care and by neutralizing my warmer-toned skin.

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Aug 222013

Tom Ford Orchid Haze Palette03

I was able to pick up the new Tom Ford Orchid Haze Eye Color Quad, one of three new permanent quad eyeshadow palettes that are being introduced.  This is a beautiful mix of a shimmering champagne, dusty rose, a shimmering mauve-taupe, and a satin-matte, toned down deep aubergine.
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Eyeshadow palette formulations really do not get much better than this. Each color is beautifully smooth, excellently pigmented and unbelievably easy to blend.

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Last Fall’s limited edition Tom Ford Enchanted Eye Color Quad had a shimmery, sparkling quality that was quite unique. Unlike Enchanted, Tom Ford Orchid Haze has a more standard texture–none of the shades are as sparkling as Enchanted. Rather, Orchid Haze’s three shimmery shades are smooth and apply without the same visible glimmery bits.

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Tom Ford Orchid Haze has a mauve tone, not a purple one. Here are swatches next to Guerlain’s Attrape-Couer (which does have true violets and purples), so you can see the color differences.

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Tom Ford’s Orchid Haze, so far as my testing has gone so far, really applies beautifully. The deep shade is particularly strong and dramatic–it’s going to be a liner or evening color for me unless I use it with a light touch or some good blending. The shimmer in the highlight color melts down to a pretty, smooth surface when blended.  The other colors are gorgeous everyday, crowd-pleasing neutrals with a kick. Although I’m still working with the palette, I’m not getting any creasing or fading despite the lack of any eyeshadow base. So far, the quality seems superb.

I would be expecting the Tom Ford Orchid Haze Eye Color Quad, together with the new In the Pink  (I might have to back that one up). and She Wolf trios (ditto), and the other two Eye Color Quads, soon at all Tom Ford counters.  Absolutely worth your time to look.

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Aug 202013

Tom Ford She Wolf3

Tom Ford Ombre Eye Color in She Wolf is a beautiful series of brown gray taupes in a matte, shimmer, and sparkle texture. You’ll see that this palette is a bit of a chameleon–like many taupes, there is a color shift depending on the light. Indoors, Tom Ford She Wolf’s cool gray side shows–this is the more typical coloring for the palette.

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Although all three shade are lovely, the center shade is particularly gorgeous. Swatches:

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Here are swatches with Tom Ford She Wolf and In the Pink:

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 Here are some more images–I wanted to include a true black (Shu ME 990), a good grey (Chanel Gris Exquis), and a few more taupes for comparison.  Here, I’ve included Chanel Taupe Grise, Chanel Safari and Shu Uemura ME Silver 945:

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Same (slightly different lighting):

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 I’ll continue to play with both throughout the week, and post more as I learn more.

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Apr 012012

I picked up a few items from Tom Ford Spring 2012 collection, a series of limited edition items based on a metallic, multidimensional texture. Here, I’m reviewing the Cream Color for Eyes in 01 Platinum and 02 Guilt ($40/each). Both smooth creams are in heavy glass containers, with 0.21 oz. of product. This $40 Tom Ford item includes more product than the 0.14 oz. in the Chanel Illussion D’Ombre (which sell for $36).

Chanel’s Illusion D’Ombre which are a cross-linked gel, which tends to hold together like a gummy bear–indeed, my Chanel’s still behave nicely, have plenty of moisture, and apply well although they are several months old. In contrast, Tom Ford’s Cream Eyeshadow have a soft, soufflé buttery texture almost like the inside filling of an excellent French macaron. Both lines have a texture that is unbelievably complicated–I would imagine it is nearly impossible to get this type of complexity and depth in a powder.

There are four colors in the release (all swatched here on Karlasugar), but I limited my selection to two–a warm golden Guilt, and a cool minky brown called  Platinum.  The price for these is high–although not as high as the $700 Tom Ford velvet slippers that I tried on just to confirm that they were fabulous (they were).  But at $40 each, the total for one eyeshadow approaches the cost of a single palette in nearly any other high end beauty brand, and the $80 for both of these is equal to a palette in Mr. Ford’s own line.

First up, Guilt is an over-the-top beautifully sparkling pot of richness:

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Second, there was Platinum, an extremely complicated brown-taupe, which goes on more silvery on my eye that it does on my arm. Again, this looks very brown in the pot, but more silvery mink when applied:



This combination reminds me of two Guerlain Terracotta liners from a few seasons back (Gold Rush and Smoky Metal), but the texture, color, and overall look of these Tom Ford Creams is far superior. The Tom Ford’s are so easy to apply and to blend, and to get a quick, sophisticated look.

I used Guilt on my inner lid, then dabbed Platinum in the crease and outward from that. I used my finger, although a concealer brush would work well too.  So pretty!  Platinum applied slightly cooler and the silvery sheen really came out. The colors have a slight micro sparkle that’s absolutely lovely. So far so good. I hope that I don’t fall completely in love with these, or I’ll need the two remaining colors. I’ve paid so much for these, I know I’ll make a point to use them over the next several weeks to see how much of a dent I can make. They’re gorgeous, flattering and universal colors.

At $40, these are clearly a luxury product with a unique texture and complexity. They feel plushy on the lids, and have a luxury look and feel. They don’t emphasize lines, bumps.  They can be worn sheerly or with heavily for extra pigment.

Some might look at L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine and L’Oreal Bronzed Taupe as the closest substitutes. In my personal opinion, these aren’t “dupes,” given the texture difference, but these will put you in the same color family. The L’Oreal’s don’t have the plushy, buttery feel of the Tom Ford, and they are not as complicated. The L’Oreal’s have a thinner (although highly metallic and pigmented) texture.

You can see more reviews of these eyeshadows here:

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