Monday, July 27, 2015

Review -- Tom Ford Eye Color Quad

If you read this blog, you know I spend plenty of money on makeup.

It's really my one indulgence, so I don't feel too guilty about it.

But there are still some products that are a little too rich for my blood.

I mean, I'll spend $54 on one of Urban Decay's Naked Palettes because I'm getting 12 shadows, but when I see the $79 price tag on a Tom Ford Eye Color Quad, I tend to balk -- because you're only getting 4 shadows.

That's like $20 per shadow!

Now, of course, there's something to be said for quality -- my sister always tells me that you get what you pay for, and I agree with her most of the time. And I've seen such terrific reviews of the Tom Ford shadows, so I've definitely been curious.

But still, I'm just not going to go out and throw nearly $80 on a single quad willy nilly.  It's a purchase that I really have to plan.

So recently, when I had a little extra money, I decide to bite the bullet and pick up one of the Tom Ford Quads -- I fully admit that part of the reason that I decided to indulge when I did was because Nude Dip, a limited edition quad, was available once again.

I'd eyed this particular quad with great interest when it first came out about a year or so ago because the shades are just right up alley -- but by the time I decided to bite the bullet, it wasn't available any longer.

When I saw that it had been re-released back this spring, I had to jump on it.

(Spoiler alert -- I am so in love with Nude Dip that part of me thinks that everyone should have it. The other part of me knows that the shades might not work for everyone and $79 is a lot of money so it might not be everyone's cup of tea.)

First of all, I have to admit that the Tom Ford packaging is pretty nice -- but I think you should expect that when you're paying so much for your makeup. The quad comes in a nice dark brown metallic plastic compact with gold trim that has Tom Ford etched in it, and the compact also comes with a matching brown pouch to house it in.

Tom Ford Eye Color Quad

Tom Ford Eye Color Quad and its pouch
Inside, there's a good sized mirror and two applicators: each one has a traditional sponge tip applicator on one end; on the opposite end, one has a slanted sponge tip and the other features a small brush.

In Nude Dip, the shades include a metallic pale gold, a metallic pink champagne, a metallic taupe, and a satin-y dark brown.

Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Nude Dip

Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Nude Dip
The shades are absolutely gorgeous and are perfect for really natural, soft looks. Basically, it's the perfect quad for your everyday makeup.

Now, as much as I want to say these shadows aren't anything special, they kind of are. The formula is so smooth and lovely and perfectly pigmented (not too little and not too much either, which can be a problem when you're fair skinned) so I almost feel like I could apply this quad without a mirror and still wind up a pretty look.

Of course, part of that has to do with the shades themselves, because they're soft, natural colors, but the formula itself definitely plays a role too. When you're applying them, you don't really have to think too much -- they sort of smooth onto the eye effortlessly and they blend just as well (without totally blending away, as some softer shadows can do.)

I love these shadows so much that I've worn them at least 4 days out of each week, even though I have tons of shadows to choose from. I just can't stop using them.

That doesn't mean I think the only way you (or I) can get a nice eye look is with a Tom Ford Quad.

There are plenty of lovely shadows out there that are significantly cheaper, such as The Balm's, MakeUp Forever's, etc. (and that's not even getting into really budget-friendly brands like Wet n Wild and ColourPop...)

But I definitely do feel like you can tell that the Tom Ford shadows are high quality, so I don't feel quite as bad for having spent practically $80 on a quad.

Still, that doesn't mean I'm going to run out and buy a bunch more right now.

At some point in the future, if I had a little extra money, I would definitely think about picking another one up.

But my makeup budget being what it is, I'm not going to blow nearly an entire month's worth on a single product.

If you have the money for these beauties, though, then definitely pick one up without hesitation.

(Oh, and on another note, there aren't any mattes in Nude Dip so I'm curious about Tom Ford's matte formula -- if you have a quad with a matte shade, please share your experience below!)

You can purchase the Tom Ford Eye Color Quads for $79 at the Tom Ford website, as well as various department stores, such as Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Bloomingdale's.

Have you tried any of the Tom Ford Eye Color Quads? Do you think they're worth the money? Which one is your favorite?


  1. When I hear Tom Ford though I think primarily of lipsticks - to me they seemed to be THAT ultimale luxury beauty item but I´ve yet to fall in love with a shade to make that tempting for me.
    The quad looks really luxurious (anything make-up in a velvet bag has that feeling) and nice. I hope you´ll always treasure this... I guess with palettes it can be like with expensive perfumes, that you use for very special occasions and immediately feel nice when you apply it. :)

    1. I do think of Tom Ford's lipstick first too -- and I want some of those too, but since lipstick goes bad more quickly than shadows and I already have too many lipsticks, that didn't seem like a good investment. ;)

      I wish I could save this quad just for special occasions, but I've been using it everyday. lol I started to worry the other that I'm going to use it up more quickly than I'd like, but then I reminded myself that I haven't used up shadows in years so it's unlikely. ;)

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