Sable or Unable?This review is a long time coming because the first 3487874 times I used this palette, I couldn’t figure out how to wear all that copper*!~ I always end up using just two of the shades which made me feel
The LowdownAs with most Tom Ford palettes I’ve reviewed so far (Orchid Haze, Golden Mink, She Wolf), I’ve observed topnotch quality in each and every shadow even though they vary in texture. Great pay-off, easy to blend and the shade selection/color story of each quad is very well curated. Sure, it makes me go “so how do I go about this” for a few (sometimes not so few) minutes, but I like that I am challenged to use colors I otherwise wouldn’t have had I been given the chance to curate a palette myself. Cognac Sable is on the warm side of the spectrum with three silky shimmery shades and one pressed glitter shade. As compared to Orchid Haze, I feel that Cognac Sable’s texture is more on the drier side. Don’t fret, its drier texture doesn’t translate to rough, patchy, powdery mess – it’s still a smooth creamy kind of dryness, just not as creamy and buttery as the newer Orchid Haze. The pigmentation is as they say – amazeballs~, even without primer – except for the pressed glitter that needs a base to stick to. I use my finger to apply this as well because I find it doesn’t adhere to the lids properly when using a brush. I also use my beloved (and in need of a backup of) MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre in the look below because I never apply eyeshadow without it since discovering it. It isn’t the super bold pigmentation like Lorac’s that has some fallout as it crumbles a bit when pressed not-too-gently. It has an even, opaque pigmentation in one swipe. It glides on smoothly that fallout (even with the glitter) is impossible even when you force it (just to see how it does). The wear time, as with all Tom Ford quads, is impressive. I could wear this the whole day and not notice fading until the 8th-9th hour mark. I also haven’t noticed any creasing issues with these palettes thus far.
FINAL THOUGHTSI find that I like the more subdued sister of Cognac Sable, Golden Mink, as a less fussy alternative for ‘everyday subtle glam’ look. Cognac Sable is a beauty on its own – but it’s trickier to work with because of the copper tones. I find that it has a tendency to look ‘cheap-ish’ if I apply it a certain way a.k.a slapdash everything on kind of application. If you’ve been hankering for your first Tom Ford palette, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend Cognac Sable unless you know these kinds of tones work for you. A really good first Tom Ford palette would have to be Orchid Haze — best textures, not-so-neutral neutral color story, easy to work with, versatile wear, etc. Cognac Sable, though, is great for those who want some change in their usual palettes and how they wear eye makeup. Please don’t let the glitter shades of Tom Ford palettes turn you off in any way. As I said repeatedly, they’re more of the ‘grown up glitter’ bloggers have deemed it to be and they’re not the tacky, chunky kind that screams “I’m a 6-year-old playing with makeup my mom got me from the toy shop”. I’d love to talk about how I find these ridiculously overpriced but then again, I’ve kept on buying them so I won’t rant anymore. Ridiculously overpriced, though. Haha!
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