Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in Cognac Sable

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tom ford cognac sable

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 like a loser that I wasn’t unlocking the palette’s full potential just yet. The innumerable raves on Cognac Sable somehow made me believe that the shadows would just fly upon my lids and magically position themselves. So yes, this is one of those palettes where I knitted my brows more times than I expected. Where I’ve looked in the mirror one too many instances and thought “that is not a good look at all“. I could’ve given up, dismissed this as unwearable and just considered selling it. But I’m one persistent biznotch so I continued experimenting. So, here is the best look I could come up with using all the shades in the palette… so far! tom ford cognac sabletom ford cognac sable tom ford cognac sable

The Lowdown

As 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. tom ford cognac sable quad swatchestom ford cognac sable tom ford cognac sable


I 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!

Any thoughts on the look? The palette? The brand? Do share them below, you guys!

*I bought this palette on my own using the GCASH-AMEX Virtual Pay service by Globe. GCASH-Amex is an online debit card tied up with My Shopping Box which allows you to shop anywhere abroad and have items delivered straight to your doorstep. Sign up here.     **No affiliate links

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  1. May 6, 2014 / 5:34 pm

    Hey Shari, oh you definitely made it work! Cognac Sable isn’t really one of the TF quads on my wish list, because I’d also have problems making that copper work for my skin tone! It does look really really great on you that way though 🙂

    • May 15, 2014 / 3:50 pm

      What is it with copper and our skintones clashing!? 🙁 I do wanna wear it nicely, but ugh – almost impossible!

  2. Sara@colormeloud
    May 6, 2014 / 5:58 pm

    Hi Shari,
    I also share the same feelings with you. Cognac Sable does look a little cheap on me and I couldn’t make it work all that well. My favorite quad from TF is Silver Topaz, which has the taupes and a bit of purple which is almost designed for my taste.
    That said, I like the look you created above, also the lipstick shade you chose for this. Thanks for this post

    • May 15, 2014 / 3:51 pm

      If only the copper weren’t so…. copper! LOL! I feel you, Sara! And (no) thanks for enabling Silvered Topaz (AHHHHHHH!). Can’t wait to grab the new Fall palette though – I’ll be sure to wait for your review before buying it though! 🙂

  3. May 6, 2014 / 7:20 pm

    I absolutely see where you’re coming from with having a hard time with these shades. The coppery one in Lorac Pro, I rarely touch but it’s so beautiful!

    • May 15, 2014 / 3:51 pm

      I agree — mine is pristine when every other shade around it has crumbled to pieces :))

  4. Arya De Guzman
    May 6, 2014 / 7:22 pm

    it works! still not into glittery make-up though 🙂

    • May 15, 2014 / 3:52 pm

      Aw thanks Arya! It may not be for everyday, but I like a pop of glitter for some occasions 🙂

  5. Raven Ang
    May 6, 2014 / 7:51 pm

    Gosh that’s a beauty!! ♥

  6. May 6, 2014 / 8:02 pm

    TOMicannotafFORD. Hahahaha
    Orchid Haze is also my pick if ever I am going to purchase one.

    • May 15, 2014 / 3:53 pm

      HAHAHA LAUGHTRIP! I like that you wiseass – TOM Cannot afFORD :)) Gurl, napatawa mo ako!

      • May 15, 2014 / 9:20 pm

        Ever since I knew about the existence of TomFord, that’s the only thing that keeps running around my mind! >.<

  7. May 6, 2014 / 10:26 pm

    Those are some damn beautiful and basic shades! I know I have shades exactly like that already but the packaging is just so nice! Love your look! The bronze really is a standout!

    • May 15, 2014 / 3:55 pm

      Thank you so much Sharlynn! Don’t buy for the packaging! :)) If you must buy a TF – get something you will use everyday that you can also wear out at night or on special occasions 🙂 The dent on the wallet (and on the heart) will feel more bearable. LOL

  8. Michelle
    May 6, 2014 / 11:06 pm

    Omg when you said Cognac Sable almost looked cheapish I was like! Those are my thoughts exactly! >.< We certainly have similar taste without a doubt!
    I too find the copper way too warm and the Golden Mink quad is more up my alley. Nonetheless you pull it of real good missy 🙂
    And I am so happy you persevered. I would have been too lazy to do so!

    • May 15, 2014 / 3:57 pm

      I dont get the hulabaloo over it – seriously! I expected to look VAVAVOOM but I always ended up looking… VAVA-VLACK SHEEP!! Took some time (and major dent-age) to figure out how to use it without looking cheapish! AHHH.I love my Golden Mink more too!!

  9. May 6, 2014 / 11:59 pm

    Maybe I will put copper all over my lids, the white? shade in the middle, the brown shade on my crease, and black to define my outer v, and lower lashline. 🙂

    • May 15, 2014 / 3:57 pm

      I shall try that placement Juvy! THanks for the suggestion 🙂

  10. May 7, 2014 / 12:21 am

    What a gorgeous collection of neutral! Have been lusting after Tom Ford quads for some time. Luckily I have MAC shadows that are great dupes of these, so I won’t have to splurge on this one 🙂

  11. May 7, 2014 / 5:28 am

    What skin tone will copper look good in? Copper looks bad on me too.

  12. May 7, 2014 / 5:39 pm

    Stooooop with the My Shopping Box. My resistance is crumbling…

    • May 15, 2014 / 4:20 pm

      Gurl, your resistance is a tough, impenetrable wall. I wish I had it…. :'(

  13. May 8, 2014 / 3:01 am

    I luuuuurve the colors! Pero kasi naman e, stop with the Tom Ford! I might just give in and splurge! And I still have a Chanel quad and blush on my list. Huhu. Pero guuurl, ang ganda pa rin ng look mo! 🙂

    • May 15, 2014 / 4:25 pm

      Gurl, thank you!!:* Which Chanel quad are you eyeing?

      • May 16, 2014 / 8:42 am

        The…I don’t remember the name. Pero yung isa na ni-review mo na sabi mo mas maganda kesa sa mga baked shadow quads.

  14. May 8, 2014 / 7:59 pm

    Haaaaay, ang ganda! Yup, overpriced pero maganda. Huhuhuh

    • May 15, 2014 / 4:26 pm

      HUHUHU. The battles beauty addicts go through every day :)) #suchlife

  15. May 10, 2014 / 9:01 am

    Seriously Shari, one day I’m going to end buying one of these Tom Ford palettes because of you. LOL

    • May 15, 2014 / 4:26 pm

      You’re welcome, Nikki!! 🙂 HAHAHA

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