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“I don’t pop Molly..”…I’ll let Jay-Z finish that one. I’m still too busy ogling at this beauty, ain’t got no time for any Tom Ford songs. I actually picked up another Tom Ford palette a month back but figured since this one is from the Fall 2013 collection, I’ll share it here first. Ever since I got the hang of putting on eyeshadow and seeing what it does for my whole look, I’ve been in constant search for great formulations, hoping to find the best ones. Never mind if the shades I choose are all neutral, boring, safe and never out-there. I. want. buttery. smooth. shadows. that. don’t. crease. and. last. all. day.
Eye Must Be Crazy..I have professed my top eyeshadow picks to be Guerlain quads, recently adding Dolce & Gabbana to the list. I love my Urban Decay Naked palettes, but I’ve been reaching for my Lorac Pro more often than I reach for either of them. Chanel quads are hit-or-miss for me so I can’t include the whole brand in the list. I have yet to try a Dior quint because its frostiness turns me off even before I get close enough to swatch it. And I’m patiently awaiting for my first Burberry eyeshadow which Enzo snapped up in Amsterdam. This mild obsession ultimately led me to the irrational decision to finally try Tom Ford. I was never tempted enough to purchase any Tom Ford item before (lipstick, blush, nail polish). For some reason, when I got into this eyeshadow phase, all sense and discernment were thrown out the window. Ta ta, ciao, see you soon (please come back). Do you see gold, diamond, swarovski crystals anywhere in this ingredient list? What the hell is in this palette that makes it so expensive?! Oh yes, Tom Ford’s name. The palette costs USD78 (around Php3,350), Guerlain, Chanel quads and Dior quints are usually USD60, tops (except for holiday palettes). Come to think of it though, it’s almost the same price as a Chanel quad in local pricing (around Php3,250), only you get 10g worth of product (Chanel has 6g). So really, it’s not sooo bad (my poor attempt at justifying my purchase).
The LowdownTom Ford Orchid Haze is one of the less glittery slash shimmery quads in Mr. T’s collection. It consists of lovely shades of: shimmery pinky champagne, shimmery rose mauve/ slightly taupe, matte eggplant/aubergine, satin-matte dusty rose. I’ve seen several swatches online and they all look different in certain lighting, cameras and screens that it’s really difficult to see the palette’s true shades.
TEXTURE & PIGMENTATIONWow, smooth and buttery are understatements for the texture of this particular palette. My first Tom Ford palette was smooth too, but not like this. No gritty or crumbly mess upon swiping, just finely-milled, fully-packed pigment in here, folks. The darkest shade feels quite dry (compared to the others) because of its matte finish but its dryness definitely doesn’t equate to unworkable and unblendable. As for pigmentation, one swipe was all it took to produce the swatches above. The darkest shade looks a tiny bit patchy on the swatch (I just used my fingers) but when picked up with a dense eyeshadow brush, it ceases to be. It’s not so intensely pigmented (as compared to say, Lorac Pro, just see below) that it becomes hard to blend on the lid. If you want to intensify, it’s easy to build up.
Shade ComparisonsI whipped out my Guerlain Le Bois de Rose which I thought would be quite close to Orchid Haze, but turns out that it definitely leans more on the pinker/rose side while Orchid Haze is on the mauve wavelength. And though I love Le Bois de Rose, when I swatched it again, it didn’t quite give me the same satisfaction it did before. I only did one swipe swatches to compare it with Orchid Haze. Look at the difference. GASP. I also compared it to some Lorac Pro shades which turns out are not even on the same color tree as Orchid Haze. One swipe swatches are shown above, too.
Will I Rock More Tom Ford?Sadly (for my pockets), YES! Although, I will have to rely on swatches and reviews online first before purchasing any palette. Not all TF quads are created equal. Some are a bit drier in texture, some are sparkle-galore, some are just okay. But there are a few stunning gems that are worth having in your makeup collection. Orchid Haze did not disappoint in all aspects. I truly enjoy the pigmentation, the delightful texture and the ease of blendability (which is muy importante for me because am a lazyass who hates taking so much time to blend). Not to mention its longevity —it stayed crease-free on my non-primed lids the whole day. Does it warrant $78? Well, we all differ in perception so value is relative. To me personally, it’s not worth all of $78. But since I enjoy and am absurdly won over by the quality and all other reasons I stated above, I’ll be forking over my wallet for Tom Ford when eyeshadow quads like this are created.
Price: $78 (Locally, Php4800 in Make Up Pro) Purchased at Neiman Marcus with my GCASH-AMex Virtual Pay card. Also available at Nordstrom Online. *No affiliate links
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