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Tom Ford Eyeshadow Palette in Cocoa Mirage – the raves are definitely not raves for nothing.
I’ve professed my love for the Tom Ford palettes over and over again in this blog, so I don’t want to have to repeat myself. BUT GOOD LAWD, THIS PALETTE. I deliberately delayed opening this up (had this since March as it was a present from my mom) because I was afraid I’d be all “meh, nothing to see here, folks” about it. And maybe there’s a bit of truth in there — as the shades look like your typical boring brown neutrals that are churned out here and there again and again. It’s almost insulting that I’m raving about a completely non-unique set of shades here.
But guys, I’m all about the FORMULA. Cocoa Mirage is dominantly a matte palette – with three matte shades and one satin shade. You know how ‘difficult’ it is to find mattes that are boldly pigmented, smooth, creamy, non-powdery slash chalky (a.k.a perfectly formulated) in the market? Maybe you can get one or two of those mentioned in some palettes but not all. Cocoa Mirage can eat up all my other “matte” eyeshadows and spit them out into broken pieces. I’ve officially found my one true (matte) love.
I love how saturated the shades are in one swipe – it instantly makes you feel like all the money spent is worth it. I wore this without any primer because I was that confident it’ll show up as boldly. Blending (my least favorite part of eyeshadow application!) is a major breeze. So easy breezy that I can even use my fingers alone to blend these out (see photo above – only used my pinky finger to blend hastily).
The texture is a smooth, creamy, almost velvety kind of matte that swiping is a luxury in itself. Ugh, can I just do a “swatch Cocoa Mirage” party so you can all see for yourself what I mean? Hahaha! These also wear the whole day without fading — one of the major pros I’ve observed with all Tom Ford palettes. The shimmery/glittery shades do fade a bit but Cocoa Mirage, in particular, maintains its intensity when you put it on to the time when you take it off.
I may have tried using the darkest matte as an eyeshadow filler and a contour shade. The contour was quite dark but blended out quite easily, I put on too much though so it turned out quite Angelina Jolie-Maleficent levels! Not a look I like so much on me. Hah! For the eyebrows, I found it to be too dark so I used the light brown shade instead and it works quite well as a filler.
Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage is an eyeshadow palette you should consider if you’re on the lookout for your first Tom Ford palette AND you’re not swimming in matte neutral shades yet. The shades are pretty dupable, yes – but the quality is not. At least from those that I’ve tried so far. These shadows are the definition of Tom Ford quality – something I expect from the brand every single time because hello, these aren’t exactly budget-friendly.
I have to share though – I considered (still am considering!) using this every single day because I love how it subtly defines my eyes depending on the intensity of my application. And also how I can pair it with either a nude, pink or a bold one and it comes out looking beautiful every time.
A caveat – I do have to make sure my undereyes are clean and even-toned when wearing this because it can make me look more tired than the usual. No thanks to my super dark circles competing with the brown-ness of the shades. But let me just end with this note – my two all-time favorite Tom Ford palettes now are Orchid Haze and Cocoa Mirage.
If any of you have this palette, share your thoughts please (tell me I’m not alone in this crazy! HAHA)!
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