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Tom Ford eyeshadow quads – I can wear sparkle again…

by Sonia G.

I have been using Tom Ford eyeshadow quads for a while now and I am glad I waited before I shared my thoughts.

Now that the honeymoon phase is over I can speak with more objectivity 🙂

My profile

A few years ago it did not really matter if I was using a high quality eyeshadow, I could not really see that much difference on my lids, as long as I loved the color and the texture, I was very happy. Today I can clearly notice the difference since my eyelids are getting older.
I prefer to stay away from metallic, glitter and sparkles or too shimmery finishes, they don’t look great on me anymore and sometimes they make me look older and tacky.

First impressions

When I saw the Tom Ford quads, I saw the glitter and I thought I would not love them at all. It took me some time to want to have another look at them and it’s only when they convinced me to try them at the TF counter that I realized the glitter was actually gorgeous !

Wayne,  gossmakeupartist in Youtube calls this pressed glitter “grown-up sparkle” and I couldn’t agree more. There’s something different about it… it looks actually very beautiful and wearable.

Is it worth the price tag ?

Now, to see if the final price justifies the acquisition of one or more quads, you have to consider your expectations and your budget.

What I expect from make up is to be able to create an intense, sophisticated modern look, easily and that lasts all day, I don’t want to look tacky but I love to use daring shades or textures in a wearable way and on a daily basis.
My expectations are all met with TF, depending on the quads, with more or less accuracy.

Now let’s talk about the price. We need to put this into perspective, in Switzerland all make up items are awfully expensive, if you tell the price of a Tom Ford quad to someone here that usually buys Dior quints, YSL quads, or Chanel or any other high end brand, a Tom Ford quad is cheaper in comparison and they won’t be shocked.
His quads are expensive but you will have to pay for the luxury branding and the amount of product you get. That said, you pay when and if you are happy with what you get in return. If TF does not meet your expectations, it’s clearly not worth it.

You will get a fair amount of shadow for your money and it will last you a very long time, it’s clearly more worth it for someone who will use them on a regular basis and who will use ALL of the shadows in the quad.

The quad

I am sure you already know what they look like, but here they are :

A dark burgundy masculine heavy compact with 10g of eyeshadows. Two applicators, cute, but … well… not really useful unless you forgot your own brushes…

The eyeshadow collection

Here are seven of the ten quads of the Tom Ford collection, it took me a long time to collect them. Time is your best friend when you want to get expensive make up items… if you are patient, you can try swapping or using vouchers or special discount days like I did, not that it makes such a difference but it definitely helps.

TF Cocoa Mirage

My first purchase. This is a quad I can wear on a daily basis but it’s missing a bit of “oomph”.

The picture above has been taken with studio lighting, the one below has been taken with a flash.
The lightest shade is a little bit chalky,  I wanted to be able to wear it all over my lid as a base but I prefer to wear a Lutens, Suqqu or an Hourglass that would really melt on the skin and provide more luminosity without being shimmery.

TF Crushed Amethyst

The second quad I bought. This is the one they used on me at the counter. I told them I was always using neutral shades and I wanted to try something a bit different. I have dark green eyes and this is really stunning and flattering. I just had to get it ! The last shade on the bottom-right feels a bit chalky but it applies without any problem at all.

I also believe that if I hadn’t try Crushed Amethyst at the TF counter, I would never had bought it and I would not know how to make the most out of it. If you have the possibility, you should talk to a TF make up artist and get some tips on how you could wear their quads, it made a big difference for me.

TF Golden Mink

Golden Mink is one of my favorites, I wanted to get Silvered Topaz and they insisted I took this one instead, they said it would look much better on my eyes and they were right. The problem is that it only contains 2 non-glitter shadows so it does not give that many possibilities on the looks you can create with this quad.

I wear this quad on a daily basis, with just a tiny bit of glitter in the middle of the lid and a sparkle or two in the inner corner of the eye. I don’t like to wear glitter on the brow bone at all but some like to do that as well.
It really lasts all day, when I get back home it still looks perfect, the glitter stays put but sometimes you may find some on your cheeks… I don’t always notice that and I just apply a little bit so there is not much glitter flying around anyway.

TF Cognac Sable

I thought I would love Cognac Sable more than I do. I actually hate gold-coppery shades and this quad is not helping.
I only like the darkest shade, it’s not that pigmented but it melts onto my eyelids and gives a very sultry but natural “shadow” with a twist.

TF Burnished Amber

I am NW20-25. I tried this quad once, just a little bit of red above the crease blended with a very dark brown and it was “ok”, it was a daring look but wearable.
Then I tried to wear a look only with this quad… That day I was convinced this quad was not for me. I saw many girls wearing this quad and it looked stunning. On me, it makes me look like some kind of endangered species scared to death. If it’s supposed to look good on me, then I have no idea how to wear it 🙂 But I am pretty sure these shades are not meant for my eyes.
I will be in London soon, maybe I should ask how and if I could wear it, and if I am wrong, I will update this post !

TF Titanium Smoke

I often use the black eyeshadow as a liner or to set dark eyeliner, it’s so pigmented and lasts forever. The light grey shade is luminous and flattering on my eyelids, I often avoid grey shades but this one looks good.
The glitter is, again, grown-up glitter and I love to use this one on top of cream eyeshadows and pat it in the middle of the eyelid.
The dark grey with sparkles is not heavily pigmented but I think this is  what makes it so beautiful, that melting “shadow” full of sparkles, I love it. Since I love dark smokey looks, this is a quad that I often reach for.

TF Silvered Topaz

My latest acquisition. It was the first one I wanted but since they had told me I should get another one with more “extravagant” colours instead, I did not take it before.
The glitter is …glitter.. nothing to add except there are too many glitter pans in the TF quads, to me it’s a waste such a big amount of pressed glitter. I probably would have loved to buy it separately or just to have a little pan or a little corner in each quad…
I like to apply the grey and taupe shades sheer, the result is very sophisticated, very luminous and not tacky at all.
The dark brown is a matte shade, nicely pigmented.

Bottom line

I love how sophisticated I look when I wear Tom Ford eyeshadows, I don’t need to worry about touch ups and I am very happy to be able to wear shimmer and sparkles without looking tacky.
My favorite quad is Crushed Amethyst, but if I had the choice, I would love to have the two non-glitter shades from Golden Mink in the same quad as the black in Titanium Smoke and the dark matte brown in Silvered Topaz.

I did not experience fall outs with these quads.  Some shades look better as a sheer wash and some look great with a heavier application, it depends on the look you want to create and your personal preference. Except from Burnished Amber, I was always very happy with all the looks I did, really easy quads to use and the result is always beautiful no matter how long it took me to do it.

There are many other brands that I enjoy wearing even more than TF but I think they are more expensive, like Suqqu, Kose Addiction, Serge Lutens, Rouge Bunny Rouge, etc…
I also love Hourglass, this brand is probably a bit less expensive and I totally recommend it if you want beautiful, insanely pigmented, but wearable shadows that last all day long, even longer than Tom Ford.

Since I have been asked what I thought of the other TF eye products, I can add a few swatches and also share my experience with some cream colors and two eyeliners.

Tom Ford Platinum Cream Color for Eyes

I am always interested in new textures, when Tom Ford launched these Cream Colors for eyes I was curious. I got Platinum and Spice.
I did wear them a few times, unfortunately it was always hard-core testing. This week I applied Platinum, then I took my motorbike and rode for about 2 hours, my eyes were watering and it was really hot, then I spent the day at work, 9 hours later I rode back home, under heavy rain…
When I finally got home, my make up was still there, faded, and Platinum sparkles under my eyes and all over my face, but the “lid make up” was still there. I could clean up the edges and my face, and I was back to a wearable look again 🙂

I thought it was not fair to use this cream shadow on such a hard-core testing situation so I tried again, this time, after a very long day at work and 1 hour at the dentist, when I got back home it looked like that :

It had moved towards the edges… but it was still there. I love the color, the lasting power is good but I don’t like the sparkly metallic finish. Too much shine and sparkle for a day at the office and I don’t like how it looks on my lids, however, I love how it looks on others !
It’s easy to apply and to blend and you can build the color more easily and opaque than a Chanel Illusion d’Ombre, it also lasts much longer than the Chanel. I prefer the finish of the Chanel since it’s less metallic than the Tom Ford, I feel it looks better on me.
Now, the problem I have with the Chanel is that they don’t last a long time on my eyelids and that I end up with sparkles all over my face, that’s why I don’t wear them at the office. For a daily wear, I prefer the Shiseido Shimmering creams, they are extremely easy to use and luminous and I don’t have the sparkles transferring all over the place.

Tom Ford Noir Absolute for Eyes

Before I tell you what I think of it, here is the official description :

Tom Ford’s dramatic eye accessory: a black gel formula that sweeps over the entire lid for a smoldering eye or can be used to fluidly and boldly line the lid. Its highly enriched, blackened pigment is infused with a unique spark of blue optics that catch the light and brighten the eyes for an extremely dimensional effect.

I often wear a dark smokey look and I usually wear Mac Blackground painpot as a base. I have tried this gel as a liner and as a base for a smokey eye. As a liner, I could not build up the intensity of the color, I found the best way to use it is apply it with an eyeliner brush and smudge it, it will just add some definition but not very intense. Great for under the eye since you will be able to blend it and it will have just the right intensity for a soft under-eye application. This application lasted all day.

I also tried it as a base for a smokey eye, it works but it’s not my favorite. It’s a bit too difficult to work with and you have to act fast, I can manage to apply a sheer wash but again, not that easy to blend and to have the same wash intensity on both eyes… well… too much time consuming for me.

Tom Ford eyeliner in Metallic Mink

I love the color and I love how you can easily work with it. It does last all day but fades throughout the day, that’s not a problem with this eyeliner since the fading is “consistent”, your make up still looks freshly applied but just gets a bit less intense if you see what I mean… The swatch is with the cream swatches above.

If you have any questions or want to share your personal experience and your thoughts, please do so in the comments below 🙂

UPDATE Friday 13th, 2012

Tammy asked for a look with Silvered Topaz, so I have used it today and I upload some pictures for you Tammy 🙂

Please keep in mind the pics have been taken with flash, it looks way more frostier in the picture than it is in real life !

I am wearing the silver and the taupe in the lid (the taupe in the outer part). The dark brown in the crease and on top of a very very thin line of liquid liner. On the bottom lash line, some TF Metallic Mink and the taupe shadow on top. Some sparkles in the inner eye and a tiny bit of Burberry pearl shadow in the browbone. Also some Addiction Rabbit hole in the waterline…

I hope this helps 🙂

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Tammy 1 July, 2012 - 12:41 pm

Great post!!!! Thank you so much! I find that I love some TF items and others are a miss, but that is true with any line. Would you mind posting a look with Silvered Topaz, or one with the noir absolute as an eyeliner? I am on the fence about the noir absolute.

Sweet Make Up Temptations 1 July, 2012 - 1:49 pm

Hi Tammy, thank you ! <3
I totally agree with you, some are totally worth it and some a total miss, and it also depends on who is wearing them, they can look stunning on some but so different and not appropriate on others… I will try to post a look during the week, I am doing crazy hours at work but I will do my best 🙂
I think there are much better products out there than the Noir absolute and it's a shame we cannot try them before purchase (not here since there is no counter), if I had tried it, I certainly would not have purchased it. The usage I will get out of it makes it not worth the price. I was wearing it this week on top of Platinum but it wasn't working… then I read that you should not wear it on top of a cream shadow. Cream liner + cream shadow do not work together. Powder shadow + cream liner (or the other way round) = OK. That explains why it would not stay put and even melt the cream shadow away. Silly me.
The only time I was wearing it on its own, as a liner, it did not last. If I smudge it, it makes a nice base… for a powder eyeliner. I will try again and will give you more detailed info 🙂
Please read my next reply to cc below, you might be interested if you are looking for an eyeliner 😉

Sweet Make Up Temptations 13 July, 2012 - 1:04 pm

Hi Tammy, I have updated the post, and added some pics for you ! My lids are not that young anymore… so I hope it’s not killing the effect 🙂

Zeta 23 January, 2013 - 3:38 pm

Please can you tell me if crushed amethyst is too shimmery for an older person( and I mean old)! I show all my eye lid not hooded dark green eyes still ash blonde and still try to look passable. I already own silvered topaz but obviously cannot wear the glitter. I love your site which I have just discovered. Many thanks

Sweet Make Up Temptations 24 January, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Hi Zeta,
I will check again tonight and compare it to Silvered topaz. I also have dark green eyes/hazel depending on the day and it looks absolutely faboulous with my eyes and if you are ash blonde even better !
I will let you know tonight my final thoughts.
Thanks for stopping by 🙂

cc 1 July, 2012 - 1:27 pm

Agree with Tammy, great post and just in time! My brother is flying to Paris in a week and I am deciding which Tom Ford quads to ask him to get for me. Your post helps a lot. 🙂

After reading your news on purchase of Kose Addiction, I actually called up a friend who is in Japan now. I will be getting 6 eyeshadow colors and 2 pencil eyeliners (Blackjack & Rabbit Hole) next week or so! Super excited. 😀

Have I told you before that I really love your blog? Keep up the great work!!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 1 July, 2012 - 2:12 pm

Thank you cc !!! I am so glad it helps.
I just cannot tell you how much I love Kose Addiction, I am surprised I did not try this brand before. Buggsiebee (a sweet follower) told me in one of her recent comments that I would love them and she was so right !
I was doing a 14 hours shift at work 2 days ago, when I got back home, my eyeliner (Rabbit Hole) and the shadows I was wearing, Sandbar on top of the eyelaquer Tortoiseshell and Truffle in the crease, were as intense and fresh as when I applied them in the morning (I cannot say the same thing about me… )
Since I just lost my mind, I made a second order, I was planning some other purchase but when I received and tried the Kose, I decided I should stick with Kose for a while… 😛
I am blown away by how beautiful they look and long they last. Today I was trying to find a dupe, quality and texture, to the Rabbit Hole eyeliner, I did not find anything like it. You won’t be disappointed, they are expensive but they are totally worth it.
You can blend these eyeliners and work with them so easily. .. amazing ! I think I might purchase the black one and use it as a base for a smokey eye, or the black eye laquer… I am sure both would be great and a better alternative to the TF Noir absolute.
I have to control myself !!!!! 😀
Please let me know what you think of them when you get them !
oh and again… thank you so much ! it’s so sweet to receive such lovely comments 🙂

cc 1 July, 2012 - 1:30 pm

Oh, btw, after your recommendations on HG blush, I am getting RMK Mix Colors for Cheeks in 02 Coral. I am going broke soon.. ;p

Could you do a comparison between the RMK blush and Addiction blush?

Thanks a mil!!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 1 July, 2012 - 2:54 pm

well, look at the bright side : if you also find your HG blush, you won’t be buying anything else afterwards… wait… no… that did not work for me… 😉

I was actually planning to do that but I needed another RMK texture since I had only the Mix color cheeks ones. I will be receiving this week : RMK Ingenious Cheeks in P09 and P10. My second Kose order is also on its way to me with the blushes : Crush, Heart and Heart, Good Girl and Emotional. I will be able to share a comparison between these two brands very shortly. I read that Heart and Heart was a close color to the Nars Orgasm blush, I love the color but I cannot wear the Nars one because of the shimmer so I am curious to see if they are close at all.
At this moment the only thing I can tell you is that the Kose Revenge blush is a powder texture but on the cheeks it literally melts onto the skin, you cannot even see “blush”, you can only see skin and that’s exactly the finish I am looking for, a stain-type of finish, but I need to see if this is a consistent feature in their blushes. The RMK Mix colors for cheeks is a glow from within, you can see it comes from a blush but that is not a problem at all ! it’s just so gorgeous…
Japanese brands are killing me at the moment… 😛

cc 1 July, 2012 - 4:03 pm

Thanks for all the very informative replies! You made kinda regret not getting the Addiction blushes now.. haha..

I was thinking of getting both the Heart & Heart and Revenge.. But at the very end I just got the eyeshadows and eyeliners. Many top Asian makeup artists swears by their eyeliners!!

I come from a country (Asia) where NARS is a bit out of reach at the moment so I cannot compare them. RMK is more accessible to me. So if RMK is more superior than NARS, I wouldn’t mind giving it a miss and save up for Tom Ford’s Love Lust blush (yes, another product you enabled! 😀 )

Would really love to tell you what I think about the products I am getting in the next 2 weeks. I have RMK Pressed Powder N, RMK Mix Colors for Cheek in 02, and RMK Super Basic Liquid Concealer coming.. And of course the Kose Addiction products.

Like you, the Japanese brands are killing me at the moment! I am spending too much on cosmetics while I don’t even have a beauty blog!! I should stop!! :p

Sweet Make Up Temptations 1 July, 2012 - 4:17 pm

I did not know that top Asian make up artists swear by these eyeliners… but I totally understand ! To me RMK and TF are way superior than Nars so no regrets… 😉 of course in all brands there are hits and miss as says Tammy here but globally I prefer RMK or TF.
Looking forward to your opinion on what you have ordered, and also the TF Love Lust, you will love it !
Well… why don’t you start a blog then ? 😉

Stacy 2 July, 2012 - 12:12 pm

I do love my TF eye quads! They are what I reach for when I want a “sophisticated sexy” look! 🙂 I wish I had a counter near me.. There are one or two that I don’t own that I want to try but are too far from my comfort zone to order blindly. I am also intrigued by the Bronzer……
xo Stacy

Stacy 2 July, 2012 - 12:26 pm

I just remembered we “talked” about the Terra Bronzer!! Has it gotten to you yet? What do you think?

Sweet Make Up Temptations 2 July, 2012 - 12:41 pm

Hi Stacy, yes I was going to tell you right now ! I just received the TF Terra on Saturday, I have tried it twice so far, it looks great, not orange at all. When you look at it under artificial light, it looks actually like a contouring powder, but I have to check that out in daylight…
I also need to have a veeery close look, to check the finish and how it works with my fine lines….
The packaging is so huge, when you open it, it reminds me of a Spanish church (I am spanish), a lot of bling bling gold… hurts my eyes 😀 I think I would have preferred a less extravagant packaging.. but that would not be Tom Ford then… right ? 😛
I will try to test it a bit more tonight or tomorrow and upload a review asap !

Stacy 2 July, 2012 - 12:48 pm

Funny! I am glad you see no orange but I too am concerned with the finish (no emphasis on the “fine lines” allowed) !
I just added Sandbar and Rabbithole to my Kose cart!

Buggsiebee 4 July, 2012 - 5:28 pm

You always put so much love & effort into your posts. They’re a joy to read & a real pleasure look at:) I’m sure googling beauty junkies will be finding your excellent TF swatches for years to come.
I also just wanted to say- PLEASE don’t let go of any of your TF quads too soon. Tastes change & I find that products that I don’t really appreciate today, I LOVE tommorrow. I just have to think of all the coral colored nail polish in my drawers which I had neglected for years and suddenly was all the rage again this Spring & Summer. Sure it’s great to sell stuff to have a bit more spending money for new collections, but you’ll never get back what you spent – unless it’s a super limited item that everyone just HAS to have.

AND – thanks for the Hakuhodo update:))
But…..NO way……90 brushes?!?! Wouldn’t it be great if they were planning to bring out the natural white goat hair brushes divided into collections with different colored handles or ferrules – like perhaps orange / red handles and gold or matt black ferrules? Sort of like the S and Kokutan series but with white goat hair.

Stacy 4 July, 2012 - 6:23 pm

I totally agree with Buggsiebee! I have given away items over the years then turned around and regretted the decision! It is very true that something you don’t give a second glance at today will become a favorite in a year or even a season!

The effort and dedication you put into your reviews is true pleasure to see! Your swatches and pictures are wonderful! You are appreciated!
xo Stacy

Sweet Make Up Temptations 4 July, 2012 - 7:50 pm

totally agree !!! 😉
Thank you so much Stacy 🙂

Sweet Make Up Temptations 4 July, 2012 - 7:49 pm

Thank you so much Buggsiegee ! <3 I am so touched by your comments 🙂
I won't let them go, you are totally right and we all change every season ! I love to try new combinations and I always rediscover my quads 🙂
I really just can't wait for Hakuhodo… argh they are killing me !!! I am not sure about the 90 but that would be stunning !!! I will inform you if I know anything else !

Helen Potter 10 August, 2012 - 12:33 pm

Hi , I bought both the Spice and Platinum cream TF eyeshadows on the recommendation of a review I read in a newspaper supplement . I am in my 50s , and hadn’t realised that matte powder is better as it doesn’t show up creases and wrinkles as much . I think they are lovely colours
and last really well , though , and I would appreciate it very much if you could recommend the best brush I could apply them with . I was thinking of Spice in the crease and Platinum on the lid .
I read that you think the TF No.11 brush is good with creams , so maybe you would recommend this ?
thanks Helen

Sweet Make Up Temptations 10 August, 2012 - 1:14 pm

Hi Helen, these mousse shadows are very easy to apply even with the fingers. I use the big flat TF 11 eyeshadow brush, it’s my favorite, but also a fluffy Real Techniques synthetic eyeshadow brush is very good, I can blend to a very minimum and thin application. Also the Mac 217 is great for both application and blending.
The only problem is that I have “only” one TF11 and I like to use it often and for many shadows, so I need to wash it all the time after each cream application or use any other similar brush…
The upcoming Hakuhodo J Series will be certainly perfect, they are not yet available but I am sure they will be extremely good brushes, and since I work a lot with cream and mousse products, I will splurge and get a few of them.
If you need any help on finding powder eyeshadows that don’t emphasize the wrinkles on the eyelids please let me know. I suffer from that and I found a few that are very appropriate and still beautiful and luminous.

Helen Potter 10 August, 2012 - 5:39 pm

Thanks so much : I’ll find the Real Tecqniques brush ( I already have the MAC 217 but I must have small eyes as it covers a way-too-much area with the Spice ).
Yes please , I would really appreciate your recommendations re matte powder eyeshadows that are kind to mature eyelids !
I’ll wear the TF creams in the evening as I think daylight is too unforgiving 🙂 many thanks Helen

Sweet Make Up Temptations 10 August, 2012 - 8:05 pm

I am actually preparing a post on this subject, I use many different brands so it takes a bit of time to test them all but I will shortly be uploading the best textures I came across for that purpose, in the meantime, these are the brands that would look the most flattering :
Rouge Bunny Rouge (they have mattes), of course Serge Lutens but that’s way overpriced, Burberry eyeshadows, Chantecaille, Suqqu, Shu Uemura, some Make Up forever, and of course Hourglass… I totally recommend you the Hourglass Palette Neo Classic, it’s a fantastic matte but luminous palette and very flattering, all the qualities you could imagine and I find the shades easy to wear, if you don’t have it yet, you should give it a try 🙂

Helen Potter 11 August, 2012 - 8:03 am

Thanks so much , I shall , and look forward to your post about it .
Making mistakes buying make-up is so expensive , so it’s sooooooo helpful to have your impartial guidance . 😀 hx

Sweet Make Up Temptations 11 August, 2012 - 6:43 pm

I made many mistakes also because I can not test the products, here in Switzerland we don’t have access to all these amazing high end brands that really make a difference (I am thinking Chantecaille, Suqqu, Addiction, Burberry, Hourglass…) at least I know that if I buy these brands online I won’t be disappointed. I am so happy that now we can see swatches and have a better idea of the textures with the help of the net 🙂

Josée Simard 19 October, 2012 - 3:11 pm

Hy, I saw your description about de Tom Ford eyeshadows and I felt in love with some of these, like cognac sable. I have blue eyes, so it will be nice on me I think… and I read that you don’t really like it for you…. I dont know but if you want to sell it to me ? I am living in Québec province (Laval – near Montreal). is it possible you think… there’s not Tom Ford products here… snif… Excuse my english… Waiting for your answer, It’s the first time I ask this question… i am a little bit shy but I have to ask it… hiii ii… thank you and have a nice day. Josée

Sweet Make Up Temptations 20 October, 2012 - 8:22 pm

Hi Josée, I am very sorry but although I am not using it very often I will not sell it, but your suggestion is really nice and I thank you for it.
My shipping fees to Canada would be of 30$ (and this is the cheapest shipping…) awful…
I have just checked and Saksfifthavenue do not ship to Canada, how is that possible ??
If I find a place where you can have it shipped to Canada I will let you know !
Have a nice day too 🙂

avivi0000 17 January, 2013 - 6:22 am

Hi,I’m looking for online shop which is able to ship to canada with tom ford quad,cause I could only find them on UK online shop,but they don’t ship to canada..

It would be so much help if you know where to buy them online,thanks!!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 17 January, 2013 - 7:06 pm

I know Harrods do that now, it’s expensive (25£) but they do (or at least they mention it on the customer services page)

Makeup Remastered 26 January, 2013 - 5:55 pm

If I could comment- I have the same problem as I live in South Africa and Selfridges/Harrods do not ship here- so I became innovative and used skypax a forwarding service. Granted these quads came in at a premium but sometimes its worth it! These are now one of my favourites together with Burberry- have to keep slapping my hand away each time I reach for them……..

Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 January, 2013 - 10:17 am

Shame they don’t ship there, I also use some forwarding companies, they made me save some money because I was using Ebay and that’s not always very fair …

Zeta 26 January, 2013 - 3:43 pm

I took the plunge, and bought the crushed amethyst and I love it! I do not believe that it is as as shimmery as the silvered topaz, used in moderation. I am afraid I am new to blogging, spent my life reading books, so don’t understand all the jargon. Would love to see you modelling the crushed amethyst. The silvered topaz looked very nice. Regards Zeta

Sweet Make Up Temptations 26 January, 2013 - 5:31 pm

I am glad you did !
Where do you live ? If in UK near London, why don’t you go to Harrods at the Tom Ford counter, ask for Angela (if she is still there, I saw her last November so maybe she is) and tell her to create a look for you (on you obviously), she did that for me and she was explaining everything very kindly. When I was there a long time ago I told her I had bought the TF shade and Illuminate and I did not know how and where to place it, she did the complete face for me and I looked so glamorous afterwards !
For the moment I have problems taking pictures of looks, but next month I will have a studio and maybe that would be better (I sincerely hope so!). If you don’t go to Harrods please let me know and I will tell you how she used it on me 🙂
Reading books is a great thing to do you know, I met John Connolly in person, spent an evening with him and I was so impressed by his kindness ! I wish I could meet him again, meeting the authors gives a totally new dimension to the books we read !

Zeta 27 January, 2013 - 4:39 pm

Thank you so much for your informative reply. I do wish I could visit Harrods but I don’t think I will ever get see London again. I live in a small village in North Yorkshire and my friends will already believe that I am quite mad still being interested in makeup. Although I wish I could express just how happy it makes me when I receive my purchases even at my age. I should have had more interest in the Internet if I had had the courage a few years ago to admit I did not have a clue how to begin. Still better late than never, I look forward to next month and your new studio ( possible demo of crushed amethyst maybe? ) I now will follow your advice on brushes! I hope this e-mail is not too long On meeting the authors I do wish I could have met some of the greats of the past, what a treat that would have been for a bookworm like me! Kind regards Zeta

Sweet Make Up Temptations 27 January, 2013 - 5:29 pm

Hi Zeta,
there is no age limit for makeup, why would they believe that ? I certainly won’t stop !
have a look at this video if you can http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1hi0SmbD0I
I can send you a few other links by private email during the week, to target more specific looks and ideas.
I will post something soon that might be of interest to you so please stay close 🙂
Regarding the Crushed Amethyst, there are many ways to wear it, some more easy to create than others, I’ll try to find a few tutorials on the internet that could get close to this quad and I will send them to you. I wish I could go and apply it on you !

In the meantime, have a lovely week and enjoy your beautiful makeup ! 🙂

Zeta 24 February, 2013 - 10:32 am

Hello Sonia
I was so pleased to receive your e-mail, and yes I will admit to being old enough to have a son who will be 50 this year, so you will appreciate my skin has all the usual problems and a few extras for luck. I know that you will know what I mean, capillaries, dryness et al ! I wish I could get the courage to ask someone to show me how to operate this computer, but just feel so silly not knowing what a 6 year old knows when it comes to these things I Dont suppose people who never wore makeup can understand the desire of people like us who just adore it. As long as there are people like you who so generously give of your free time to ask when help is needed I will keep on looking to improve how I look. I will only admit to you that I don’t even know how to send a picture , but maybe that’s for the best. My husband is not really interested in computing either so we are both complete philistines. I managed to get into the sites you recommended and found them very helpful, and I have realised that as long as I don’t use too much the T Ford crushed amethyst does not look too shimmery. I will keep following your site. Kind regards Zeta

Sweet Make Up Temptations 24 February, 2013 - 3:34 pm

oh my God Zeta… you are so adorable !
I wish I could go there and teach you 🙂
My boyfriend’s mum will be retiring soon, a few years back for her birthday I gave her a computer manual (that I made myself totally personalized for her based on her computer and her internet interests and her knowledge, which was actually none at that point). I told her I would guide her until she would be able to do what she loved to do : surfing to find a house in France, to be able to browse antiquities, book her flights, communicate by email, etc…
It wasn’t be easiest thing (my boyfriend literally told me “GOOD LUCK with that”, not in a bad way but he knew it wouldn’t be easy for someone that had never had a computer before). But we made it. And you should see how happy she is today!
My parents are living in Spain and sometimes they attend courses delivered free by the Spanish government, the teachers are actually retired people that just do that to help, I think it’s a great idea. Now I can communicate by email with my family, I don’t always have time to call them but I always send them an email.
Please promise me you will do whatever makes you happy, take some computer courses or see a dermatologist or a beauty counter to give you some advice for the skincare, as you saw in the video everyone is entitled to be happy and beautiful, although we don’t need makeup for that, we just want to have fun, be happy and enjoy it ! I certainly will never stop ! 🙂
you know where I am 😉
have a lovely Sunday !

Jeanette 9 August, 2013 - 5:38 pm

Hi Sonia, do you know of any dupes for the darkest colour in Tom Ford’s eyequad “Cognac Sable”? It looks very beautiful, but expensive to buy the whole quad for.

Gladys L. 9 August, 2013 - 7:40 pm

Hi, Jeanette, I hope you don’t mind me adding some more info, Lisa Eldridge has used some of the TF quads, she always post for a much cheaper alternative for them, it definitely includes Cognac Sable (if you are looking for the non-glittery shade). Her latest video includes it in the makeup look.

Jeanette 9 August, 2013 - 9:05 pm

Hi Gladys, thank you very much, I really appreciate your help.
The cheaper alternative looks quite nice actually though the darker colour doesn’t match the TF one.
– But I couldn’t help smiling when I saw that the palette was out of stock, so there is propably a lot of Lisa’s subscribers who have bought it. Some bloggers are truly influencial 🙂

Sweet make up temptations 9 August, 2013 - 9:24 pm

Hmmm need to check that too…

Sweet make up temptations 10 August, 2013 - 11:12 am

hi Jeanette, exact dupe for the darkest color in TF Cognac sable is RMK Ingenious Powder eyes in BR-01 Dark Brown. Same color, same sparkles and the closest texture I found.

Jeanette 10 August, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Wauw – thank you! I will try to find that.

I found a wonderful dupe for the glitter, the softest powdery glitter/shimmer that I have seen. (I have not seen the TF in real life). It can be applied so smoothly with very little shimmer visible that you could use it as a highlighter. And it is buildable to full on copper shine.

It is an italian brand that I found in Milan. It is from the brand yamamay beauty. It is from their pearly eyeshadow range and costs only 5.90 Euro! They have the most wonderful shades. The copper one that I bought is called 14 – pure copper.

Jillian 28 October, 2013 - 1:02 am

You have an amazing collection! I keep vacillating between “Cocoa Mirage” and “Orchid Haze”… I feel like I have some shades that are really similar to OH but you made it sound so tempting!

Sweet make up temptations 29 October, 2013 - 6:25 pm

OH is in my top 5 palettes… they really did good with this one, I am impressed, so much better than any past ones…

Carol 4 January, 2014 - 5:08 pm

Hi..same with Jillian..I’m thorn apart between cocoa mirage and orchid haze..I showed my mother the color without telling her that I’m going to get it..she told me she like cocoa mirage,but the color looks a bit different in every person..and she said because she likes brown color and looks like this one is suitable for daily use..and OH can be use maybe for party..but she said purple color doesn’t look good on her eyes..but the quality of OH is a lot better..so I’m devastated..huhuhu..

Sweet make up temptations 4 January, 2014 - 7:22 pm

When the comfort zone is very well established then it’s difficult to make her love something else for daily use but… I was a bit similar until my visit to Tom Ford counter, she used purples and it was absolutely stunning, maybe you should do that, take her to a Tom Ford counter or any other nice counter (laura mercier, trish, burberry…), have her go through a purple-ish tutorial, then see if she likes it, if she doesn’t, then it’s a waste of money to try to go into anything else than neutrals 🙂

Sarah 7 February, 2014 - 8:18 am

Oh I am soooo jealous! I don’t even have a single one! 😉 How unfortunate, that you cannot wear Burnished Amber, that was my favorite quad before they discontinued it. (I have set my eye on Cocoa Mirage instead, but like you, I think the white color will go unused).
I only know Selfridges and Harrods who will ship this internationally, so do you by any chance know a place with less shipping costs?

Carlyn 7 February, 2014 - 6:30 pm

Neiman Marcus ships internationally and they carry Tom Ford.

Sarah 8 February, 2014 - 8:34 am

Thanks, 🙂 unfortunatly all the US sites; Neiman, Saks, Nordstrom, Bergdorf etc won’t ship Tom Ford cosmetics to Denmark (I don’t know why they hate me so!). I guess I will just have to live with the 15 £ shipping!

Sweet make up temptations 8 February, 2014 - 1:37 pm

No I don’t know of any other place, the Selfridges is really the cheaper one, even if you use a forwarding company you will end paying more 🙂

Charli 25 March, 2014 - 5:25 am

Hello 🙂
I have just discovered your blog due to my new obsession and latest weakness Tom Ford. I just wanted to say thank you for your lovely work and kindness to your readers. Unfortunately it has added to my obsession!! ;D Lol! I am currently waiting the summer release to arrive at my door.
Charli 🙂

Lily S. 29 August, 2014 - 10:47 pm

Today is my birthday and I thought I would treat myself to some Tom Ford makeup so just had to look up swatches before I purchased….. now on to Nordstroms!

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 31 August, 2014 - 8:51 pm

How did it go ??

Chaia 14 January, 2015 - 2:08 am

Hi, I usually read your brush reviews (decided which Goss brushes to get that way), so I just stumbled upon this post when googling TF Burnished Amber. I am desperate for it and just kicking myself for having missed it, so I’m wondering if you can suggest dupes of the shades? Also, did you ever grow to like it on yourself? If not, would you consider selling it? Thanks so much!


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