November 18th, 2013

Tom Ford Lavender Lust Eye Color Quad

Happy Monday!!  I was worried I’d be coming down with a cold, and spent all of last night buried deep under covers with tissue stuck up my nostrils (which my little baby kept trying to tug out!), but I’m so glad to wake up fresh with the worst behind me!  So, I thought I’d keep the catching-up momentum here, and give you my thoughts on Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Lavender Lust.

If you are a die-hard Tom Ford Beauty fan, you are probably no stranger to Lavender Lust.  However, until recently, this was an Asia-exclusive palette, and was only released in the US this fall.  To be honest, this was not on my “must-buy” list, unlike Seductive Rose and Orchid Haze.  However, when I finally got to swatch all of them, I got lost in a haze of purples, and finally emerged with Lavender Lust (in addition to Orchid Haze, reviewed here, of course).

Tom Ford Lavender Lust Eye Color Quad

I had initially dismissed Lavender Lust as it seemed rather one-note, i.e. all purple.  And I already have tones of purple palettes in my collection.  But as I swatched them, I realized Lavender Lust is more than just a purple palette.

Tom Ford Lavender Lust Eye Color Quad swatches

Swatched left to right according to the pan in a clockwise fashion from top left corner:

  • Light pink with white sparkles.  This is very finely-milled and felt soft to the touch.  It is also well pigmented, and shows up easily on my skin.
  • Medium smokey purple with some pink, blue and silver micro-glitter.  It looks almost gray in the pan, but swatches out to a true-purple on me.
  • Dark eggplant purple with some lavender and pink micro-glitter.  This felt slightly drier to the touch than the rest of the shades, but is well pigmented and easy to apply.  It has a reddish-tinge, making it a very different shade of purple from the medium purple above.
  • Light “dirty” pink with a metallic finish.  This is the softest shade in the pan, and is very well pigmented although it may not show up well against darker skin tone.

Ok yes, I am rather partial to purple.  But when you stack Lavender Lust against the other Tom Ford palettes (namely Orchid Haze, Seductive Rose and Crushed Amethyst – discontinued), this is the only one that is true purple, whilst the others swing more towards mauve with strong hints of brown undernotes.  The only other purple Tom Ford palette is Violet Dusk which has been discontinued.

Apart from the purple, there’s the pink…. And I seem to have been possessed by the pink lady lately.  And this one sparkles!!

Tom Ford Lavender Lust Eye Color Quad EOTD

And here is the reason why I fell in love with Lavender Lust!  It is sooo incredibly easy to create a purple smokey eye with this palette!  As much as it pains me to say this, none of my other purple palettes are this easy!  With Lavender Lust, there is no need for anything extra, no trickery with pencils or a blackening base, etc.  For the EOTD above, all I did was sweep the light metallic pink all over my lid, then I layered the medium purple over the outer half of my lid.  I then darked the outer “C” and crease with the dark purple, and pressed a pop of the pink glitter to the center.  Finished with black liner very close to my lash line, and I lined the bottom lash line with purple as well.

Tom Ford Lavender Lust Eye Color Quad EOTD

I must point out here that Lavender Lust does not seem to feel as soft to the touch as some of the better Tom Ford palettes, and some people have reported fall-out from the pink glitter shade.  However, I had no problems with fall-out (using the pat-on technique rather than a brush) although that is probably thanks to my trusty Tom Ford eyeshadow primer!  Also, as you can see from my EOTD, I had no problems getting the colors to blend and build up intensity.  It is perhaps less versatile with color combinations, but sometimes life should be this straightforward.



February 12th, 2019

Tom Ford Winter Soleil 2019

I am a huge fan of Tom Ford makeup, especially their sexy soleil collections that bring out the best glow in skin…who can resist?  The Winter Soleil 2018 collection was released last November, and I had already reviewed the Eye and Cheek Palette here.  Today, I would like to show you the rest of the collection, along with my first impressions on the new items.

Tom Ford Winter Soleil 2018

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November 4th, 2018

Tom Ford Boys & Girls 2018 – swatches!

Tom Ford is back with a new class of Boys & Girls for 2018.  As before, there are 50 in total – 25 boys and 25 girls.  The boys are clad in the brand’s signature dark mahogany with gold trims, and the girls in pristine white and gold.  This time round, there are 15 new shades on each side, with 10 returning favourites.  I swatched the 30 new shades (a couple were missing from the testers unfortunately), and here they are for your viewing pleasure!

Tom Ford Boys & Girls 2018

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March 27th, 2018

Tom Ford Summer Soleil 2018

Goodness, is it Summer already?!  I suppose somewhere in the world, it is always sunny and fabulous.  Tom Ford released its Summer Soleil 2018 collection about a month ago in the US, and I had my eye on the new eye & cheek palette right away.  In addition to releasing colour variations of some core members of the soleil line, Tom Ford has also introduced a couple of brand new items this season.  Here are my picks from Tom Ford’s summer 2018 collection:

Tom Ford Summer Soleil 2018

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December 17th, 2017

Tom Ford Winter Soleil 2017

I knew I needed to get hold of the new Tom Ford palette as soon as I laid eyes on those sneaky preview images, because of that glorious purple!  And to make it all so much more interesting, Tom Ford has mixed it up with some unconventional warm hues.  The latest Winter Soleil 2017 Collection sees the return of the eye & cheek palette and sheer cheek duo formats in new colours; as well as a brand new tinted lip oil.

Tom Ford Winter Soleil 2017

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November 27th, 2016

Tom Ford Winter Soleil Eye & Cheek Palettes

Last Summer, Tom Ford institutionalized the Soleil Collection as a recurring seasonal makeup range for the luxurious bohemian.  Not one to be bound by natural climatic conditions, the Tom Ford woman travels the world in seek of sun and glamour.  So when the rest of the world is celebrating white Christmas, Tom Ford brings us the Winter Soleil Collection!  At the heart of the collection are 2 exquisite Eye & Cheek Palettes, conveniently labelled Warm & Cool… take a closer look with me today!

tom ford winter soleil warm-toned palette

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