Tom Ford Cognac Sable: The Non-Neutral Brown Palette

March 14, 2014

Sometime ago, I came to the conclusion that brown and warm colors just don’t look good on my eyes.  Shocking revelation considering how browns are seen as “neutrals” and a staple in so many people’s wardrobe.  But sadly, I found overly warm shades, and the murk in browns tend to make my hooded lids look even heavier, and age me by about 10 years if not more.  That was before I found Cognac Sable, with which I fell irrevocably in love.

Tom Ford Cognac Sable Eye Color Quad


For all intents and purposes, Cognac Sable is a “brown” palette… but “neutral” it most definitely is not.

Tom Ford Cognac Sable Eye Color Quad


The shades in clockwise direction from top left are:

And here they are swatched correspondingly from left to right:

Tom Ford Cognac Sable Eye Color Quad swatches

Even though these colors tend towards warm, the shimmers / glitters help to brighten things up substantially, and in combination with the plumy-brown shade, almost feels cool against my NC20 skin tone.

On my eye, applied lightly for a day-appropriate look, Cognac Sable is still a force to reckon with.

Tom Ford Cognac Sable Eye Color Quad EOTD

I absolutely adore the medium chestnut brown for a gentle smokey edge, further deepened with a plum-brown wing, and just a dab of the copper glitter in the middle.  Aahh… this brings ordinarily drab brown to a whole different dimension!

Whilst studying the magic of Cognac Sable, I noticed a similar thread in Charlotte Tilbury’s Dolce Vita palette (reviewed here) which is also a fave.

TF Cognac Sable vs CT Dolce Vita swatches


Between the 2, Cognac Sable leans cooler whilst Dolce Vita is warmer.  The light shimmery beige and copper glitter shades are very similar; but the darker defining shades are very difference – Dolce Vita goes the full-blown brown way with russet brown and dark bronze.

Cognac Sable is my favorite Tom Ford Eye Color Quad to date, and the classy shimmers / glitters bring a pop to my aging lids.  It is a brown palette that is much more interesting and flattering than traditional neutrals.  If you don’t already own this, I would strongly recommend that you check it out.