Tom Ford Emerald Lust was a limited edition palette that was released in the US for Fall 2012. It was widely raved about, and recently sold in Japan as a special Spring 2014 limited edition release. Even with the advantage of past reviews as a guide, I wasn’t sure if I needed this in my collection. And just to convince me how terribly wrong I am, a kind friend has loaned this to me.
The shades, in clockwise direction starting from top left, are:
Overall, Emerald Lust is a pigmented palette with high frost / metallic content. Apart from the single ivory, the other 3 shades are all of medium coloration in varying hues of blue-green. 2 of them in particular looked incredibly similar to me… mirror images of each other on the blue-green confluence. Unlike most of the other Tom Ford eyecolor quads, there isn’t a distinct shimmer and matte shade in Emerald Lust. The lack of color choice and textures, make this a decidedly one-note palette. Make no mistake, this is a striking palette full of drama, but still rather one-note in my mind. There are many ways of wearing this, but it would invariably amount to something close to this:
Depending on how you play it up, I think you could wear it for a day to the office… perhaps as a liner shade or something… but that would be a sad end, nay travesty, to the gorgeousness of Emerald Lust. But, to wear it in its full glory, will probably be a rare occasion without looking like a lost peacock on the subway. And so, much as I’m convinced Emerald Lust will be a beautiful addition to any makeup collection, I am still on the fence due to its very limited range. What about you?