Sometimes in life, you need to go one full circle – hit the unusual, then come back around to appreciate the seemingly ordinary. That was my journey with Tom Ford Beauty Eye Color Quads. I started out with one of the least popular Sahara Haze, onto the high impact Burnished Amber, then the purples – Orchid Haze, Lavender Lust, Silvered Topaz, Enchanted, and finally to the brown Cognac Sable. Recently, I had the opportunity to round up my collection by adopting this luxe little minx!
Tom Ford Eye Color Quad Golden Mink is a easy one to pass over given it comprises mainly of 2 neutrals – a medium satin beige-taupe with an almost frosted cast depending on the angle of the light; and a darker satin brown. What keeps Golden Mink luxe and signature Tom Ford sexy (completely different from the very safe Hourglass suede nude pairing) are the 2 (yes TWO) glitter shades on the top of the palette.
I must admit, I’m a very big fan of Tom Ford glitter shades. And these 2 in Golden Mink are simply top-notch. Both are semi-sheer, and work best patted on top of a colored base. One is a light golden glitter, and the other is a golden glitter over a light brown base.
I had swatched the shades (left to right) in clockwise direction of the palette starting from the top left shade.
Due to the lighter shades, Golden Mink may be a subtler sister to Cognac Sable. It will certainly work better for those who are naturally drawn to more neutral shades, or are fairer. But the presence of those glitters really do take things up a whole lot, and grants the user the power to play up those eyes.
For instance, here is a very ordinary looking office-appropriate day look:
Alternatively, for a bolder look, you could pile on more of the darker brown, and dab on much more of both the glitters. I took this next EOTD under low light to show you the effects of the glitter… it almost gives the lids a “wet’ slicked look which is so on trend at the moment.
No amount of photography can do the glitters justice. Golden Mink is a really gorgeous palette, and I love that the glitters are so sheer in color that I can use them with any other eyeshadow. Just a dab above the eyeball, brightens up an entire eye look. One note though, these glitters do fall… so a good creamy eye makeup primer is necessary. I love Tom Ford’s eye primer but I know some ladies find it drying. I’ve also recently tried it with Dior’s latest eye primer, and it works marvelously too.