Recently, I added 2 Tom Ford additions to my collection. Not sure what it is about this time of year, but I did the same thing last year and this is my first Tom Ford purchase since then. There were 2 things I couldn’t get out of my head: the gorgeous Seductive Rose palette and the infamous Bronzer Brush.
The mood was right, so I struck. I’ve been using them both over the past week or so; so it was naturally time for a quick first impressions.
A perfect palette for those of us that love soft, purple taupes with some shimmer. I’m not sure if Shimmer can really be called “grown-up”, but that’s how us beauty junkies seem to define it. I finally figured out how to apply the purple glitter shade and that was simply to layer it on the lids. I had a beautiful effect, but I was slightly disappointed when I first tried to apply it without layering it. It seemed just like a sheer glitter – but they secret is to build it up. The 2 matte shades are buttery smooth and easy to apply with plenty pigmentation. The glitter shades are nice, but take some work. They don’t have much fallout nor do they drive the glitter down your face during the day. However, they aren’t as pigmented so you have to layer or accept that it will be a sheer wash if you only want to swipe once. I bought Seductive Rose through Neiman Marcus, but I thought it was supposed to be permanent. I have found it hard to find and it shipped from a store.
The colors are just so pretty that I don’t think I’ll be taking this one back. In fact, I’m considering it’s older sister – Orchid Haze. For me, these are everyday colors. If you are considering Tom Ford eyeshadows, then I would pick a quad that is something you’ll wear on the regular. I bought a limited edition quad last year that is so gorgeous and fun, but the colors are not everyday, so it wasn’t a good choice. Though I wear it occasionally, you’ll want to feel like you’re getting your money’s worth out of these palettes. Also, I don’t really have any colors similar except for the bottom right shade. I don’t have a complete dupe, however, and it’s really smooth. I’d also recommend getting shadows that you don’t have. There are some really pretty quads I can’t seem to buy because I feel like though they are pretty, anyone can make some pretty browns. I also bought my quads when the prices were lower and his already ridiculously high prices plus and increase is just hard to swallow.
Wearing the Shadows
Ah this damn bronzer brush. On my list for over a year, I finally pulled the trigger. It’s a movable yet dense brush with white goat hair (mine is dirty in the photo). It’s large, yet not as large as I expected (good thing). It covers ground quickly and effectively without putting bronzer everywhere. I love how easy it is to use and for the first time, it makes applying bronzer easy and effortless. It picks up just the right amount (how does it know??!!) and blends color beautifully. It’s insanely soft. The only downside is that it did shed on me (seems to have stopped) and for the price point, I just would hope that wouldn’t happen. I could quickly see why so many were smitten with this brush. I am curious in the cream blending brush, but I have to say, I might just stop with the bronzer. I feel like for eyeshadow and other makeup applications (including cream products) I have brushes that do the job. While I love this brush, I’d only recommend in investing where your collection seems to be short.
It’s quite nicely weighted and the handle is a great size. I can’t fault it much and think it’s also great for just applying powder. It hasn’t quite figured out how to do my laundry yet, which while I recommend it, I wouldn’t just jump off your chairs flocking to buy it.
I love the items I’ve picked up and they are great additions. Though, I’d make sure you know what you’re getting into when buying either of these products. Don’t like shimmer? Don’t like to layer colors? Don’t buy the quad. Don’t like shedding? Don’t pick up the bronzer brush. They are lovely, but I’ve definitely been thinking two, three and four times before buying any of his products and I’d do the same if I were in your shoes.