Thursday, June 13, 2013

Review and Tutorial : Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in Cognac Sable

Tom Ford cosmetics is at the epitome of luxury (that spells hefty price) and a fantastically performing brand developed as an eponymous brand by Mr.Tom Ford himself in association with the makeup magician Charlotte Tilbury. With all the rave reviews and people all over the world owning something or other, I decided to order the Eye shadow Quad in Cognac Sable which happens to be one of their most best selling products.

So presenting a review of the Tom Ford Eye shadow Quad in COGNAC SABLE. This is just a short review and a tutorial of an eye makeup done with it. Detailed reviews can be found on many beauty blogging sites. I purchase the Tom Ford Cognac Sable for 6500 INR paying the customs and taxes.

I love the plush packaging. It comes in a luxurious brown and gold cardboard box and its own sleeve to hold the eyeshadow palette. The eyeshadow palette is really big and looks expensive (they have really worked on the packing a lot and that is the reason of it being so expensive) and is as big as I-phone only being lighter in weight. These products are great for adorning the dressing table and not very easy for carrying for travels and all unless you are packed heavy and love to carry the product.

The eyeshadow quad consists of a whopping 10 gm worth product (making the cost as equal or less expensive than MAC) and in colors that are coordinated for a lot of different combinations. Cognac Sable is made with a metallic copper theme in the mind and consists of 3 silky shimmery eyeshadows and 1 pressed reddened copper glitter. These powder eyeshadows are pressed in pans and stuck in the container (unlike YSL Pure Chromatics eyeshadows which are poured directly) with embossed TF (Tom Ford) on the plastic covering over the eyeshadow. The eyeshadows are as buttery as Guerlain but have a little dry texture which I like as this allows building up and layering the product without going OTT and getting too much at once.The applicators provided are amazing too and quite effective during the absence of makeup tools.

The colors are :-
  • Shimmery golden beige
  • Shimmery medium coppery brown with gold flecks
  • Shimmery deep cool dark brown with slight purple tones
  • Reddish Copper Glitter pressed in a unique filler
The eyeshadows glide better on lids and stay longer even without a primer. I prefer using such eyeshadows over a sticky base like a MAC Paint Pot as the eyeshadows get applied with maximum impact. Charlotte Tilbury has a video where she has used this famous Tom Ford Quad here.

I have done a couple of looks using Cognac Sable and this is one of the looks that I wanted to add in the quick review of the eyeshadow quad........

Use an under eye concealer to hide any circles and sallowness in the under eye area. This adds freshness to the look.

Prime the lids with an eyeshadow primer to secure the longevity of the product. Also comb and tame the eye brows.

Apply a thin layer of MAC Paint pot in Groundwork on the lid and diffuse into the crease.

Trace the lash line with Bourjois Khol and Contour 16 hr pencil in Ultra Black and also draw a triangle on the outer corners to add depth and dimension to the eyes.

Diffuse the eye liner before it sets and create a hazy smoke around the outer half of the eye lids and also darken and stain the lash line.

Apply the medium coppery brown eyeshadow from the Tom Ford palette on the inner half of the lid and blend it into the crease while diffusing the color upto the brow bone.

Apply the coppery brown eyeshadow on the lower lids and smoke it out as shown in the pic.

Darken the outer corners and define the crease completely with the dark brown shimmery eyeshadow. Repeat on the outer corners of the lower lids too.

Highlight the inner corners and the brow bone with the golden beige eyeshadow. I love the way this shadow creates a wide eyed look.

Add some golden beige eyeshadow on the centre of the lid to give the eye makeup a 3D effect.

Retrace the lash lines with the black pencil.

With the ring finger, apply the reddish copper glitter on the centre of the eye. This adds a bedazzling magical touch to the eye makeup and takes the smokey eye to a newer level.

Fill the inner rims with Bourjois Ultra Black eye pencil. Also blend the eyeshadows on the lower lids to create an opium den effect. 

Curl the lashes with MAC eye lash curler and then apply 3 coats of Urban Decay's Big Fatty mascara which according to me is the worst mascara ever.

This is the finished look.. The colors are very complimenting and create the perfect smoldering coppery eye for an evening occasion. A fair dose of glitter makes the eyes sparkle and look mesmerizing.

Tom Ford eyeshadow quads are really amazing when it comes to textures and colors although the colors are quite dupeable and one can find for similar colors in other drug store and department brands. What I like is the finishing of the product and the luxurious satisfaction one can get with it. There are many more amazing combinations in Tom Ford eyeshadows and another one which I am eyeing is called Titanium Smoke with the hope that I will buy it soon.

Hope you liked the short review and the tutorial. Do let me know in the comments.

Till then,


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  1. OMG! I died and went to heaven :D Such gorgeous colors...Damn expensive!!! But wow! Gorgeous it <3

    1. i died too...the moment I heard the it from Beautiful store in Mumbai...its too exclusive and literally costs as much as 2 gm gold...
      Thanks a ton for the comment Shikha,

  2. I'm officially in love...the copper glitter is my heartthrob....

    1. thank u so much...copper is my new penchant too and Tom Ford gives copper a new dimension...

  3. OMG! How stunners! I absolutely love the eye look! I wish to get married soon and have you as my makeup artist for my special day!
    I have a similar palette from Oriflame called Pure Intense eye shadow palette.. thank fully it is very affordable and great quality too!

    1. thanks a million i said Oriflame and many other brands have such lovely colors....this palette is just synonymous with luxury makeup and nothin beyond that....wud surely love to do ur makeup for ur let me know..

  4. This is sooo gorgeous !! Loved the look..


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