Makeup: Tom Ford Color Quad
There’s nothing like some Tom Ford to make your life a little less bleak. While his clothes were the envy of fashionistas near and far, his makeup is the must-have for the beauty obsessed (like moi!). So, I’m very excited about this product – the Eye Quad (and, apparently I am the first blogger to receive the Quad in Silver Topaz — clap, clap!).
A Quad is the perfect product for deciphering what colors to use with what. Once you choose your color group (purples, golds, greys, etc), the Quad does the rest of the work for you. For example, I’m big into golds — LOVE them. Tom Ford’s Silver Topaz Eye Quad contains four shadows in this color range. It takes the guessing out of the equation. The Silver Topaz Quad happens to be available only for pre-order (along with about a half-dozen other quads), but I guarantee this thing will sell out like hot cakes (I don’t even know what a hot cake is but I dig the expression!). They are spot-on for Holiday makeup looks.
The Silver Topaz Quad is a collection of brown, khaki and golden hues (with a mauve undertone). Each quad includes a sheer sparkle, satin, shimmer and matte shadow to give the eye texture. This particular quad includes a light, sparkly neutral/ beige shadow (sheer sparkle), a moss green/ khaki shadow (satin), a medium mauve brown (shimmer), and a dark brown (matte) for lining or use in the crease.
Here’s how it looks on my eye (sans the khaki):
(a terrible picture, I know, but check out the satiny finish on my eyelid – so purrrty!)
Other quads include Cobalt Rush, a collection of blues, Sahara Haze, greens, and Cocoa Mirage, browns.
HOW TO USE A QUAD: Sweep the lightest color all over your eyelid. Follow with a medium hue as a base and apply near the lash line for a pop of color. Finish with the darkest shadow to use in the crease. You can also line your eye with the darkest shadow if you’re steering clear of the smoky eye look. The fourth shadow can be mixed in – used as an alternate base or crease color.
Time for me to go smoke my eyes with some sexy golden brown pigments!
PRICE TAG: $75.00
UPDATE: After wearing the shadow in the day light, it seems that the colors are more of a slate palette – which I LOVE! There is actually no gold hues, but browns and slate with a mauve (pink) undertone. Looks fab with my olive skin and dark hair, yet it doesn’t completely take over (as gold can sometimes do). I’m thinking the Quad is perfect for a day look, golds can be reserved for night-chic.