Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tom Ford Orchid Haze Eyeshadow Quad: Photos, Swatches and Two Simple Looks





Tom Ford Orchid Haze Eyeshadow Quad





Look 1: Smoky Liner 


Eyes: Tom Ford Orchid Haze, MAC Rapidblack Penultimate Eye Liner, Laura Mercier Brown Copper Kohl Pencil, Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara Black, Benefit Erase Paste No. 1 Fair (concealer)   
Cheeks: Chantecaille Cheek Creme Coy 
Lips: Chanel Lip Pencil Tulip, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Interlude 
Face: Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder #04, Chantecaille Highlight Lumiere de Rose

On eyes I used the pale beige highlight shade all over the lid and then added some of the taupe to the middle of the lid. I then added some of the mauve shade in the crease and packed on the deep plum-brown along the outer third of the lid and blend it up a bit towards the crease. I lined the bottom waterline, and top and bottom lash lines with a dark shimmery brown pencil, smudged it sightly, and then applied a small amount of the mauve shadow to the bottom lash line to create a smokier effect. (I didn't use any base or primer with this look, which I don't recommend, but my excuse is that it was one of those mornings when I was running late and skipped it to save time!) 

On cheeks I used Chantecaille's Cheek Creme in Coy, a very pigmented warm coral shade, and then applied with a fan brush a bit of Chantecaille's Lumiere de Rose highlight, a pretty iridescent pink, to the cheekbones (unfortunately, the shimmer can't be seen in these photos because of the lighting situation). 

I filled in the entire lips lightly with Chanel's Tulip pencil and then applied Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine in Interlude on top. This is the first time I've tried this combo and it is OK, but I prefer Interlude alone. It's a lovely, glossy pale peach.








Left to right: Tom Ford Orchid Haze Eyeshadow Quad, Chantecaille Cheek Creme in Coy, Chantecaille Lumiere de Rose Highlight, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine #78 Interlude, and Chanel Lip Definer Tulip.




Chantecaille's Lumiere de Rose Highlight compact has a pretty, sculptural rose design


Look 2: Defined Daytime  


Eyes: NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, YSL Touche Eclat #2 (used as concealer), Tom Ford Orchid Haze, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner Dark Brown, Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil Underground, Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara Black  
Cheeks: Chantecaille Cheek Creme Coy 
Lips: Chanel Tulip Lip Pencil, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Interlude 
Face: Estee Lauder Powder Foundation Desert, Chantecaille Highlight Lumiere de Rose

This second look is what I wore to work earlier today. This time I applied the shadows over a base (NARS Smudge Proof) and also used different liners for top and bottom and did not line the waterline. It's hard to tell by these photos, but using the base seemed to enhance the vibrancy of the shadows. (I'm sorry there are no full face photos--they did not come out very well, but I used the same lip and cheek products as in the prior look.) 

This type of look below is the main way I do my shadow these days. I know there must be more creative ways to use this palette and I hope, dear long-time readers, that you aren't bored by my "one trick pony" eye looks. I tend to stick to what works in an office setting and also for my age (no longer a spring chicken). To be honest, with my eye shape I find it difficult to do anything more elaborate. But I am always open to suggestions and requests!

Here I used the shimmery taupe shade all over the lid, the medium mauve shade in the crease, the pale champagne/beige as a brow bone and inner corner highlight, and used a small amount of the dark chocolate-plum shade close to the lash line as well as a bit on the outer corner. I then lined the top lash line with Stila's liquid liner and bottom with Urban Decay's Underground.  





I love the versatility of the Orchid Haze palette. With it you are able to create a few variations of casual daytime looks, or you can go dramatic with a dark chocolate-plum smoky eye, or very subtle with just a wash of pale, all-over shimmer. 

The texture of these powders is soft and silky and they apply very nicely, with minimal fallout. The shades are nicely pigmented, although the pale champagne/beige is on the sheer side, but I like its refined texture--it is not chalky or frosty as some highlight shades can be. 

Some makeup lovers may find that they already own similar shades that can produce an equivalent look, but if you're a fan of Tom Ford Beauty I do think this is a beautiful and useful palette to add to your collection. It contains a great selection of basic, elegant neutrals that will be convenient to reach for when you want to quickly create a cohesive look with shades that you know will work perfectly together. 


As always, thank you for visiting and I hope the rest of your week is great. I am looking forward to Friday and the weekend! 


30 comments:

  1. So much gorgeousness! This quad was meant for your eyes. You always look so pretty and elegant that I can't imagine telling you to do your makeup some other way. I'm loving the understated purples right now and this post was such a treat. :)

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    1. Hi Liz! Aw, thanks, that is so sweet of you to say! :) I like this palette a lot - the colors make me think of burgundy wine or dark chocolate-covered cherries. It's nice for fall, but would work just as well all year :)

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  2. You do your makeup beautifully, very classic. I was inspired to reach out for my purples again :)

    S.

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    1. Hi :) Thanks very much! I'm loving dark purples for fall :)

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  3. Oh I'm definitely digging this one and I love it on you! Both looks are infinitely flattering! Love the lips as well :)

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    1. Hi Sunny :) Thanks for the kind comment! This is a great every day quad - so easy to wear and goes with any occasion!

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  4. Both looks are lovely! I am loving this quad so far, and am very happy I took the plunge.

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    1. Hi Martha, Thank you!! I know it must look great on you! :) This is the only new Tom Ford quad I've picked up so far although I am so tempted by the other two, but not sure about the glittery shades. I may end up getting the Violet one eventually... :)

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  5. LOVE both looks! You look gorgeous as always! This palette looks amazing. I do want to try his eyeshadows at some point!

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    1. Hi Tracy! Aw, thanks so much :) Out of all the new Tom Ford palettes released this fall I think I like this one the best, but I am still tempted by the new one called "Lavender Lust." They are luxurious (pricey!) treat :)

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  6. I love both looks, you always look so polished and elegant :)
    I am very tempted to get the palette but wonder if it would be a tad too warm on me
    xx

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    1. Hi Clare, Thank you for the sweet comment! :)

      I think the shades are fairly neutral except for the mauve shade which can come across a bit warm. My swatches were taken in sunlight and with my camera it causes the colors to look a bit more warm-toned than in reality. The swatches at the Beauty Look Book may help give you a better idea of the true colors:

      http://www.thebeautylookbook.com/2013/09/tom-ford-orchid-haze-eye-color-quad.html

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  7. Oh my gosh, I just LOVE both looks on you. I am trying to resist buying this - I guess I need to pull my Enchanted quad out again to soothe me! Haha.

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    1. Hi Kristina, Thank you!! :) Ooh Enchanted was beautiful - wish it was still available. Orchid Haze is very nice, but dupeable I think! Also, I read that it is a permanent item, which is always a good thing. Tom Ford palettes are so tempting...I'm still thinking about going back for "Lavender Lust" but am trying to be good and stick to my budget!

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    2. That's great! I'm desperately hoping that ONE DAY we'll get a Tom Ford counter around here... it's just too much money for me to swallow without even getting a chance to swatch it myself first!

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    3. I agree - it is definitely the kind of thing you must see in person to really know whether it is worth the splurge! :)

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  8. I love this look on you and Orchid Haze is beautiful. Your makeup is so polished and elegant, I love it!

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  9. Perfect for blue eyes this one! It looks amazing on you!

    http://helloitsoceane.blogspot.fr/

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    1. Hi Oceane, Thank you! Yes - it would be great for blue eyes :)

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  10. Hi Shannon,

    What a stunning post! Tom Ford Orchid Haze looks absolutely beautiful on you here; the shade and sparkle really bring out your eyes!

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    1. Hi Dovey, Thanks so much! :) I think this is one of Tom Ford's better palettes - even though it is very basic and probably could be duped by less expensive products, these powders have such a nice, soft texture.

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  11. This looks beautiful, and beautiful on you! Why does this have to be so expensive!? Oy.

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    1. Thank you Natalie! :) Tom Ford is so pricey - definitely the kind of purchase that I have to save up for and make sure I really like the item before spending all that money!

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  12. OMG Shannon! Stunning! I love both looks although the second look will be my go-to too. The swatches look warmer on your skin tone than on mine. Orchid Haze pulls more mauve than me. I gotta tried both these look. Fabulous review as usual!

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    1. Hi Joanna, Aw thanks for the kind words :) I think it was the warm sunlight that made the swatches look warm. Always happens with my camera, unfortunately. I need to figure out how to fix that! In indoor lighting/fluorescent lighting the colors appear cooler-toned. :)

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    2. I hear you! Same problem on my end. But then your eye swatches showed the colors closed to the pan. Have you tried a light box?

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    3. Hi Joanne, I have a light box with a fluorescent bulb and it does seem to make the colors look more accurate but it doesn't capture detail as well sunlight, especially in shimmery products. I would like to try a different camera someday and see if that helps! :)

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  13. Love these looks! I really need to get my hands on this palettes

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    1. Thanks Jenny! This is a great everyday palette :)

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