|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!