Heart pounding in her chest, she moved silently, low to the ground, her predatory senses extending out around her in search of her prey…
The alpha female had dreamt of this moment for days while she tracked her target, visualizing the attack and playing it over and over in her mind. Closing her eyes, she could almost feel her fangs crunching down in that first intoxicating bite…
As she rounded a corner, the hair on the back of her neck bristled. It was time. She locked eyes with a lanky, Bieber-haired teen behind the counter and growled, “One medium popcorn, please. Hold the butter.”
Wait — what?
Oh, yeah! I wore Tom Ford’s Ombre Eye Color in She Wolf ($60) to the movies last Friday (saw Riddick), and yes, I felt like a predator on the prowl… Never mind that I was hunting popcorn.
I can’t be sure if it was due to the delicious, salty popcorn or the grayish taupe on my eyes, but in the middle of the movie theater, the urge to stand up and howl was strong.
Thankfully, I resisted.
This new trio from Tom’s fall collection takes the idea of “three” in an interesting direction, with three powder shadows in three similar shades and three different finishes. Worn together, the shadows create a complex ombre effect that transitions from one shade to the next.
A big surprise
I wasn’t sure what to expect from these shadows or how they’d work with my warm skin tone. The trio includes a matte grayish brown (the darkest color), a grayish taupe with a light sheen (the middle shade) and a sheer, glittery silvery gray (the lightest of the three).
Gorgeous! There isn’t a throwaway in the bunch, and while the colors really do look like a gray wolf’s fur, I think they’re probably best suited to light-skinned lady humanoids and cool skin tones.
Not that they shouldn’t also work well on warm skin tones. They actually do, which I didn’t expect at all. She Wolf just might be one of those rare wolves that gets along well with almost everyone.
Kind of makes up a little for the $60 price tag (that’s Tom Ford for ya!)…
How to wear it
Each of this palette’s shadows can stand on its own, but She Wolf’s true power comes to bear when you wear all three of them together to create that awesome ombre effect. By themselves, the colors are cubs, but together they’re a wolf pack.
I like patting the darkest color in the outer corners of my eyes, the mid-toned one in the center of my lids and the glitter on the inner side for a gradient that moves from dark to light, and from matte to sheen to sparkling glitter.
Another thing? The palette loves layering. Try applying the glitter first as a base all over your lids, and then pat either the medium or darkest shade (or a mix of both) right on top. The glitter will peek through the other colors, but slightly toned down.
Just another fun way to wear it.
Tom Ford She Wolf
- Fallout-free: I see barely any signs of fallout at all with shadows — just a hint from the glitter — and that’s even when I’m just haphazardly whacking the shadows on my lids.
- Wicked wear time: They last all day with a primer.
- Eye bright: I’ve met some boring grays in my time, but these are really lively! — thanks to the pigments and reflective finishes. They practically jump out at you. Even the matte shade!
- Plays well with classic combos: Perfect for pairing with timeless makeup staples like cat eyeliner looks and nude lips.
Sadly, Tom does not do discount, so She Wolf isn’t exactly budget-friendly, but at least it rocks, especially if you like interesting neutrals and wild canines.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Tom Ford counters in Neiman Marcus stores, and online at neimanmarcus.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
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