A Monday Face of the Day With the New Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Compact

Published in: Eyes, Face, Face of the Day (FOTD), Tom Ford Beauty

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Palette

Wearing Tom Ford’s new $95 Unabashed Eye and Cheek compact

The bright matte blue eyeshadow chilling in the corner of Tom Ford’s new summer eye and cheek compact is, well, unabashedly blue and comes, ironically, out of the blue, or so it seems to me.

Then again, maybe that was the point. The compact is called Unabashed, after all, and with a name like that, I guess it makes sense to have at least one outrageous color, methinks.


Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Compact

The bold electric blue looks like it wandered over from the Urban Decay counter and decided to kick it with TF for the summer, and it’s not one of those bait-and-switch blue eyeshadows, either — you know, the kind that scream from their pans, “Haaaay, look at me, playa!” only to apply all shy and sheer.

No way, this blue’s bright and bangin’ — perfect for bold blue eye looks, if you feel so inclined.

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Compact

When I see blues like this one, my gut usually tells me to do a neutral lid and smudge the blue along my lower lash lines, or perhaps do a soft blue cat eye, but this morning my gut told me something else. It said, “Um, Karen, let the blue play with the other colors in the compact, OK?”

And I said, “Sure.” 🙂

The compact also includes a matte taupe eyeshadow, which looks a little like the taupe from She Wolf, only lighter; a glittery taupe; a shimmery golden peach blush; and a shimmery golden tan bronzer/highlighter.

I found out that if you layer the matte blue on top of the golden bronzer, it summons a dark and beautiful peacock feather teal.


For my eyes…

  1. Apply the bronzer/highlighter in the crease.
  2. Sweep the matte blue into the lower crease.
  3. Pat the matte taupe on the lids, then layer the glittery taupe on top (which I’ve applied here with a wet eyeshadow brush to intensify the glittery effect).
  4. Line the upper lash line with Tom Ford’s Eye Defining Pen in Deeper.
  5. Line the upper and lower water lines with Guerlain’s Black Jack Eye Pencil.
  6. Smudge the matte taupe along the lower lash line.
  7. Apply Katy Perry false lashes to my upper lashes.
  8. And coat my lower lashes with Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara.

For the rest of the look, I swept the golden peach blush from the compact on my cheeks and applied the highlighter/bronzer on my upper cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose and on my Cupid’s bow.

I finished by applying a single layer of Tom Ford’s sumptuous Sable Smoke Lipstick (THE BEST high-end nude lippie, EVAH!) and topped it with a little NARS Striptease Lip Gloss.

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Palette


Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Palette

Look for the Unabashed Eye and Cheek Compact now at Tom Ford counters and online for (brace yourself for Tom Ford prices) $95.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Taking the idea of “blue Mondays” to literal levels…


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So far, 35 people have commented on this article. How cool is that?

  1. Anna says:

    Karen, I’ve been following your blog for years. You look more beautiful each day! Simply stunning!

  2. Teri says:

    Wow Karen, this look might be one of my favourites on you! You did a perfect cut crease with that blue, I adore this so much! And your hair looks so good when you put it back like this, I’m a fan!
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  3. Ava_Francine says:

    First time commenting on here I believe. Don’t usually comment, but today I MUST as you look STUNNING! So far, following you blog the past few months, this is your BEST look, the hair, the eye makeup, you look so youthful, young and energetic! wear your hair back more often!

  4. Love the way you used that cobalt blue color! Unabashed is a very interesting release – gorgeous neutrals with an undeniable pop of color. I happen to be giving it away on one of my blogs 😉
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  5. Lauren says:

    Wow! I think even Tabs would be jealous of that smokey cat eye! Beautiful! 🙂
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  6. ana says:

    quite stunning and hot! go karen!

  7. Icequeen81 says:

    cool like it not to much just simple

  8. Alison M says:

    The change of colors through your crease is phenomenal!! Incredible combination.
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  9. Alice Ann says:

    This is such a gorgeous palette, looks beautiful on you!

  10. Michelle says:

    to echo everyone else, you are always beautiful but you look GORGEOUS in TF makeup and your hair half up!!!

  11. Jessica says:

    Karen, you look stunning with your hair pulled back like this!

  12. The cobalt blue is the best thing about this palette .. you did absolutely stunning Eye Makeup..The blue in the crease with your bronzd look… woooo.. Its hawwtt!!
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  13. Deanna says:

    Oh, my! You look gorgeous, Karen! I know this palette is pricey, but it looks like it’s worth it! 🙂

  14. I love your hair up like this! Makes you look years younger!

  15. Marisol says:

    You look good with that hair do Karen 🙂

  16. Sylirael says:

    I love that blue so much. I also love the look you did with it! 😀 So feline and gorgeous…
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  17. Joyce says:

    Karen you look amazing! I’m a lurker lol and have only posted once before but had to again because this look is amazeballs 🙂 What foundation/concealer are you using here? Your skin looks flawless. love your blog!

  18. The palette looks gorgeous and I love your eye makeup!
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  19. Divya says:

    This is such a youthful look! The palette is stunning, but I cant have it without majorly denting my bank account!
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  20. Tiffany Kelly says:

    Dear lord woman!!! You look gorgeous!!!!!! That nude lip is fab on you. Wish I could fly you to ga and have you give me a makeover haha 🙂

  21. Christina says:

    Wow! You always look beautiful, but this particular look is especially gorgeous for you. Love your hair and makeup. Thanks for all your fun posts.

  22. Astrild says:

    Stunning look!!! Love the way you use that bright cobalt blue looking so wearable.

  23. liz ann says:

    This makeup looks lovely.

  24. yelena says:

    wowza! u look absolutely gorgeous!

  25. Karen, you look wonderful! And since this was a Monday (ew) look, it deserves double points! I love your hair like this.
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  26. Fancie says:

    You are glowing! Gorgeous look, Karen!!
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  27. BeccaTheCyborg says:

    You’re always so pretty, Karen, but OMG, this look is stunning!

  28. Margaret says:

    Wow!!! You look amazing in this post!!! I mean way more amazing than your normal amazing. Great work!!!

  29. Erin says:

    Oh I love that!
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  30. Denise S says:

    You look great Karen! Love the hair! One day I’ll buy a Tom Ford palette, waiting for one the hit me. This one looks ok.

  31. Vanessa says:

    Karen you look bellisima !!

  32. Georgie says:

    This is your best makeup look EVER!

  33. Alexandra Aallexxy says:

    The best use of this palette I’ve seen so far! Beautiful.

  34. Lissette says:

    What foundation are you using in these pics?

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