Today, like wavering rays of light on a distant desert dune, the Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Sahara Haze made me doubt what I was seeing.
“Is it a mirage?” I wondered, sweeping the taupe shade into my crease. “Could it really be this good?”
At one point this afternoon I think my heart, which was booming like a timpani at both the beautiful quad and its exorbitant $78 price, actually did skip a beat. Few things in this world ever make me feel that way. Great makeup is one of them; glazed doughnuts are another.
Flawless, I tell you. Like a Krispy Kreme Original Glazed. So glowy. So pigmented. So melty and delicious…
Never mind that for $78 one could get 132 Krispy Kreme doughnuts at $0.59 each (or 78 sticks of $0.99 Wet ‘n’ Wild #666 Brandywine).
Sahara Haze is about a million miles from budget — it’s even costlier than the most expensive Chanel palette I can think of, last spring’s $65 Ombres Perlees de Chanel — but I still find it and the other color products, nail polishes, skin care and makeup brushes in the new Tom Ford Beauty line very, very hard to resist.
I want to gobble it up!
Everything about this stunning mother trucker — from the clean, contemporary packaging ( the dark chocolate and gold), to the featherweight, pigmented powders that fill the pans — spells l-u-x-u-r-y.
The quad’s cool lemony beige feels so soft that I almost thought it was a cream (but it’s not), the cool grayish taupe has a delicious finish perfectly perched between matte and shimmer, and the forest green and charcoal shades sparkle with flecks of golden glitter that glimmer like fireflies in the light.
But then there’s the price…
$78 is a LOT of tacos.
The Tom Ford Beauty Line Includes…
The Color Collection
The core of TOM FORD Beauty places a strong emphasis on colors including: sensual eyes, bold cheeks and lacquered lips.
Products include — Eye Color Quads ($78 each), Defining Pencils ($35 each), Noir Absolute for Eyes ($35), Brow Sculpture ($42 each), Extreme Mascara ($42), Cheek Color ($55 each), Lip Color ($48 each), Shine Lip Gloss ($45 each), Lip Lacquer ($30) and Nail Lacquer ($30).
The Flawless Complexion
TOM FORD Beauty includes a selection of illumination and sculpting products to perfect the complexion and change and enhance features.
Products include — Foundation Sticks ($78 each), Foundation SPF 15 ($78 each), Illuminating Highlight Pen ($52), Shade and Illuminate ($75), Illuminating Powder ($75), Translucent Finishing Powder ($75).
TOM FORD Beauty believes that a truly beautiful face begins with skin that appears energized, clear and radiant. This philosophy inspired the pursuit of advanced skin treatments that use proprietary treatments.
Products include — Purifying Complex (TBD), Infusing Complex (TBD), Gelée Cleanser ($60), Crème Cleanser ($60), Intensive Infusion Daily Moisturizer ($190), Intensive Infusion Ultra Rich Moisturizer ($230), Intensive Fusion Concentrate Extreme ($250), Intensive Infusion Eye Treatment ($135), Makeup Remover ($45) and Illuminating Protective Primer SPF 12 ($70).
Twelve makeup brushes for the face, eyes, cheeks and lips complete the TOM FORD Beauty Collection. Crafted to Tom Ford’s specification by the world’s finest brush maker, the tools combine white horse hair, super goat hair and synthetic fibers according to the specific need for each color product.
Brush Lineup Includes — Eye Shadow Brush ($55), Eye Shadow Blend Brush ($55), Eye Shadow Contour Brush ($55), Smoky Eye Brush ($50), Eyeliner and Definer Brush ($50), Shadow and Concealer Brush ($60), Foundation Brush ($70), Cream Foundation Brush ($70), Cheek Brush ($75), Shade and Illuminate Brush ($70), Bronzer Brush ($110) and Lip Brush ($45).
I can’t deny how much I love this quad, even though I’m disappointed in the price. It looks and behaves like luxury makeup should — with pigments that last for days without a crease, little to no fallout (I detect a tiny bit from the glitters) and packaging that looks like it could have come from a jewelry store.
AVAILABILITY: Coming soon to Neiman Marcus stores but available for pre-order online at neimanmarcus.com and bergdorfgoodman.com; available now at London’s Heathrow Airport, Terminals 3 and 5
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (an A if not for the price)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Hope you had a nice afternoon. I can’t believe it’s almost Friday. What’s up with that? After I finish packing for my trip, I plan to park my bum in front of the TV and catch up on Law & Order: SVU and Project Runway. Can’t wait!