Well, not really, but they are hella small. The dainty little pans contain 0.04 ounces of product.
There are five different finishes among the 30 shades.
- Ultra Suede — a completely flat matte with no pearl
- Suede — a demi-matte with subtle pearl particles
- Sateen — a lustrous pearl with a glowing sheen
- Vinyl — a high-shine metallic chrome
- Paillette — a sequined, glittery pearl
Each single looks like a mini TF eyeshadow quad, but when you open it up, there’s a tiny little mirror and one pan of eyeshadow inside.
I’ve been playing with four of them, and every time I pull one out I think, wow, why don’t all eyeshadows blend like this?
I wish all eyeshadows blended as well as matte taupe Vertigo (an Ultra Suede shade) and demi-matte Videotape (Suede finish). They’re pigmented, buttery, and they just won’t skip. They’ll blend on top of anything flawlessly.
Bare skin, cream shadows, eye pencils, primers — they handle whatever I throw at them like champs. I don’t see any fallout, either, and they last all day long.
Picture the Viseart mattes, which are the pinnacle of matte eyeshadows to me, but, like, next level.
The super soft Paillette finish ones get my heart going with glitter. The blue shade, Tempete Bleue, is one of those stop-you-in-your-tracks eyeshadows that will haunt you for years (in a good way). It shifts from blue to purple in the beat of a hummingbird’s wings, and most of the time I don’t even know what color it is, which is what I love about it. The glitter pieces are highly reflective, like the awesome Urban Decay Moondusts, except they’re smaller, more delicate and more $$$ expensive looking.
The only big caution I can think of for these is the smallest thing about them — their size. At $36, they’re expensive for how much you get. The 0.04-oz. single pans are, like, the size of the eyeshadows you get in a free gift-with-purchase, ya know? To put it in perspective, the pans in a full-size Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad (which is, *ahem*, $85) are 0.21 ounces each, or $21.25 per pan.
Of course, there’s another way to look at. Even though these are petite, you’re still getting TF quality and panache for less.
I wouldn’t recommend building an entire collection of these because of how small and pricey they are, but one’s worth a splurge if you’re in the mood.
I recommend one of the Suede finishes, because those demi-mattes don’t fall into your lap every day, or one of the Pailette finish ones that inspires you. Those’ll grab your attention right away.
I love Videotape, the reddish purple Suede, and Tempete Bleue, the glittery bluish purple Paillette.
Private Shadow is available now at Tom Ford counters and online.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,