Tom Ford Orchid Haze Eyeshadow Quad: Review and Swatches

Tom Ford Orchid Haze Eyeshadow Quad: Review and Swatches


After being blown away by Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage eyeshadow quad, I knew it was only a matter of time before I had to get my hands on another quad. I purchased Orchid Haze on a whim whilst swatching and sniffing my way around DJs with some other bloggers post lunch – I was impressed with the texture of the eyeshadows in Orchid Haze quad overall, but the main clincher for me with this quad is that amazing buttery matte aubergine. From the Tom Ford palettes I own (Cocoa Mirage, Orchid Haze, and She Wolf trio), I’ve noticed that Tom Ford does matte shadows incredibly well. Buttery,  darker mattes that blend easily and evenly are notoriously difficult to find, and Tom Ford dark mattes are amongst the best in this respect.

There are some aspects of the performance of the product that is less than perfect (I’ll elaborate in my review below), but overall I’m quite fond of Orchid Haze.


Tom Ford Orchid Haze Eyeshadow Quad: Review and Swatches

Colour and texture

Shade #1 (top left of quad) is a frosty cool toned champagne with medium pigmentation and a buttery smooth texture. It’s an excellent cool toned champagne that I like as an inner corner highlight.

Shade #2 (top right) is a light satin brown taupe with soft mauve shimmer– it has medium pigmentation and smooth texture. This looks gorgeous layered over the top of shade #4 (matte aubergine), and gives you a beautifully dimensional complex colour.

Shade #3 (bottom left) is a dusty rose mauve with subtle pinkish shimmer. Pigmentation is medium and texture is smooth. Rosey mauve shades always looks like ass on my eyes (makes me look sick and/or sad), I’ve accepted that and moved on. It would look amazing on cooler toned ladies.

Shade #4 (bottom right) is a stunning deep ashy aubergine with a buttery matte finish and excellent pigmentation. Reminds me of MAC Blackberry eyeshadow, but far, FAR superior in texture and pigmentation. It’s probably the smoothest, most pigmented deep purple shade I own- so easy to blend on the eye and easily buildable without getting patchy when layering (some reviewers have noticed patchiness but I personally haven’t).

I have swatched the eyeshadows #1-4 is swatched left to right below. Orchid Crush in action below- top EOTD look uses shade #1 and #4; bottom EOTD uses shade #1 #2 and #4 (as labelled on the images).

I’ve got FOTDs using this quad drafted and scheduled to go live in a few days- watch this space!

Keep reading after the jump!

Tom Ford Orchid Haze Eyeshadow Quad: Review and Swatches


I was hoping to get the same amazing lasting power and crease resistance as I found in the Cocoa Mirage shadows, but the performance of these shades on the eye over time is just average (not good, not bad. On par with some of the better MAC shadows). 4 hours before mild fading for all the shades but particularly noticeable on the dark aubergine matte, 6 hours before significant fading on the eye; some mild creasing at the end of the day.

Overall thoughts:

This palette is capable of a wide range of looks from the soft romantic, to workplace neutral, to bold dramatic smoky eyes – the colours are flattering on their own (except the rose colour on my medium olive skintone) and layer beautifully. I wish that the lasting power and crease resistance was better  given the price tag and given my previous experience with Tom Ford eyeshadows- but I am still very glad to have this in my collection.

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Posted by on Apr 15th, 2014 in Eye shadow, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.

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