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Tom Ford Orchid Haze Quad: One quad, three looks

Happy Easter everyone!

Hope you’ve all got a good long weekend ahead wherever you are. Here are some looks using the Tom Ford Orchid Haze quad that I reviewed in the previous post- as you can see, it’s quite versatile for both day and night makeup looks. The shadows layer well, and look nice on their own also.

Tom Ford Orchid Haze Quad: One quad, Three Looks


Orchid Haze Eye look #1


- Too Faced Shadow Insurance to prime

- Matte Aubergine from Tom Ford Orchid Crush Quad (Shade #4) blended all over mobile lid, extending towards temples. I’ve also blended this shadow underneath bottom lashline, concentrating it in the outer third.

- Champagne shade from Orchid Crush (shade #1) applied to inner corners as a highlight.

- Matte camel shade from Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage Quad (any matte light brown colour will work) blended in the crease.

- Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Black Ink to line upper lashline


- BECCA Beach Tint Guava


- Becca Ultimate Colour Gloss in Autumn Punch.


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Posted by on Apr 17th, 2014 in Eye shadow, FOTD | 0 comments.


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!

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

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Cocoa Mirage Brown Smoky Eye + Matte Berry Lip FOTD tutorial

Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage Eyeshadow Look with Burberry Pink Azalea Lipstick

After picking up Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage quad at the end of last year, I found myself reaching for it almost daily.  For most of January I was in Perth- working and living out of a suitcase, so it was fantastic having such a versatile palette which can work with other shadows or on it’s own. 

When I couldn’t be bothered to think about what to wear on my eyes (in the morning before work, or on my way out to drinks), I would do this super simple brown smoky eye. The concentration of the liner and shadows on the outer corners gives a subtle doe eyed look, and I’ve avoided lining the waterline to make it wearable for day and night- and work with both nude lips and bold lips. 

Nothing groundbreaking here, but I thought it would be nice to show you what the shadows from the Cocoa Mirage quad look like as they’re layered step by step.

Cocoa Mirage Brown Smoky Eye + Matte Berry Lip FOTD tutorial


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Posted by on Apr 1st, 2014 in Eye shadow, FOTD, Uncategorized | 0 comments.

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NARS Eye Paint Iskandar and Mozambique: Review and Swatches


I purchased the NARS Eye Paints at the end of last year because I loved how Mozambique and Iskandar looked on swatches I had seen on Temptalia. The colours were so saturated and opaque, and different from anything I had in my cream eyeshadow collection. After using these for the past few months I’m undecided as to whether it was a worthwhile investment.


Mozambique (25 USD, 40AUD) is a yellow toned matte green that reminds me of army combat apparel. Such a stunning, unique colour, and very intensely pigmented-t was love at first swipe. The wear time and fade/budge/crease resistance is out of this world too. FYI you will need an oil based cleanser and some elbow grease to remove this at the end of the day- it really is war paint.

However. After a few weeks of opening, the product had gone from beautifully creamy and easy to apply, to very thick and almost impossible to blend evenly on the eye unless you’re working with a very small area closest to the lashline (the EOTD pictures below were taken with the first few days of opening the product) It’s still usable if you layer a small amount on top of a similarly coloured shadow so the patchiness is less obvious- but it’s a lot of work. I still use this from time to time, because the colour is so gorgeous and longevity is so good. I use my index finger to apply cream shadows. If anyone has tricks to revive dry cream shadows I’d love to hear it!

Iskander (25 USD, 40AUD)  is a sheer-ish true gold. I find that this works best applied as a thin layer of golden shimmer on top of another eyeshadow- if you try and layer it to achieve better opacity I find that it just gets patchy and flaky (as shown in my EOTD attempt below, which was 3 layers of Iskander). This is a bit disappointing because I purchased this under the impression that it was an opaque molten gold, like I had seen in swatches and in the NARS promo images. The texture is creamy and easily blendable and the shimmer is gorgeous, but god knows I don’t need yet another sheer gold cream eyeshadow in my collection.  if you’re in the market for a semi-sheer true gold and don’t mind dropping the $$ for a cream eyeshadow, then this might be for you.

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Posted by on Mar 17th, 2014 in Eye shadow, NARS, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.

Champagne eyes + Mauve Lips FOTD feat. Illamasqua Magnetism Lipstick

Champagne eyes + Mauve Lips FOTD feat. Illamasqua Magnetism Lipstick

I adore mauvey grape lip colours for Autumn, but I find that they are tricky for me to pull off (I find warmer, brown based berry shades far easier to wear). I think the most flattering way to wear mauve/grape for me is as a statement lip- keeping the rest of the face neutral, minimalist, and glowy with plenty of highligher.

This is a FOTD shot that I took before going to work and I’m wearing Illamasqua Magnetism lipstick- a beautiful mauve grape/berry that I had reviewed in an earlier post. 

Champagne eyes + Mauve Lips FOTD feat. Illamasqua Magnetism Lipstick

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