Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad #04 Honeymoon

This was a difficult purchase purely because of the price point. I purchased the Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad #04 Honeymoon in Australia from David Jones for $122 AUD. It can be purchased in the United States online at Sephora for $85 USD. For four shadows it is definitely up there in price……you really are paying for the brand name on this one, but isn’t that applicable to all Tom Ford products really 🤔🙈

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The packaging is a reflective brown and gold which comes with two sponge tip applicator brushes which I have already lost…….given they were Tom Ford I probably should have taken better care of them! There are four shades consisting of a sheer sparkle, satin, shimmer and matte.

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The only shade that was not up to standard was shade number four, the dark matte. For the price I expect the matte to perform like a Viseart shadow (click here for review on latest Viseart Tryst Palette), and it did not. This particular shadow was rather patchy and not the easiest to blend. The other three shadows perform like a dream which is what to be expected of product in this high end price range. They applied well with fingers and intensity was easily built up with MAC fix plus and a shader brush.

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For me this palette is not a stand alone palette. For transition, adding depth to outer corner and blending I had to use shades from another palette, specifically the Guerlain Ecrin 6 Colour palette in #10 Rue Des Francs Bourgeois.

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Even though I found one shade a dud and have to use another palette to complete an eye look, I really love this palette. I love the shade colours and I love working with them. It is Tom Ford so paying a premium is a given. Are there better shadows on the market? Yes. Is it worth the price tag? Probably not. Was it a waste of money? Not for me….Tom Ford makes me happy 😋

Full Disclosure: I used the Nars Eye base primer on my lids before using this palette as it is what I do every time I do my makeup. Links are not affiliate.

Overall I rate this product 7.5/10.

Have you got a Tom Ford product that you can not live without?? let me know in the comments xx

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Quick Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills x Amrezy Highlighter

I purchased this as soon as it was released on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website along with the Soft Glam palette (click for review). I really should have waited until it was released on Beautylish to avoid the ridiculous $17.95 USD shipping fee I had to pay…….ughh the first world problems of a makeup addict. This highlighter can now be purchased from Beautylish for $28 USD.

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The highlighter comes in cute black and rose gold packaging with stars embossed on the front. Inside the product has been poured in the shape of waves which gives it that multi toned appearance.

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The shade of this highlighter is a yellow gold with no visible glitter particles. It is a thin powder which has a beautiful sophisticated golden sheen that seems to sink into the skin. When you dip a brush into the pan there is no powder kick up whatsoever. The highlighter is versatile as it wore well as eyeshadow, eyeshadow topper or inner corner highlight.

Final thoughts are that the yellow gold shade is nothing new or original but the formula is different to other highlighters in my collection. I have heard this is the same formula as an older ABH highlighter, but I don’t have any in my collection to investigate this claim myself. The price at $28 USD is pretty reasonable in my opinion, check out my review on the Tom Ford  Sheer Highlighting Duo for an obscenely priced highlighter!

Overall I rate this product 8/10.

Are you going to grab this highlighter? Let me know in the comments! xxx

Quick Review: Tom Ford Sheer Highlighting Duo Reflects Gilt

I am a fan of most TomFord makeup……hate the price but love the products! I procrastinated on purchasing the TomFord Reflects Gilt Highlighter for a while but once I saw it in person I bought it straight away……its just so pretty!

I purchased the TomFord Sheer Highlighting Duo Reflects Gilt from David Jones for $123 AUD. It can be purchased from United States Sephora for $80 USD. Even with currency conversion the price mark up in Australia is ridiculous on this product.

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The packaging is the typical gorgeous TomFord white and gold, which looks luxurious yet lacks the weight I would expect of a product in this price range (this is due to the fact the packaging is hard plastic rather than a sturdy metal).

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Inside the compact are two gorgeous highlighters. The top shade is gold (representing the sunrise) and the bottom is a rose gold (representing the sunset). Both shades swatch quite sheer but when applied on the face they give a gorgeous sheen to the cheeks. There is nothing sheer about this highlight when applied to the face! Both shades work well on the eyelids and for inner corner highlights.

There is no doubt that this is insanely expensive but its TomFord, and nothing beats TomFord when you want to treat yourself!

Overall I rate this product 8.5/10.

I am going to be writing more TomFord product  reviews in the next few weeks so keep an eye out for those if you are interested in other products from the brand. I would love to know what TomFord products you want or love? xxxx

Quick Review: NARS Reve Sale Cheek Palette Limited Edition

The NARS Bord De Plague face palette was my favourite face palette purchase from 2017 because I loved the new formula used in the powders. When I saw that the same formula was used in the new limited edition NARS Reve Sale Cheek Palette, I grabbed it straight away. I purchased the palette from Mecca for $71 AUD. I could not find where it was available in the United States but it is slated for a spring release…….is it really possible we actually got an earlier release date for a product than the U.S??? I’m finding that hard to believe!

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The palette has solid packaging with a pretty rose gold embossed print on the front. It is a perfect travel sized highlight palette.

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The palette contains three highlighters, simply named I; II; and III. The shades are; pale apricot; soft rose shade; and a tan rose gold. They blend well on the skin and add a soft subtle sheen. On my NC20 skin the middle and last shades work well as blushes. All three shades were great layered on top of eye shadow or as inner corner highlight. I always try and test products for multiple uses. They provide a soft highlight to the cheeks which can be intensified if applied wet….this is too much shimmer for me but those who love the blinding highlight will love this!

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You can see the similarities between my beloved Bord De Plage and the Reve Sale palettes. It can be seen that the shades in the Reve Sale palette can be matched pretty closely within some of the shades in the Bord De Plage. These similarities make me think I really did not need the Reve Sale, so if you already have the Bord De Plague perhaps save your money. It is easier to travel with though, so if you love the formula and travel a lot you will probably get your moneys worth.

My final thoughts on this is that the formula is A+ and if you do not have the Bord De Plage in your collection you will be very happy with this purchase. If you have Bord De Plage maybe hold off on purchasing this until you determine if you will get much use from it.

Overall I rate this palette 7.5/10.

I would love to here your thoughts on this palette and/or the formula? xxx

 

Quick Review: Estee Lauder Illuminating Powder Gelee 01 Heat Wave

As I missed out on it last time, I was so excited to see that Estee Lauder had re-released the Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee. I purchased this directly from the Australian Estee Lauder site for $70 plus $5 for shipping as it was not available yet at any other retailers. It can be purchased in the United States at Sephora for $45 USD. The 2018 version differs to the previous release with a different pattern poured within the compact. Both versions are equally beautiful.

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The compact itself looks stunning but I was disappointed to find out it is made of a hard plastic rather than metal, this takes away from the lux feel of the product.

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The product itself was a beautiful gold highlight which had fine glitters within it to give a soft sheen. The glitters blend away so there is not a noticeable glitter field left on the skin. I found it difficult to apply with a brush so I used my fingers. It looked nice on the skin and also wore well as eye shadow. I am confused by the claim this is an all over bronzer?? On my nc20 skin this is a straight up highlighter.

Overall I rate this product a 7/10.

Let me know if you plan on getting this highlighter? xxx

Quick Review: Tarte Chrome Paint

My first quick review is on the Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pot in Top Yacht. I purchased this at Australian Sephora for $30 AUD, and it can be purchased at the United States Sephora for $22 USD (although the shade Top Yacht was not available online).

This product is the most opaque metallic cream shadow I have come across. Tom Ford are my favourite cream shadows as they are opaque, blend well, do not crease and add a sophisticated shimmer to the lids. The Tarte Chrome Paints differ to the Tom Ford cream shadows in that they are true metallic shades. There is nothing subtle about this product.

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It applied very easily with my finger and wore well throughout the day…… although apart from testing purposes this is far to metallic for me to wear in the day. If you want a true metallic shade then the chrome pots are what you need!

Overall I rate this product a 8/10.

Let me know if you have any of the other Tarte Chrome Paint shades and what you think of them?  xxxx