Blog Post Series, Tom Ford Quads IV: Naturals, #01 Golden Mink & #03 Cocoa Mirage

The blog post series go on with two of the mostly owned/spoken/reviewed/worn palettes of Tom Ford. I am taking about the holy grail matte palette #03 Cocoa Mirage and the most sparkly neutral I have ever seen, #01 Golden Mink.


Tom Ford Quads: #01 Golden Mink (right) & #03 Cocoa Mirage (left)

Although they look similar in the pan, they are very different once applied. Cocoa Mirage is composed of three matte and one satin shade. Golden Mink on the other hand has two glitter shades and two satins. Golden Mink was sent to me by Mari from US, and on the way the upper left golden sparkle shade was broken. I pressed it back with my fingers, this is why you see the texture looks a bit different but it is completely intact.


Tom Ford Quads: #01 Golden Mink & #03 Cocoa Mirage

The below swatch is taken by applying the shades by swiping once with my fingers. The photo is taken under direct sun light. Cocoa Mirage is composed of an off-white (top left) matte, a mid toned warm matte brown (tom right), a darker reddish satin brown (bottom left) and a dark chocolate brown (bottom right). Golden Mink offers two glitter shades, golden glitter on transparent base (top left) and peachy glitter (top right), a gorgeous satin taupe brown (bottom left) and a dark satin bronze brown (bottom right).

Swatch under full sun: Tom Ford Quads #01 Golden Mink & #03 Cocoa Mirage
Although can be used on a daily basis for a gorgeous natural day-time look, I find myself not reaching for Cocoa Mirage often. I find this one a bit boring but I can see that some may like it for the easy polished look it provides. If you want to go for a bold lip look, this may also come in handy. For the following eye make-up, I used the off-white (top left) at inner corner, mid toned brown (top right) on the lid and on the lower lash line, defined the look with two darker shades (bottom left and right) on the outer lid and crease. I also used the darkest shade as eye liner.

Tom Ford Quad #03 Cocoa Mirage in action

Two glitter shades? I never could understand why would you need a second one. I would opt rather for a highlighter shade instead of one of them if I could choose. Nevertheless I like the results once they are both padded on the lid. For the following look I used my favorite taupe shade (bottom left) all over the lid and defined it with the dark bronze brown (bottom left). Mixed them both and applied along the bottom lashes. I then padded the peachy glitter (top right) on the whole lid and golden glitter (top left) on the inner lid. Golden Mink is another quad I don't reach often for (more often than Cocoa Mirage though), nevertheless I like it once worn.

Tom Ford Quad #01 Golden Mink in action

Final thoughts: Although they look similar in the pan, Tom Ford Quads in #01 Golden Mink and #03 Cocoa Mirage are very different once applied. If you love matte eye shadows, simple effortless chic date time looks without much drama on eyes, Cocoa Mirage is your palette. If you want more sparkle, glitter but still choose to stay neutral, be sure to check out Golden Mink.

Which one is your favorite?


11 comments

  1. the left one is gorgeous! I want it:)

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    1. You should get it ;-) I know you like matte eye shadows so it is exactly your quad.

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  2. These both look absolutely beautiful. I love them both. They look stunning on you!

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  3. These are both beautiful and look gorgeous on you! Thank you for your postings on all of the Tom Fords eyeshadow quads. Very enticing! I especially wish I could get my hands on those Asia exclusive quads! Although I think you (and me too!) may be in trouble come this Fall, it looks like he may have some eyeshadow trios! I'm not 100% sure, but from the sneak peeks I've seen so far that's what it looks like to me.
    x Maria

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    1. Oh I haven't seen this coming! Trios! I should start saving now LOL. I checked internet and haven't seen sneak peeks, could you maybe leave here a link?

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  4. Cocoa Mirage is phenomenal!! I'm seriously craving now after trying it on at the counter. It's neutral on me and perfect from both natural and smokey eyes. It's rather dupable so I kinda hesitate to get it. We'll see how long I can stand strong :D. While I love Golden Mink subtleness, I'm not very happy with the quality of the two glitters. Still a very good quad. Your swatches are pretty by the way.

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    1. Thanks Joanne. I am also undecided by the glitter shades. I like if there is one glitter shade but two? I don't know how to make use of it together. Having both quads is good though, then one can use them together ;-)

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  5. I love satin shadows. Not so into mattes, make me feel...sad? Still, for some reason was going to get Cocoa. Karima reviewed it and so felt compelled. Yet, saw a comment from you somewhere, and thought... Whom am I fooling? I dont like mattes! So ordered Silvered Topaz. I was already eyeing it, but after your review and you mentioning how much you liked it...went for that one instead. Its supposed yo be here i. 2 more days... Will let you know!

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    1. Hi Andrea, I actually do like mattes but more satin mattes I guess, like Burberry ones, Cocoa is a little too matte and warm for me lol. You will love Silvered Topaz, if you like taupes. That one is my all time fav Tom Ford Quad. Enjoy yours and let me know how you like it!

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    2. Same here. If the shadow is just too matte, flat matte... I just don't use it. I know I should, to make more professional kind of look, but I don't know. Satin is for me, so I will have to try some Burberry. I have none.
      I am a sucker for taupes. Have tons and love them all.
      Anyways Sara, loving your blog and thank you for your reply! Xxoo.

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