Thursday, August 29, 2013

Blog Post Series, Tom Ford Quads VII: The New Natural, #13 Orchid Haze

Together with their Fall 2013 Collection release, there has been some changes to Tom Ford's permanent eye shadow quads. According to Full Time Ford, four eye shadow quads are being discontinued (#09 Violet Dusk & #04 Crushed Amethyst reviewed here, #06 Burnished Amber reviewed here and #07 Cobalt Rush) while two of the asia exclusive quads are made available to the rest of the world (#11 Lavender Lust, reviewed here & #12 Seduction Rose, reviewed here). And most excitingly, Tom Ford released a new eyeshadow palette, #13 Orchid Haze, which I would like to introduce you today.

Tom Ford Eye Color Quad #13 Orchid Haze

Orchid Haze is certainly a crowd pleaser. I can see it becoming the most sold quad in Tom Ford history because of the shades being not too warm, not too cold, not too brown, not too plum nor too pink. To me it lacks the uniqueness of some other Tom Ford Quads such as Burnished Amber or Cognac Sable but it succeeds in curating a stunning neutral quad with superb quality which can be used by majority of people on a daily basis.


Close-up: Tom Ford Eye Color Quad #13 Orchid Haze

Let me emphasize the superb quality... Orchid Haze carries already good formula of Tom Ford quads to the next level. All of the shades are buttery soft and very pigmented. Now I will be writing the next sentence for the first time, I found the darkest shade to be a bit too soft to touch. Too soft? It might be just me but I like my liner/definer matte shades easier to work with when they are a bit drier. Nevertheless the credit must be given since I have experienced no fall out during application. I found a softer brush (e.g. from squirrel hair) for these very soft buttery formula works the best. Below I swatches the shades under sun light and in shadow to give a better idea.


Swatch under sun light: Tom Ford Eye Color Quad #13 Orchid Haze

Orchid Haze is composed of the following shades:

  • A light pink with frosty finish (top left)
  • A soft mid-toned taupe with multi dimensional shimmer (top right)
  • A mid-toned mauve with satin finish, not as shimmery as the other two shades (bottom left)
  • A deep blackened plum with matte finish (bottom right)

Orchid Haze has no glitter shade, similar to #04 Crushed Amethyst and #05 Burnished Amber, which will be both discontinued (still in shock about Burnished Amber, which is one of my all time favorite Tom Ford Quads)

Swatch in shadow: Tom Ford Eye Color Quad #13 Orchid Haze

For the eye look below, I used the lightest pink shade (top left) as the base color and applied it all over the lid. I then used the taupe shade (top right) from mid of the lid all the way to the outer corner and along the lower lash line. I then added some definition by using the dark plum shade (bottom right) on the crease and outer corner of the lid. I then blended these using the mauve (bottom left) shade and added some more of taupe to the mid of the lid to restore the intensity of this particular shade.


In-action: Tom Ford Eye Color Quad #13 Orchid Haze


Final thoughts: Tom Ford released a new quad which most of the people would love and like to own considering its shades. The quality doesn't disappoint either, I found it to be more buttery and smooth compared to the other Tom Ford permanent quads. Orchid Haze is a natural lovers dream. If you want to invest in a solid natural quad which you could make a good use of, consider it. If you would like something more unique, like now discontinued Burnished Amber, you might be among a few who would be disappointed. 

Orchid Haze is going to be available online and on Tom Ford counters around the world in September and it is permanent. It has 10 g/.35 OZ product and retails for 65 EUR/$78,

Do you like investing for more unique palettes or rather for something which you could use everyday?

26 comments:

  1. Whoaa look at that taupe! So pretty! I ultimately prefer pieces that I can use every day. It's always the more unique ones that catch my eye, but at the end I don't reach for them as often :)

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    1. Hi Sunny,
      Yes that taupe is so pretty, even better in real life with all the multidimensional shimmer to it.
      I understand that we have many interesting palettes in our stash but then we reach for a few of them the most, and those few are usually naturals ;-)
      Xox

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  2. Everyday palettes are always my preference! This is a fabulous neutral and looks beautiful in the pan and even better on your eyes.

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    1. Thanks so much Belly, I am one lucky girl (and you know why ;-))

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  3. ...P.S would you mind also compare with Enchanted if you ever get the chance? :)

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    1. This one is in my todo list of first day after the holiday. I am also very curious... I believe this palette is a little warmer and has less shimmer. This one also has darker mid colors (Enchanted was like 3 light colors + one darker color)

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  4. I think it's kinda blah... I'm sad all the purple palettes are going away! Your review makes me want to get burnish amber, although I'm pretty sure I couldn't pull off the reddish shade :-/ and too warm for me overall. I did order black orchard lipstick since it was getting discontinued (:O shocking) since that was next on my list :)

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    1. I thought it was a joke that they were discontinuing Black Orchid... It was the most famous TF lippie by far!
      And Crushed Amethyst, one gorgeous wearable purple palette. I like Lavender Lust but I think it is a bit too light for all year around. (Like more of a spring/summer palette for me). It is hard to understand these changes in the line. As for Burnished Amber, aside from one hot pink shade (which gives me the rabbit eye in a sec) all other three are very wearable and I think it would look nice on almost everyone. I usually don't use the pink, pad it sparingly on the middle or use it along the lower lash line (if I am free of blemishes). Each time I wear Burnished Amber, someone asks what I am wearing. I doubt if this would ever happen with Orchid Haze but I would certainly use this one very frequently to work.

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    2. Wow all the discontinued palettes are disappearing from the stores (online)! I might try to go to the store in person and see if they have any left but then again, i have 6 TF palettes (Sahara Haze (my fav night time palette), titanium smoke (kinda blah, I wish I had gotten silver topaz), cognac sable, enchanted and emerald lust) and I haven't used them in 6+ months! LOL I am not a neutral girl tho, my naked and naked 2 palettes are just gathering dust on my desk. I wear color on my eyes even for work (when I am not meeting with clients), plus I can't stop buying new palettes. I seriously need to stop buying things since I stopped blogging, but they are soooo purrttty! ^.^

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    3. I can totally relate, I have used my naked palette only once in a year LOL but I think the main reason was that most of the colors are too much frost to my liking. When it comes to neutrals, I find myself using taupes with multi dimensional shimmers (Armani ETKs have a few of those) or smokey purples/plums leaning taupe kind of shades (like Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Illusoire). Oh and Silvered Topaz must be my all time fav Tom Ford Quad, luckily will be kept in the line. Check out Crushed Amethyst if you like purples before it is gone.
      Xox

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  5. OMGosh!!! The 2 bottom shades would make a fantastic duo for me! Love! My green eyes would be very happy with those but not so much with the top 2. It looks truly beautiful on you! :)

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    1. Thanks :-* Bottom two are gorgeous but I am surprised that you didn't like the gorgeous taupe (top right), this one is more beautiful in person and would look flattering on any complexion.

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    2. It is gorgeous I agree but for some reason that type of shade makes my eyes look tired due to my skin tone so I use little of them. :)

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  6. Literally rushing to Tom Ford to get this! I think it's love,y and will go nicely with *all* my other 10,000 neutral eye palettes......!!

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    1. Hi Stacey,
      Yes LoL you are right, so many neutrals but we never have enough ;-)
      I can't wait for your review xox

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  7. This is a really pretty palette. I love the shades!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

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  8. Everytime I see this palette featured in a post, I'm just in awe. The colors are just so "me"... not that I don't have a billion other similar shades in my collection already

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    1. I can totally relate, I was like "I have to have it" now I am like "maybe I had it already before buying it" but still "happy to own it" ;-))

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  9. Love this! <3 I ordered mine a few days ago and can't wait to get it. The eye look you did is really beautiful--perfect for day or night.

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    1. Hi Jenny,
      I am sure you will enjoy this one a lot, because I know you like neutrals and those shades look iLife yours to me :-)

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  10. If only it had a glitter ;p I think I will skip this and grab the rose one...I was so sad it wasn't available in the US last yr...sooo super excited to snag it! Looks very pretty on you though!

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    1. Hi Alicia,
      Between three, Lavender Lust, Seductive Rose and Orchid Haze, my fav is also Seductive Rose. Enjoy it!

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  11. I recently found your site and love it! Thanks for all the great reviews and looks. :) This TF quad is soooo pretty. I am trying to decide between Lavender Lust and Orchid Haze. I already have Enchanted and I'm wondering if Orchid Haze is too similar to warrant both? I have many shades of Addiction and THREE eyeshadows and liners I want so I need to show a little restraint, lol.

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    1. Hi Dawn,
      Sorry for the late reply, I hope you still get it. I am going to post a comparison between Enchanted and Orchid Haze soon but to me they are different enough to justify owning both. If you like purple on your eyes you can also opt for Lavender Lust, that one is gorgeous too.

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  12. This is my first Tom Ford Palette and I am in love! I have some Burberry shadows and I truly love both. They are simply amazing! Since this was my first purchase with Tom Ford, and quite the chunk of change - I opted for something I would use every day. I am a make up artist and beauty lover ....so, I am a sucker for any beautiful and unique colors in the taupe family. This palette was SO worth the price for me! I just ordered my first eye shadows with Rouge Bunny Rouge too - and look forward to trying them as well. Thanks for these posts - they helped me to create a wish list of what to get next! Blessings! :-)

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