Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tom Ford Eye and Cheek Compact Unabashed for Summer 2014, Review, Swatch, Comparison & FOTD

It must be around January when I was playing around with lipsticks and nail polishes at our small Tom Ford counter, I happened to ask if they know about the future releases. SA pulled out a brochure and opened it up to show me the new lipsticks and nail polishes, then I have seen a compact which was round and divided, she nodded "this is for summer!".

Yes, it is round, the compact is sleek and hefty. Here is the star product of Tom Ford Summer Collection, Unabashed.

Tom Ford Eye and Cheek Compact Unabashed

Unabashed might look like a new word to extensive(!) Tom Ford vocabulary, but it doesn't count as one since it is just a version of another word which is already included. Do you remember the nail polish from last Holiday, Shameless? Most used words remain the same, namely, Haze, Smoke, Orchid, Bitch and Lust. I have heard that Titanium Smoke will be discontinued and replaced by a new quad called Smoked Bitch but I might be just making it up so don't call me on that. ;-))

Don't get me wrong though, I like Tom Ford make-up, which must be my worst addiction. Each season it  becomes more and more dangerous for my pocket. The only thing I can't get along with must be the names...

But what makes this compact so shameless? Its golden dropping luxury screaming ivory case or combination of five generously sized products in one? Might be the price?



Tom Ford Eye and Cheek Compact Unabashed

Ivory compact is really elegant. Unabashed has the same size as Tom Ford bronzers and has 13.5 g/.47 OZ of product, which is larger than their regular quads (10g) or in other words includes three of their trios (4.5 g). I got mine from Selfridges and there it costs only £3 more than their regular Eye Shadow Quads. Thin but big compact might be practical or not that practical depending on your storage ways and your handbag forms but no one would ever deny that it looks hefty and luxurious. I would like to believe that this is not designed for a evening hand bag but for a beach tote. Or maybe Mr. Ford is about to design a bag in which this can fit in?



Tom Ford Eye and Cheek Compact Unabashed

Inside the compact there are five products for eyes and cheeks. Intuitively one would think that left hand side is for eyes and right hand side is for cheeks, but we will come to that again. All of the product are powder. 

Left hand side has (classified as it looks in the picture below):
Top: Light champagne glitter on a transparent base
Middle: Mid-toned natural taupe with matte finish, 
Bottom: An insanely pigmented deep blue with matte finish.

Right hand side contains:
Top: Medium copper with satin to shimmery finish
Bottom: Medium coral pink with satin finish.


Close-up: Tom Ford Eye and Cheek Compact Unabashed

Glitter shade felt somehow dry to touch and it was a little harder than usual to get the product. On the lids though, it performed well, giving a wash of glitter to add a little bit of something to the eye makeup. 

Two matte shades are very smooth. They feel almost creamy to the touch and they don't kick excess powder. These mattes are both to die for. I don't think I own anything similar, so pigmented but at the same time they are so easy to build up and blend. At some point I was wondering if Mr. Ford collaborated with an alien laboratory to bring a new formula out of this world. I wouldn't be surprised as the blue shade could even be applied dry on the lower water line!  

The face part of the palette is a little confusing. Blush applies beautifully but bronzer/highlighter shade is too dark to be a highlighter for me and too shimmery to be a bronzer. I mixed it with the blush to get a bronzy effect going on on the cheeks and it worked fine. It is so pigmented, I believe it can also be used as an eye shadow.


Swatch (studio lighting): Tom Ford Eye and Cheek Compact Unabashed
Swatch (sun): Tom Ford Eye and Cheek Compact Unabashed

For the look below I only used Tom Ford Unabashed for eyes (no liner), just added mascara. On the cheeks I have both of the cheek shades layered. On my lips, I have the highlighter/lip stick Solar Gold (reviewed here) from the same collection. For eyes I applied taupe shade all over the lid and accentuated it with blue shade. I used blue as a liner as well. I then padded some glitter with my fingers on the inner corner, which doesn't who's up on this photo but the effect was gorgeous under low light.


FOTD: Tom Ford Eye and Cheek Compact Unabashed

I pulled out some other palettes for comparisons. I was mostly wondering how taupe and glitter compares to that of She Wolf and Silvered Topaz. I also took out Cobalt Rush to compare it with the blue shade.



Comparison: Tom Ford Unabashed vs. Tom Ford She Wolf, Silvered Topaz and Cobalt Blue

As far as taupes go, Unabashed has the lightest matte shade among the others, which is a little darker than the lighter shimmery taupes from She Wolf and Silvered Topaz. Taupe in Unabashed is unique in its way of being mid-toned and matte. It is warmer than She-Wolf.


Taupe Shade in Tom Ford Unabashed Compared to She-Wolf and Silvered Topaz

Unabashed has the most subtle glitter of all three as Silvered Topaz and She Wolf have more opacity.


Glitter Shade in Tom Ford Eye and Cheek Compact Unabashed Compared to She-Wolf and Silvered Topaz

The blue from the other world (the one in Unabashed) is no other blue on earth, therefore this comparison with Cobalt Rush makes no sense but I leave it here for a reference.


Blue Shade in Tom Ford Unabashed Compared to Cobalt Rush

After all comparisons were over, a thought stroke me. That matte taupe shade suddenly looked so intriguing as a contour. Then I was almost sure it would be very close to Kevin Aucoin's Sculpting Powder but it turns out it is a little cooler than that one. The level of pigmentation is close though, so this one would also work. Oh and it is still warmer than Notorious, so be sure to give it a go.

Tomorrow I will try the bronzer shade on the eyes and taupe shade on the cheeks!


Tom Ford Unabashed Taupe Shade Compared to Kevin Aucoin Sculpting and Chanel Notorious

See more swatches and beautiful pictures from Jenny and Ebru. Ebru also has the analysis of ingredients.

Final thoughts: Unabashed is something every beauty addict can enjoy. I believe this one will also look gorgeous on deeper skin tones. It is something I would love wearing even more after I become my black self during summer (which is unavoidable even with so many factors of SPF). Unabashed has some great matte formulation which I hope to see more from Tom Ford.


Will you be checking out Unabashed? 

29 comments:

  1. Thanks for this very detailed review! I am waiting for these to come in and have my name down. I was particularly interested in how the taupe shades in Unabashed stack up next to She-Wolf and Silvered Topaz so your comparison was really very helpful!

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    1. Hi,
      glad that it was helpful. I was wondering these comparisons myself too so I checked it out as soon as I was swatching :-)

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  2. Truly a beautiful palette, I would love to see it in person.

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    1. Are you fortunate enough to have a counter close by?
      With Tom Ford I have to purchase everything sight unseen, which is a bit of a pity but is not holding me (and my inner make-up monster) back ;-))

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    2. Sadly we don't so that's why I'll pass on this one for we still have so many great brands readily available here. I one point I would love to try one of TF quads. :)

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  3. Wow, that blue is absolutely beautiful! I'm afraid the shimmery bronzer will just accentuate my huge pores, on top of already shimmery blush. I'm really on the fence on this one, it looks good on you, though! Thanks for sharing this review.

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    1. Hi Claire,
      I know what you mean by the shimmers. I have rather dry skin and therefore not that many pores, so it is always hard for me to comment on this aspect. If you have the possibility to do so, I would recommend you to check it out in person. That way you know best. Xox

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  4. It's such a gorgeously designed palette! And that blue is intense. As always, love the look you created. Don't have easy access to TF where I am, so I'll be sadly passing on these.

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    1. The same in Germany. Until early this year, we only had one counter in whole country! Now they started to open more. There is still none though close to where I live. I hope they take care of their coverage soon :-)

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  5. Thank u for the comprehensive review. I think the taupe is pretty simlilar to silver topaz and she wolf -the only stand out shade us that BLUE!!-I find the two cheek colour look too frosty to my tastes-however with that being said the lure of limited edition really pulls at me-but I think I can give this a miss..."....

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    1. I have heard there are many pretties coming for Fall! Creme eye shadows and new Quads!
      Maybe we should be good and save for those ;-)

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  6. Hey Sara, thanks for the extensive review! I really do like how it looks, but I don't know how often I'd actually use a palette like this so I might pass. I think TF and NARS have one thing in common: they like to give their products scandalous names :p

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    1. LOL, yes that names are a little off putting at times. But the words which are used again and again almost imply they might have a Tom Ford name generator ;-)

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  7. Lovely MOTD love the blending of the blue with taupe. I only used the blue as an eyeliner but I should try the blend asap. Thanks so much for the link btw. Oh and ladies we found out yesterday that TF is coming out with a 15 piece collection for the fall. 3 fragrances, 2 cream eyeshadows, new quads, concealer and corrector. And an aubergine mascara ( this one might be for holiday season). Holiday season might also have a cream range. That is what a TF birdie told me. :) So start putting some money on the side cuz they said it is going to be a fantastic collection. :)

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    1. Yay! So exciting that new release. Must save!
      15 pieces is soo impressive. There hasn't been such a huge release of Tom Ford for a long time. Thanks so much for the information :-*

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  8. Hi!!! Haven't had time to comment but I have been reading your blog religiously! I ordered this before it got all snatched up here like last year. I past on the Fire Lust last year and since they brought it back I caved this year. I was wondering, does that blush look similar to any of the existing one?

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    1. Hi Yin,
      great to hear from you. I was wondering how you have been :-)
      I don't have many TF blushes, therefore I can't tell but this one seems to be a new shade (not that pink nor too orange)

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    2. Say wha? LOL I thought you had time for some reason. I thought it might be close to Flush maybe not as coral. My palettes on the way... so I will let you know once I get it :)

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  9. Thanks for reviewing this palette, I've been eager to hear your thoughts! I ordered my palette from Neimans in the States, it should be here on Friday. Can't wait! I think I am going to use the top shimmer color as a base, and use the bronzer color in the crease with the cobalt blue as eyeliner. I love the blush as a nice rosy wash of color too. Thanks for comparing the shades with the different eyeshadows, I bet that takes a lot of work but it is really helpful to us for comparing shades! Love your blog :)

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    1. Cobalt Blue works great as a highlighter, less so on the crease since it stains all the brushes and one needs to wash all of them, which is a little high maintanence for me. You mean bronzer as a base or glitter shade as a base? I don't think glitter would work such since it is not that smooth to add another layer on top but worth a try. Glad it was helpful :-)

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  10. Gosh, I wish this weren't so pretty, only because of the price! Thanks for the helpful swatches! :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. Hi Jen.
      Yes the price is high but thinking the amount of product you get for it, one may still justify it.

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  11. Thanks for the comparison, Sara. It's very helpful!

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  12. I didn't expect to love this one enough to shell out - that cobalt blue was off-putting in the ads but after reading this and a few others, I went to look on Saturday and the rest is history. The sales assistant where I bought had used the blue to line upper and lower lash lines and it looked stunning. I am teaming with nude lips and coral (Chanel Lilas) or blue (Chanel Bel Argus) nails for Summer. Thanks for review. Susan, London

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    1. Hi Susan,
      I have a love and hate relationship with that blue shade. It doesn't go off my brushes and each time I use it, I need to wash them, which is a bit off-putting. But then as a liner it works so well, also stays put for so long it is just worth it :-) Great to hear that you are enjoying yours as well.

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  13. Where do you find tom ford cosmetics in germany? I'm not sure where to get them other than having them shipped from England. Thanks!!

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    1. Hi Paula,
      thanks for stopping by. You can get TF Cosmetics from Berlin KaDeWe, München Oberpollinger and Düsseldorf (you have to check the shop for that one). Where do you live?

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    2. I'm in dresden :) so KaDeWe is the closest, thanks!

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