After writing my first impressions yesterday, I decided not to hold the review for Tom Ford Eye Color Duo #01 Ripe Plum any longer. It was probably the most asked for quad on the comments and to me it is the most beautiful one. Yes it is purple and I am impartial when it comes to purples, so objectivity is out of question, but so what, look how pretty it is...
|Tom Ford Eye Color Duo #01 Ripe Plum|
I have posted close ups and swatches yesterday, but I would like to include them once more here for the sake of completeness. Tom Ford Eye Color Duo #01 Ripe Plum consists of one pale, semi transparent opalescence shade on the left. This one has pink duo chrome quality to it. On the right there is a deep plummy brown win satin to shimmery finish. The formula is wet & dry, so if you want more intensity, you can damp the brush a little. The duo also layers beautifully and becomes an stunning iridescent purple on the lids, it is so beautiful.
|Close-up: Tom Ford Eye Color Duo #01 Ripe Plum|
|Swatch: Tom Ford Eye Color Duo #01 Ripe Plum|
If you already own some quads from Tom Ford, you might be wondering how the deeper shade compares to the others. I have compared it with the deepest shades of Enchanted, Seductive Rose and Orchid Haze for you. You can see that the deep shade in Ripe Plum is not all that plum after all. Enchanted and Seductive Rose both pull more red/plum. Seductive Rose is closer to but darker than the layered shade of Ripe Plum. Orchid Haze has a matte deep eye shadow, which is very close in terms of color but not finish. It is important to mention though, I have found Enchanted to me more buttery, swatching better. On the eyes though Ripe Plum performed just as well.
I haven't compared the lightest shade because I really don't have anything like that. I believe MAC had a close shade last holiday in their plum bag. This one though is semi transparent. The only close shades I can think of are from Suqqu, which are more shimmery, less duo chrome.
|Tom Ford Eye Color Duo #01 Ripe Plum|
Here is Ripe Plum in action. Let me start by stating that I couldn't capture all the awesomeness going on which made me visit the bathroom like twenty times today. Under low light, the iridescence becomes so beautiful, it is something to see in person.
I started by applying the dark plum all over the lid and blended over the crease with a clean brush. I then added the opalescence pink in the middle of the lid, blending it towards the inner corner. Afterwards I sprayed some Fix+ on my brush and added just a small amount of the light shade on the center only. This way I got a beautiful gradient effect.
|In-action: Tom Ford Eye Color Duo #01 Ripe Plum|
Now today was not my day for an FOTD but I still wanted to show you how it all looks in context. On my cheeks I am wearing Tom Ford Wicked and on my lips I have Tom Ford Didier. Some of you have spotted that I am posing with another boy every day. You are right! Didier came to me thanks to my dear friend Ozlem from Berlin. *blows air kisses*
|FOTD: Tom Ford Eye Color Duo #01 Ripe Plum|
This look stayed put all day, over 14 hours and counting. I loved it so much, I didn't want to remove it upon coming home. Now what I like most with these is that they are not too metallic nor shimmery. They have a different type of finish with a gorgeous iridescence. You can probably achieve similar color combination of light pink opalescence over plum, say with new Armani Tints or Nars Dual Intensities. But the finish would be different. Nars is more metallic, Armani is close but since it is liquid, on the lid it doesn't look so smooth (it accentuates the fine lines a little).
|FOTD Tom Ford Eye Color Duo #01 Ripe Plum|
Final thoughts: I liked it on the eyes even more than I imagined I would. The deeper shade is a stunning neutral, not too loud. Once it is combined, the resulting effect is very unique, it is not metallic nor too shimmery. I would call it iridescent. All thumbs up for Ripe Plum. I am not even more curious about the other two!
How do you find the idea of semi transparent opalescence shade in there? Do you have any shades which are close?
Disclaimer: The product in this post is provided free of charge for my consideration. I am not paid for this review, all opinions are honest and my own.