Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad

Is it a “Must-Have” or a “Nice-To-Have”? That is the question.

Arguably, most makeup products can be placed in the latter category, but I’m dramatic. I love my cosmetics more than most people. Today’s post is dedicated to my thoughts on a luxury eyeshadow palette that many fawn over – the Tom Ford Eye Colour Quad in "Nude Dip". The hype was real on this one. So real that I reached into my pockets and shelled out $80 USD for it. The price is steep, the packaging is beautiful and the product is… nice?

How anti-climatic is that? Yes, the shade selection is superb and it will make you very happy if you’re a fan of taupe undertones and shimmer:

I like that nothing in this palette leans too reddish warm or too cool toned. The finish is lovely and smooth, and the eyeshadows can be used wet or dry. The lighter colours have more shimmer than the darkest shade, which imparts more of a satin sheen. When used dry the shadows are less pigmented/intense on the eye. When used wet and packed on with a flat brush, you get more of an intense shimmery/metallic finish.

I am personally not a huge fan of wet/dry eyeshadow hybrids because I am lazy. I want an eyeshadow to be able to look intense or to blend out to a sheer finish without the addition of water, especially if I am shelling out $$$ for it. Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense eyeshadows, for example, accomplish this feat. Also, the lack of a crease colour option doesn’t make this palette a perfect travel companion as you’d always need to pack an extra shadow or two.

Don’t get me wrong – this palette is gorgeous. The shimmer finish, when buffed all over the eyelid with a fluffy brush, really brings the eyes to life. But for me personally, it just isn’t enough to warrant “Must-Have” status, it’s merely a “Nice-To-Have”. You can use eyeshadows like Naked Lunch, Sable, Satin Taupe or All That Glitters from MAC, Burberry’s Glow Wet/Dry eyeshadows or the NARS Dual Intensity shadows for the same effect and with the same amount of effort.

Tom Ford Nude Dip retails for $80 USD at Nordstrom, Saks and Neiman Marcus. In Canada you can find it at Holt Renfrew, $93 CAD.