As soon as I saw the photos of the new Tom Ford beauty range on British Beauty Blogger and London MakeUp Girl my eye went directly to Burnished Amber, a stunning eyeshadow quad of shimmery colours that just look so pretty for fall. As the complete Tom Ford beauty line is currently available only in the UK if I'm not mistaken (Harrods and Selfridges), I got my hands on the Burnished Amber with lots of help from the lovely Jennifer - Lipstick Luvvies. Thank you again Jennifer!
The colours are (from top left, clockwise):
- a shimmery golden beige
- a deep pink with warm shimmer
- a medium golden brown with golden shimmer (this one is the sparkliest out of all four)
- a dark shimmery warm plum
The texture of all four shadows is just beautiful - they are all very pigmented (the golden beige is the least pigmented but still not sheer), have a lovely smooth texture and are not chalky at all. They are not as creamy as for example the Le Metier de Beaute shadows, I'd say they are somewhat close to the Rouge Bunny Rouge shadows, perhaps a bit more compact, if that makes any sense. I have been using the Burnished Amber quad for a few days now and there was absolutely no fallout at all and what I like the most about these colours is that they just blend so perfectly and still keep their colour so it never looks like just another dark indistinguishable, greyish/brownish look. I loved using a combination of the pink and brown on the lid and then smoked it out with the deep plum shade - a perfect smoky eye for Fall.
The packaging is of course beautiful: sleek shiny dark brown case with gold detailing, magnetic closure, a large and very useful mirror and a set of 2 double-ended applicators which I have not tried using yet although the white brush on one side feels surprisingly soft.
I'm sure most people who'll get any of the Tom Ford quads will be doing the "makeup math" (thank you Mr. Ford for keeping our brains occupied) - in each quad you get 10 grams of product which means 2,5 grams per each colour in a quad. And that means that you actually get much more product than with the main measuring unit in makeup, that is a MAC shadow (1,5 grams). I decided to go for Burnished Amber even though I haven't seen it in person but I've read some other positive reviews on this particular colourway so decided to take the plunge. You can read about Burnished Amber on these two blogs: The Gloss Goss and Makeup for Professional Asian Women. If you plan on getting any of the quads it might be better if you get a chance to check out the colours in person (I know Get Lippie was not completely in love with her Silvered Topaz quad). I have to say that I'm very pleased with my choice and I now have the Cognac Sable and one of the purpley quads on my wishlist. Although I really shouldn't.
Lastly, I just wanted to add the ingredients list for this eyeshadow quad - I think it's really interesting that shea butter is so high on the list (and there's vitamin C as well):
I'll make sure to post some photos of how these colours look applied as soon as possible (which will probably not be as soon because I'm just in a middle of packing for my short trip to Prague).