Tom Ford Silvered Topaz Eye Color Quad

November 20, 2011

Tom Ford’s full makeup line has just been launched in the US at Bergdorf Goodman and select Neiman Marcus locations. I have not yet had a chance to see the entire lineup in person but I did pre-order a few items online. I’ve been enamored with the formula of all his lipsticks (original and new revamp) so my expectations were set pretty high for the rest of the line. First up to be reviewed is his eye color quad in Silvered Topaz 05 ($75 for .35 oz/10 g). Each quad has a diverse range of finishes, Silvered Topaz has an intense champagne sparkle, a satiny silvery grey, shimmery pale mauve and matte brown plum. The overall undertone of this quad is very cool, I found it a bit too silvery for my olive skintone but it looks amazing on Karla Sugar (see her makeover results here). (On thumb at top is Chanel Rose Cache.)

Here are some more close ups and swatches (scroll down for the review):

* On thumb is Chanel Nuit de Russie (from 2008)

Quality, Pigment & Texture: The quality of the shadows in Silvered Topaz are good but not great. The texture is smooth and easy to blend which is nice and the shimmer is finely milled for the satin/shimmer shades. The high-sparkle shade is lovely as a finishing color with no fall out but very intense. The matte shade is also smooth. Pigment is medium but layerable. Overall I think the quality is decent, but perhaps I’ve just been spoiled by Le Metier & Dior lately. $75 is a huge ouch to the wallet. I would rather pick out shades I love individually or spend an extra $20 for a Le Metier Kaleidoscope.
Packaging: The compact has a large mirror, magnetic closure and two double-ended applicators. I like that the compact comes in a decent size. It feels sturdy but not $75-worthy. Again, I feel it’s good, but not great. I highly recommend you check out The RaeViewer’s Video Tutorial and Swatches of Cognac Sable. I felt her thoughts resonated with me.
Colors: The promotional photos and previews from UK girls Get Lippie & London Makeup Girl had me drooling. Upon receiving the quad and seeing it in person, I was a bit less than wowed. It’s a bit too cool-toned for me and the colors don’t seem all that original. Still, in my stash, I couldn’t find a dupe for any of the colors.

Here are a few comparisons:

Bottom line: It’s like but not love. At $75 I need to love everything about this to feel ok about the price. Yes, buying four shadows individually from most brands will most likely cost me over $75, but I still haven’t been completely won over. Upon further digging through my stash I figured out why I thought this wasn’t so original. It appears to be close to Chanel Stupendous (comparisons to come tomorrow). My heart still belongs to his lipsticks. (I’ve also purchased one blush and lipgloss but still need to do some more testing on those.)
Have you been able to check out Tom Ford’s Beauty Line in person? What were your thoughts? Share your hauls or testing experiences at the counter so the rest of us can live vicariously through you. (For inquiring minds, nail polish featured in the top photo is Chanel Rose Cache while nail polish in the middle with the back of the compact is Chanel Nuit de Russie. Photos were taken over different days.)
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  • Amy

    Thanks for the honest review, Sabrina. I swear, that Chanel Soho collection was legendary -love Stupendous! I'm approaching TF with some hesitation. The more I read, the more I doubt….

  • steph

    Great review, Sabrina! I'm probably going to skip these quads. By the way, what nail polish are you wearing in that pic? It looks gorgeous!

  • Hi Sabrina,
    I was just wondering which nail polish you are wearing in the photo where you are holding the compact. It looks like a blue-black color, so chic!

  • Wonderful! WOW! And TF stuff is amazing!
    I like your nail polish!

  • The reviews for the eye palettes have been a bit hit or miss so its great to hear your thoughts given the diversity of high end brands you own.I think I could skip the shadows, as for the money it would need to be on par with Le Metier. Thanks for the review x

  • Thank you so much for the review. This is the quad I have my eye on, still waiting to see it in person

  • Hi Sabrina, I also want to ask about the nail polish – which one were you wearing in the first picture? Looks Stunning!

  • It it sad that I was more intrigued by the polishes than the quad? Thanks for the review and the great swatches! That's a huge chunk of makeup money saved there.

  • Jackie Li

    Hi,Sabrina!Thanks for sharing! As one of your sincere reader, I knew you're going to put your hands on TOM FORD eyeshadows!(as every beauty blogger would do:))

    I am from UK and the TOM FORD makeup was released about 2 months ago. The price tag is £62 and as you said it's a big ouch for the wallet! I picked up 01 Golden Mink (very sparkle golden brown) and 09 Violet Dusk (cool toned violet) from the range, and I like them. I am NC15-NC20 yellow toned asian skin, I feel 05 Silverd Topaz is a good pallet however it's a bit too cool for warm skin tones, for which reason I didn't buy it.

    I recommend you to have a look at 03 Coco Mirage (almost matte coco earthy tone) and 04 Crushed Amythest (warm tone purple)if you still feel interested in the line:)I thnk for warm skin tones they work better than Silverd Topaz!

  • I can't bring myself to spend so much on a palette… but I do love your swatches 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Hi Sabrina! I keep reading mixed reviews but I can't seem to keep myself from the "I wants"! As with many high end lines the feeling of luxury when we use the products make it an experience not just an eyeshadow or lipstick. I'm perfectly good with that! 🙂 I think I will be jumping into the Tom Ford "experience" with an eye quad, blush, highlighter-contour duo, and of course one more lipstick! Can't wait for more reviews from you!

  • LuckyRedLisa

    *sigh* I knew I should have waited for your review before ordering this. Mine arrived the day of this review and I'm wearing it for the first time today. My thoughts are similar to yours- nice, but not WOW. Maybe it is because I am so in love with the new Le Metier Come One, Come All kit. This just pales in comparison. It makes a nice taupe-y eye, but lacks the depth and glow of Le Metier, the new Dior Trios, Edward Bess, etc. And I got major major fallout from the sparkly one. I look like Edward Cullen. 🙁

  • Hi ladies, thank you for stopping by! Those interested in the nail polishes:

    Top photo is Rose Cache.
    Middle photo is Nuit de Russie.

    Both by Chanel.

  • I'm torn on this one. I'm glad I bought it because otherwise it'd be bothering me, but I get a similar look from Armani Eyes to Kill 4 and I'm just not a 4 shadow application kind of person.

  • The look of the TF palette is so luxurious and prob would satisfy someone who just wants that TF glamour…I read your post on comparing the Chanel quad to this TF one and I must say I prefer the Chanel swatches as they are less glittery and shiny…and hence a wee bit more elegant and unique.