There are two new launches from Tom Ford Beauty and I have a look at the Tom Ford First Frost Eye Color Quad ($88) along with the limited-edition Balm Frost ($56). As a die-hard lover of Tom Ford I knew I had to have both and ordered them without hesitation from Nordstrom.
First Frost Soleil Eye Color Quad
The Tom Ford First Frost Eyeshadow quad comes in the white and gold packaging and has that same pressed metallic formula as Nude Dip, Honeymoon, Body Heat etc. I will say that the current online stock images seem to be off for the First Frost palette as it is a cool-toned palette with pink and taupe while the stock images show something warmer with more peach and bronze tones.
First Frost has four smooth metallic shimmers. They’re easy to blend and layer. You can apply them with a wet brush for more intensity/shine but I prefer using a regular dry eyeshadow brush like the MAC 239S, Tom Ford 12 Eye Contour or Hourglass No 3 or No 12. Colors are a white pearl shimmer, medium rose pink that has a warm base but flashes a cool-pink and gold shimmer, a neutral-cool taupe brown with silver shimmer, deeper cool toned bronze.
On my medium-tan skin the colors look more contrasted with my skin and more cool-toned. If you’re lighter or warmer in complexion the colors will pull less pale/frosty and look more true to pan on your skin.
Some comparison swatches to last year’s Soleil D’Hiver (reviewed here) and Nude Dip. The colors are in the similar color family to my eye. The main difference is in the undertone and depth of the colors.
Beauty look below wearing:
- Foundation – Tom Ford Traceless Matte in Natural + Sable mixed
- Powder – Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Pressed Powder in Medium
- Bronzer – Tom Ford Soleil Glow in Gold Dust (reviewed here)
- Highlight – Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Duo in Moodlight (review here)
- Eyeshadow – Tom Ford First Frost (all 4 shades)
- Eyeliner – Tom Ford Liquid Eyeliner (one of THE best!)
- Brow – Anastasia Brow Wiz in Taupe
- Mascara – NARS Climax Extreme
- Lips – Tom Ford Balm Frost
- Top – Reformation Lilac Top
- Nail Polish – Essie Crop Top and Roll
Tom Ford Balm Frost
The Tom Ford Balm Frost this year has a sheer pink iridescent base coated with the prettiest dusting of sparkles on the exterior. It looks incredibly beautiful straight out of the box and has that perfect holiday feel. The sparkle is a top coat on the exterior but underneath you still have a pale iridescent shimmer that flashes silver, iridescent green, and pale gold.
On my arms vs lips it looks completely different. On the arm swatch below I see more white and gold. On my lips it is very sheer but the sparkles leave a pale pearlescent sheen. The color on my lips is almost white with a super soft pale pink glow.
I’m surprised how different this looks on everyone I’ve seen try this! I have a more pigmented natural lip, sometimes it’s more brown other times it’s more purple – so any sheer lip color will look different on you than it does on me. Also my natural lip shows through around the edges often. With this one I feel the frost/sparkle contrasts with my natural lip to give it a more frosted look. If you add a liner or lipstick underneath it doubles as a fun top coat.
Formula-wise it had minimal texture on the lips – I didn’t feel any texture from the sparkle. It has nice moisture but isn’t as hydrating like the Fresh Sugar Lip Balms or a lip oil. I think it’s fun and I love how beautiful it looks. For me it was worth the splurge although I the Soleil Lip Blush is more special with the pink tinge it gives the lips (the clear base with gold flecks). You can still find the Lip Blush individually or in a Soleil Lip Blush Eye Duo Set.
Overall love! Both were worth the splurge for me. I bought the Tom Ford First Frost Eyeshadow Quad and Balm Frost from Nordstrom. You can also find them at Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and all other Tom Ford Beauty retailers.
Have you tried these yet? What did you think?