For spring Tom Ford released a collection of edgy deep and dramatic colors different from the typical spring beauty palette. I featured the Spring 2015 Cream Color for eyes last month which is a unique and stunning smokey mix of khaki, gold, brown and grey. Today I have the three Eye Color Duos ($60 each for 0.13 oz) to share swatches and thought on in Raw Jade, Crushed Indigo and Ripe Plum.
These duos are packaged in a mirrored compact the same size as the Tom Ford Blushes. Each duo contains one light iridescent color and one deep color. The texture is really interesting like a soft creamy powder similar to that of the Burberry Wet & Dry Glow formula and NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows. You can apply these with a finger or a brush. In addition there is versatility with application in terms of wet and dry methods. Either way you apply them, the formula adheres really well to the lids and glides on effortlessly. Color and pigment is buildable dry. When you apply these with a damp brush, the duo chrome quality in the lighter colors shows through and deepens the color of the darker shades.
The colors themselves are very different from anything I own. Ripe Plum contains a light opal pink and a deep brown plum shimmer. Raw Jade includes an iridescent pale ivory that flashes green and a khaki sage shimmer. Crushed Indigo has a white that flashes violet and blue and a brighter deep navy. I've been testing these for the past couple of weeks and Ripe Plum is my favorite. If you're a fan of plums this is a really good one. The deep plum brown is absolute perfection. I rarely wear khaki or greens because they tend to make my olive skin look sallow but Raw Jade has a good mix of different color options to make it look good on the eyes (even my husband approves). Crushed Indigo is way outside of my comfort zone. I find it rare that I can wear bright navy or blue shadows. The colors themselves are really quite stunning but on my neutral-loving makeup self, it's good when mixed with a darker color shadow to deepen the color. Alone it's too bright for me, perhaps one day I'll be braver to wear it.
Swatches show the brightening glow of the lighter shades. When you layer them over the darker colors it shifts the overall look and tone in a very unique glowy way.
Close ups and swatches wet vs dry. Plus a couple of eye swatches. For more color reference, I highly recommend you check out The RaeViewer for her review, swatches and application tutorials. She has really good swatches that show how much layering and different application techniques can really change the color of these duos.
One last shot together:
My favorite of the three is Ripe Plum. The duo-chrome opal pink color brightens the plum shade and gives it a soft pink tint. Even my husband approves and says I should wear color like this on the eyes more often. Raw Jade surprised me with how wearable it is for a khaki green duo. Adding more of the light color makes the color look more like a bright green. If you use more of the khaki shade it stays more neutral and wearable. Crushed Indigo is still something I'm not brave enough to keep on my lids for more than 2 minutes.
The formula is really good. I like that these glide on the eyes smoothly even over bare lids. They don't require any primer to bring out the pigment or to make them stay put. They work well alone as is which is a huge plus for me. Lasting power is really good. Both Raw Jade and Ripe Plum managed to stay on the lids from morning until late evening when I removed all the color to wash my face. Even if you're a neutral eyeshadow lover like me, I still think these are worth looking into. Especially Ripe Plum. You can always mix these into your current palette and these will give your eye look more depth and edge without looking overdone. At the same time if you like dramatic looks the wet/damp application method helps change the color into deeper tones if you want something edgier.
You can find the Eye Color Duos at Tom Ford counters now. Also online at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks and Bloomingdales. (Stay tuned for a review of one of the mascaras and two nail colors, I ordered the nail polishes and I have one now, and another on it's way to me now.)
Did you check out the Tom Ford Spring Collection? What did you think?
The Eye Color Duos were provided courtesy of Tom Ford for review consideration. All other items in the post purchased by me.