Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes - Spring 2016


This spring Tom Ford has launched eight shades of Cream Color for Eyes ($45 each for 0.17 fl oz/ 5 ml, made in Italy). Two of the eight shades have been launched before as individual cream colors in Platinum and Spice. One of the shades Caviar has a very close resemblance to Black Oyster Cream Powder Duo from a year ago (swatched here). The new ones launched this spring are smaller in size compared to previous launches, but the quality is still extremely good, easy to blend with pretty good lasting power for a cream shadow. All the colors have some degree of shimmer. According to Tom Ford PR, all the shades in this launch are limited-edition.


I have seven of the new ones swatched and reviewed. I didn't repurchase Spice as I already own the full size and it was also part of the Naked Bronze Cream Powder Eye Duo which is the same for the cream color, but I have re-swatched it for reference. The colors in this launch are quite stunning. Descriptions of each color:
  • Opale is a pale champagne ivory shimmer, the shimmer is smooth and non-glittery, although the shimmer is definitely noticeable
  • Sphinx is an iridescent pink gold peachy duo chrome color, the shimmer flecks are slightly more visible and larger in this one compared to other shades, it's not a full on glittery shade, but the sparkle factor is definitely there, even though there are chunks of sparkle, it's smooth and I didn't experience any fallout
  • Platinum is the perfect lids-but-better kind of subtle contour light beige tan color for me, it has a smooth shimmer that works so good alone or as a blending shade
  • Siren Blue is the only color that I can't see myself wearing alone on a regular basis, I did try this alone and it gives the lids the prettiest wash of aqua colored shimmer. It's not for me alone, but I did try this one layered softly over Midnight Violet and Caviar for two separate looks. Add this one on top and it gives the other shades a soft iridescent sheen.
  • Burnished Copper is a shimmering khaki olive color, it has a very smooth texture similar to that of Platinum
  • Midnight Violet is a deep violet shade, it sheers out when you blend it on the lids, but is easy to layer and build
  • Caviar is a deep metallic grey-black shimmer with tiny flecks of silver shimmer, it's not as sparkly as Sphinx but the shimmer particles are visible for a smokey shimmer look



Close ups of each shade:








To apply the shadows, I like to use fingers or any one of these brushes.


My favorite cream shadow brush to use is actually a concealer brush. The Chanel Brush #10 is my go-to for cream shadows. It has a smooth tip and it's just the right size to blend colors nicely on my lid (not too small and not too wide). I also really like the Laura Mercier Corner Eye Brush for powders and creams. To layer and blend creams as a detail color I like Tom Ford's Eye Definer Brush #15.

Swatches left to right are Platinum, Opale, Sphinx, Spice (original), Siren Blue, Burnished Copper, Midnight Violet and Caviar


I did three different eye looks to share for some ideas, in each one I used only the cream shadows listed, nothing else for eye bases or liners:




For comparisons, I pulled a few other Tom Ford Cream Shadows (most of which have been discontinued or limited-edition colors) and some Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize Cream Shadows. In my testing experience the cream ones from Charlotte Tilbury have the most similar texture in terms of how emollient they are, pigment and color payoff, shimmer and overall quality. I find all of these last extremely well throughout the day without fading, creasing or budging - but do note I think I may be the only person I know who doesn't have oily lids. Most eye bases are too drying for my skin.

Below for size and packaging comparisons:

Swatch Comparisons 1: Note the original and new Platinum colors are identical, but if you've played with it you know that depending on the angle the light hits it sometimes you see more of the shimmer, other times you will see more of the tan base. All the shades in Set 1 are from Tom Ford. Escapade, Pink Haze, Spring 2015 have been d/c.


Swatch Comparisons 2: Shown below are some of the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize Eyeshadows and NARS Dual Intensity Eye Shadows.


Based on my comparisons, Tom Ford Opale is a lighter version of Charlotte Tilbury Norma Jean. On my skin once blended, they are similar. I have a slight preference for Norma Jean, but both shades are such pretty neutral shimmers.

NARS Himalia is more metallic and frosted than Tom Ford Platinum. Charlotte Tilbury is a few shades darker and warmer compared to Tom Ford Platinum. I'm a sucker for a good taupe shimmer, but I think Platinum is a must no matter how many other taupes you own.

Between Charlotte Tilbury Bette and Tom Ford Spice, I vote for the Charlotte Tilbury in terms of color choice. It's warmer in color, but I think they are close enough that you don't need both.

Tom Ford Midnight Violet almost seems like a muted violet plum shimmer, but when swatched next to Charlotte Mona Lisa, the Tom Ford almost looks bright.

I don't own many aqua colored shadows, NARS Lysithea is a cool-toned sage, on my skin it pulls almost blue.


Bottom line all winners. With the exception of Siren Blue, I can see myself wearing each color on a regular basis for everyday. They have enough shimmer to dress up the look for an easy evening look. You can always layer powder shadows on top of these colors. They have an emollient texture that makes them super easy to blend. It takes a little bit of time for them to set which I like because then I don't have to rush the blending and layering process. I think the only color some might have issue with is Sphinx - it's the most unique peachy gold shade that flashes pink, but there are tiny micro sparkles I think some might find too sparkly. I really like it, alone or layered over another shade, but if you're super conservative on the shimmer you may want to see if you can test before buying. What I like the most about these is that they brighten the eyes with the prettiest wash of shimmer. They are indeed on the pricey side, but a little goes a long way. All the ones I've purchased in the past have lasted a long time and none of them have gone bad yet.

According to Tom Ford PR, these are all limited-edition. If there's one shade you track down, definitely pick up Platinum if you don't already own it.

You can find the Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes now. Some stores have sold out of certain colors online, so you may have to shop around if you want all the colors. Online at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Net-a-Porter and Tom Ford Beauty.

Five of the shades featured sent courtesy of Tom Ford Beauty for review consideration, two of the colors purchased by me.

36 comments:

  1. amazing glitter eyeshadows! so beautiful!

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    1. I don't see any glitter except in Sphinx maybe? Shimmery though.

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  2. Thank you for the beautiful swatches! How do you apply these - with a brush? Thank you!

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    1. Hi Nina, I'm just getting around to responding to commments, I updated the post above with a few recs. For any of the lighter colors I just use fingers. HTH!

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  3. Gotta hate when brands reduce the sizes of products :X

    I think my favourite colours of this release are Midnight Violet and Sphinx. Sphinx is quite original and I wish I knew if another brand has a similar product.

    In any case, I live countries away from a Tom Ford counter, so it is all hypothetical ;)

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    1. Yes me too :( but after MAC reduced the loose pigments by 1/2 and kept the price the same, I've kinda just accepted brands will do this.

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  4. I've been looking forward to this post, thank you for the beautiful swatches! Ironically, the only one of the eight I've bought so far is Siren Blue, but our colourings are very different, so it makes sense. I might go for Midnight Violet and Platinum as well.

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    1. Glad you liked the swatches! I wish I could pull off aqua shimmers on the eyes more often - it's just so outside my normal comfort zone.

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  5. I am shocked that these are Ltd Edition......why would they do that? I bought them all except Spice & Platinum which I already have and I just love them! My favourite is Midnight Violet....it really works with green eyes and is quite unlike anything else I have. I have five of the Charlotte Tilbury creams but TF creams just seem to have more pop and dimension. If these are Ltd Edition I am going to need back ups in a couple of colour's. I'm finding done of TF decision making about what to have as Ltd and discontinue absolutely baffling. Cognac Sable......why? why? Apparently Disco Dust is the new Cognac Sable but it's not. Xx

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    1. No idea on the LE. Who knows though, some have reported they are permanent, others LE. My info came direct from Tom Ford PR.

      I'm so sad Cognac Sable is gone. Not that I will be hitting pan anytime soon, there's lots of other items to play with.

      The good thing with these creams is they last FOREVER ... well at least for me, haha.

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  6. Thanks for the thorough post, with comparison swarches of Charlotte Tilbury cream shadows as many have wondered about the similarities. I've read that some are having difficulty seeing Sphynx's colour on their lids when worn by itself. Am wondering if a base would help and whether that eould be a light or dark base. Could you post a picture of Sphynx worn on it's own? Am also wondering if midnight violet looks violet as it's sheered out or if it turns more brown? Thanks again for an excellent post!

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    1. Sphinx is sheerish with lots of sparkle. You can definitely layer it, I don't think a base will help add color/pigment, only layering it will.

      Midnight Violet sheers out to a light plum if you blend. You definitely need to layer a bit to get the full coverage pigment.

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  7. Lovely--Sabrina, I have a gift card so I could get either TF or CT. What do you think? The TF's look a little more sparkly and pretty. Hmmmm thanks for your thoughts.

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    1. Hard to pick! The TF are limited so if you have your eye on a color I'd suggest getting one now. I think you'd love Opale although it's a pretty standard champagne. If you're running low on Platinum I think it's well worth getting another one :)

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  8. I find the formulation of these is less densely pigmented than in the past - for good or bad. Comparing Platinum and Spice with the previous run this is pretty obvious, no? Susan, London

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    1. I found them to be very similar, at least for platinum. I don't have the new Spice so I'm not sure how that one compares.

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  9. You seriously have some of the most gorgeous photos. Sphinx looks like it's right up my alley, I do love a good golden peach.

    brooke | brooke elise

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  10. Thank you for this review! I LOVE the looks you created, especially the one with burnished copper and opale. I will definitely try that combo out :)

    Are the Creme and Powder eye shadow duos really making a comeback this spring? That would be AWESOME!

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    1. There are a couple still available now in Midnight Sea and Black Oyster - you will have to do a bit of searching online at different retailers but you can still find them.

      Golden Peach and Naked Bronze are listed in the lookbook sheets as coming back.

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  11. Three eye looks! Lucky us :-) Thank you for that because it clearly illustrates how easily these blend without becoming murky. I already have Spice and Platinum, but since they're ancient, I might splurge on some new replacements. It's not that there appears to be anything wrong with my oldies, it's just that I'm leery about using creams and gels that are more than two years old. While ordering, I think I'll give Midnight Violet a try. Thank you, for all the comparison swatches, too. You're the best and we all really appreciate the time and care you put into your posts.

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    1. I'm exactly the same with any texture that's not powder Eileen but my Spice, Platinum and Spring 2015 'appear' perfect. But as these are Ltd and will disappear from us eventually it means backups are essential. I wonder whether they'll keep eye cream colour but introduce new shades each season? I saw on Harvey Nichols that the Lip Patents were Ltd but seeing has TF has the exclusive rights to the lip patent technology it would seem a bit daft to just have it as a Ltd line so maybe it's the colours that are Ltd but not the product itself? And likewise with the cream eye colour?

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    2. Thanks Eileen! Glad you liked the eye swatches :) My original Platinum and Spice are also ancient but there hasn't been any change in texture, scent or color so I feel ok using them still

      Glad you find the comparison swatches helpful!!!

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  12. These are absolutely gorgeous!

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  13. These look really nice on you Sabrina. I finally got Spice, I know it's older but I didn't get it in the first run. It's nice and not too sparkly. Good for blue eyes. That's about all the love I can muster up for a cream eyeshadow!

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    1. Oooh I think Spice is a stunning one for blue eyes! Glad you were able to finally get one :)

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  14. Noooo :( My TF PR told me these are permanent. Confusing.

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    1. I guess we'll just have to wait and see :(

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  15. OMG, these are stunning. Sphinx is definitely my fave. I hope these make it to Australia! Gorgeous post, thanks. x

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    1. Thanks! Glad you liked the post, I hope they make it to Australia too.

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  16. Such a comprehensive beautiful review. Thank you!

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  17. Your reviews are just the best! I loved how you compared to other shadows, especially the CT ones.
    I have a question on platinum though. I've read a few reviews that say that the new Platinum is warmer than the new one. Enough that it's noticeable in the swatches posted. Yet in your swatches it doesn't seem like it, although it's hard to tell because one swatch is more blended out than the other.
    Would you mind rechecking? I loved how neutral the old platinum was so it'd be disappointing if it's true. Thank you very much!

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  18. I really love the eye looks you created by layering 2-3 of the cream shades!!! Just stunning!

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  19. Is black oyster darker than caviar or identical? Which one do you prefer?

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