Owning a piece of Tom Ford makeup has always been my ultimate beauty junkie dream...whilst I love high end makeup and consider myself to be a bit of a makeup snob (there's really no point hiding it), it's always been a little too far out of reach. So when I landed my first 'proper' job I made it my mission to treat myself to something from Tom Ford, no matter how small - fast forward one year and I still hadn't gotten round to it as something had always got in the way, so as an early birthday treat to myself this year, I popped into World Duty Free and picked up the ultimate eyeshadow palette - the Tom Ford Nude Dip. After browsing the Tom Ford counter for what was probably way too long, I decided on Nude Dip. Spending in excess of £50 on an eyeshadow quad isn't a decision I take lightly, so I wanted to ensure that the quad I chose would be something that would work for me everyday but also on a night out, so that I was getting the most for my money.
If I could describe this palette in one word, it would definitely be stunning. The collection of shimmery pearlized neutrals work so well together, and allow you to create so many looks from just four shades, it's genius. Each of the shades has a similar finish - they're shimmery and almost metallic, without being overbearing and without having any noticeable glittery chunks, which I think gives the shadow a more modern and up-market feel. The colours chosen for this quad are also stunning and I'd even go as far as to say they're timeless. Each of them are the types of nude which I know I'll reach for over and over again...whenever I don't know what to wear, whenever I want to feel special, or whenever I just feel like adding a little oomph to my makeup. The quad contains a soft champagne, a medium peach, a sort taupe grey and a satiny brown, each as unique as the next. The shades in this palette also layer over each other beautifully and work in harmony to create some absolutely stunning makeup looks, I've honestly had so much fun playing around with this quad. As you'd expect with Tom Ford, the shadows are extremely smooth, with a unique texture which helps give each colour dimension.
On my eyes this palette comes across as neutral-warm, however I've heard that on deeper skin tones it comes across as neutral-cool due to the different pearls within each shadow. However the warm and cool tones aren't strong, meaning that you can get away with this palette either way really and the pearl pigments in each shade mean that in different lights you'll see more of the cool tones shining through, and vice-versa.
As you'd expect, the packaging is just as luxurious as the shadows themselves, and so it should be for the price. The quad comes packaged in a velvet Tom Ford pouch, which matches the quad itself. The quad itself is fairly simple aesthetically - Tom Ford brown with a golden embossed strip running along the palette. It comes with two double ended brushes, most of which are those silly foam applicators which I'll never use but I did like to see that it included a small blending brush - something that I may find myself using when I'm applying my makeup on the go.
The whole palette just screams luxury from the packaging to the formula, and I can see this being the beginning of a very expensive love affair as I've already got my eyes on some of the purple toned palettes! One thing about Nude Dip worth bearing in mind though is that it can be pretty difficult to get hold of. Nude Dip is their classic eyeshadow palette, meaning that it's always in high demand and when I'm spending this much on an eyeshadow quad I like to go into store and really test it out and speak to the makeup artists before, which can be a pain when the stores are constantly out of stock. This palette is currently in stock online at House of Fraser and Selfridges, however I decided to pick mine up from World Duty Free, not only because I knew they had it in stock and I could pop in for a free Tom Ford makeover while I was deciding, but because it was only £52 instead of £64 (plus delivery) from the high street. I'd honestly recommend waiting until you're in the airport this summer if you're considering any Tom Ford beauty purchases, it's so worth saving the extra pounds when you're buying something so expensive.
Have you tried any Tom Ford beauty?
Lots of Love,