Sunday, August 25, 2013

Tom Ford She Wolf Ombré Eye Color Trio for Fall 2013

My favorite of the Tom Ford Eye Color Trios introduced for Fall 2013, She Wolf ($60) was an astounding gift to me from a dear, sweet friend in the industry. The hybrid brown-grey colors are perfect for fall, offering both daytime, modern shades and nighttime pizazz in one palette.

As you know, Tom Ford earned his eye color reputation with his quads. Now, with the introduction of two trios for fall, he is expanding options for us makeup addicts. I finally got a day with brilliant sunshine yesterday, giving me a chance to take swatch photos of this beauty.  I was so frustrated when it arrived last week, but the late-day lighting was all wrong for good photos. Then it rained the next day. Saturday was my salvation.

I swatched heavily with a sponge-tipped applicator. My photos were taken in late-morning sun.

I didn't need such a heavy application of the grey-brown hybrid shade on the trio's left side. It's an intense shade with a stain finish. I'll use it lightly for contouring or with a thin liner brush for a lovely liner. It's one of those in-between shades that goes with just about any look.

The shimmering middle shade, a blend of mocha or mushroom and grey, coordinates perfectly with the shade at the top of my arm. I've been wearing it (around the house so far) with the orchid shade in the Orchid Haze quad. I expect it to also blend nicely with the shades in In the Pink, Ford's other trio for fall.

The color of the third shade (at right in the palette) is a beautiful golden taupe - not at all like it looks in the compact. The color is beautiful, but it's a bear to apply.

The sparkly shades in the two new trios are very much like the sparkly shades in the new Guerlain duos. You have to apply them correctly to get pigment (color) to accompany the glitter. For my life - and age - they are way too sparkly to wear during the day. I will wear them during the evening if the occasion is right.

I'm going to repeat the advice I provided for Guerlain's sparkly new shades because it is exactly the same. I was able to achieve decent color for my photos because I swatched with a sponge-tipped applicator, which also lays down enough color if you pat the color in the compact and then pat or swipe it onto your eyelids. A regular eye shadow brush would not have laid down even color - just glitter. A friend who is a superb makeup artist told me that you must apply the uber-sparkly side with a short-haired, stiff eye shadow brush and pat the color on, stippling, making it one with your skin. It helps to use a primer. That way, you get the color, not just a bunch of glitter. (He works for another line, and is a superb artist.)

I love this color, so I will not let it languish in the compact with barely a dent. I'll have to make it a cause to go out more often so I can wear it.

She Wolf is scheduled to be available at all Tom Ford Counters in September. If you want one now, give Dustin Lujan a call at (212) 872-2714 at the John Barrett Salon in New York City. I'll publish In the Pink swatches next.

Photos by Best Things in Beauty


Melanie said...

This is absolutely beautiful! Great advice on applying the glittery shade. I think that I will have to call Holt Renfrew tomorrow to see when they will begin shipping -- and if they will have everything. Is this part of the permanent collection?

ibeautytogo said...

WOW, Looks amazing, I need this in my eyeshadow collection.

lola seicento said...

This is so stunning that I can hardly contain my glee! I will definitely get this one, and am on the fence about In the Pink! Thank you for the lovely review and swatches!

melisand61 said...

Beautiful colors. Thanks for the tip about application with some of the sparkly shades.

Anonymous said...

Hi Melanie,

When you find out can you let the rest of us Canadians know? Shipping from the US is like ~$90 + duty + taxes, which I just can't justify no matter how much I want to get my paws on these TF palettes.


Sondra Derrick said...

Oh no! I thought I was safe from She Wolf. I really thought that it would be too similar to Titanium Smoke. I was really wrong. I need to go back and modify my wish list. The colors are gorgeous and so wearable.

Jillian Hardin said...

I was hoping you would review this and you didn't disappoint!

Thank You,

Melanie said...

Hanna, will do!

Heather C. said...

Lovely colors -- thanks for the review. I need this palette!!

Christina said...

I really like this set, despite the shimmer in it. I think this would look good on me :)