So here I am with another item from Mr Ford. I think I should promise myself (and you guys) this must be the last for a while, I will resist! I will resist!
I feel like I am a little late to the party with Tom Ford Nude Dip. I refused to join in the hype in the last 2 releases. Also I was a little put off by a few reviews reporting that Nude Dip is very frosty.
Well then Mr Ford decided to make Nude Dip permanent this summer and for some unknown reason I gave in!:)
First of all, let’s talk packaging! Nude Dip comes in the famous gorgeous mahogany compact with gold trimmings. A brown suede-like pouch and 2 dual-ended brushes are included. Inside the quad, you will find a full side mirror with Tom Ford logo at the bottom.
My heart skipped a beat when I opened the coveted quad for the first time. It’s simply stunning!
Tom Ford Nude Dip consists of a combination of 4 neutral shades in 3 different finishes (frost, semi-metallic and satin). You can use all the eyeshadows wet or dry. All the eyeshadows are ultra soft, buttery, extremely pigmented and very blend-able. When used wet, the colour payoff is amplified with high metallic finish.
The eyeshadows were swatched dry here:
#1: is a frosty, golden champagne. Being the lightest shade of the quad, the pigmentation is amazing. It feels extremely creamy and smooth. I like to use this all over my lid to my brow bone and tear ducts. This is a really bright and glowy shade that brings life to your face.
#2: is a semi-metallic rose gold. The texture is soft, smooth and buttery. You can use this as a wash of colour and pair it with #4 to create a look..effortless!
#3: is a light taupe with frosted, metallic sheen. It is again very soft, smooth and extremely blend-able.
#4: is a satin dark brown. The pigmentation is phenomenal. The texture is just as soft, smooth and buttery as the others in the quad. It can also be used as a lid colour or smudge along the lash lines for a soft smokey effect.
All the eyeshadows go on easily and work with each other effortlessly. They blend nicely on top of each other.
The finish is definitely shimmery but elegant and flattering. The sheen finish does not accentuate my lid texture. This was indeed the main fear I had when purchasing the quad. I find the palette very versatile, totally appropriate for daytime, work with an option to amp it up for a smokey look for night time.
Applied over my eye primer, the eyeshadows last on my oily lids for more than 9 hours before very minimal creasing happens.
The shades in the Nude Dip quad are not revolutionary and very dupable. But the unique finish and how effortlessly the eyeshadow work together is something you most probably find it hard to replicate.
I have read reviews quoting that they wish there was a darker matte shade in the palette to pull the look together. I do not find this is the case for me.
Verdict: It is absolutely a big LOVE for Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad. I can create natural yet sophisticate looks which do not need much blending or efforts. It is a neutral palette with colours that are easily dupable so it is not a must have (especially if you already have a few neural palette in your stash). But the texture and the elegance of the shimmers! I now really understand the hype behind it. I absolutely look forward to using the palette with great pleasure time and time again.
Here is a selfie of me using my iPhone. The sophisticated, pearlised finish really has not been captured fully.
I purchased my Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad from House of Fraser(online only). You can also find it at Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges. It has been added as a permanent item so you can take your time and decide when to splurge/treat yourself.
Have you purchased Tom Ford Nude Dip? What is your all time favourite neutral eyeshadow palette?
Thank you for reading.