I swear that every single blogger and vlogger I read or watch has Tom Ford’s Cream Color for Eyes in Platinum. When this was first released a year or two ago I wasn’t into Tom Ford (and I still think the brand is mostly hype) I passed on it and I never gave it a second thought. That is, until EVERYONE started raving about how glowy and gorgeous and perfect it was. By then, however, it was long sold out and impossible to find.

Imagine my surprise shock incredible excitement, then, when I found out Platinum was making a return in the Tom Ford holiday 2014 collection. I stalked online stores daily for news that it had arrived and also called my local Tom Ford boutique store more times then I’m sure they appreciated. I wasn’t going to let Platinum escape me….again.

And then the day came when it was available to order from the boutique store. None of the online retailers had it in yet so I didn’t want to blow my chance at snatching it up. I paid a ridiculous shipping fee (more on that later) and two days later I had Platinum. And all was right in the world again. Maybe.

Tom Ford Platinum

In the pot, Platinum is definitely as gorgeous as I imagined, if not slightly darker.

That’s where the fantasy ends, unfortunately. You see, Platinum has the texture that (if you’ve watched my most recent haul video you already know this) can best be described as….gloopy. Yes. I said it. I don’t like it. I have loads of cream eyeshadows in different colors, formulas, brands and textures and not one of them has made me feel the way this does. It’s almost…gross? I hate to be so hard on this shadow, but for $42 I expected more, Mr. Ford. WAY more. I expected the glowy, shimmery effortless shade that everyone has been going on about for almost two years. And it just isn’t there for me. I have to be so careful when I apply because too much comes out (no using your fingers, here, folks!) and then I have a mess on my hands. I also feel like I experience significant shimmer fallout when I blend this onto my eyes. I have to use a synthetic brush and maybe that doesn’t help, but the texture favors that type of tool.

And then there’s the color. It’s warmer and darker than I expected once applied. Platinum? Not really. It’s more like a nude brown with a sheen. Like Urban Decay Naked but with shimmer.

Oh, and did I mention that the boutique store has what can only be described as the most mediocre customer service (if you can even call it that) ever? I had to pay $15 shipping (!!!) when their online store ships FREE. And I live not even 30 minutes from the store. Umm, ok? Also, they required a signature for delivery without even telling me or asking me. For an eyeshadow. This isn’t the holy grail. It’s an eyeshadow. And a lackluster performer at that. They did not call me to confirm my order as they assured me they would and when I called to check on the status they couldn’t even pull up my order history. To top it off, they had my address incorrect and Fedex had to take extra time to correct in their system. I know other beauty lovers who ordered from this store also had very poor experiences. Some even worse than mine. All of that could be overlooked (mostly) if they shadow had been, you know, all that. Sadly it’s a miss for me. I’ll keep working with it, but I doubt that I will ever feel that “spark” that so many others before me have. It just isn’t there for me.

Whew. So, let’s get onto the swatches and comparisons, shall we?

Tom Ford Platinum Comparisons

Clockwise from bottom left: Laura Mercier Gilded Platinum, Bare Minerals 5am, Jouer Organza, Tarte Slate, Tom Ford Platinum, Tarte Shimmering Taupe, Mally Saddle Shimmer, Chanel Moon River, Illamasqua Surge, MAC Superwatt

I included shades that are similar in swatch and also shades that I believe represent that actual color Platinum. At least to my eye.

Some of these like Laura Mercier Gilded Platinum, Bare Minerals 5am and Chanel Moon River were sadly limited edition. You may be able to find them somewhere- or perhaps you already own them.

Tom Ford Platinum Swatch Comparisons

Swatches L-R: Bare Minerals 5am, Illamasqua Surge, Laura Mercier Gilded Platinum, Jouer Organza, Chanel Moon River, MAC Superwatt, Tom Ford Platinum, Tarte Slate, Tarte Shimmering Taupe, Mally Saddle Shimmer

Although I didn’t find any true dupes, I would say MAC’s Superwatt and Tarte’s Slate are the closest. The first three swatches on the left represent what I believe the shade platinum to represent. Something cooler toned and more shiny. Not everyone will agree, but that’s my personal assessment. ;)

You can see just how much warmth comes through the Tom Ford shade, especially when blended. It’s not a horrible shade, to be sure, it’s just not what I was expecting. I guess that’s the things about expectations though….

So there you have it. I tried to be fair, but I also have to be brutally honest. When it comes to throwing down $42 (or in my case, over $60) for an eyeshadow I have a really high standard level and the whole package from start to swatch fell short.

What are your thoughts? Have you tried Platinum? Do you think it’s worth the hype it gets?

 

I don’t normally feel compelled to post about National “fill in the blank” day, week, month, etc. It gets quickly out of control as I could be posting about something every.single.day. The world is full of problems and many of us face our own health-related issues. I think it’s human nature to connect with awareness projects that have touched you personally, in some way. If you had a mother or a friend diagnosed with breast cancer, or if your father died of heart disease (like mine did) you tend to associate with those groups because of your own battles.

While not necessarily life-threatening, eczema can be a huge obstacle to the people who suffer from it. My husband happens to be one of those people. I know first hand how embarrassed he feels when he suddenly gets a patch of eczema on his eye before a meeting. He has tried many different products, prescribed to natural, which all seem to only mitigate the damage, rather than actually solving the problem.

One of the products that has been working, and quite rapidly, is Hydraluron.

*press sample*

Hydraluron

Hydraluron contains a pure form of hyaluronic acid and helps skin retain it’s moisture and in so doing stopping a sudden eczema outbreak.

My husband has been using this for about two weeks and we both have noticed a significant difference in the areas where he is prone to eczema. The texture of the product is like a serum and it’s very lightweight. The results were pretty instantaneous. Within 24 hours the area around his eyes was noticeably improved and hydrated, the flaky appearance was gone and his skin was smooth. I plan to start using this myself for added moisture during the coming winter months.

While Eczema cannot be cured (yet!) it can be managed. We both recommend adding this product to your daily routine if you are someone who battles with this skin condition. You can pick this up at Walgreen’s or Drugstore.com in the U.S.

19. 10. 2014

Hello! I uploaded a new haul video over the weekend full of all kinds of shimmery, holiday things. Andie from Techno Cupcake visited me here in Chicago and we did some serious shopping. You can check out her video below as well.

I hope you had a great weekend! :)

 

 

To say that I love highlighters is an understatement. All forms and colors- if it shimmers and glows I am most likely going to want it. That’s just how I roll. When the holiday season comes around we usually see several brands release new sparkly products that are party-ready with plenty of glow. And so we find ourselves here.

Chanel Camelia de Plumes

It started with Chanel. The gorgeous Camelia de Plumes. I had seen pictures floating around Instagram for weeks leading up to it’s release. I knew I would have to grab it. As soon as it became available I did. The beautiful design lured me in, but it’s the color and the formula that leave me breathless. It’s a silvery shade mixed with a very pale gold sheen. You can see the pale/white gold reflect when the light hits or when you tilt your head. It’s a nice touch and makes this powder all the more unique. The formula is reminiscent of the gelee or extra dimension versions we have seen from Estee Lauder and MAC, respectively.

As of writing this post this highlighter is still available on Nordstrom, Macy’s and Bloomingdales. If it strikes your fancy even a little, I would grab it sooner than later. These special powders tend to disappear and once they are gone you’ll have to resort to ridiculous eBay prices to find it again. It retails for a staggering $72, and worth it, in my opinion. ;)

Bobbi Brown Pink Glow

And then Bobbi Brown had to go and do this. I was mostly unaware of Bobbi’s planned holiday release mainly because her products tend to be very repetitive and frankly, the quality is quite hit or miss. I have tried many Bobbi Brown products and I usually come away feeling underwhelmed and maybe even hoodwinked. You see, Bobbi’s products always seem to get rave reviews and the celebrities who promote the brand (Katie Homes, Kate Middleton) can’t seem to get enough. With all of that clout I’d expect the products to be nothing less than stellar. Unfortunately, most of the time I feel like I overpaid and Bobbi under-delivered.

Back to this highlighter though. I was unconvinced by online swatches. I had to see this in person to appreciate it’s texture and color. The powder itself has a marbled effect with pink on the outer edges blending in to a lighter pink/white pearl shade in the center. The overall color will vary as I think each pan is different. Mine comes away looking like a very light pink, with a warmness to it that keeps it from looking silvery. Again, this formula is very similar if not exact to the MAC and Estee Lauder versions (not surprising since they are all owned by the same company).

Bobbi Brown Pink Glow Comparisons

Comparisons (clockwise from bottom left): Bobbi Brown Pink Glow, Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous, Estee Lauder Modern Mercury, Estee Lauder Crystal Baby, MAC Superb, Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz, Chanel Camelia de Plumes

Chanel Camelia de Plumes Swatches

Swatches L-R: Chanel Camelia de Plumes, Bobbi Brown Pink Glow, Estee Lauder Crystal Baby, Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz, Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous, MAC Superb, Estee Lauder Modern Mercury

None of the other highlighters I have really come close to these two new ones. I do have some liquid/cream highlighters that are more pearl/white in color (MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base and Becca Pearl come to mind) but I don’t have any in powder form. Most of the lighter highlighting powders I own are more gold in color, making these two welcome additions to my collection.

I don’t think either of these powders disappoint and I am happy to have them.

Happy first day of fall! The nights are getting cooler and the days are getting shorter; is there anything more comforting than the change of season?

A few days ago I shared my favorite blushes for this time of year. Now I’ve gone through my collection and picked the eyeshadow shades that I gravitate to as the leaves start to change.

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Shown (from bottom left): Burberry Chestnut, Burberry Mulberry, Dior Golden Savannah, NARS Galapagos, Chanel Fauve, Paul & Joe 076

You will notice a theme as you look at the products I selected. Warm tones, burgundy, brown and taupe. I really enjoy khaki tones and browns that lean warm/orange. They are effortlessly appropriate for the season. I believe the Dior and Paul & Joe palettes were limited edition but the rest of the shades are readily available. You can never go wrong with Burberry shadows and these two colors paired together or used alone are stunning.

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Swatches L-R: Dior Golden Savannah, Paul & Joe palette, NARS Galapagos, Burberry Chestnut, Burberry Mulberry, Chanel Fauve

You can see just how perfect any or all of these shades are!

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Shown (clockwise from bottom): MAC Fluidline in Rich Ground, Chanel New Moon, Giorgio Armani #28

One of my all time favorite gel liners is Rich Ground from MAC. It’s a perfect coppery-bronze shade that has a slight red undertone to it. Chanel’s New Moon is not for the faint of heart. It’s extremely glittery and shimmery. It’s a night time shade for me but the effect is gorgeous. Armani’s eyes to kill shadow in #28 is a blend between rose gold and copper. It’s wearable for daytime looks for me.

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Swatches L-R: Chanel New Moon, Giorgio Armani #28, MAC Rich Ground

You can see that the Giorgio Armani shade has more pigment and a sheen where New Moon is quite glittery and more sheer. Rich Ground has amazing payoff and a shine to it that just makes my eyes pop.

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Shown (clockwise from bottom) MAC Outre, MAC Saddle, MAC Cranberry, MAC Sable

Finding an eyeshadow palette to use throughout the fall can be difficult, especially if you have something very specific in mind. I would recommend putting together some of your shades from MAC or Inglot (or any brand with single shadows) and making something that’s all your own. That’s one of the reasons I love Z palettes. I love having the ability to switch and swap colors as my mood or season dictates. I picked a few colors from my MAC palettes that I reach for this time of year.

I hope you enjoyed my selections and got some new ideas for shades to try. I have two more Autumn picks posts left- lips and nails, so watch out for those in the next few days. Let me know some of your favorite eyeshadows for fall; I’m always on the hunt for a gem!