Tom Ford Acqua Metal Shadows Reviews & Swatches

01/08

Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Soleil | Look Details
Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Soleil | Look Details
Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Soleil | Look Details
Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Soleil | Look Details
Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt Acqua Metal Shadow

Reflects Gilt

Tom Ford Beauty Reflect Gilt Acqua Metal Shadow ($46.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had medium color coverage, and it was hard to sheer it out (it was supposed to be “translucent”) without really spreading out the tiniest amount of product all over my lid space but definitely not sheer if using the included applicator in any shape or form–you’d have enough for a sheer layer over half one’s face, probably!

It had a thin, watery consistency that felt cool as it applied, and it had a longer dry down time (about 30 seconds), which made it prone to creasing as it dried down so I had to try and smooth it back out as it was drying down. It applied fairly evenly but the sparkle/shine camouflaged the bits it didn’t apply as well to. It lasted for eight hours but had some visible flaking, though no creasing once it set.

Formula Overview

$46.00/0.1 oz. - $460.00 Per Ounce

The formula is a "translucent cooling liquid eyeshadow" that is supposed to be "longwearing" with a "metallic shine" and superior adhesion," First, it's not translucent--it's fairly pigmented, and while it could be sheered out, they ranged from medium to mostly opaque. They had a smooth, thin but not watery feeling as they applied from the doe-foot applicator (which really over-applies the product; I'd recommend a flat, synthetic brush for more precise application) and did feel a bit cooling initially. I actually thought they were like a thinner, liquid version of the brand's Cream Color for Eyes, but the ingredient lists were different (not much of the half dozen initial ingredients overlapped).

These were hard to apply evenly and tended to clump up on my lid as I worked with them, and I used a separate flat, synthetic brush to apply a little amount to my lid space and there was no way I could have sheered it out without using it as a standalone color and really wiping away a lot of product to sheer it out. They took longer to dry down and had a tendency to crease as they did so, and in order to minimize this, I had to let it dry down for 10 to 15 seconds, then gently buff the product out to smooth it back out, and then let it fully dry down from there. I had some flaking after eight hours of wear, but once it had dried down, I didn't get additional creasing.

Browse all of our Tom Ford Beauty Acqua Metal Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyurethane-35, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth-12 Sulfate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Tin Oxide, Ammonium Hydroxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Tetrasodium Edta, Potassium Sorbate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Carmine (Ci 75470), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000)].


01/04

Tom Ford Beauty Violet Argente Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Violet Argente Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Violet Argente Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Violet Argente Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Violet Argente Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Violet Argente Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Violet Argente Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Violet Argente Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Violet Argente Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Violet Argente Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Violet Argente Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Violet Argente Acqua Metal Shadow

Violet Argente

Tom Ford Beauty Violet Argente Acqua Metal Shadow ($46.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium bronze with strong,w arm undertones and a metallic finish. It had opaque color payoff in a single layer–and a little went a long way. When I tried to sheer it out, the color appeared a bit softer but was still fairly pigmented! The swatch above is taking the barest dab and diffusing it with my fingertip and not having luck getting it to sheer out. It applied similarly onto my lid–I couldn’t really get it to sheer out in a meaningful way. I would never describe it as a “translucent” product–it’s intense!

The consistency was lightweight, thin but not too runny, and felt cool as it initially applied. It applied fairly evenly, and I was able to blend out the edges without much effort. The issue I had with it was that it had a tendency to crease as it was drying down due to it taking a longer time to set, though once it locked into place, it didn’t crease further. I felt like the shimmer/finish of this shade also emphasized my lid texture and appeared thicker in places. There was slight flaking of product after eight hours of wear.

Formula Overview

$46.00/0.1 oz. - $460.00 Per Ounce

The formula is a "translucent cooling liquid eyeshadow" that is supposed to be "longwearing" with a "metallic shine" and superior adhesion," First, it's not translucent--it's fairly pigmented, and while it could be sheered out, they ranged from medium to mostly opaque. They had a smooth, thin but not watery feeling as they applied from the doe-foot applicator (which really over-applies the product; I'd recommend a flat, synthetic brush for more precise application) and did feel a bit cooling initially. I actually thought they were like a thinner, liquid version of the brand's Cream Color for Eyes, but the ingredient lists were different (not much of the half dozen initial ingredients overlapped).

These were hard to apply evenly and tended to clump up on my lid as I worked with them, and I used a separate flat, synthetic brush to apply a little amount to my lid space and there was no way I could have sheered it out without using it as a standalone color and really wiping away a lot of product to sheer it out. They took longer to dry down and had a tendency to crease as they did so, and in order to minimize this, I had to let it dry down for 10 to 15 seconds, then gently buff the product out to smooth it back out, and then let it fully dry down from there. I had some flaking after eight hours of wear, but once it had dried down, I didn't get additional creasing.

Browse all of our Tom Ford Beauty Acqua Metal Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyurethane-35, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth-12 Sulfate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Tin Oxide, Ammonium Hydroxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Tetrasodium Edta, Potassium Sorbate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Carmine (Ci 75470), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000)].

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01/06

Tom Ford Beauty Venus Rising Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Venus Rising Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Venus Rising Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Venus Rising Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Venus Rising Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Venus Rising Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Venus Rising Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Venus Rising Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Venus Rising Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Venus Rising Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Venus Rising Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Venus Rising Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Venus Rising Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Venus Rising Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Venus Rising Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Venus Rising Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Venus Rising Acqua Metal Shadow
Tom Ford Beauty Venus Rising Acqua Metal Shadow

Venus Rising

Tom Ford Beauty Venus Rising Acqua Metal Shadow ($46.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation when I applied it using the included applicator; I had to really work at it to get even semi-sheer coverage–taking a small amount and blending it out with a fingertip all over the lid. The applicator was uneven, slightly patchy, and it was hard to apply it with precision when attempting to use it as a sheer layer of product.

It was actually easier to just apply it at its natural pigmentation level rather than trying to sheer it out. It took about 30 seconds to dry down and creased and moved a bit during that time, so I had to buff the color a bit to try and minimize the creasing before it finished drying down. Once it set, I didn’t get additional creasing but saw slight flaking after eight hours of wear.

Formula Overview

$46.00/0.1 oz. - $460.00 Per Ounce

The formula is a "translucent cooling liquid eyeshadow" that is supposed to be "longwearing" with a "metallic shine" and superior adhesion," First, it's not translucent--it's fairly pigmented, and while it could be sheered out, they ranged from medium to mostly opaque. They had a smooth, thin but not watery feeling as they applied from the doe-foot applicator (which really over-applies the product; I'd recommend a flat, synthetic brush for more precise application) and did feel a bit cooling initially. I actually thought they were like a thinner, liquid version of the brand's Cream Color for Eyes, but the ingredient lists were different (not much of the half dozen initial ingredients overlapped).

These were hard to apply evenly and tended to clump up on my lid as I worked with them, and I used a separate flat, synthetic brush to apply a little amount to my lid space and there was no way I could have sheered it out without using it as a standalone color and really wiping away a lot of product to sheer it out. They took longer to dry down and had a tendency to crease as they did so, and in order to minimize this, I had to let it dry down for 10 to 15 seconds, then gently buff the product out to smooth it back out, and then let it fully dry down from there. I had some flaking after eight hours of wear, but once it had dried down, I didn't get additional creasing.

Browse all of our Tom Ford Beauty Acqua Metal Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyurethane-35, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth-12 Sulfate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Tin Oxide, Ammonium Hydroxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Tetrasodium Edta, Potassium Sorbate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Carmine (Ci 75470), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000)].

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Product Availability

Tom Ford Beauty Acqua Metal Shadow $46.00/0.1 OZ.
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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Wow. This is really not good. I’d be furious if I spent that sort of money on a product which performed like that.

Question: Did these get a low rating because they claimed to be sheer/translucent but was actually not, or because it creased easily/hard to work with? If it claimed to be pigmented, what grade would it have gotten?

Hi Vivien,

Products are rated based on how they’re marketed – the claims the brand makes – so yes, since these were supposed to be sheer/translucent and were more pigmented, the rating is lower (see pigmentation rating) – however that IS also because they creased easily and were harder to work with – it’s not an either/or thing. I don’t know what the ratings would be without redoing them, but they would be somewhat higher.

More sub-standard, overpriced drek from Tom Ford. If he’s trying to assassinate his cosmetics line, he’s sure going about it effectively!

Even if TF has zero to do with formula/mfg, he never should have put his imprimatur on these. Hubris, baby. That fellow thinks he can fly close to the sun. Oops, Icarus, crash and burn. He wouldn’t do that in his scent range, which says he thinks his color cosmetics customers are gullible. For those of us who follow these things, it’s insulting and off-putting.

KJH, he is so out of touch with his customers on the cosmetics end of his business that it’s just plain infuriating. Yes, I agree, this is very insulting on his and/or his corporation’s part!

Tom Ford really needs to lift their game. When brands like Stila and Colourpop can get the formula spot on and at a lower price point, why would anyone waste their money on TF products?

Go figure, the only one I actually liked only earned a D. Oh, Violet Argente, why couldn’t you have done a better job instead of flaking off late in the game or adding texture?

What a spectacular fail! Sad when ultra-luxury brands phone it in and let quality lapse.

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