Tom Ford Arabesque Eye Color Quad Review & Swatches

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Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque Eye Color Quad

Arabesque

Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque Eye Color Quad ($88.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a new quad that featured two more sparkly shades and two more satiny shades. The satin shades performed better, though they were not the best of the best, and at this price point, one definitely expects top notch formulations. The sparkly shades were sheer, difficult to build up, and suffered from a fair amount of fallout.

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Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #1 Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #1 Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #1 Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #1 Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #1 Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #1 Eye Color

Arabesque #1

Arabesque #1 is a soft, yellowed gold with moderate, warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had good coverage in a single layer that had to be built up to get to full coverage. The texture felt smooth and finely-milled to the touch, but it was thin and seemed to lose some of its sheen when applied to bare skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading noticeably.

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Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #2 Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #2 Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #2 Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #2 Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #2 Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #2 Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #2 Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #2 Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #2 Eye Color

Arabesque #2

Arabesque #2 is a light-medium gold with moderate, warm undertones and a sparkling finish. It was more shimmer and sparkle with a translucent base than particularly pigmented, so it was more “medium” coverage based on the shimmer/sparkle content. It did not get much more opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was more firmly-pressed into the pan, but it picked up decently with a brush. When applied, there was moderate fallout and it was difficult to keep the shimmer/sparkle in place (even with patient blending!). There was a fair amount of fallout after seven hours of wear.

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Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #3 Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #3 Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #3 Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #3 Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #3 Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #3 Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #3 Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #3 Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #3 Eye Color

Arabesque #3

Arabesque #3 is a medium-dark, reddish copper with warm undertones and a sparkling finish. It had a tinted base compared to the other sparkling shade in the quad, so it had a bit more pigment and better lay down of color on the lid, but it was still sheerer without being that buildable (whether by layering or using a dampened brush). The texture was firmer and on the thinner side, so it was hard to use with a brush and performed best with a fingertip. It had light fallout over seven hours of wear.

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Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #4 Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #4 Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #4 Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #4 Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #4 Eye Color
Tom Ford Beauty Arabesque #4 Eye Color

Arabesque #4

Arabesque #4 is a deep, olive gold with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had opaque pigmentation with a soft, silky texture with light slip. The eyeshadow applied evenly to bare skin and blended out nicely. It stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading visibly.

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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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Color story reminds me of Pat’s Iconic Illumination quad. Different texture, I know, but superior quality at a more palatable princepoint.
Sheesh, something must’ve been off in production…

So many of his recent releases have been like this. In Canada, these quads sell for over $100. Even if the quality is good, the price is sort of hard to swallow (I find Chanel and Dior’s 4/5 pans sort of at the top end of what I’m willing to spend). But with such pathetic performance – you’d think the company would be embarrassed but I think there are plenty of people who buy his products for the name and the associated status.

Man, I’ve been wanting a Tom Ford quad for some time and I’m ready to bite the bullet and get one…but…I must ask, are there any good ones left? It feels as though his recent release has performed poorly and frankly, for $88 I expect an A. Or higher.

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