Tom Ford Caviar, Midnight Violet, Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Tom Ford Caviar Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Caviar Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes ($45.00 for 0.17 oz.) has eight new shades for spring. According to Tom Ford PR, the Cream Color for Eyes shades are limited edition, though a couple of stores/counters have said differently (and some have agreed). Worth noting, the jars are different and contain less, while the price has increased; the shade released last spring was $42 for 0.21 oz. and these are $45 for 0.17 oz. The jar is slightly taller with a shorter diameter. Practically speaking, I don’t think the missing amount is going to be “felt” by the user as they have been rather large, but I was disappointed to see the squeeze on both ends–price and quantity.

The Cream Color for Eyes formula is supposed to be “ultra-pigmented” and “metallic” with a “creamy formula” that doesn’t “crease or smudge.” The majority of the shades I’ve tried in the range live up to those things–good pigmentation but can be applied sheerly (use less and/or apply with a fluffy brush) or kept opaque (a little goes a long way) with eight to twelve hours of wear (no primer). They’re blendable and dry down fast enough not to crease too easily while you’re working on them but not so quickly that they don’t budge. I did find that a couple of the new shades were more emollient than past shades and did have a longer dry down time and were harder to keep out of creases (in this review, that would be Caviar, but it seemed to eek by just fast enough to set without creasing early on).

Tom Ford Caviar Cream Color for Eyes ($45.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a dark, grayish black with silver pearl that gives it a strong sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage with a creamy, blendable texture that had a little more slip than the average shade in the formula but not so much that it took too long to dry down (so it didn’t gather in the creases as it set). The color lasted for nine and a half hours before creasing on me. Stila Vivid Labradorite (P, $24.00)(95% similar). Chanel Tisse Paris #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #27 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Retrograde (LE, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Estee Lauder Grey Amber (LE, ) is less glossy (95% similar). Illamasqua Graphica (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Drift (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Santeria (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Afterhours (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Diane (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Badass #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Asphalt (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Midnight Violet Cream Color for Eyes ($45.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark plum purple with warm undertones and a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. It had opaque coverage that could be applied with a lighter touch or blended out for sheerer coverage, if desired, though it was harder to keep coverage even and sheer (I think it may be slightly too emollient). The color lasted for ten hours before creasing slightly. Make Up For Ever ME828 Garnet Black (DC, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Drama Queen (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Coloured Raine Alibi (LE, $6.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Queen of the Night (P, $25.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Uncut (P, $19.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Dior Hypnotique (881) (P, $31.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Bondage (LE, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes ($45.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-orange with warm pink sparkle and shimmer that gives it more of a duochrome shift. This is one of the more sparkly shades from spring with larger particles in it, but I don’t get much fall out once it dries down and I leave it alone–the sparkles will drop down if blended while drying down/dry. The texture is lightweight, creamy, and blendable on the skin with good color payoff. It lasted for nine hours before creasing on me. Colour Pop Morning Light (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Gamma Ray #2 (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Unpredictable (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty African Violet #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Lancome Midnight Haze (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Natasha Denona Helena (275K) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Outer Limits (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Botanic (192DC) (PiP, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Givenchy Palette Ors Audacieux #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Nude (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Side2Side (PiP, $6.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #6 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Alexandra (LE, ) is more pigmented (90% similar). Anastasia Gem (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Fireball (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Outer Limits (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever Flicker (LE, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Natasha Denona Burnt Terracotta/Green (1) (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tom Ford Caviar Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Caviar Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Caviar Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Caviar Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Caviar Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Caviar Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Caviar Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Caviar Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Midnight Violet Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Midnight Violet Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Midnight Violet Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Midnight Violet Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Midnight Violet Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Midnight Violet Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Midnight Violet Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Midnight Violet Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Sphinx Cream Color for Eyes

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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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Not loving the price increase with less product. It’s been done many times before, but it’s a harder pill to swallow given the ultra high original price point. I have several of the original ones and justified it by saying “look at all the product I’m getting”. Now…?

Wow, Sphinx looks absolutely gorgeous! Midnight Violet and Caviar look really pretty too but I find that I hardly ever use darker shades of cream eyeshadow, much prefer the lighter-medium shades since they’re easier for everyday wear and can be sheered out more easily.

Caviar reminds me of Spring, which will last me 2 lifetimes. Opale looks very interesting, but I’m hesitant to buy too many expensive cream products because they might go bad before I even make a dent in them. I will have to swatch Opale in store, and see if I should pick it up, or go with one of the powder shadow dupes from MUG, UD, or Lorac.

Sphinx is beautiful! I love the slight duochrome effect. I’m receiving Platinum, Spice, Burnished Copper and Midnight Violet next week, and am still looking for Opale and Sphinx (which seems to be soldout/backordered everywhere!).

Love the eye look here! I wound up with two Midnight violets! I need to figure out if I will ever get through it in my lifetime when I get back home. Such a pretty one- it may be worth keeping it?

Pretty eye look alert! Very nice! Love the purple lower liner!❀️? Love these! Yours look so different! Sphinx is a favorite of mine because it reminds me of 2 pigments bouncing off each other: Melon and Old Gold with an extra bit of pink in there. A Sphinx is an epyptian head of a human, body lion, wings of bird. That magical feeling I totally get. I’m also the color of walls so that could be why. ? I also find Midnight Violet to have multidimensional color depending on how sheer or opaque it is. Hooray for TF Cream Color! Any favorites?

Thanks so much, Joy! I don’t know if I have any true favorites here. Sphinx is fun, but I don’t know that I’d reach for the new shades often myself. Platinum/Spice are ones I’d use often but have been out for awhile.

Sphinx is so gorgeous!!!!! Wow. I didn’t think I’d really be tempted by these but Sphinx is calling my name. It does suck that Tom Ford downsized the product while raising the price, that is super annoying.

I like the performance of Caviar and Sphinx but Midnight Violet doesn’t wow me. I think because it’s not as purple as it seems in the pot and because it sheers out on the skin. I prefer the look of the dupes that are Bondage from UD and Drama Queen from MUG. The combined effect though looks beautiful on your eye.

These are pretty, and I’m glad they performed well, but I think the best colors for me will be Opale and Burnished Copper πŸ™‚

I LOVE the eye look you did with these, Christine! Stunning!

Alas, as much as I’d like to get my hands on some Tom Ford stuff, my empty wallet (with cartoon moths coming out of it) will not let me. Pity, because Sphinx is gorgeous!

These are all gorgeous. I’m about to be broke between these and the lip patents you showed earlier. Once again, a gorgeous look. Have a great weekend!

These make for an absolutely gorgeous eye look! (Yep, I’m feeling inspired again!) And I DO have their UD dupes, woohoo! I know what I’m going to try with Fireball, Bondage and possibly Asphalt, but more likely, I’ll use Smokeout instead, Idk? Either way, it’ll be a cool look, I think!

I’m pleased these are scoring so well! It’s a bit of a money marathon to buy them all at once- especially with the new lip product out also.
Decisions, decisions…gonna snatch that eye makeup design of yours if you don’t mind- beautiful! Thanks Christine

Love your eye look on this review Christine , so pretty , I have to ask what have along the lower lashline and what is the eyeliner you used ? Tks πŸ™‚

You have created another beautiful eye look, Christine! What are you wearing on your lower lash line?
I am also disappointed with the less product but higher price on these. The first one I bought was the golden peach duo (with pink haze) How does that compare to Sphinx?? I wear pink haze a lot and still have plenty of product left, and it is still very creamy (unlike Chanel). I just received platinum and like it a lot, but I know that I need Spice next! The darker ones don’t really thrill me.
I can hardly wait to see what TF offers for summer! Seriously, I will start saving now. Well, ok, maybe after I buy a couple of the new Chanel Rouge stylos.

and FYI– I am still trying to get in touch with TF about another online order . Their signature for delivery requirement is frustrating. I can understand for a $5,000 handbag, but for makeup? It is virtually impossible to talk to a live customer service rep. You must leave a message, to which no one responds. Buyer beware!

Hmm, I don’t know what number you’re calling, but when I tried calling their general line, I’ve always talked to a real person! I’ve never had to leave a message. Maybe try different options to at least get in touch with a real person? πŸ™ It sucks that you have to do that!

I am in love with the eye look you created with these. All three shadows are beautiful, and I really like that they named the darkest one Cavier. It’s quite an apt description.

Sphinx is absolutely gorgeous, but Tom Ford (in my opinion) is a tad overpriced. I might go for the splurge though! Haven’t seen a gorgeous colour like that before..

Totally understand, Melissa. TF is definitely one of the higher priced ranges out there – and as a designer, it is higher than most designer brands (Chanel, Dior, etc.).

Looks like the black oyster cream rated a bit higher than caviar. Is there more cream product in black oyster than in the new caviar? Torn between both since black oyster cream rated better but the powder did not. Does the cream in the glass pot last longer than the one in the plastic duo?

I don’t know if it lasts longer/shorter, though I believe glass may be better since it is thicker (I’m going off of memory, but I don’t feel confident on this one!), but I’m not sure.

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