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Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eye Color Quad Review, Photos, Swatches

Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette
Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette

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Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette ($75.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette contains an eyeshadow formula that can be used both wet and dry. It contains four shades in a rather tropical combination.

The first shade is a white-silver with a high frost finish. There’s a residual warmth that makes it more like platinum than anything else. MAC Misty is cooler-toned. Guerlain Les Aquas is a bit cooler-toned. Chanel Infini is similar.

Next, there’s a subdued green with a hint of blue and a very strong frost-metallic finish. It’s more frosted when applied dry and more metallic when applied wet. MAC Sweet & Sour is similar but warmer. Dior Garden Pastels is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is less frosted.

The bottom left shade is a medium-dark blue with the barest hint of green, just enough to make it less than true blue. The finish is fairly metallic both wet and dry. Urban Decay Unhinged is bluer. Urban Decay Deep End is barely darker. Tarina Tarantino Ozma is less blue. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen is similar.

The last shade is a dark navy blue with lighter blue shimmer. It looks more blackened navy blue when used dry. When applied damp, it is much bluer, less black. This shade had decent to good color payoff when used dry but was better applied wet/damp. Guerlain Les Gris is a smidgen teal. MAC Thru the Night is a bit bluer. theBalm Risque Renee is darker. Make Up For Ever #81 is similar.

The formula in this palette (as well as Enchanted) is very different from the brand’s core range of palettes. I haven’t been in love with previous palettes I’ve tried, but this I love. The pigmentation is good across the board, and the texture is soft, buttery, and incredibly smooth. Though you can use them wet as well as dry, all four shades had good color payoff even dry. Using them wet tended to bring out a metallic finish and made them apply even smoother.

These have a a high frost content, and when applied with a damp brush, they tend to be very metallic.  Using all four is a very bright, shimmered, and metallic look, so it may be overkill for some.  When I tried out these eyeshadows, I wore them for nine hours without creasing or fading on bare lids, as well as for ten hours without creasing or fading over a primer.  The texture was what made this palette sing, though–so soft, finely-milled, but not at all powdery, it was easy to blend and apply.

Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eye Color Quad Review, Photos, Swatches


Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette
Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette

Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette
Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette

Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette
Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette

Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette
Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette

Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette
Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette

Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette
Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette

Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette
Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette

Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette
Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette


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stacey Avatar

Waited so so so so loooooooooooong for this review even if the product just came out early this month. I already own two of Tom Ford’s eyeshadow sets due to it being pressed glitter. This one is not pressed glitter. When I applied, the dark blue color (LR) over my existing brown shadow, it looked really nice. But I wasnt going to get it until Christine reviewed it. I rely on Temptalia’a swatches and reviews. No one else has better swatches than you. You could be swatching it on your leg and no one would notice it….the swatches are so close-up. Other photos do not pic up the micro- glitter that is on dark blue and white shadows like yours does…….

The only critique I have about is Tom Ford’s packaging. They are not stellar. The Narcissist blush that I bought, the case part in the front wobbled. Labels are placed crooked on the back. Lipstick was nicked. For what I paid for, it needs to be pristine. Unlike Guerlain whose packaging is pristine and perfect every single time.

I am now waiting for the remainder your Guerlain blush duo review…since I think you bought three of them and only swatched one set….I recalled. Hopefully that will happen soon too. 🙂

danza Avatar

I think this palette might actually work on me, and this is coming from someone with a complexion that does not play well with brights.

To tell you the truth, I’m so jealous of you, Christine, because despite us having about the same shade (NC30ish) it seems I have a weird tinge of olive undertone, and that disables me from pulling off many colors that looks amazing on you. I’m a summer girl at heart, but I play safe with darker tones. (Although my boss will look at me funny if I show up wearing UD Rollergirl paletter, so to speak)

Becca @ The Beauty Sample Avatar

I appreciate the larger amount of product in this palette (I can’t STAND when high-end brands rip you off on the amount. Hint hint–Chanel!!!). But, I DEF think for me, this palette is WAY overkill. I generally don’t prefer frosty shadows, so to have all FOUR shades in a palette be that way is disappointing. The colors are pretty though…

WenWenStan Avatar

I grabbed this quad off of eBay for less than msrp. Mine is clearly a dud. While the colours are the same gorgeous shades shown here, my compact was stiff and coarse and required a wet base and damp brush to achieve any payoff. I also experienced fallout galore. Perhaps a second / mfg reject?..I dunno, but night and day compared to Christine’s experience. I also have the Burnished Amber quad and it is outstanding. Oi, a little backlash from trying to save a few buckeroos!

WenWenStan Avatar

Lesson learned! It’s still so pretty, but it’s not one I could comfortably wear going out for any length of time. You would have laughed to see me at hour 8. I will try them individually and with other products. I bought the Burnished Amber through Saks and, of course, it’s fantastic.

Wwendalynne Avatar

Definitely a possibility. The colours are looking quite accurate to swatches. Most of my eBay experience have been positive, but there is inevitably going to be a few fails. It hasn’t soured me from buying from eBay sellers because I’ve saved significant in the past.. that particular seller maybe not so much. It felt like a win momentarily not paying full price. C’est la vie

nacacijin Avatar

These look nice, but I generally don’t wear an overabundance of bright, frosty eyeshadows anymore. And I agree with others who said that the amount of frost in this quad is overkill. I might check and see if they have a more muted/natural palette than this, though, because the quality seems good. And the price is not as bad as it seems at first glance. If you think about it…buying four eyeshadows from, say, Urban Decay and then putting them in a palette…that’s $90 for less product.

Mariella Avatar

I’m not much of a blue eye shadow wearer and have more than I need to last me a life-time but, my goodness, these are gorgeous – especially the top right hand one.

blueraccoon Avatar

I like shimmer, but that’s an awful lot of frost. The colors are lovely, though. I’ll pass on this because I’d rather buy other things with $75, but it is gorgeous.

Quinctia Avatar

Find the name of this one a bit odd. Very pretty colors, but since I live for this color scheme, I’ve got these shades in about four different brands that perform well, so no huge lemming for this palette for me.

YellowLantern Avatar

I have to agree with you and the other commenters that there is too much frost for my taste here. It’s nice to see the quality has improved since, I think it was Cobalt Rush, the last TF quad though.

stacey Avatar

Christine, can you look at the package box or the label and take a picture of the amount like you sometimes do? Generally, in the past, it is 8 grams or .35 oz like the ones when it first came out. This one that I just got today says 6 grams or .21 oz.

This is why I always buy the brand when it first comes out. Then I dont later because of something like this. Estee Lauder brands are known to do this. And so did Benefit with those cardboard blushers. Then I am going to check out the rest of the eyeshadow colors they sell and see what amount they are now.

I am going to return it just for this reason alone. The blusher Narcissist is the same amount like the rest.

Christine Avatar

Hi Stacey,

Mine is in sample packaging, so I don’t have any labeling – just lab labeling (which just has the name of the product on a white sticker) – not even a box. I called NM and that’s what they told me! I will update it with what your box said, because I trust that a whole lot more!

The formula on this is totally different from the others – but they look much larger, since they actually come out of their pans.

stacey Avatar

Hello Christine:
Thank you for following thru. I will contact NM SF tomorrow… as I am frustrated and perturbed by this. Customer service on the phone was of no help. I even email Tom Ford headquarters regarding this “deceptive advertisement”. I am not happy with this at all. Thank goodness, I did not use it and just found out.

Even though I have been using makeup for a very very long time, not until I started to read your blog did I do the math on the oz/ gram analysis. Not every consumer has this discerning eye. And I know makeup companies like to decrease the amount once the product comes out in the next packaging.

It is not the same product formula as the previous 10 permanents, but it should not be deceptive either. NM website says it is 10 gram/ .35 oz. Many websites say the same thing. However these two bloggers took pics on the Enchanted colors and they are 6gram/ .21oz. I could not find a box for Emerald Lust on the web at this time.

Finally, you do guide us to be good consumers and I am thankful for that.

Christine Avatar

Oh, I agree – if this is different, it should be listed as such. Personally, the formula is VERY different and should be noted as its own type of quad, you know? As a normal consumer, I might have overlooked them since I didn’t love the regular TF quads, but I liked this one quite a bit!

I spotted a box of Emerald Lust on eBay last night and it also said 0.21 oz.!

VickyM Avatar

Wow, very pretty eyeshadows! really cute, they made you look like a mermaid 🙂 but the price is too high. I would rather purchase a Chanel, Dior or Guerlain quad instead, high quality but a smaller price tag.
Unrelated to the topic, but Christine, can I ask you, are you going to review the Chanel lipstick and nail polish from the holiday colection? sorry to bother with this question, I was just wondering.

jasmin Avatar

as someone with blue eyes, i’m always so hesitant to wear blue shadows as to:
A) not compete with my natural color, or dull it, or
B) look like Barbie with her fake painted on eyes (though that is the only way i could compare myself to Barbie!)

luckily quads like this are coming out with navy shades so i can experiment, but it’s a conditioned beauty rule that’s hard to unlearn! plus that’s a high price to pay, as others have mentioned… i’ve got some learning to do when it comes to branching out from my trusty neutrals, bronzes and occasional plums/green!

Stacey Avatar

Ok. This is why customer service is so important. Sephora needs to learn from Neiman Marcus. My saga is below. I called NM in San Francisco regarding this item. The cosmetic artist did not understand my English. He responded by saying that only fragrances have ounces. Then I spoke with the manager who oversees Tom Ford and some other brands. She is Theresa. Inquired my question about the amount in the packaging size. She called Tom Ford National Training Center or something of that sort. That person told her that this is a different formula than all the previous ones that is why the amount is different. This Emerald Lust formula is more dense. There is less fluff. It is to be used wet or dry whereas the other ones are only dry. As Christine noted, the formulation is different. I asked her if they were going to put less in the older version. She said no. I also mention the fact that the website states the amount is incorrect. She told me that she will get me someone to correct that. Because of Theresa, I am not going to return this product. My experience with Theresa made me value my Tom Ford item even more, because she went the extra mile. She was even going to tell the Tom Ford team about why the size differences between the palettes. She was awesome.

Liyeun Avatar

Hi Christine! Thanks for ur detailed review, I appreciate it alot! Just a question though, how do u compare this quad with Lancome’s Teal Fury and Guerlain’s Les Aqua? I mean, in terms or texture/finish/quality/pigmentation?

Shahee Avatar

Hi Christine,

I saw this and loved the quad and I am even more tempted now that I’ve seen your review!!

But I was wondering if there are any dupes by MAC ?
You don’t mentio any ?

Like wouldn’t it be possible to dupe them with MAC, how would these compare to :
Talent Pool or Steamy or your beautiful green creation for MAC ?
Freshwater ?
Deep Thruth or Blue Flame ?


Shahee Avatar

Hi Christine

I did get the quad a couple of days ago and you are so right, the texture, the formula and colors somewhat remind talent pool, steamy or others but they are nothing like them 🙂

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