Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad Review, Photos, Swatches

Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad
Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad

Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad ($78.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a cool-toned palette that features shades of white, gray, silver, and bluish-gray. I feel like I’m in the minority, but generally, I’m not over-the-moon with the brand’s eyeshadow formula or their quads. I thought this review would be a nice companion to yesterday’s palette review to show that products can miss at any price point. Though every shade feels like silk and lightness, they don’t apply well. The texture just doesn’t seem to adhere well and each one yields a soft wash of color, and the darkest shade looked uneven and dry on my lid. I’ve been on-and-off testing Tom Ford’s eyeshadow primer, and so as this was under-performing on its own, I also wore it over that and was equally unimpressed. That dry, patchy application of the darkest shade didn’t improve at all over the brand’s primer, which did surprise me somewhat. Sometimes the glittery shade works well for me, other times they do result in fall out–this one had some fall out, but most of it occurs during application and only some occurs during wear (but enough to be noticeable). All four eyeshadows looked faded after seven hours of wear, and the frosted silver showed some creasing. I have loved some of Tom Ford’s quads, but I have also been burned by a few, and this one was a miss for me.

Ice Queen #1 is a brightened, neutral-to-cool white with a frosted, almost metallic, finish. This was the best-performing shade in the palette, as the texture was soft, smooth, and adhered to the lid. The color payoff was fairly good, but this is such a basic shade (so it’s good to have it somewhere ni your stash), there are a lot of dupes — see comparison swatches.

Ice Queen #2 is a sparkly, light-medium silver with a glittery, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, but it’s best applied as a sheer wash as it gets chunky and clingy when layered. I would highly recommend applying your eye makeup first so that the glittery excess can be cleaned up prior to applying your base products. It did have some fall out during wear (beyond what occurred during application). Much like the previous shade, this, too, is a shade that has been done a lot in the beauty world — see comparison swatches.

Ice Queen #3 is a light-medium gray with a soft, pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff, and I did not find it buildable on the lid. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and velvety. The finish of this shade made it difficult to dupe. Chanel Fascination #2 (P) is much lighter. Guerlain Les Gris #2 (P) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Ice Queen #4 is a muted, dark bluish-gray with a matte finish. The texture, while undeniably soft and silky, was quite powdery and chalky in application. It seemed to cling to the skin and apply unevenly–it looked dry and patchy on my eyelid, even when applied over primer. It was extremely difficult to blend, because the more I blended, the drier and more uneven it looked. NARS Mandchourie #2 (P, $24.00) is bluer. MAC Typographic (P, $15.00) is grayer. Guerlain Les Gris #1 (P) is darker. bareMinerals Amnesia (P) is darker. bareMinerals Maven (LE) is bluer. MAC Plumage (P, $15.00) is less gray. Inglot #389 (P, $6.00) is bluer. See comparison swatches.

Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad
Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad

Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad
Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad

Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad
Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad

Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad
Tom Ford Ice Queen #1 Eyeshadow

Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad
Tom Ford Ice Queen #1 Eyeshadow

Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad
Tom Ford Ice Queen #2 Eyeshadow

Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad
Tom Ford Ice Queen #2 Eyeshadow

Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad
Tom Ford Ice Queen #3 Eyeshadow

Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad
Tom Ford Ice Queen #3 Eyeshadow

Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad
Tom Ford Ice Queen #4 Eyeshadow

Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad
Tom Ford Ice Queen #4 Eyeshadow

Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad
Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad

Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad
Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad over Tom Ford Eye Primer
(with Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans Eyeliner)

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zainab Avatar

I think this is one pitfall of pricing your brand’s offerings this high- I’d have to be absolutely stunned by this to even consider it, whereas even at MAC pricing I’d overlook some flaws if I really liked the look of a quad. As it is, I feel almost offended that whoever let this get through quality control thinks a consumer would spend that much money on something this sub par.

Karen Avatar

No it’s not just you. There are a few others not overly impressed with all the TF quads. This one in particular was singled out for quality pretty much getting similar ratings all around. I’m actually surprised you didn’t rate it lower after reading some other reviews.

Karen Avatar

The only thing I can tell you is that it was just random blogs I picked out in a search when I saw it was available after the holidays. Reading your review about the sheerness, the chunky glitter, so so color payoff was deja vu. Or maybe I just dreamed it, lol!

Stacey Avatar

I like the Emerald Lust (which by the way that collection along with Enchanted is now is Asia). I put Mac Satin Taupe and line Sapphire over it. Glitter is my middle name. I have Golden Mink, Titanium Smoke and Orchid Haze. I don’t use them all the time, but that is what I tested and bought. Aside note, I actually like Sonia Kushnik glitter shadow.
This one you tested just looks awful. The matte black in Titanium Smoke is nice….

Christine Avatar

Emerald Lust and Enchanted are my personal favorites, but the formula is totally different from the one used in the rest of the quads (so it’s not surprising that though I LOVE those, I’m not sold on the others). I have Orchid Haze, and I might have Titanium Smoke (I can’t remember). Orchid Haze is okay; for the price, I need near-perfection, so it leaves me less enthused, but it’s a nice color combo!

Gladys L. Avatar

This new launch of LE release of Emerald Lust and Enchanted has storage issue. Japan counters didn’t realize it, and HK counters need to delay the release date to gain some time in drying up the damp e/s…

Andrea Avatar

I agree with something you said earlier Christine, I think this palette needed more color variety and that at this price point it needs to be near perfect.

Will you also be doing a review of Sahara Haze? I think the product photos are gorgeous but I am hesitant about buying it too because I’m not too over the moon about TF’s eyeshadow formula either (though his lipsticks are another story! I LOVE those!!)

xamyx Avatar

I find it oddly gratifying when these “luxury” brands fall flat. It simply proves that lower-end products are just as good, and sometimes better. I just picked up NARS Paris & Namibia, and if I add any random shimmery white, I can recreate the basic look, and save $20-even using “pricier” products. I think it’s pure arrogance with a lot of these brands when it comes to pricing, and the fact that so many believe more expensive equals higher quality.

beka Avatar

This looked nice in the full face picture yesterday (with the use glossy stain, I believe), but up close is a different story! It looks no better than the $5 wet n wild one from the other day. Since I would waste $5 on that, I certainly wouldn’t spend 80 on this one.

kjhemeon Avatar

OMG!!!! Even if this gets remaindered at CCS (TF is Lauder family, right?) I wouldn’t touch it with the proverbial 10′ pole. Even though all the shades live on my side of the street. Light grays, definite yupper! This is definitely a superb example of why we need you, Christine. I would have bought this, at least at discount, without a second thought. Thanks for saving the wallet! It’s no big surprise, when a WNW palette falls short, but there’s NO EXCUSE for this palette being so dreadful, esp. at the price.

Julie Avatar

It’s kind of a relief that you gave it such a poor review–I’m such a sucker for silver & gray shadows! Save me some money!! I have the Flashback duo from bareMinerals that I got for$10 on Black Friday from Sephora–looks like it’s a higher quality, lower priced, near-perfect dupe for the right side of this quad!!

Denise Avatar

I’ve gotta say I like how you’ve applied it Christine but just looking at that quad on its own makes me want to slash my wrists – the colours are so depressing!! Will be giving that one a miss, especially with a D+ rating. What a pity as I quite like some of his products….

Christine Avatar

It’s weird, because they usually feel really soft and velvety, though that can sometimes translate to powdery (even just feeling them), but it’s the actual application/performance that really surprises me. You’d think they’d be foolproof but they feel like an uphill climb!

Leslie Avatar

There is absolutely no excuse, whatsoever, for a product of any sort, at this price point, to be this insanely horrible. 99 cent shadow at Sally’s looks better than this mess. SHAME!

StrangeOne Avatar

I always feel sad when I see an expensive dud because amidst all those who can afford expensive brands there has to be one person who saved up money to splurge on a treat for themselves and this is what they get.

Gladys L. Avatar

TF quads do not receive the same rave from few bloggers/ youtubers also, but I am still interested in future ones if it has no glitter shade (unique but messy in handling/ removal) and no grayish tone. I don’t know how to describe my feelings, but the colors in most quads are has a grayish touch and dull?

I absolutely agrees that the texture is dreamy, but sometimes I just feel that texture doesn’t translate to a easily build-able intensity if I use more…again, another clueless point I can’t explain. As for the price, YSL, D&G, CDP, etc, have e/s price go too high up to catch that price level.

I went to a counter to test the primer, it feels ordinary on the back of my hand, but many blog posts go crazy for it and claim that the powder and cream formula is amazing…I can’t understand my personal experience and just wonder if TF MA that accidentally drop some powder into the cream pot or the cream can dry rather quickly…

Gladys L. Avatar

Regarding Ice Queen, I wish the silvery/ gray/ white colors can go a bit more different from each other…but the liner shade is interesting, and the whole quad is better than the older blue quad removed in color arrangement.

Gladys L. Avatar

Thx Christine.

I always wonder what factories are in connection with TF, you know, they still have other excellent products, like the face primer, lipsticks, blush, etc.

As TF is under the Estee Lauder group, I do hope brands like MAC/ Estee Lauder can improve likewise, I assume TF doesn’t have a specific research lab…

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