Laying it out in Lavender – Tom Ford’s Eyecolor Quad in Orchid Haze

This Tom Ford eyeshadow quad is not for everybody. It’s for those who won’t blink at paying 20 times normal prices for eyeshadows. The palette is pretty damn expensive at $79 for 4 common colors in various shades of taupe-purple and there seems to be many similar dupes out there (which I have not tried because hel-lo, I paid for the real thing.) However, it is one of the most elegant palettes I own, both in terms of packaging and in terms of the shades once they are applied.

The Orchid Haze is one out of 3 eyeshadow quads in the purple family. Tom Ford’s entire range of shadow quads has some interesting shades that are mixed with soft sparkles. I did NOT want any of those because no matter how expensive the brand, that glitter ends up all over your face and lips like you were in a stripper parade. They did look nice though (I was eyeing Cognac Sable and Golden Mink like they were actual fur coats.)

I picked Orchid Haze because despite the purple inclinations, I could tell right away that it is very wearable. The top two shades in the quad are shimmery (but NOT glittery or metallic) champagne and taupe. The bottom two shades are matte mauve/purple and dark brown/purple which are great for crease shading or night time smoky eyes.

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In the Nude – Maybelline The Nudes Palette

Nudity is one thing that is hard to pull off and is reserved for the perfect few. Except in makeup. Well, let me clarify. Nude colors can be universally appealing for everyone but actually hard for manufacturers to pull off. These colors either come off too dark or as if you’re not wearing anything which is actually not the point of a nude palette.

My eternal obsession is finding the perfect taupe and nude shade. So I squee’ed when the Duane Reade pharmacy across from work marked down Maybelline makeup to 40% off. $6 for a nude palette of 12 colors. Irresistible cheap thrill! My heart went pitter patter.

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