According to Holt Renfrew, Golden Mink is the most popular Tom Ford palette. I would classify this as a neutral palette with two sparkly eyeshadows.
When you open the palette it comes with a clear, fitted plastic cover that has the initials “TF” embossed over the 4 shadows. The palette also includes 2 fancy double-ended applicators – although I’m more likely to resort to fingers than to use these.
I find that with this palette the more I use it, the more I’m falling in love with it. This is what I expected from a $85 eyeshadow quad (it’s really $96 when you include tax). I’m actually considering this palette as my wedding day shadow.
When I saw this in store, I was underwhelmed by the light shades. I usually prefer palette that have a larger spectrum of light to dark shadows. I caved in due to the positive review I heard online and the fact the palette was currently sold out at the current Holt Renfrew I was at. Funny how that works.
The 3rd shade is beautiful. Kind of reminds me of a lighter version of Burberry’s Pale Barley. I use this color as a light wash all over the lid and pair it with the 4th darker shade on my outter V. This is a perfect look for daytime. To dress it up for nighttime, I recommend adding another darker shadow on the outter V to deepen your smokey eye and adding the shades of glitter on the center of the lids.
The golden and rose gold shade has a reflective property that I haven’t seen in other shadows.It looks very subtle on the lids and really catches the light as you move. I find that both glitter shades are best applied with (clean) fingers as it really helps pack on the glitter to the lids. I also noticed that when I use a flat brush (such as the MAC 242), it doesn’t pack on as much color as I would like and I’m also more prone to fallout.
If any of you are wondering how this glitter compares to the “pop” color in Charlotte Tilbury’s palette, I would say Charlotte’s glitter appears slightly more chunky in my eyes.
Click here to see a short video clip of the glitter in action: Tom Ford vs Charlotte Tilbury glitter
The 3rd and 4th color is perfect for everyday wear; I especially like the coppery champagne color, the formula is very soft and smooth – buttery almost. The darkest shade, although it doesn’t swatch as smoothly on my arms, applies much more beautifully on the lids.
Overall I think this is a beautiful palette. I would recommend this quad if you’re new to the Tom Ford line because I think it’s the most practical palette – something you can wear everyday and something you can dress up. Not to mention this palette is not too cool or too warm, which works perfectly for my neutral skin tone. For a more cooler option I recommend looking at silvered topaz, and cognac stable for a warmer palette (I don’t own either one).