Tom Ford Coco Mirage Review


This is the big one. This quad is … a lot of monies. I was looking for something that was simple and easy to reach for on the daily. I have lusted over this palette for a long time and can I just say: it’s nice but I think there’s just as good out there. I love a luxury product, I love how they feel, but I also think there are other easy everyday palette’s out there that you can get a lot less. Does this mean I wouldn’t consider buying another of these quads: absolutely not, but first let’s get into the review of the actual shadows.

The description on Sephora.com Each Eye Color Quad is designed with four opulent, complementary shades that achieve multiple looks, from a bold smoky eye, to a sexy slash of color, and everything in between.

Tom Ford Coco mirage open, beige, brown, copper

Let’s begin with the claims. The claims are accurate – you can achieve multiple looks from one eye wonders to smokey eyes. Now, this is a pretty much all matte palette which I don’t have but I still find myself enjoying a shimmer or satin.These are the colours:  matte light beige, matte neutral medium beige, warm copper with shimmer, matte chocolate brown. These shadse are my jam. I love brown and bronze eyeshadows. It was a toss-up between this and the nude dip (honestly still on my list but in due time). 

Close up of Tom Ford coco mirage palette

The shadows are creamy, but not too soft, they have minimal fallout and blend out nicely. They are pigmented but not enough that they will there is too much pigment on the eyes and then you are blending like a mad women. This is a white t-shirt type of palette – I’m talking the one (or two) reliable t-shirts you have in your wardrobe, this is the palette equivalent. Did I steal them from Michelle Wang, yes I did. This palette is expensive, and while you can find other neutral palettes and singles that give the same vibe, there is something about this palette that is so enjoyable to use.

Let’s get to the price. It hurts my soul to say: $115. That’s a lot. Honestly, what I will say, is this palette is not better than any other brand at Sephora. The main difference I see in this palette is the way the shadows sit on my eyes, however, the soft glam also sits wonderfully on the lids. By that, I mean it doesn’t look powdery or chunky. What this palette does, is your eyes but better look. It has the easy of a palette with a no brainer vibe that I’m down with. However, if this is not in your budget (whose budget is it in) then don’t get this palette. This is a lovely, classy lady palette. When I used it I feel like I’m a girl boss who means business. 

Very zoomed in shot of the tom ford quad

Now lets not get too intense here – I don’t think anyone (including myself) should spend this much on a palette. I like that it is a quad which I find is harder to find in both the high end and drugstore world, but that being said, I use all the shades. I supposed the build your palettes are an option, but I like the sleekness of this quad and how easy it is to reach for on a daily basis. 

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars docking for the price. I think that when you are looking for a luxury product, you expect to pay the luxury price. I purposely sought out this palette, therefore, I carefully considered buying this product. I will not recommend something that is this much money, but if you are in the market for a classy, treat yourself kind of item then this might be your jam. 

The swatch

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Left to right: matte light beige, matte neutral medium beige, warm copper with shimmer, matte chocolate brown

Three looks coming soon!


Labour Day Project Pan finale

Labour day. The extra day off I always look forward to and then you get a four day work week. I wanted to pop this finale up for you all. This was a short project, so there wasn’t much progress on many of these items. I am very close to hitting pan on the NARS highlighter!

Anastasia Bronzer

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Update 1
Finale

This is truly the never ending bronzer. I swear, there is no point at which I will be able to get a dip in this product. I used it about 3 times a week each week of this project but it barely looks like I’ve made a dent!

Hourglass Blush in Incandescent light

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Finale

Again … how does this look like I’ve not used it? I swear I use this daily or at least every other day and it still appears untouched!

NARS Highlighter in Fort De France

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Update 1

This is a lovely highlighter – though boarding on too dark for my skintone it is lovely. I love how glossy it looks and how blinding it can be. I didn’t wear this one as much because sometimes it is a bit too much for my day to day. I still love it though and am soooo close to hitting pan!

Too Faced Sweet Peach

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I will admit … I did not use this palette as much as I want to this month. I really love the shadows and the colour story but for my early mornings I just didn’t have the time or will to reach for this! Hopefully I’ll get more use of it in the months to come!

Colourpop Supernova shadow running in orbits

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finale

This has been my go to shade for a bit of glitter on the daily. Its easy to blend out and doesn’t look chunky on the lids. I am actually about half way through this product. Definently happy with my progress on this one.

If you are into project panning let me know in the comments what you are trying to pan right now!


Subtl Beauty Stack Review

Subtl Beauty is a brand that I found on the Instagram. This brand intrigued me because it was a stack for your whole face. There is something called Trinny London that does the same concept, but Subtle beauty was a bit more accessible to me in the Canada’s both price and shipping cost. I also can confirm you won’t get dinged with duties (at least I didn’t).

This is what the website says what you need to know in terms of the story behind the brand: “My reason for creating this brand is super simple. I live a really busy lifestyle, sometimes applying my makeup in the craziest places, and I desperately needed a beauty brand that understood this.
The Subtl Beauty stack was a solution born out of a need, and I’m so happy to be able to share it with you” Rachel Reid, Founder & CEO

I’m not gonna lie I immediately ordered this as soon as I clicked the link. What a innovative and fun idea I thought it was! I even posted it to the full coverage podcast makeup group.

Let’s start with the actual stack. Its so cool. All the products twist into each other making it super portable and easy to access. You also don’t need to overly tighten them for the products to stay fresh for day to day use.

The two highlights of this stack for me are the concealer and the highlighter.

The claims for the concealer: Pimples suck, and they always seem to strike at the most random and worst times. Wouldn’t it be great if you just didn’t have to worry about them? Introducing the Subtl Beauty mattifying concealer. Our buildable, medium-coverage concealer is your ultimate wing-woman; always there by your side, ready to jump in at any moment. The description of this concealer might sound a bit scary if you don’t like matte, but I find it to be a true satin concealer and it covers everything I need it to. I swear its magic …

Now to the highlighter. My mom rarely compliments my highlighters – not because she doesn’t like them but because sometimes they just aren’t her jam. She always compliments me everytime I wear this highlighter:

What the website says it is: “This pressed powder highlighter is the low-key glow your weekday self has been craving. With just a touch of golden pigment, this every day, mineral highlighter blends naturally to give your skin a dewy appearance, without looking overdone”. This is exactly spot on. LITERALLY a powder that is all the dewy goodness.

The blush, bronzer, and universal powder are definently lovely. Nothing mind blowing, but these products all compliment each other and work together so well. This is one of my go to “stacks” for that 6:00 a.m. wake up call! The products also last all day and you don’t feel them on your skin.

The swatch:

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Sephora Collection Bright Future Skin Tint Review

The Sephora Collection Skin tint. Where do I begin? This was something I bought because a: it was on sale and b: I love anything that says tint in it so naturally, I purchased it. This is the fifth installation of foundation week and let me tell you, this one is going in the declutter bin. 

The claims: A Skin Tint that smooths skin and improves its overall appearance, creating a fresh and healthy-looking glow. This lightweight formula blended with lemon extract helps improve complexion’s luminosity and with rice peptides to let the skin breathe. Vitamin E and Shea extract are known for their powerful antioxidant properties. The formula offers long-lasting moisture.

I really wanted to love this product. But. It’s just not there for me. I found it to be a bit cakey, and not easy to spread with your fingers.The claims of the lightweight formula don’t really ring true to me for this product. Sure, there is some long lasting moisture but the skin tint itself doesn’t look good on the skin all day. 

The application: When I tried spreading this on my face with my fingers it was super streaky which is how I like to use something marketed as a skin tint or tinted moisturizer. I found with a sponge this did look nice but it just didn’t do anything significant for my skin. 

Left to right: Sephora Collection matte foundation. The ordinary serum foundation, Sephora Collection Skin tint, IT Cosmetics CC Cream, Kosas Tinted Face oil, The Body Shop Fresh Nude not pictured: benefit hello happy because I forgot to swatch it.

Overall rating: 3/5 stars. I think that this product could have been good but it just doesn’t do that. While it is supposed to be a tint, I just find that it doesn’t give me the tint look I have found in other products.