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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette, Summer 2014 Collection, Swatches, Photos and Review

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette Compact, Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact in studio lighting

If Tom Ford's Spring Collection was about intense hues and subdued neutrals, then the Summer Collection is about sensual, golden skin, highlighted by pops of brilliant color and a lustrous glow.


Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette Compact, Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact in studio lighting

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette Compact, Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact in studio lighting

Presented in the same retro-chic ivory and gold packaging as spring, the summer line isn't particularly extensive. Consisting of only four pieces, a rerelease of last year's best-selling illuminator Fire Lust, Lip Shimmers - a brand new product in two shades, and the piece that's got everyone talking, the Eye & Cheek Compact in Unabashed.


Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette Compact, Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact in studio lighting

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette Compact, Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact in studio lighting

Unabashed is Tom Ford's first time fashioning a multi-product palette and is packaged in the same size compact as the Bronzing Powders. Inside, the design of Unabashed is reminiscent of an art style developed by Dutch painter Piet Mondrian called neoplasticism, which consisted of white ground, upon which he painted a grid of vertical and horizontal black lines and the three primary colors.


Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette Compact, Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact in studio lighting

With three eyeshadows, one blush and one bronzer, the limited edition Eye & Cheek Compact ($95 for .47oz/13.5g) contains everything you need to create a sizzling, carefree look for summer.


Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette Compact swatches, Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact Eyeshadow Swatches in studio lighting

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette Compact swatches, Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact Eyeshadow Swatches with forced flash in studio lighting

The eyeshadows:

  • The glitter shade is a pale, warm butterscotch/sandy brown, with silver, gold and pink glitter, making this shade appear more cool toned than it actually is. It has a ridged surface, though the actual shadow is very smooth once used. It's mostly sheer, though the opacity can be built up for semi-sheer coverage. Out of all the Tom Ford glitter shades, this has to be my favorite.
  • The taupe shade is a medium, somewhat cool toned, coffee brown matte. It's quite a bit warmer than She Wolf's middle shade. I always think I've seen the best from Tom Ford, but then something new comes out and blows me away. It has a luxuriously soft, satiny, smooth as glass texture. It's somewhat sheer with one pass, though it can be built up for mostly opaque coverage. It's also just a touch dry.
  • That blue. The blue that we've all been hearing so much about. It's more of a Royal Blue than a Cobalt Blue. It's deep, dark, rich, intense, vivid and pigmented. Extremely pigmented. So pigmented, that it has a predisposition to stain the skin. I tested this shade alone and over various primers (Edward Bess, Nars, Dior) and while it was far easier to remove over primer, it still was somewhat of a chore. It doesn't have quite the same formula as the taupe, but close - creamy, buttery, silky. It's semi-opaque in one pass and can be layered for full opacity. It's also moderately powdery. As I've been using it, some of the blue has had a tendency to go into the blush color. Which isn't that big of a deal, as I can simply blow the powder away, but still cumbersome.

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette Compact swatches, Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact Bronzer and Blush Swatches in studio lighting

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette Compact swatches, Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact Bronzer and Blush Swatches with forced flash in studio lighting

The cheeks:
  • The blush is a light medium to medium, bright, warm strawberry pink with heavy gold shimmer. It has an almost frosty, metallic finish. It's lighter and less red with more gold shimmer than Frantic Pink. It's smooth and velvety and doesn't kick up a lot of excess powder.
  • The bronzer is a similar in tone, finish and texture to the blush. It's a light medium to medium, warm, cinnamon bronze with abundant golden sheen. The finish is almost frosty and metallic. It's plush, silky and pigmented. For someone that's not a fan of bronzers, this shade could also be used as an eyeshadow.


Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette Compact swatches, Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact Swatches in studio lighting

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette Compact swatches, Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact Swatches with forced flash in studio lighting

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Palette Compact, Summer 2014 Collection in studio lighting
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact in studio lighting

I have heard some talk about how pricey Unabashed is. It's not as expensive as it first might seem, when you factor in that you are getting three eyeshadows, a blush and a bronzer, all in one. In reality, you are getting a smaller amount of product, than if you were to purchase each of these items individually, but what you are really getting is a chance to try a variety of Tom Ford products at a fraction of the cost.

Tom Ford products are always among the highest quality pieces I pick up, and Unabashed shines in every way possible. From the substantial polished case to the rich pigmented colors, I would be hard pressed to find a fault with this palette. Possibly the only guilt this palette suffers from is that the blue is a bit too intense and pigmented. Possibly. If you have no problem taking the time removing the shadows after wearing Unabashed, and want an exceptional palette with a unique color combination, from the master of lust, then you will want this.

For more swatches and reviews, check out Color Me Loud.

Unabashed is a limited edition that is selling out very quickly. I purchased mine from Saks, where it is already sold out. It is currently available at Bloomingdale's and Neiman Marcus.

What do you think of Unabashed? Will you be picking one up?

17 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this review its been really helpful. I agree that the price is not too bad for what you get, considering its TF. I think the bronzer would be too warm on me, though have to say that all the colours look really beautiful x

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  2. Hey Jenny, thanks for the swatches and review! I like this palette because it's not something you see all the time, but I don't think it's something I'll reach for often, so I probably won't be hunting it down!

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  3. Thank you so much to those nice photos and swatches. I think I would wear the blue on the taupe, so I don't think it would stain that way, like first applying the taupe all over then escentuals go the outer corner and crease just a little with blue and adding blue liner. I was also a little worried about one products getting into the other (like blue getting in the blush or highlighter

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  4. This looks so pretty

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  5. Stunning but as gorgeous as it is it's a bit of a miss for me. I don't think I would go for that blue (as beautiful as it is) often enough to justify such a purchase.

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  6. This was such a concise and well written review. Excellent photos and swatches. I'm glad I picked one up. Thanks.

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  7. hey Jenny! omg i'm just boggled by your images!! i'm still too in awe to actually swatch mine... which has never happened to me in the past. The blue stains on the lids?? Oh wow... that'd be some liner wouldn't it?! I had some flyaway powder falling into each other just from getting it shipped to me, so i really hope that's not going to be a big bother.

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  8. For some reason, I'm not feeling the heart tug... you know, sometimes a palette just screams at you to get it? this one seems a little quiet :-) The swatches look great though!

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  9. Hi Clare,
    I'm glad I could help! The bronzer is on the warm side, but it's not too bad. I just wish the finish would have been a matte instead. Having both a blush and a bronzer with the same shimmery finish seems just a little too much for me.

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  10. Hi Sunny,
    The blue shadow is what makes Unabashed so interesting and unique. It could have been just another basic, boring palette, without it. I know this would be somewhat hard for you to get, but I think it's made for you.You would look absolutely stunning.

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  11. Hi Sara,
    Thanks so much. You do have to be a little careful not to get the blue into the blush pan. Though that was really the only shade that I noticed that seemed to do want to migrate, perhaps because it is slightly dry and powdery. As long as you blow it off before using the blush, it shouldn't be a problem.

    As for the "staining", as long as you take the time to completely remove your eye makeup, it shouldn't be a problem. I also don't use waterproof makeup remover, which might make a difference in removal. The blue is not something that will just "come off" when you was your face, if you don't remove it first. When I've worn Unabashed, I've applied it much like you said. I apply the taupe all over my lid, and then place some blue in the outer corner of my eye in a V, and blend. And then add a little blue on my top lashes as a liner. Then, sometimes, I added a touch of the glitter shade as a highlight using my fingertip. I always placed the blue over the taupe. The end result is beautiful. Really, really beautiful.

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  12. Hi Tolegittoquit,
    It's exquisite. Let me know if you decide to pick it up!

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  13. Hi Icaria,
    I think Unabashed is going to be an instant love it or hate it with people - all because of that blue. It does create a really lovely, striking look. Though to me, it is not a very subtle one on. It is alluring and provocative. Which isn't for everyone.

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  14. Hi S. Derrick,
    Thank you so much! Let me know how you like it!

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  15. Hi Linda,
    Thank you so much! You have to use yours, it's really too wonderful not to use. LOL, I think I'm the opposite, I can't wait to get my pictures taken so I can touch everything! The powder transfer isn't that much of an inconvenience. The blue comes off, you just have to take the time to take it off. It's not something that will just come off when you wash your face.

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  16. Hi Lily,
    I know exactly what you mean. I wasn't quite sure if I wanted Unabashed or not, but I'm in love with Tom Ford, so I had to get it. And his pieces never cease to amaze me.

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  17. So sexy.. Fabulous review and swatches! I most crave that bronzer and blush, they look like such stunners.

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