Saturday, 23 May 2015

Makeup of the Month: May | Tom Ford Pink Glow Eye and Cheek Compact

Hi, everyone! First off, I'd like to send a heartfelt thank you for all of the words of support and congrats you left in response to my last post. So much appreciated! The fact that I now have my PhD is still quite surreal, but I do feel incredibly relieved to be finished! 

Last month Jenn and I were *innocently* browsing around Holt Renfrew when I *innocently* inquired at the Tom Ford counter about when their Summer 2015 collection would be released. When they informed me that it would be hitting shelves just before the day of my Dissertation defense, I bit the bullet and pre-ordered the star of the collection, the Pink Glow Eye and Cheek Compact. What better treat for finally reaching Dr. status!? The palette actually arrived a couple of weeks early, but I held off until this past Thursday to finally dive in! 



This palette is the most expensive makeup item I've bought to date, but it is a true beauty with five unique shades to enjoy. Let's take a look!

The Pink Glow Eye and Cheek Compact comes in a metallic textured golden box with white lettering. Just from the outer layer, it gives off a chic, summery feel:


The palette itself comes housed in a soft, luxurious white leather pouch. Inside is a white, square-shaped plastic compact with rounded edges and golden details. To my excitement, it was actually larger than I expected, eclipsing the size of my palm:





Upon opening the case, a beautiful geometric arrangement of shades is revealed: 

Oh, hello there! 

The three shades on the left hand of the palette are eye shadows, each with a distinctly different shade and finish. At the top left is a beautiful highlight shade, a pink-tinged ivory with a frosty finish. The center left shade is a sheer, glittery cool gold, and the bottom left is a rich warm, rust-toned cranberry with a satin finish. 

The right side of the palette consists of two incredible blushes. The top right hue is a sheer pinky peach blush with a golden frosted finish and the bottom right is a rich, saturated , shimmery berry. 



Here are swatches of the 5 shades in the palette, the three shadows to the left and the two blushes to the right: 


So what are my thoughts on this luxurious palette? Is it worth the splurge? Here are some pros and cons- but mostly pros ;)


Pros:
  • My favourite thing about Pink Glow? The blushes! Both cheek colours are buttery soft and blend beautifully together. I like using the berry shade as a contour and the golden peach as a highlight
  • Wear time of the blushes and the shadows is quite impressive- they get me through the 9-to-5 and beyond
  • I appreciate that you can create a complete eye shadow look with the palette, since it includes a highlight, lid shade, and deeper crease colour
  • The variety of finishes in the eye shadow allows you to create a complex look
  • The generally warm hues in the palette are flattering on my skin tone, but are not so warm that cooler complexions wouldn't get along with it
  • All shades except one (the gold glitter) are beautifully pigmented
  • Though this has a decidedly Summery feel, I think the shades would also be beautiful in Fall as well
  • Sleek, chic, luxurious packaging
  • The blush pans are large enough to use with a moderately-sized blush brush- much larger than I expected! 
Cons:
  • The glittery shade is rather sheer and has some fall-out- it's pretty, but doesn't pack a punch
  • The shades are absolutely stunning, but are not necessarily unique. Affordable dupes are most likely available! 

Overall, this palette is a total dream. The blushes are among the best I've tried and the shadows allow for a variety of sunset-like, shimmery looks. The pigmentation is impressive and the wear time is top-notch. Plus, it's a stunning thing to behold! Yes, the shades are dupe-able, but if you feel like a special treat this summer, the Pink Glow Eye and Cheek Palette is among the best you'll find.


Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 

32 comments:

  1. what a luxurious and well-deserved treat! i love that little in the mirror selfie haha, this is so stunning! if i ever defend my phd, i may have to take inspiration from you!

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    1. Yes, it will be well worth a luxurious treat when you're finished! :)

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  2. Aah, definitely a justified purchase hehe! It looks gorgeous - the packaging is absolutely dreamy. The blushes look like such great shades!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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    1. The blushes are especially amazing! :)

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  3. oh wow this palette is so pretty :o xx

    www.jesskadenise.com

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  4. This palette is so you! :) I am so thrilled for you, Jenn and this is the perfect treat! I'd love to see how you use it!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jodi! I've finally been using it and it's just as pretty on the face as it is in the palette :)

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  5. Wonderful shades, the packaging is beautiful as well! :)

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  6. It's so dang gorgeous. Perfect treat/reward for finishing! I love your description of how you were *innocently* browsing.

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    1. Haha, I browse in many ways, but innocent is never one of them ;) Thanks, Ingrid! xo

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  7. Woo! Dr Jen! That purple eyeshadow shade is gorgeous!! Wait, the whole palette is gorgeous!!! Great spend!
    xo Kat @ Katness

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    1. Thanks, Kat! Yes, I'm so happy with my treat/splurge :)

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  8. This whole palette is just stunning! Yes, it's nice that you did that size comparison! It seemed a bit small, but the size of your palm is quite substantial! :)

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    1. Yes, I was definitely happy to see it in person and realize it was larger than expected :)

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  9. What a beautiful looking palette. I have yet to delve into the world of Tom Ford beauty!

    franklyflawless.com

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    1. It's definitely a pricey range, but I've found the products are worth the splurge! :)

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  10. I am completely in-love with this post! Happy Monday dear! :)


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  11. Ahhh I know I probably can't pull this one off, but still! *dreamy sigh* Very interesting palette to say the least!

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    1. I'm sure you could totally rock it, Sunny! xo

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  12. This palette looks gorgeous!!!

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    1. I'm really happy I took the plunge and splurged on it- it's super lovely :)

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  13. That's such a great way to celebrate! The packaging is to die for too ugh!

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    1. Can't go wrong with Tom Ford in terms of luxurious packaging (and products)! Thanks :)

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  14. A well deserved present for yourself! :D Everything from packaging to the shades are so luxe and pretty looking!

    Macarons and Mischief

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    1. Thanks so much! I've found it to be the perfect treat- it really is luxurious and lovely :)

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  15. Firstly, congratulations again on being a Dr Jen! This haul is the perfect treat and present for all your hard work! I've never splurged on a Tom Ford before, so I'll live vicariously through you instead ;-)

    Stephanie | theFantasia.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Steph! Tom Ford really did feel like the perfect treat :)

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    1. Yes, it was much bigger than expected! Which (almost) made it worth the high price tag. It's truly gorgeous, though :)

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  17. lovely makeup! and i really like the packaging it's very classy :)

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  18. oooh jeez that's gorgeous, that packaging!! *drool*

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