Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad Review & Swatches

The last piece I would like to showcase from the Tom Ford Fall 2014 Collection is the coveted eye color quad in Nude Dip! This is no doubt the most talked about neutral eyeshadow quad of the season and one that is not easy to obtain. I am so glad I was able to get a hold of one shortly after its release without having to go through so much hassle like some people did, but is this quad all that as it's hyped up to be? Let's find out!

Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad

Nude Dip comes in a Tom Ford's signature eyeshadow quad packaging — a squared metallic mahogany casing with gold accent. Inside the quad you will find a full-sized mirror and 2 dual-ended applicators. One has a sponge eye shader and eye liner, the other has a sponge eye shader and a blending brush. A matching faux velvet pouch is also provided to keep the quad protected.

Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad

Nude Dip features a combination of 4 neutral eyeshadow shades in 3 different finishes (frost, semi-metallic, and satin). The colors range from light (top left) to medium-dark (bottom right) and all of them can be applied wet or dry. When used dry, the color payoff and feel are very similar to the standard Tom Ford Eye Color Quad that you are probably already familiar with — soft, smooth, and very blendable. When used wet, the color payoff is significantly amplified resulting in a dramatic high metallic finish on the lid.

Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad

Shade breakdown

Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad
  • Top left – pale beige champagne; frost
    The pigmentation of this lightest color is phenomenal. I barely have to touch my brush in it to get a good color payoff on my lid. It also feels extra creamy compared to the rest of the shades. I like to use this shade under the brow bone, in the inner corners, as well as on the center of the lid. This is a really bright and beautiful shade that will really make your eyes pop!
  • Top right – rose gold; semi-metallic
    I am really happy to see a rose gold shade made it into this quad! It is such a beautiful and very feminine shade. The consistency is soft and smooth with excellent color payoff. It applies and blends well, too. This shade is so versatile; you can apply it as a wash of color, crease color, or pair it with the bottom right shade as a liner for an office-appropriate look!
  • Bottom left – silvery taupe; semi-metallic
    This is a beautiful taupe but I wish it was a tad bit darker. This shade may look different enough from the top right shade in the pan but when applied on my lid, I can barely tell the difference between the two. Once you start blending, it becomes almost impossible to tell them apart. The consistency of the shade is very impressive, though, just like the rest of the palette. Creamy smooth and blends like a dream.
  • Bottom right – medium dark chocolate brown; satin
    My favorite shade of the palette no doubt! It has the perfect amount of pigmentation — not too light, not too dark and wow, it applies so beautifully! The texture is smooth like silk and you can get a really good color payoff on the lid with minimal effort. Its satin finish really balances out the shimmery effect of the other shades. It can be applied as a regular lid color or smudged along the lash line for a soft smokey effect. It is slightly prone to fallout, though, so tap your brush before applying.

Close-up of the eye look

Wearing Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad
Wearing Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad
Wearing Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad
Wearing Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad

Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of these shadows. They are so smooth and creamy to the touch. The powder doesn't get kicked up easily and never feels powdery. And the funny thing is blending isn't even necessary most of the times because they seem to blend themselves as you apply regardless of the brush used, especially for the rose gold and silvery taupe shades. I also like how the high-shine finish seen in the pan translates to this sophisticated and flattering shimmery sheen that is very suitable for daytime wear. I'm really glad to see that they don't accentuate fine lines or make my lids appear droopy in any way (I had my fear). The wear time is excellent as I did not notice any creasing or fading of the shades all throughout the day.

As I mentioned in the shade breakdown section that the top right and bottom left shades can appear very similar on the skin, I would advise using a small precision blending brush instead of your regular fluffy brush to blend to avoid over-blending of the colors. I wish the taupe would be just slightly darker — it would make this palette much more desirable to me. Also, as beautiful as the medium dark chocolate brown shade is, I find that you still need a dark eyeliner to add depth and really pull everything together for a balanced finished look. Without the liner, everything can appear too “neutral” and one-dimensional.

The full face :)

Wearing Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad
Wearing Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad
Wearing Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad
Wearing Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad

I think Nude Dip is a good neutral palette to have. It's certainly not a must-have unless you are a die hard fan of Tom Ford makeup (then by all means!). The color selection is not revolutionary by any means but what sets this quad apart from other neutral palettes is the unbeatable silky soft texture and the unique high-sheen finish. It really is a perfect quad for an effortless yet sophisticated minimal eye look!

At the time of this post, Nude Dip is still sold out online everywhere. I'm sorry that I have no information when and where it will become available again. I purchased mine through a phone order and luckily I only had to wait a few days to receive my quad. Your best bet would be to call a Tom Ford boutique to pre-order or keep checking online retailers' websites for the most updated availability.

Do you think you'll pick up Nude Dip? Do you own any Tom Ford Eye Color Quads? What quad is your most favorite?

Note: As of April 2015, Nude Dip is now permanent! Click the links down below to purchase! :)

Purchase

US$85 at Sephora ○ Nordstrom ○ Tom Ford

At Tom Ford counters

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26 Comments

  • Hey Jaa, Nude Dip looks great on you! I decided to skip because there really is only one finish in the quad, and I think some of those shades will look very, very similar on me. I still don’t own a TF quad if you can believe it! I’m waiting for the right one to come along :)

    • Yeah, they do have a tendency to blend into one color! The placement of each color and minimal blending are keys for this quad! :)

  • I’ve been seeing this everywhere, but somehow, this palette doesn’t really speak to me. I only have 1 Tom Ford eye palette (Cocoa Mirage) and I love that it’s more matte that satin / shimmer. I like the texture, but it didn’t blow my socks off, especially for the price I paid >_<

  • You know it’s coming, right?

    {{{{{{JAA}}}}}} ;-D

    The rose gold and the silvery taupe in particular are just stunning. One day, I shall own a TF quad. One day. They’re pretty excellent value by our standards, actually, since Chanel quads are ~$120 each! If only I could forget the beauty that was the LE She Wolf… *sniff*

    • ((((((((((Syl)))))))))) :D :D

      Well, I didn’t buy She Wolf, either…. let’s not talk about it okay? Sore spot. Can’t believe I missed it. LOL.

    • I think they will look nice on you, Erin. The base color may look warm-toned but the shimmer reflects the light so much that they look “cool” on the skin. :)

  • Pretty but have so many dupes for these colours. At that price it needs to WOW me. I’ll wait! I know TF has it in him lol

    • Oh I’m pretty sure we all have dupes for these! ;D I think it all comes down to personal preference… and whether or not you are a true TF fan (which in that case, you’d buy ANYthing he ever comes out with… lol!).

  • I passed on this but seeing it on you —- REGRETS!!!! :( Your eyeshadow application skillz are getting mad, Jaa!!! UGH. So dangerous for our wallets!

    • Oh Shari….. honestly I do think these colors are very dupable! But I know you like Tom Ford makeup! ;D I’m pretty sure they will come back in stock again – would you pick one up then?

      Thanks for the compliment! I try! I am not that good to tell you the truth! So much to learn and practice! :)

  • holy cow. sold out everywhere eh? and for a nude palette? i think this just goes to show the power of a name lol. a stunner for sure but maybe not something everyone can get, esp at that price point. i’m still trying to decide what TF thing to splurge on….might be a blush…can’t say yet .

    • You can’t go wrong with his blushes! Do you have any specific shade in mind that you want to try? My favorites at the moment are Love Lust and Flush. I love Wicked, too, but it’s a LE and no longer available.

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