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!
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.
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.
- 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
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 :)
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! :)