Tom Ford Forbidden Pink: review and swatches

 It’s been awhile since I’ve done a blog post, but I wanted to share a short review and swatches of the new Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Forbidden Pink – a new limited edition palette that’s part of the Rose Prick collection, which also has the permanent Rose Topaz quad in limited edition pink packaging.

It retails for $90 for .3oz/9g, which is standard for Tom Ford quads. It’s available at Sephora, Macys, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and more.

The new quad is one of the creme to powder formulas that came out last year, and is my favorite formulas from the brand. It’s a dry creamy powder that really does feel like a powdery cream rather than a creamy formula. I find this to be the best of both worlds of cream and powder, as it has the creaminess of a cream eyeshadow, with the blendability and lasting power of a powder eyeshadow. 

Forbidden Pink is a rosy copper quad and it has a satin-matte rosy brown, shimmer sandy gold with a hint of pink shimmer, a shimmery pinkish copper, and a satin-matte chocolate brown shade.  

As you’ll see from these swatches, I find the shades have more complexity and depth than they seem:

Under the flash, you can see that the sandy gold has flecks of pink, and the chocolate brown seems to reflect more plum-brown.

I find that copper and pink toned quads can pull orange on my skin and clash with my neutral-warm skintone, but this quad has neutral pink undertones that ends up blending really well with my skintone. It doesn’t pull too pink on my skin either, so I can avoid looking tired or like my eyes are swollen. 

I really like color story and the balance of satin-matte and shimmer shades. Everytime I use this quad, the 4 shades work together perfectly to create a cohesive look that is perfect for daytime while also buildable for a more intense look. 

Smoky Quartz, the other cream to powder quad I have, is all satin matte shades and is warmer and deeper toned.

My go-to look with this quad is to use the rosy brown shade as a transition shade in my crease area, the copper shade in the outer half and inner part of my lid, with the sandy gold in the center of the lid for a brightening effect. My favorite way to use the deep brown shade is to use it to smudge out my eyeliner, though I also use it often on its own as a powder eyeliner. For a more dramatic look, I’ve also used this deep shade to deepen the outer corner. 

Tom Ford Forbidden Pink on the eyes, Tom Ford Casablanca Lipstick

I also applied the quad in this reel:

Cream to powder formulas can be tricky on my eyelids, but I find that this version from Tom Ford lasts all day on my oily eyelids (over an eyeshadow primer) without creasing or fading for the whole day. I also love that with this formula. I can use my fingers or brushes and it applies equally well either way – making this great for travel or on the go when I don’t want to carry brushes with me.

Overall, while I already knew that I love this formula, this new limited edition color story is one of my favorite eyeshadow releases I’ve tried this year. I think it would be very flattering for neutral-warm skintones or skintones with olive undertones thanks to its balance of cool (pink) and warm (orange) tones. The balance of tones feels unique to me, and is a great addition to my eyeshadow rotation for spring makeup. The formula is easy to work with and buildable for subtle or dramatic makeup. 

If you know you love Tom Ford’s cream to powder formula, or you’ve been curious to try it out, I would put these high on your list of products to try.

Let me know your thoughts on this formula and color story – have you tried this yet? 

As always, thanks for reading.


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