The holidays are coming! And I’m kicking things off with the new Tom Ford First Frost Eye Colour Quad today! Isn’t she a beauty?!
I’m going to be sharing swatches, my first impressions and some comparison swatches with last year’s Soleil D’Hiver quad because when I first saw photos of this palette, they looked very similar. (Hint… they’re actually not!)
Now, you may be thinking this looks like a pretty boring quad. You’d probably be right, it’s not the most groundbreaking colour scheme. However, for me, that’s exactly what I want when I’m spending £68 for four eyeshadows. I wear a lot of neutrals and I want to be wearing every single shade if the eyeshadow is that expensive. With this First Frost palette and with the Soleil D’Hiver palette, I wear all the shades.
There would be zero point me buying a super colourful quad as I just wouldn’t wear it. But each to their own.
Now let’s get into the details of the Tom Ford First Frost Eye Colour Quad!
The Tom Ford First Frost Eye Colour Quad is £68 for four shadows. The total weight is 6g. This works out at £11.33 per gram.
I recently reviewed the Natasha Denona Glam Palette and ND is known for being luxury. However, the Glam is one of her more affordable palettes and the shadows are £3.11 per gram. Now, I can’t tell you which palette to go for, I can justify having them both. But, there’s a comparison for you on price.
This is the wet and dry formula which I absolutely adore. I haven’t bought any of Tom Ford’s normal eyeshadow formula as I don’t think it’s special enough to warrant the cost. However, I do think this wet and dry formula is because it’s stunning. So smooth, pigmented and blendable.
This quad is currently out of stock at John Lewis, but I’m hoping it releases elsewhere soon. You can buy it at Nordstrom in the US (they will ship to the UK, but it’s more expensive).
I’m keeping an eye on Selfridges and the Tom Ford website to see if it releases.
JUST IN! I checked Harvey Nichols this morning and this palette has just become available. Shop it here.
The Tom Ford First Frost quad comes in a gold Soleil cardboard box and has a white fabric pouch for the quad to go in.
The compact is sleek and white with gold accents and is a magnetic closure. It doesn’t feel the most luxurious plastic, but not super cheap feeling either.
I much prefer this white packaging to the ordinary brown packaging Tom Ford usually uses. Sorry, I am just not the biggest fan of brown anything haha! I have quite a few pairs of Tom Ford sunglasses too and all of the cases are brown velour!
This quad is stunning. The colour scheme is so me right now. Neutral with just a pop of pink. I’m loving pink eyeshadow at the moment. Tom Ford have done a fabulous job picking colours for this quad, they look so gorgeous, both separately and together. Even though I have palettes with 15+ shades, this has to be one of my favourite colour combos ever!
Here’s a close up of all four shades. The camera doesn’t do the shimmer justice, the depth they have is insane.
SWATCHES AND COMPARISONS
Now, let’s look at some swatches of the Tom Ford First Frost palette. The pigmentation is incredible with these shadows. They are so smooth and there’s no fall out or chunks of glitter. I love that you can use these wet or dry and they apply great with a brush or finger.
Here are the swatches from left to right, top to bottom:
Now, let’s look into whether you need this palette if you have last year’s Soleil D’Hiver palette. When I first saw the product image on John Lewis’ site, I thought it was the Soleil D’Hiver palette again. However, I’ve watched a few videos with comparison swatches, so I already knew I still wanted the First Frost palette. Because… look, they’re not actually that similar. First Frost is like a cooler cousin to Soleil D’Hiver.
The darkest brown is the most similar shade, other than that I think the shades look completely different in the pan and on the arm.
Here are the swatches next to each other:
What do you guys think? I’m seeing Soleil D’Hiver as warm toned and First Frost as slightly cooler toned.
I have to say, I think this year’s quad swatches better than last year’s. Of course, this could be because it’s newer, but the shadows feel smoother and they are a bit more pigmented.
The light gold shade in last year’s palette took some work as it had a bit of fallout. I’m not seeing the same issues with this year’s palette.
Do you need this palette? Can you dupe it? No and yes. You don’t neeeeed this palette, but it is stunning and if you want to treat yourself to one luxury item this Holiday season then this gets my vote. I am totally in love with it. It’s wearable, easy to use and looks gorgeous.
When it comes to duping this palette, I know that I have similar shades in my collection because I have a HUGE eyeshadow collection. Howver, I would note that while I may have similar colours, I don’t have anything the same formula wise. So for me, this palette is still worth it.
I don’t have a tonne of Tom Ford makeup, so I like to treat myself to one of the quads at Christmas time. I’m totally in love with this year’s offering, are you planning on picking this up?