Worth the Splurge? Tom Ford’s Cocoa Mirage Review & Swatches


Tom Ford is one of the most high-end luxury brands out there. I loved the Tom Ford Blush Nude lipstick, despite the hefty price tag, and wanted to try out the Tom Ford eyeshadow formula after hearing such good reviews on the quality. I’ve not heard a single bad review on the eyeshadows themselves, the only negative thing i’ve seen is the price. I chose the eyeshadow quad in Cocoa Mirage which is a collection of warm browns (surprise surprise) as these are the colours I gravitate to and love to use. A lot of people might think that these shadows are pretty boring and plain, but the pigmentation and colour payoff on these shadows is pretty up there – maybe even one of the best quality shadows that I’ve tried. You can use these colours individually but I think that these work better when blended all together for a warm brown smokey eye.


The packaging is really quite lovely – you get the shadows encased in the quad with a good sized mirror and two small brushes. Tom Ford is inscribed in gold at the bottom of the palette and you get a velvet sleeve to keep it safe and scratch free.

A lot of the Tom Ford eyeshadow quads that I’ve seen are mostly shimmers, with only a couple of matte colours. But they aren’t at all glittery, I’d say they are a grown-up shimmer that stay on the lid and give a beautiful finish. The Cocoa Mirage quad is mostly matte and is right up my street in terms of the colour range as these are colours I use all of the time. These shadows are all matte apart from the warm shimmery brown, but the shimmer is so subtle you barely notice it on the lid. In the Cocoa Mirage quad, you get:

Light Cream Matte – perfect for using as a base shadow all over the eye.

Medium Warm Brown Matte – a great transition shade in the crease or an eyeshadow base for darker skintones.

Rich Warm Brown Shimmer – a beautiful shade to pack onto the lid and run under the lower lashline.

Dark Brown Matte – an ideal shade for deepening the outer corner of the eye and for smoking out the lashline further. This isn’t a dark, patchy muddy brown – it’s rich and warm and is very soft and blendable.



This eyeshadow retails for… wait for it… £64.00 which to some is a ridiculous and extortionate price. And, well, it is to be honest. The price is very steep for an eyeshadow quad where you only get 4 shadows as opposed to a large palette. But it’s Tom Ford – you’re paying for the name, for the brand, and for the luxe packaging and quality. If you’re an eyeshadow collector and you use these colours often, then I would recommend this product as these colours are subtle enough that you could use them daily to work, and you can really intensify the look for an evening or special occasion.

I use these colours almost daily, so to me, this does justify the price tag as I’m getting a large amount of use from this quad and like to have the colours all in one place. The pigmentation is amazing and the colour combination is beautiful. But if you’re not fussed about the Tom Ford brand, then this palette probably isn’t for you – there are a lot cheaper brands out there that could provide close dupes to these colours. I didn’t pay full price for this product, and I don’t think I would be prepared to pay the full amount unless it was bought as a gift. But nevertheless, I am glad that I have it.


What do you think of the Tom Ford eyeshadows? Are they worth the splurge to you?




  1. Claire Talks Beauty
    January 4, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    i don’t buy Tom Ford that often unless there is a sale. i don’t think there is something very special about it but i love his eyeliners.

  2. January 4, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    Yeah I don’t think I’d pay full price for his range, just paying for the brand really. I love this palette but there are much more exciting palettes out there for less 🙂

  3. January 4, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    Hm… I’ve never considered even trying TF cosmetics. Your post has me intrigued 😉

  4. January 5, 2017 / 9:32 am

    Haha it’s a good little luxury treat!

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