Thursday, March 7, 2013

Tom Ford Beauty Eye Defining Pencil in Espresso 01

I'm kind of sick of writing about Tom Ford all the time.  I mean, it looks like that's all I have in my collection and that I don't like variety.  I think my beauty tendency is to focus on specific small number of brands, go insane, buy way too much and then walk away in disgust.  Yes, many other brands have fallen upon this fate and I will not name names.  I think I'm still in the massive buying part of that cycle.  I'm going to have one expensive dent in my wallet when I get tired of this, but I had to put this one in the blog.  I had to.  If I'm wearing something almost every single day, I had to admit that it was special enough to show here.


I've had many attempts at defined eyeliners and had numerous attempts at the cat eye.  I told you about my wonky eyes and it makes it really hard to make a crisp eye lined look work, especially cat eyes or anything with a flick.  I've modified my approach, which is to have a smudged out dark line close to the lashes.

I picked up the eye liner at the Tom Ford counter.  They have a sparkly brown one as well, but I wanted a go-to basic and this really has turned out to be that basic that I go to all the time.  Let's talk texture and its lasting powers first, because I am duly impressed with it.  It makes a super clean line and the texture of it is soft without smearing all over the place when you place that line.
With a blunt tip; I imagine you would surmise a well-sharpened tip would leave a finer line
What makes it work well for me is that it is soft enough to smudge into as smudgy or a defined a line as I like.  And then it sets!  It's not indestructibly immobile.  Eventually it will give into vigorous rubbing and soap and water, but it sets very well and during my regular workday, it will last.  It lasts without smearing where I don't want it to migrate.

It also makes an excellent deep base upon which to layer other eyeshadows.  This is typically the base that I use along my lashes when I'm doing a smokier look.  I've also worn this on my waterline, and it lasts as well on me as the best of them do, which is to say, a few hours with strong intensity and then gradually fading into something softer.  At the end of a long work day, it was still visible on my lower waterline.  Of course, as with waterline use, your milegage most definitely will vary.

Color-wise, it's an excellent dark creamy matte brown, well balanced enough for me to consider slightly warm in tone with out competing too much with a cooler look.  I really like this one.

Do you have an eye liner or a basic item that makes it into your every day makeup routine?  Are there things you were so surprised to find yourself loving?

11 comments :

  1. Ok. Adding this to the list. Looks like a beautiful, rich brown & the smudged out color is beautiful too!!

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    1. I have to force myself to use other liners these days!

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  2. I am also so in love with my Espresso liner from TF- I use it just like u and it is my go to liner of the moment. I also have the sparkly one and the purple one ! Don't ever be sick of writing about TF- his products are THAT good!

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    1. You like it, too? *feels vindicated* There are some marvelous things in the line, 'tis true!

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  3. Ooo love how its a deep blackened brown ... I've recently come to realise that browns are so much more natural with black hair and brown eyes! Curious to know how this one fares on oily lids. The only thing I've found so far that lasts on me is the Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof eyeliners :(

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    1. I like the Chanel wp, too! I love Ebene. But I find this one is more creamier and therefore more smudge-able (which is generally the effect I'm after). Gwen, do you use an eye primer?

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  4. Ooh, I think I catch a tiny bit of red in there! That's probably what makes it look so natural! Every single liner I've ever tried has smudged on me, so I always feel bad buying an expensive one!

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    1. Plenty of good and more reasonably priced alternatives out there! It's hard to spring for one of these doodads.

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  5. Hi. I love this shade of brown but I can't find Tom Ford products where I live.
    Do you know any other brand of eyeliner with a similar color as espresso? Thanks a lot in advance.

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    1. Hi anonymous!
      This is not a unique shade. I'm pretty sure you can find a great brown in many brands (drugstore & high end). I've also recently used a Milani shade that was also a good creamy brown.

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