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GUCCI – Crystal Copper

by Sonia G.

From the 5 Gucci quads I got, Crystal Copper was the one that I truly believed it would never work for me. It looks very shimmery and dramatic and the shadow that stands out the most is the golden copper on the bottom left, it’s the kind of color that simply doesn’t work for me, I don’t know what I was thinking since I still got it… the quad has “Copper” in his name but I have willingly ignored that.  So, I still don’t like that shade of copper but the others on the quad … yes please… can I have a whole bunch of shades as interesting as these in my collection? That would make me soooo happy!

I knew this one was a risky choice, out of my comfort zone because of that copper shade, BUT because of the other shades I had to have it. And I was so right.

I don’t have a lot of swatches of these shades and with my current light setting at home there is no way I can manage nice swatches anyway, but here it goes…


The highlight shade is stunning, a complex irisdescent white gold. Depending on how the light hits it it’s more or less white. It has micro sparkles but it’s not overly shimmery or glittery, it remains an elegant shade.

The coppery shade has great quality but I won’t use it.. , it’s too dramatic for me but I admit that if you love coppery shades that have a shimmery-ish finish, you will love this.

The dark aubergine is a satin-matte with micro sparkles. Those sparkles are silvery blue but they are not a bad thing for the shade and it doesn’t destroy it, you can have some sparkle transfer underneath the eyes but it’s not chunky, it will just sparkle a bit and then the sparkling effect fades, on the shadow itself nearly immediately. It’s much less obvious than the glitter pans in the Tom Ford quads, that should not stop you from loving the quad. The texture of this shade is different from the other matte Gucci shades. It’s not as bold and opaque, it has a dark aubergine base but it  becomes more and more transparent the more you blend it, you may have some difficulties building it to a very opaque finish but on the other hand it will be impossible to fail the look. Working with Gucci shades is super easy, the blending is so easy that you think they blend by themselves, you make a mistake you wipe it off with your fingertip, that’s so easy.

I think the biggest strength of the brand is how easy the shadows blend, how effortless the application is and how many long lasting and complex colors they launched.

Speaking of which… that brings me to the brown/red/copper/I don’t know..I can’t describe type of shade, a satin complex brown/red brick shade, (?) with a gorgeous golden red hue depending on the angle, absolutely freaking gorgeous.

Update: the Tom Ford Burnished Amber is much much more red compared to this TF (in case you had that quad in mind…), if you pick the two bottom shades of the TF, when mixed they look a bit like this CC shade but sheerer and more red.

So let’s focus a bit on that brown-red-whatever shade…

It reminds of a mix that I do with the Laura Mercier Cocoa Velour as a base and the Nars Jezebel on top (Jezebel is in the top center of the Modern Love palette), but the Gucci is more subtle, more complex and stays complex and pretty for a long time. A burgundy-red smoky eye is the look I go for when I want to feel good and sexy, you probably also have a go-to killer smoky eye, for me it’s that one, now that I have the Gucci quad I consider myself fulfilled.



Don’t trust my ugly swatches, the Gucci is truly gorgeous, gives a whole new sens to “sex in a pan” and, as a very picky make-up lover, I can confirm I am fully and happily satisfied. This is the most sultry and flattering shadow in my entire collection. Full stop.

I wear this shadow on its own on the mobile lid and the crease, then a bit of highlight on the browbone area, then the aubergine on the botton lash line with a tiny on the outer v.


Just for the history, I discovered Laura Mercier Cocoa Velour a long time ago and it’s still the best cream eyeshadow I own, easy to blend, looks absolutely divine, well, Ellis Faas are as good but Ellis Faas packing is a nightmare. If I could have the Ellis Faas in the same packaging as the Laura Mercier I would be in Heaven. I love to wear the LM Cocoa Velour on its own or with a bit of Nars India Song or Jezebel on top, just on the center of the mobile lid. I know I have already shared that but when you love something that much you feel like you have to repeat it over and over again… 😀


The Rouge Bunny Rouge is not that similar to the Gucci red-brown shade but both have similar undertones, the RBR is darker, more dramatic and more opaque. It makes the Gucci the most adult wearable and sophisticated color of both.

The Chanel Sable Emouvant is another one that I wear but it doesn’t have the WOW factor.


If you mix both Tom Ford Silvered Topaz shades (at the bottom of the TF), you get a bit similar color as the Gucci Aubergine. On the swatches above I have swatched the two bottom shades of the Tom Ford quad in the middle of both TF swatches.


The quality is fantastic, in terms of colors, except for the copper shade that I don’t wear, the others are huge love. You can easily layer them, if you want to tone down the shimmer don’t wear the highlight as a base but just in localized areas. If you want to add more glow and sparkle, wear the highlight as a base all over the lid before you work with the others on top.

I love it… that red-brick shade is killing me…






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Stacey 7 October, 2014 - 2:25 pm

I like it….esp. That dark purple one. I have to swatch the. I cannot buy without switching.

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 7 October, 2014 - 7:43 pm

I agree, swatching is essential, I know Gucci boutique will have them here in Switzerland, I hope you will have easy access to their collection so that you can play with them in person!

Ann C. 7 October, 2014 - 3:16 pm

Thank you for taking the time to post this Sonia!
I stopped looking at e/s for over a year now but these swatches as well as the burberry’s are calling me back to the e/s side 🙂

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 7 October, 2014 - 7:42 pm

My pleasure!! feels good to be here, I miss it!!
oh my, the new Burberry palettes and the Gucci are a true revolution for 2014 eyeshadow lovers. I will get to the end of the year poorer but my eyes never looked so good 😀 😀 😀

Lillian 7 October, 2014 - 7:16 pm

Thank you for this wonderful review! This quad is GORGEOUS!!! Buying it right NOW… Love you Sonia xoxo

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 7 October, 2014 - 7:40 pm

Thank you Lillian! yes indeed 🙂 please I beg you, let me know how and if you like it!! love you sweetie!!

Midnitedesire 7 October, 2014 - 8:00 pm

Thank you for the swatches and insight,Sonia!! it really is helping me to decide if it is worth to check out or not. I’m eyeing this but im trying to talk myself out of it lol

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 7 October, 2014 - 8:45 pm

Tesla, I have been playing with the Pink Flamingo and the Serpentive Envy, I really can’t make them work 🙁
For Serpentine, I tried many looks, layered or not, the less bad on myself is the taupe of the lid, the top right shade on the bottom lash line and the matte green in the crease, but I am not convinced that it looks ok on myself. On me it’s too shimmery and nothing really stands out except for the shimmer. The taupe is too sheer, contrasts really well with the green actually (so I might use that combination with other shadows and I will then compare the results..)
The Pink is really blah after using it, also tried many techniques and looks and I am not convinced, the best way is to apply the matte purple on the lid and crease and pop some complex (left bottom) on top of it but again, there is nothing that unique to the look, not crazy about it, much better to go with a Burberry plum pink or nude something (don’t remember lol), the Burberry are more complex, more wearable more everything.
For the Serpentine, if you want nice green shades with shimmer, go Suqqu… 🙂

midnitedesire 8 October, 2014 - 9:39 am

Ohhh no, the damage is done ,they already took my money lol I already ordered the pink flamingo and serpentive envy, Angela just received the parcel ,now just waiting for the it cosmetics order to arrive well, hopefully I can make it work for me * fingers crossed* when you say suqqu do you mean the 09 ? i love that one 😀

Lillian 8 October, 2014 - 5:38 am

I will absolutely let you know once I’ve received it – it is on its way!
I have a quick question for you because I know you love the TF Eye Primer, as do I…
Since his primer requires the included powder to set it, do you find it awkward to then use cream eyeshadow over it?
It seems counter-intuitive to me to use a cream eyeshadow over a powdered lid – do I need a different primer to use with cream eyeshadows? (I have the EB Cashmere but I much prefer the TF).
Would love to hear your opinion and others, too.

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 8 October, 2014 - 11:04 pm

Hi Lillian,
What cream shadows do you use in particular ?
I actually layer cream over TF primer with the powder. I don’t have issues layering them providing the products blend well together, some could separate and become patchy, I guess that is related to the products’ ingredients.
Wayne has recently shown liquid foundation applied on top of a powdered face so again, it will vary depending on the products (and the skin…).
I have some shadows that I am experimenting at the moment (but since they don’t work very well I have to experiment only on weekends with those 🙂 ) it’s the MUFE new ones, they have like a cream buttery finish, I am trying them with TF primer and other primers to see if it works better, but I think it’s the shadows that just don’t work for me (same as the new Chanel, not long lasting enough to avoid me from retouching my makeup at lunch time.. which I usually can’t)….
xoxo 🙂

Jeanette 8 October, 2014 - 11:27 am

I love the two darker colours. They look GEORGEOUS!
I am hesitant due to the high shimmer level, and some reds and warm browns make me look like I had an accident. (I once tried TF Cognac Sable, and my family said “what happened to you? Are you ok?).
So it is difficult to know if a certain colour suits you without trying it. But I really like the red brick colour!

Lillian 9 October, 2014 - 1:11 am

Thank you so much Sonia – that is exactly what I thought too… Then a friend of mine said no no no – cream shadows cannot (should not) be used over a powdered lid. (I saw Wayne’s video with the powder used before foundation, but it didn’t work for me because my skin is so dry.). When I use the TF Eyeshadow Base Duo with powder eyeshadow it’s gorgeous, really disguises crepiness well, but with cream shadows not so much. I use cream shadows from all the usual suspects of high-end brands, and I find that they are very unforgiving and unflattering on me, accentuating every line and wrinkle. It makes me feel sad.

Carlyn 10 October, 2014 - 6:45 am

Oh, I really have been enjoying your reviews of the Gucci quads. I have the Smoky Amethyst and it’s great. The colors show up beautifully on my NC 37-40 skin which is amazing since most purples aren’t true to pan on me. I’ve been contemplating getting another quad and thought Pink Flamingo might be it, but Crystal Copper may be it instead, after your review. That brick red shade is lovely. I wanted a green quad, but I fell in love with Chanel Tisse Venetien and bought that and I love it. The Suqqu 09 is pretty, but takes a lot of work to show up well on me. The Chanel is bam-in your face, but gorgeously so. I wore it to work and it lasted the whole shift. It may be an evening palette for most ladies, but I’ll wear shimmer during the day and won’t care what anyone thinks, lol. Thanks again for your honest reviews.

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 4 November, 2014 - 8:51 pm

Hi Carlyn,
I am really not loving the Serpentine and the Flamingo, they are too frosty for my aging lids, probably it may be great for younger skins but honestly those are not that amazing IMHO. We are all different though 🙂 I am waiting for the Gucci boutique to bring their beauty collection in Geneva then I will swatch all like crazy!!!
You are lucky having the Chanel last the whole day, they don’t just on my lids, not even 3 hours! I also wear shimmer and dark looks at the office when I want to, I also don’t care what others thinks (unless I have an important meeting and I don’t want to distract attention). We need to enjoy our creativity 😀

Daisy 17 October, 2014 - 3:45 pm

This looks exactly like the type of quad I would love. I love Cognac sable by TF and I’ve been looking for that type of warm toned quad with that coppery gold hint.

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 4 November, 2014 - 8:44 pm

Daisy, still loving it to pieces. Not loving the Serpentine and the Pink one though… 🙂


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