Saturday, March 14th, 2015

One of my favorite color to wear for spring is a softer version of plum, so I thought I would share some of my favorite more muted plum lipsticks today.

  1. Guerlain Garance — a very warm plum with a soft sheen
  2. MAC Marque — a gold-shimmered plum
  3. Estee Lauder Irresistible — a neutral-warm medium plum
  4. Tom Ford Indian Rose — a neutral pinky-plum
  5. Bite Beauty Rosewood — a lightly warm-toned plum

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Tom Ford Spring 2015 Collection
Tom Ford Spring 2015 Collection

Tom Ford’s Spring collection is short and sweet with products for eyes and nails. My favorite product was Spring 2015 Cream Color for Eyes, as I’m a huge fan of his cream eyeshadow formula for its rich color payoff, impressive long-wear, and blendability. The new Eye Color Duo were decent to good, but the lighter shade in each duo could have applied more smoothly over bare skin. I think the shades in each duo pair well and layer exceptionally well to create a true third color; the lightest shade is better layered over the darker one than alone, from my experience. The collection is now online at Neiman Marcus,
Nordstrom, and Saks.

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Tom Ford Black Jade Nail Lacquer
Tom Ford Black Jade Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Black Jade Nail Lacquer ($32.00 for 0.41 oz.) is a blackened green with subtle neutral-to-cool undertones and a fine lighter green shimmer. It was nearly opaque in a single coat, though I applied two to be sure. The finish was naturally glossy when it dried down, and the coverage was smooth and even. It wore well for seven days on me with very minor tip wear. NARS Shutter (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. NARS Night Porter (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Dior Amazonia (LE, $24.00) is warmer, less shimmery. Deborah Lippmann Billionaire (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tom Ford Indigo Night Nail Lacquer ($32.00 for 0.41 oz.) is an inky, blackened navy blue with fine, brighter blue shimmer. It was opaque after two coats of polish, and the color went on evenly with smooth, glossy end results. The texture was slightly thin with this shade. This shade also lasted for seven days on me with very minor tip wear. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Distortion (LE, $10.00) is warmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Mazel Tov Madness (LE, $3.99) is brighter. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, brighter. NARS Night Flight (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Double Trouble (LE, $16.00) is brighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, February 16th, 2015

Tom Ford Beauty Crushed Indigo Eye Color Duo
Tom Ford Beauty Crushed Indigo Eye Color Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Crushed Indigo Eye Color Duo ($60.00 for 0.13 oz.) consists of a white with a bluish iridescence and a blackened navy blue. I want to like it, but I find the lighter shade can be finicky to apply, as it tended to thicken and bunch up (almost flake off from the pan) when used damp. If used dry, the color payoff was sheerer and less metallic, but dry application was the most forgiving. The darker shade was easy to use either damp or dry, and it remained blendable even when applied with a dampened brush.

Crushed Indigo (Left) is a brightened white with a blue iridescence that gives it a cool-toned, bluish-violet sheen. It had a metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was semi-opaque. The product would thicken and clump together when applied with a damp brush if you weren’t careful. It lasted for eight hours before fading. Urban Decay Roadstripe (LE, $18.00) is similar. Makeup Geek Ice Queen (P, $5.99) is less iridescent. Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is similar. theBalm A3 (LE, $16.00) is grayer. Disney by Sephora Sick of Swimmin’ (LE) is less metallic. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #1 (P) is less metallic. MAC Crystal Avalanche (P, $15.00) is less metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Crushed Indigo (Right) is a blackened navy blue with lighter and darker blue shimmer for a soft, frosted finish. The texture was soft but a little dry, and the color payoff was semi-opaque to opaque (dry to damp), but it was a very buildable formula. On the skin, it was blendable and easy to work with. The color wore well for nine hours before fading. Guerlain Les Nuees #1 (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Vivacious Vacuum Cleaner Bag (LE, $15.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME224 Navy Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter. NARS Giove (P, $29.00) is warmer. NARS Ubangi (P, $25.00) is a cream product. Dior Cosmos (281) (P, $31.00) is warmer, cream product. Disney by Sephora Midnight (LE) is similar. Clinique Massively Midnight (P, $17.00) is brighter, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #4 (LE) is brighter, lighter. Urban Decay Goddess (LE, $18.00) ios similar. MAC Lunar (LE, $19.50) is brighter, lighter. bareMinerals Shaken Not Stirred (P) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Tom Ford Beauty Ripe Plum Eye Color Duo
Tom Ford Beauty Ripe Plum Eye Color Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Ripe Plum Eye Color Duo ($60.00 for 0.13 oz.) consists of a iridescent opal and deeper burgundy-brown. I like the concept, and the two colors work well off of each other, as when you blend them together, they create a lighter, iridescent plum shade, but they both have room for improvement.

Ripe Plum (Left) is an iridescent pink-tinted white with a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had a more frosted finish when applied dry, and the color payoff was mostly opaque. Applied damp, it was smoother and more pigmented with a stronger sheen. The texture was soft, blendable, and easy to use, but I thought it could apply more smoothly when used damp as it tended to bunch up and look almost clumpy applied. On me, it lasted for nine hours before creasing slightly. Urban Decay Roadstripe (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever I902 Quartz (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever I872 Pearly Pink (P, $21.00) is pinker. NARS Cassiopeia (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #1 (P) is not quite as iridescent. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #1 (LE) is lighter. MAC Opalesse (LE, $19.50) is cooler-toned. MAC Ready to Party (LE, $19.50) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ripe Plum (Right) is a dark, burgundy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it appeared warmer with a softer finish, but it was less pigmented, too. Applied with a dampened brush, the color went with intense color coverage and a smoother sheen. The color is buildable dry, so opaque color can be achieved without having to use it wet, but I found it to look a little dry-looking when used dry (a spirtz of water or a fixing spray can help, though). It wore well for nine hours on me before fading. Giorgio Armani Senso (10) (P, $38.00) is a liquid, warmer. Sephora + Pantone Universe Red Mahogany (LE) is lighter, warmer. Dior Cuir Cannage #1 (P) is lighter. LORAC Granite (LE) is similar. Tarte Lavender Bubble Bath (LE) is cooler-toned. NARS Subra (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. Urban Decay West (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Inglot #423 (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade Eye Color Duo
Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade Eye Color Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade Eye Color Duo ($60.00 for 0.13 oz.) consists of a brighter, iridescent green-tinged white and a deeper, olive green. The formula can be used wet or dry, with dry application for a “sleek and soft finish” or “wet for a bold and chromatic finish.” It is similar to products like MAC In Extra Dimension, NARS Dual Intensity, Estee Lauder Gelee, and so forth.

Raw Jade (Left) is an iridescent green-tinted white with a metallic finish. It had mostly opaque coverage applied dry, but it appeared yellower/warmer. Applied with a dampened brush, it was more metallic and brighter. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and fairly smooth, but it didn’t apply as smoothly as it could have. The color started to fade after nine hours of wear. MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $15.00) is less metallic. LORAC Unlocked (P) is yellower. LORAC Opal (LE) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow (P, $21.00) is less green. Make Up For Ever D316 Crystalline Pinky Green (P, $21.00) is greener. Dior Dulcinee #2 (LE) is similar. MAC Zestful (LE, $19.50) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Raw Jade (Right) is a medium-dark olive green with warm, khaki undertones and a frosted finish. It applied very much the same whether used dry or wet, though it was a smidgen more metallic damp. It had excellent color payoff with a really smooth, silky texture that blended well on the skin. The color wore well without fading for nine and a half hours. Giorgio Armani Green Iron (06) (P, $38.00) is a liquid product. Hourglass Color Field #4 (P) is similar. Sephora + Pantone Universe Dusty Olive (LE) is similar. Makeup Geek Jester (P, $9.99) is brighter, lighter. theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I328 Bronze (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever I324 Bronze Khaki (P, $21.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Kryptonite (P, $6.99) is lighter. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is similar. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Eureka (P) is darker. bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is darker. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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