Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Tom Ford Softcore Contouring Cheek Color Duo
Tom Ford Softcore Contouring Cheek Color Duo

Tom Ford Softcore Contouring Cheek Color Duo ($77.00 for 0.70 oz.) contains a highlighter and blush. Though pricey, as far as Tom Ford goes, the duo is actually a bit of a steal–it contains 0.70 oz. of product, which is over double the amount of product contained in a Cheek Color single (0.28 oz.), and those retail for $55. There was some confusion in regards to which duo was named what, but I purchased one of each direct from the Tom Ford Chicago boutique, and Softcore (featured in this post) is the darker, plummier shade, and Stroked is the lighter, more coral shade. I wish Softcore’s blush color was cooler-toned–more berry than plum–and its highlighter shade pink-toned so that the duos would be more distinct. (I also like the idea of giving a cool and warm-toned option for better coverage of the spectrum of skin tones.) The quality of both shades was nice, long-wearing, and blendable.

Highlighter (Softcore) is a light, warm-toned peach with a shimmery finish. It is less yellow compared to Stroked’s highlighter. It had excellent color payoff, and a little goes a long way. I felt like this one was more shimmery than the highlighter in Stroked. It read more metallic on the skin, and it did slightly emphasize pores, though it lasted for ten hours before fading. Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (P) is pinker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Spanish Villa (LE) is more beige. Urban Decay Highlighter (P) is similar. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is a touch lighter. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is lighter, less peach. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Contour (Softcore) is a lightly brightened, reddish plum with warm udnertones and a satiny finish. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable. It is very, very pigmented and the merest touch of the brush to the surface yielded plenty of color for application. The consistency is not quite as dense or as buttery as the highlighter, though. It wore well for eleven hours before fading. Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is lighter. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. NARS Seduction (P, $29.00) is darker. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Illamasqua Allure (P, $26.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, August 15th, 2014

Tom Ford Nude Dip Eyeshadow Quad
Tom Ford Nude Dip Eyeshadow Quad

Tom Ford Nude Dip Eyeshadow Quad ($79.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains four shades of warm-leaning neutrals that go from golden champagne to dark brown. If you remember Emerald Lust or Enchanted, that ultra soft, buttery, richly pigmented formula is back in this new, limited edition quad for fall. The eyeshadows go on so easily and nearly blend themselves; they work and transition into each other in a way that’s effortless. It’s a well-done set of shades, but they’re all dupable, so whether it’s a must-have will depend on your desire to have them in a palette and what you already have in your stash. You’ll also have to love shimmer, as there is quite a bit a frost in this, with all being high-shine except for one, which is more of a satin.

Nude Dip #1 is a brightened, golden champagne with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff that went on well both wet and dry, though it was a smidgen more pigmented and metallic when applied damp. The color wore well for nine hours before fading. MAC Fabulous Three #1 (LE) is less metallic. Too Faced Riviera (P, $16.00) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Elektron (P) is similar. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is similar. L’Oreal Iced Latte (P, $7.99) is cooler-toned. Benefit Bikini-tini (P, $10.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude Dip #2 is a muted, medium copper with a hint of rose and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation applied wet or dry, and the texture turned slightly more metallic with a damp application. The texture was soft, smooth, and buttery and applied beautifully. The color stayed on without creasing or fading for nine hours. LORAC Unbelievable (P) is browner. bareMinerals Bare Skin (LE) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is darker. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Gingersnap (P, $15.00) is warmer, less shimmery. bareMinerals Rose Gold (P, $14.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #11 (P, $9.99) is brighter, warmer. CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is darker, cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Haze (LE, $40.00) is a cream product. MAC Temperature Rising (LE, $15.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude Dip #3 is a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had excellent color payoff applied wet and dry, and it was so soft, smooth, and easily blended on the lid. The color wore well for nine hours before fading slightly. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #1 (P) is darker, cooler-toned. LORAC Mocha (P) is warmer. Maybelline Sleek & Spice (95) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is lighter, warmer. Sleek MakeUP Python (P, $9.99) is warmer. Sleek MakeUP Paradise on Earth (P, $9.99) is similar. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is a touch cooler-toned. MAC Until Dawn #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $40.00) is a cream product. bareMinerals A-Ha (P) is cooler-toned. Inglot #402 (P, $6.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude Dip #4 is a dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had fantastic pigmentation regardless of application method. The texture was soft, smooth, ultra finely-milled but not powdery. When I wore it, the color didn’t show any signs of creasing until after ten hours of wear. MAC Cocktail Black (LE, $15.00) is darker. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #4 (P) is similar. YSL Saharienne #3 (P) is a touch lighter. bareMinerals Toasted Espresso (LE, $14.00) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust (LE, $30.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

P.S. — I saw this up briefly for pre-order at Saks, but it’s no longer there, so I’m not sure if Saks already ran through their online stock or not. It’s due out in late August/early September, but with Tom Ford’s launches, they tend to spring up erratically online and in-store.

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Friday, August 15th, 2014

Tom Ford Stroked Contouring Cheek Color Duo
Tom Ford Stroked Contouring Cheek Color Duo

Tom Ford Stroked Contouring Cheek Color Duo ($77.00 for TBA oz.) is supposed to create “sculpted cheekbones” by using the “lighter, pearlescent shade to highlight” and the “deeper, matte shade to add definition and structure.” Long-time readers may be well-acquainted with my love for Tom Ford’s Cheek Color formula, so I’ve been eager (but anxious) about the arrival of the new, limited edition duos. The illuminating powder is impressive with a really soft, buttery consistency that sits on the skin beautifully. The blush-like color had a slightly thinner texture in comparison and could have used a wee bit more pigment, though it was still a soft, finely-milled, blendable blush. I’m definitely going to buy the other duo whenever I see that available online!

Highlighter is a peachy beige with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, buttery, and so smooth. Applied, it illuminates the skin without emphasizing pores. I would consider this a higher-sheen highlighter, so if you prefer more subdued finishes, this might be too glowy in comparison. On me, the highlighter wore well for almost ten hours before breaking down. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is warmer, darker. Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is similar. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is a touch lighter. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is more golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Contour is a muted, medium orange-brown with a satin-matte finish. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth, but it was slightly thinner/less dense. It had good, buildable pigmentation, though it wasn’t as pigmented as the blush formula typically is. It was easy to apply, and it was very blendable on the skin. The color lasted well for ten hours before fading gradually. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is lighter, less red. MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $21.00) is darker. NARS Gina (P, $29.00) is lighter. MAC Eternal Sun (P, $23.50) is slightly darker, more muted. MAC Coppertone (P, $21.00) is similar. Burberry Tangerine (P, $42.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Friday, August 15th, 2014

Tom Ford Twist of Fate & Negligee Lip Colors
Tom Ford Twist of Fate & Negligee Lip Colors

Tom Ford Negligee Lip Color ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage that glided on evenly and smoothly without tugging on the lips. The color lasted for five hours and was nicely hydrating while worn. Guerlain Air Kiss (304) (P, $37.00) is darker, more shimmery. Estee Lauder Intense Nude (P, $30.00) is lighter. Too Faced Pink Chocolate (P, $22.00) is brighter, glossier. Laura Mercier Cozy (P, $24.00) is brighter, more matte. Chanel Ce Soir (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned. Buxom Hooligan (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tom Ford Twist of Fate Lip Color ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a brightened, medium orange-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had fully opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy to easily apply without dragging but still felt lightweight, comfortable, and smoothed lips. This shade lasted for five and a half hours on me and was hydrating while worn. NARS Juliette (P, $32.00) is lighter. Too Faced Melted Coral (P, $21.00) is much lighter. Bite Beauty Cin Cin (P, $24.00) is slightly more orange. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is a touch lighter. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is brighter, lighter. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Both shades are part of the limited edition fall color collection. So far, only Saks shows them online, available for pre-order with a ship date of 9/26.

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Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Tom Ford Beauty for Fall 2014
Tom Ford Beauty for Fall 2014

The Fall 2014 Color Collection is a monochrome color play of light and shadow that achieves a defined and alluring look. Cheeks are visibly contoured with a powder duo of pearlescent and matte hues, eyes look softly sculpted with skin-toned shades and lips are lavished with neutral tones. This captivating look highlights your features and enhances the architecture of your face so that you look your most beautiful.

Traceless Perfecting Foundation SPF 15 ($80.00) (New, Permanent)

For Tom Ford, a flawless complexion is the essential first step to a balanced and symmetrical face. This natural-finish, longwearing, humidity-resistant foundation hydrates and evens skin tone, creating a flawless, supple, and pore-less canvas on which to sculpt the features. Its state-of-the-art formulation includes the skin-nourishing Tom Ford infusing complex to help smooth and renew skin and help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Buildable, medium-to-full coverage. SPF broad spectrum sun protection shields skinf rom UVA/UVB damage. Available in 15 shades.

Concealing Pen ($52.00) (New, Permanent)

Designed with a unique applicator, the Tom Ford Concealing Pen delivers an undetectable finish while camouflaging undereye circles, uneven skin tone and redness. Its luxurious formula includes the Tom Ford Infusing Complex to rejuvenate your skin from within, creating the appearance of a smooth, flawless complexion. Available in six shades.

Correcting Pen ($44.00) (New, Permanent)

This sleek, dual-ended, easily-transportable Correcting Pen is the ultimate on-the-go touch up corrector. One end is the ova-shaped corrector which is a pink based shade to neutralize under-eye darkness. The other end is a fine point yellow tipped concealer used to precisely camouflage any imperfections. Easy to apply, this blendable formula instantly brightens dark circles. For heavier coverage, use the Concealing Pen on top. The Correcting Pen is available in three different shades to match any skin tone.

Contouring Cheek Color Duo ($77.00) (Limited Edition)

Symmetrical, sculpted cheekbones are vital to creating the Tom Ford look. Tom Ford’s Contouring CHeek Color Duo contains a lighter, pearlescent shade to highlight and a deeper, matte shade to add definition and structure, achieving the look of contoured cheekbones. This sumptuous, cheek-transforming powder blush duo is formulated with spherical powders and rich emollients to ensure the colors glide onto the skin with the comfort of a cream.

  • Softcore Highlighter/Contour
  • Stroked Highlighter/Contour

Eye Quad ($79.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Nude Dip Skin-tone shades

Extreme Mascara ($44.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Mocha Rush Pearlized bronze

Lip Color ($50.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Negligee Neutral
  • Twist of Fate Neutral

Nail Color ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Black Cherry Deep cherry

Availability: August 2014

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Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Next up, here are five blushes to consider if you have a medium skin tone. I tried to include different price points, finishes, and undertones, but there are so many blushes available, there are many more worth trying. I’m a firm believer that we can wear whatever we desire, whether or not it is supposedly “suitable” on us or not–there’s no harm in trying :) Please share any suggestions in the comments!

  1. theBalm Cabana Boy — a medium-dark, cool-toned plum with a satin finish
  2. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita — a rich, berry-red with a satin finish
  3. Makeup Geek Summer Fling — bright pop of orange with a matte finish
  4. Clinique Peach Pop — a pink-coral with warm undertones and a luminous sheen
  5. Tom Ford Love Lust — a brightened, coral with a frosted finish

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