Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Tom Ford Pink Lust Lip Lacquer
Tom Ford Pink Lust Lip Lacquer

Tom Ford Pink Lust Lip Lacquer ($30.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “light pink with golden pearl.” It’s a warm, peachy-beige with pink, gold, and champagne micro-shimmer. Revlon Sunset Peach is more orange. MAC Pure Flattery is also more orange. Guerlain Sable Show is lighter. Bobbi Brown Pink Gold is similar but slightly pinker. Hourglass Imagine is more golden. MAC Nymphette is slightly pinker and more frosted. Cle de Peau #2 has a stronger golden sheen.

This feels and acts like a lipgloss-balm hybrid product but, on the upside, comes with the amount more typical of a balm (0.50 fl. oz., whereas a lot of glosses are around 0.20 fl. oz.), which makes this a “good deal,” as far as Tom Ford Beauty products go. It’s an easy-to-wear color that blends with the natural pink tones to the lip and adds a frosted shimmer and subtle sheen to reflect light. The coverage is semi-sheer to semi-opaque; there’s enough shimmer that it helps to disguise my lip freckle but not so much coverage that it will mask the natural lip color. (And if you have more pigmented lips, I would expect this to adapt and look more like your natural lip color slightly lightened with shimmer.) It’s lightweight, emollient, and wears two to three hours on me (I normally see an average of three to four hours for gloss). It was nicely hydrating, though, which was a nice benefit.

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Pink Lust

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It's an easy-to-wear color that blends with the natural pink tones to the lip and adds a frosted shimmer and subtle sheen to reflect light.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Tom Ford Fire Lust Skin Illuminator
Tom Ford Fire Lust Skin Illuminator

Tom Ford Fire Lust Skin Illuminator ($65.00 for 0.68 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering, peach-pink.” It’s a warm-toned, golden-shimmered coral-orange with a pearly sheen. This is an illuminator, not a blush, so if you’re more in the market for something with substantial coloring to work as a blush, try perusing the coral swatch gallery.

The formula is designed to mimic “the look of skin bathed in summer evening light.” And you’ll have to track it down in-store to find it, because it sold out online nearly instantly. The Skin Illuminator can be applied all over, mixed with foundation, or as a spot highlighter “under or over makeup.”  The consistency is lightweight, naturally dewy, and thin.  When I wore it all-over, it lasted all day long with whatever foundation I was wearing (it didn’t seem to reduce my foundation’s wear time or how it looked at the end of the day).  As a spot highlighter, it gave me a dewy finish wherever it was applied for eight hours.

I, personally, think it works best mixed with foundation or moisturizer. I’ve been wearing Giorgio Armani’s Maestro foundation a lot, and it doesn’t work well mixed with this (I think it has too much of a velvety texture from the silicones in it), but I loved it mixed with my tinted moisturizer or a more traditional liquid foundation like Make Up For Ever HD. If you want to wear it all-over and plan to still wear foundation, I recommend mixing the two together during application, because then the foundation doesn’t cover it. There’s a very subtle radiance that’s your-skin-but-better that doesn’t read shimmer, glitter, or pearl. Applied as a spot highlighter  it does create a glowy, dewy sheen, but it’s virtually colorless against my skin tone so it would be something better suited for really pale complexions.

The Beauty Look Book has a great comparison of this against NARS’ Orgasm Illuminator (which I don’t have), which seems to be pinker overall (but it is also $30.00 for 1.1 oz.), so it might be a more affordable (and accessible) alternative.

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Fire Lust

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This is an illuminator, not a blush, so if you're more in the market for something with substantial coloring to work as a blush, try perusing the coral swatch gallery. It adds a lovely dewy sheen or all-over glow if mixed with your moisturizer/foundation. It's something I'd wear most often with tinted moisturizer or a foundation that was too matte.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Tom Ford Vapour Nail Lacquer
Tom Ford Vapour Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Vapour Nail Lacquer ($30.00 for 0.41 oz.) is described as a “semi-opaquewhite.” It is a metallic white with neutral to warm undertones. Dior Lady is very comparable. Chanel Pearl Drop is warmer, slightly yellowed in comparison. Nubar Organza is also very similar.

Vapour is very streaky–the first coat is incredibly streaky, and the second coat is almost as bad but it covers up some of what the first coat showed. As a result, the coverage is uneven and semi-sheer to semi-opaque. Obviously, at this price point, you want a metallic white that performs much, much better. Even if you want to go the route of a brushed metal kind of finish, the streaks of this one are plentiful, curved, and not as easily controlled as some of thosed brushed finishes. The consistency was on the tinner side but not watery, so I was able to apply each coat without getting too much polish on the brush. I normally get a week of wear out of Tom Ford’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Vapour

C+
Obviously, at this price point, you want a metallic white that performs much, much better.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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Friday, May 10th, 2013

Tom Ford Escapade Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Escapade Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Escapade Cream Color for Eyes ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “pearlized peach.” It’s a warm-toned, golden peach with a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. bareMinerals Aspire is more orange, darker, and a powder eyeshadow. MAC Angel Flame has a slight pink tone to it and is a powder eyeshadow. bareMinerals Stealth is more orange, matte, and a powder eyeshadow. Buxom Collie is more beige, less orange/peach, but is, at least, a cream product.

Pink Haze ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “pink with peach tones and gold pearl.” It’s a pink bronze–pink, warm, slightly coppery–with a frosted, metallic finish. MAC Magnetic Attraction is redder, less pink (and a powder). MAC In the Sun is browner (and also a powder). MAC Red Hot Copper is much redder, more coppery. MAC Mythical is browner and a powder eyeshadow. Chanel Abstraction is more glittery and less warm-toned. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 is pinker, less warm-toned (and a powder). MAC Jete is similar when this is applied sheerly. Make Up For Ever #16 is more metallic, so it also appears quite a bit lighter.

Tom Ford managed to create a cream eyeshadow formula that is so lightweight that it looks and feels more like a mousse than a true cream eyeshadow. It’s not thick or solid like a lot of cream eyeshadows, and instead, it is movable and can slide around the pot if you tilt it. And applied? My goodness, it’s impressive. It glides on like butter, spreads evenly and smoothly over the lid, and blends out effortlessly–and then it sets and sticks around for twelve hours perfectly. No flaking, smudging, fading, or creasing whatsoever. It was impressive from the color payoff–totally opaque but just as easily sheered out by using less–to the texture to the wear. It felt like magic on.

I feel like it spun magic around me for feeling like it is worth the cringe-inducing price tag, but I would buy it. This, I would buy (and honestly, I considered buying one as a backup, but I managed to talk myself out of that). I wouldn’t buy just any shade, but if it was the right shade for your skin tone, it just might be worth the splurge. (For reference, both of these are absolutely stunning on warm, medium complexions!)

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Escapade

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A+

It was impressive from the color payoff--totally opaque but just as easily sheered out by using less--to the texture to the wear. It felt like magic on.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Pink Haze

A+

Of the two shades, this is the most dupable and not as versatile, because it is a darker, more burnished shade. The quality, though, was truly remarkable and if it's your price point or a shade you'd use all the time, worth investing in.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, April 19th, 2013

Tom Ford Beauty Summer 2013 Collection
Tom Ford Beauty Summer 2013 Collection

“I wanted to capture a very particular look of skin that is bathed in sunset light in the summer. It is a sultry and sublime glow. In this light, every woman looks irresistibly relaxed and sensual.” — TOM FORD

For Summer 2013, Tom Ford introduces a seasonal color collection that captures the luminous and sensuous effect of bronzed skin. This limited edition collection features the new Tom Ford Skin Illuminator , the Tom Ford Illuminating Cheek Color, and a harmony of shimmery and sheer shades for the eyes, lips and nails. The face and cheeks are illuminated wit h peach-pink and bronzed amber; eyes are dewy and mesmerizing with delicate tones of pale pink and nude peach; nails are given a pearlized wash of white, and lips are lacquered in shimmery golden pink pearls.

Skin Illuminator ($65.00)

  • Fire Lust Shimmering, peach-pink

Illuminating Cheek Color ($58.00)

  • Blush Guilt Natural, radiant glow
  • Bronzed Amber Natural, radiant glow

Cream Color for Eyes ($40.00)

  • Escapade Pearlized peach
  • Pink Haze Pink with peach tones and gold pearl

Lip Lacquer ($30.00)

  • Pink Lust Light pink with golden pearl

Bronzing Powder ($90.00)

  • Gold Dust Blend of sunstone, amber, black tourmaline crystals; shimmer finish
  • Terra Blend of sunstone, amber, black tourmaline crystals; matte finish

Nail Lacquer ($30.00)

  • Vapor Semi-opaque white lacquer

Availability: May 1st at Tom Ford Beauty retailers

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Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum
Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum ($205.00 for 1.7 fl. oz./50 ml) begins with an initial blast of spices, like cardamom, cinnamon, and clove, followed by sweetened vanilla bean, and rum–warm, boozy, and fragrant. There’s an undercurrent of chocolate after about forty-five minutes of wear while, for me, a blend of vanilla and spice continues to be the main event. I felt as if there was a general haziness to the scent, which gave it a darker element, but it didn’t smell smoky or incense-like; more unsmoked pipe tobacco. I very much had the impression that I was breathing in the aromas from a freshly-made vanilla Chai tea latte–there’s a milky creaminess that really made me feel like cozying up by a fire with a good book.

Tobacco Vanille is not a scent that I would have thought would appeal to me. I tend to like heavier, amber-rich scents that are often masculine, but I do like the pairing of vanilla and amber, and here, with Tobacco Vanille, I love how well the spices and vanilla that play with the ginger, fruity tartness, and tobacco notes. On me, it’s not a complex perfume, but for all of its simplicity, it is exactly as described:  a potent mix of spice, tobacco, and vanilla.  It wore close to the skin, and three sprays lasted around fourteen hours.  I think if you like rummy, boozy scents, spices like cinnamon and cardamom, and vanilla, this perfume might interest you.

Fragrance can be a difficult category to cover, because smell is so intrinsically linked to personal preference, our memories, and our associations. Even a quality perfume may be held in contempt by one person while revered by another. Long-time reader Kafka urged me to hone my “nose” and dive into the world of perfume, and forty some-odd sample vials later, the scent that captured my attention was Tobacco Vanille (after reading her review, linked above).  It is no secret that I’m a fan of Tom Ford’s Private Blend collection (Oud Wood, Amber Absolute, and Bois Marocain are staples for me; Lavender Palm my night time accompaniment). I tried several other houses but this is the scent that I felt inspired to put on paper (well, post)–for now. I think, perhaps, it is a nice counterpoint to the scents I love.

Have you tried Tobacco Vanille?  Is there a house that you always find your favorites from?

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