Top 10 of 2013: Best Highlighters & Finishing Powders

love a good finishing powder.  I love an ethereal, lit-from-within glow.  There is a very high likelihood of me trying any new formulas or shades that hit the market–I’m just a total fiend for them. I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings in this department!

What highlighters and finishing powders have you been reaching for in 2013?

Tom Ford Seductive Rose Eye Color Quad

Tom Ford Seductive Rose Eye Color Quad ($78.00 for 0.35 oz.) consists of four shades–a light pink, medium pink, mauve, and darker plum.  Though at a glance, it seemed like a cool-toned palette, it almost leans somewhat warm.  I think it’s on the fence such that cooler undertones will find it leans cooler on them, and then someone with warmer undertones (like myself) will find their skin tone pulls the warmth out of some of the shades in this palette.  The colors complement each other, and there is some variety in finish, they all run on the shimmery side–there are no mattes here, which may be a deal-breaker for some.  All but the sparkly shade wore well for almost eight and a half hours, while the sparkly shade didn’t have fading or creasing either, it did have minor fall out.  It’s a nice offering, but it’s not perfect, and at this price point, there’s no reason it shouldn’t be.

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Tom Ford Seductive Rose Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Beauty Eye Color Quad Seductive Rose
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
88%
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Tom Ford Rouge Fatal Lip Color & Trophy Wife Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Rouge Fatal Lip Color ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) is vibrant, warm red with orange-brown undertones and a luminous finish. This is very nearly the same as Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) (P, $30.00), which I reviewed just yesterday–at the most, Rouge Fatal is slightly redder/not as brown. Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) (P, $36.00) is darker, less brown. NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is more matte, lighter. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is similar but more matte. Milani Cherry Crave (P, $5.49) is metallic. MAC Viva Glam I (P, $15.00) is more matte. Buxom Provocateur (P, $21.00) is brighter, less brown. See comparison swatches.

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Tom Ford Rouge Fatal Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Rouge Fatal
A+
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
99%
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Tom Ford Tobacco Oud Eau de Parfum & Oud Wood Soap, Body Moisturizer Reviews & Photos

Tom Ford Oud Collection is an expansion of the usage of Oud in Tom Ford’s Private Blend fragrance range, which is centered around Oud Wood. I reviewed that scent a few years ago, and it remains my favorite fragrance of all-time (though it jockeys with Tom Ford’s Amber Absolute and Bois Marocain). There were rumors of Oud Wood being discontinued, but luckily the brand confirmed it was staying in line and merely being repackaged for the Oud collection launch.

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Tom Ford Oud Collection

Tom Ford Vampire Kiss Lipstick & Shameless Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Vampire Kiss Lipstick ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a vibrant, medium cherry red with cool, pinky undertones and a subtle ruby shimmer. It had incredibly rich, opaque color coverage in a single stroke, and the color applied evenly and smoothly to the lips without tugging or pulling. When I wore this shade, it lasted for almost seven hours and left behind a noticeable reddish stain. It was moderately hydrating while worn, and even after seven hours of wear, I felt no compulsion to apply lip balm after. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $32.00) is more matte. MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $15.00) is more muted. MAC Glam (DC, $15.00) is similar. Giorgio Armani Red Fuchsia (503) (P, $32.00) is a bit darker. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC MAC Red (P, $15.00) is more matte. Guerlain Gwen (LE, $49.50) is slightly darker. Guerlain Vega (P, $35.00) is darker. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Tom Ford Vampire Kiss Lipstick
Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Vampire Kiss
A
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
98%
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Tom Ford Jasmine Rouge Color & Holiday Gift Boxes for Holiday 2013

Tom Ford Jasmine Rouge Color for Holiday 2013
Tom Ford Jasmine Rouge Color for Holiday 2013

Introducing Tom Ford’s audacious new red lip and nail pairings: two duos of classic crimson or sumptuous cherry shades inspired by the daring femininity of his private blend fragrance, Jasmin Rouge. They evoke the scent’s decadent, spiced floral notes and iconic red bottle, and capture its mood of hedonistic glamour. Experience the power of crimson with Tom Ford Lip Color in Rouge Fatal and Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Shameless. Indulge in rich cherry with Tom Ford Lip Color Vampire Kiss and Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Trophy Wife.

Lip Color ($49.00)

  • Rouge Fatal Crimson
  • Vampire Kiss Rich cherry

Nail Lacquer ($32.00)

  • Shameless Crimson
  • Trophy Wife Rich cherry

Eye Color Quad ($78.00)

  • Ice Queen Subtle blues and icy grays

Gift Sets

Tom Ford Beauty has developed three luxurious cosmetics gift boxes exclusively for holiday 2013. Each presented in an iconic Tom Ford reflective chocolate brown hinged setup box in crosshatch pattern. Each box allows for customization at counter.

  • 12-Piece Lip Color Gift Box Personalized selection of 12 Lip Colors in a mahogany-colored box ($588.00)
  • 4-Piece Lip & Nail Lacquer Gift Box Personalized selection of two Lip Colors and Nail Lacquers in a mahogany-colored box ($162.00)
  • 4-Piece Lip Color Gift Box Personalized selection of four Lip Colors in a mahogany-colored box ($196.00)

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus

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