Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Tom Ford Lavender Palm Eau de Parfum
Tom Ford Lavender Palm Eau de Parfum

What makes perfume such an interesting subject is really how personal and intimate it is. Not only do we all have our personal scent preferences, but our body chemistry can alter the way a scent develops. Our associations of smell and memory also play a major role. As I’ve discussed before, I love lavender. I love it in earthy, herbaceous forms as much as I do in sweeter, more vanilla-laced ways. When I spied Tom Ford Lavender Palm Eau de Parfum ($195.00 for 1.7 oz.) at Nordstrom a few weeks ago, I knew I had to try it. Tom Ford’s Private Blend scents have worn really well on me (anywhere from 12 to 24 hours, depending on the scent), and it’s lavender-based, so it really had my name on it :)

Herbaceous. Clean. Stylish. This sparkling Eau de Parfum is Tom Ford’s take on the free-spirited ethos and chic elegance that evokes California. The seductive interplay of two varieties of Lavender forms the heart of this captivating fragrance. Bright citrus notes layered with a moist palm leaf accord, clary sage, sensual woods, and smooth tonka bean brilliantly elevate the earthy Lavender note into a surprisingly refined star.

When I first spritzed it on my wrist, I loved the combination of earthy lavender and lemon with an underlying leafy green note.  As Lavender Palm develops, it becomes more sensual and smoother. There’s lavender, but it’s not as present as it was in the beginning, vetiver, and a little sweetness tempered by the citrus notes. A hint of incense dances lightly in the very background, just barely there. It’s not earthy lavender, but it’s not sweet, vanilla-and-lavender. It fits somewhere in between.  Lavender Palm has little sillage so it wears rather close to the skin, and on me, it remains highly detectable on the skin for six hours or so, and then it continues to be detectable but to a lesser degree for up to ten hours.

It feels like a surprisingly straightforward scent; it’s not the most complex, but as a fan of lavender, it works for me. I tend to gravitate towards rich, heady, sultry scents, and sometimes, they do feel heavy for daytime wear.  It’s a unisex scent, though I have heard several sales associates say this is better on men than it is on women.  I couldn’t say I agree, only because I almost love it on me (I really, really like it, but I need more time to determine if it’s true love), and if I can convince the Tech Guy, I’ll get him to try it (he already steals Oud Wood).

I have been continually reaching for it since it first arrived and sometimes wear it before bed.  There’s a lighter quality to it compared to other scents in the Private Blend collection that makes so wearable and fresh–so perfect for spring.  At this price point, this should be a scent you love and reach for often.  It should do something to you, for you; should make you feel beautiful, powerful, lovely, or bring you back to a most cherished memory.  If you like to wear lavender, this is worth testing.  I love sites like The Perfume Court, where you can purchase small samples of scents to try or for scents you enjoy wearing but perhaps not enough to own a whole bottle. I didn’t see this scent up there yet, though.

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Tom Ford Lovelust Cheek Color
Tom Ford Lovelust Cheek Color

Tom Ford Love Lust Cheek Color ($55.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a dark coral with hints of orange and gold shimmer and just a smidgen of pink thrown in. There’s plenty of pigmentation–you can sheer it out for something softer, more of a sheen with a touch of color, or apply a little more for a bolder cheek. Chanel Tweed Brun Rose is more orange and matte. MAC Stereo Rose is less pink. MAC Marine Life is similar but has less shimmer. MAC Ripe Peach has less shimmer and less pink. Chanel In Love is browner.

The formula is supposed to deliver buildable color, whether you want a soft glow to a dramatic look. It’s supposed to have “the comfort of a cream” with “outstanding lumiosity” and “velvety transparency.” This powder is insanely soft; it feels like velvet against the skin–so finely milled that it really does have a creaminess to it, even though it is most definitely a powder product. The shimmer is fine, not too much, and most of it translates into a sheen rather than a shimmer. My favorite part about the formula was that this blush would wear for ten hours without fading on me. It may be one of the longest-wearing blushes I’ve tried to date.

Tom Ford Beauty is a luxury brand; it’s not just high-end, it’s luxury, which means it comes with a price tag that may inspire fainting, quips about the product being made out of gold/doing your taxes, and the like. Everyone’s budget and priorities are different, which is why I removed price from the rating system–whether it’s $1 or $100, the rating means the same thing. You’ll go through your rationalization process to determine whether something is worth it or not.

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Love Lust

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It's one of the best blush formulas I've come across, because of the ultra finely-milled powder that almost feels like cream and blends seamlessly across the skin--and then there's the out of this world wear.

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10/10

Texture

10/10

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5/5

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Monday, October 17th, 2011


Tom Ford Beauty Launches Skincare

For a limited time, Neiman Marcus will be the exclusive online retailer for Tom Ford’s skincare line and is currently available for pre-sale on NeimanMarcus.com and BergdorfGoodman.com until November 1st. Starting in November, product will be sold in select Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman stores.

Makeup Remover ($45.00)

This gentle, two-phase, lightweight formula works quickly and gently to remove makeup from the eye, lip and face area. It effectively lifts all traces of makeup without tugging or leaving any oily residue. Shake well, apply a small amount to cotton pad, and swipe over skin. Dermatologist tested.

Purifying Gelee Cleanser ($60.00)

Tom Ford believes a truly beautiful face begins with energized, radiant skin. This water-activated foaming gel cleanser uses the exclusive Tom Ford Purifying Complex to naturally clean and detoxify skin of makeup and dulling and damaging impurities, including environmental toxins. The result is a luminous face that is noticeably soft and energized. Massage gently over damp skin and rinse thoroughly. Dermatologist tested.

The Tom Ford Purifying Complex frees skin of toxins by combining a European plant extract with Chinese herbs to promote purification and reduce irritating environmental pollutants. It breaks down the impurities that rob skin of vitality and saturates skin cells with plant extracts, leaving skin looking fresh and vibrant, as if lit from within.

Purifying Creme Cleanser ($60.00)

Tom Ford believes a truly beautiful face begins with energized, radiant skin. This super-rich, hydrating cream cleanser uses the exclusive Tom Ford Purifying Complex to leave skin clean, vibrant and free of dulling and damaging impurities, including makeup and environmental toxins. Massage gently over damp or dry skin, then rinse or tissue off. Dermatologist tested.

The Tom Ford Purifying Complex frees skin of toxins by combining a European plant extract with Chinese herbs to promote purification and reduce irritating environmental pollutants. It breaks down the impurities that rob skin of vitality and saturates skin cells with plant extracts, leaving skin looking fresh and vibrant, as if lit from within.

Intensive Infusion Concentrate Extreme ($250.00)

Born from Tom Ford’s personal passion for high-performance skin treatments, this luxurious and deeply penetrating oil-based serum contains the most concentrated form of the Tom Ford Infusing Complex. It is skin treatment at its most precious. The Concentrate Extreme nourishes skin at the deepest level and effectively revives skin’s healthy look, tone and radiance, making it the integral component to creating flawless skin. Smooth a small amount over face and neck, morning and evening, after cleansing. Dermatologist tested.

The Tom Ford Infusing Complex infuses skin with a potent combination of specially selected nutrients that help skin stimulate its natural repair mechanisms. By helping skin cells replenish their natural energy, it fundamentally rejuvenates the complexion, so it looks and feels brighter, fresher and less tired. High-performing antioxidants help protect the skin, creating a vital-looking face. The skin is left looking renewed, resilient and smoother.

Intensive Infusion Daily Moisturizer ($190.00)

Tom Ford Skin moisturizers bring a deeply luxurious, sensory experience to high-performance, active formulas that nourish the complexion, helping restore the luminosity and vitality that create sexy looking skin. This lightweight, exquisitely textured lotion actively infuses cells with the Tom Ford Infusing Complex to rejuvenate skin’s energy, vitality and resilience. Luxurious hydrating agents and potent nutrients drench the skin with moisture and help achieve a younger, brighter appearance. Apply a small amount to face, morning and evening, after cleanser and concentrate. Dermatologist tested.

The Tom Ford Infusing Complex infuses skin with a potent combination of specially selected nutrients that help skin stimulate its natural repair mechanisms. By helping skin cells replenish their natural energy, it fundamentally rejuvenates the complexion so it looks and feels brighter, fresher, and less tired. High performing antioxidants help protect the skin, creating a vital looking face. The skin is left looking renewed, resilient, and smoother.

Intensive Infusion Ultra Rich Moisturizer

Tom Ford skin moisturizers bring a deeply luxurious, sensory experience to high-performance, active formulas that nourish the complexion, helping restore the luminosity and vitality that create sexy looking skin. This ultra-rich cream features the Tom Ford Infusing Complex to help skin stimulate its natural repair mechanisms by prompting cells to replenish their natural energy. Luxurious hydrating agents and potent nutrients drench the skin with moisture and help achieve a smooth and vibrant appearance. Apply a small amount to face, morning and evening, after cleanser and concentrate. Dermatologist tested.

The Tom Ford Infusing Complex infuses skin with a potent combination of specially selected nutrients that help skin stimulate its natural repair mechanisms. By helping skin cells replenish their natural energy, it fundamentally rejuvenates the complexion, so it looks and feels brighter, fresher and less tired. High-performing antioxidants help protect the skin, creating a vital-looking face. The skin is left looking renewed, resilient and smoother.

Intensive Infusion Eye Treatment ($135.00)

Tom Ford’s secret to youthful and mesmerizing eyes: a revitalizing, balmy cream infused with the Tom Ford Infusing Complex. It increases cellular energy and helps maintain the delicate skin around the eyes while nourishing, hydrating and firming the look of the skin and softening fine lines. Eyes instantly brighten; puffiness and dark circles appear diminished. Massage a small amount around eye contour, morning and evening, after cleansing. Dermatologist tested.

The Tom Ford Infusing Complex infuses skin with a potent combination of specially selected nutrients that help skin stimulate its natural repair mechanisms. By helping skin cells replenish their natural energy, it fundamentally rejuvenates the complexion, so it looks and feels brighter, fresher and less tired. High-performing antioxidants help protect the skin, creating a vital-looking face. The skin is left looking renewed, resilient and smoother. ”

Illuminating Protective Primer SPF 12 ($70.00)

The first step to flawless makeup application. This revolutionary hybrid product seamlessly blends the worlds of skincare and makeup by combining the Tom Ford Infusing Complex with new skin retexturing ingredients. It increases cellular vitality, helps protect the skin against free radicals and contours the features while enhancing texture, toning and visibly brightening the skin. A luminous and flawless canvas is created for comfortable and long-lasting Color. Apply a small amount to face after concentrate and moisturizer and before foundation. Dermatologist tested.

The Tom Ford Infusing Complex infuses skin with a potent combination of specially selected nutrients that help skin stimulate its natural repair mechanisms. By helping skin cells replenish their natural energy, it fundamentally rejuvenates the complexion, so it looks and feels brighter, fresher and less tired. High-performing antioxidants help protect the skin, creating a vital-looking face. The skin is left looking renewed, resilient, and smoother.

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Monday, October 17th, 2011


Tom Ford Beauty Launches Cosmetics

For a limited time, Neiman Marcus will be the exclusive online retailer for Tom Ford’s cosmetics line and is currently available for pre-sale on NeimanMarcus.com and BergdorfGoodman.com until November 1st. Starting in November, product will be sold in select Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman stores.

Eye Color Quad ($78.00)

The centerpiece of the Tom Ford color collection. Each Eye Color Quad is designed with four opulent complementing shades that achieve multiple looks, from a bold, smoky eye, to a sultry slash of color and everything in between. Formulated with advanced color processes, the four luxurious finishes—sheer sparkle, satin, shimmer and matte—offer a spectrum of intensity and effects and deliver incredible shade fidelity and outstanding adhesion. Two custom applicators included.

  • Titanium Smoke
  • Violet Dusk
  • Sahara Haze
  • Cobalt Rush
  • Burnished Amber
  • Silvered Topaz
  • Crushed Amethyst
  • Cocoa Mirage
  • Cognac Sable
  • Golden Mink

Eye Defining Pencil ($35.00)

Create Tom Ford’s signature alluring, smoky eye look with this intense, kohl-effect pencil. It combines innovative technology with rich color pigments and glides on skin for an ultra-fluid application. Use outside and inside the lid for an instant sensual and sultry effect. Includes custom sharpener.

  • Midnight
  • Bruise
  • Metallic Moss
  • Metallic Mink
  • Onyx
  • Espresso

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Friday, October 14th, 2011


Tom Ford Violet Blonde Eau de Parfum

Tom Ford Violet Blonde Eau de Parfum ($100.00 for 1.7 oz.) is a new pillar of Tom Ford’s signature collection for women. It joins Black Orchid and White Patchouli. The notes include: violet leaf, Italian Mandarin, baie rose, Tuscan orris absolute, Tuscian orris butter, jasmine sambac, benzoin, cedarwood, Haitian vetiver absolute, musk, and soft suede.

It opened with strong burst of floral notes with a sweetened, fruit-laced edge over a backdrop of peppery greens. There was an inkling of the greenness from the violet leaf when it opened, but it quickly transitioned to fragrant, floral jasmine, which was the prevailing note on my skin for some time. The jasmine blended with the rooty qualities of the orris (iris root), so it was cool and just softer than crisp; like the first few days of fall, where the air coolly caresses and you realize the seasons have just changed.

I appreciated the damp, mustiness the orris notes imparted–they enhanced the depth and added another layer of nuance.  It made it distinctly autumnal for me and suitable as the weather slinks into sunny but cool afternoons.  Autumn is my favorite season, especially the precious few weeks, because it’s blissfully temperate with leaves just beginning to change and no fireplaces have been switched on.  It’s fresh and green and lovely.

Violet Blonde encapsulates some of those qualities–the freshness and green crispness of autumn–but it is more floral than anything else.  It never turned achingly sweet, which is a direction that tends to remind me of youthfulness, and instead, it evolved to an earthy jasmine with soft, creamy woods that took away some of the edginess of the opening of the scent but made it more wearable.  Violet Blonde reads elegant, polished, and subtly feminine–ultimately, a sophisticated, layered scent that’s not as heavy or as daunting as Tom Ford’s Private Blend Collection, but in some ways, more refined.

Saturday, October 8th, 2011


Tom Ford Santal Blush Eau de Parfum

Tom Ford Santal Blush Eau de Parfum ($195.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) launched a month or so ago. After the first spritz, I get hit with a tidal wave of musk. Then the sandalwood really comes through and spills over the musky undercurrent. There is also a floralness around the edges; for me, subtle enough that it doesn’t resonate as a floral scent, because on me, the woodiness seems to prevail.

I’ve only briefly tested some of the other scents in the Tom Ford Musk Collection–as in on cards at stores–and found the musk to be too much, but I found Santal Blush to be a much better match for me as I like musk but in more restrained doses. I think Santal Blush nails that–you definitely need to give it a moment to settle (it goes from too much to balanced within fifteen seconds), because it seems like it is too much initially but softens quickly.

Half hour into wear, it’s creamy and woody but spiciness from the cumin emerges from the background to play softly with the sandalwood and musk. Once we stretch past the hour mark, it is a delicate mix of sweet and spicy, musky and woodsy scent that’s warm and creamy. It wears beautifully and well on me; at full strength for eight hours and then subsides over the next twelve–it lingers faintly against the skin the next morning but has mostly worn away.