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5 Beautiful Coral Blushes for Summer

As a coral fiend, summer is often one of my favorite times of the year for new products, because brands tend to release corals, but there are plenty of corals to choose from year-round. Here is my current list of favorites! What are yours?

  1. Urban Decay Quiver — a bold, coral-red
  2. Makeup Geek Love Affair — a warm, pink-coral
  3. Chanel Malice — a luminous coral
  4. Clinique Peach Pop — a shimmery, peachy-coral
  5. Tom Ford Love Lust — a luminous, medium-dark coral

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Tom Ford Fleur de Portofino, Costa Azzurra, Mandarino di Amalfi Private Blend Eau de Parfum Reviews & Photos

Tom Ford Fleur de Portofino Private Blend Eau de Parfum
Tom Ford Fleur de Portofino Private Blend Eau de Parfum

Tom Ford Fleur de Portofino Private Blend Eau de Parfum ($215.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) begins with an initial burst of crisp bergamot and an almost bitter citrus before it shifts to a smooth, more honeyed citrus with softer floral notes within the first few minutes. This phase is characterized by a sheer, airy quality; it’s not a powerhouse Tom Ford scent (much like the other scents in the Portofino family) while it is worn. It has low sillage and hovers above the skin for most of the wear, though it takes about two and a half for two sprays to become a skin scent, and it lasts about eight hours on me. For those who want a more discreet scent that only they can smell, this is more in line with that preference. The scent doesn’t change much as it wears on: it’s always a lightweight, warm, sweet citrus with white florals.  It is the most floral of the Portofino family and feels the lightest. The scent seemed well-blended, but ultimately simple, with moderate longevity against many fragrances but short longevity relative to other Private Blends.

  • Top Notes: lemon, mandarin, bergamot, tangerine, bitter orange leaf, violet leaf, syringa
  • Middle notes: white acacia, cassie tree, mimosa, magnolia, orange flower templar, Moroccan rose absolute, jasmine grandiflorum concrete
  • Base notes: acacia honey, white vanilla, tolu balsam, civet, ambrette seed

Tom Ford Costa Azzurra Private Blend Eau de Parfum ($215.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) opens with a salty, spicy breeze of subtle, sweetened mandarin. The first half hour sees the appearance of other notes in the scent, like lavender and lemon, with dry woods, while the mandarin recedes and becomes crisper and less sweet, and the scent becomes more dominated by juniper, driftwood, and oud with a salty, aquatic undercurrent. After an hour, the fragrance first smells salty, lightly aquatic, dry and woody (some of the cedar finally comes through), and I get a fair amount of vetiver (which I think tends to be more prominent on my skin) draped over everything. The scent becomes creamier, smoother as the day goes on, as a blend of wood, vetiver, and vanilla with something that keeps it lighter and a bit dry and green.

The fragrance had more low-to-moderate sillage for the first two to three hours, then dropped to low and finally became more of a skin scent by the sixth hour and lingers just hovering over the skin until about ten hours. As a reference point, Tom Ford’s true powerhouse Private Blends (think Oud Wood, Amber Absolute) are detectable even 24 hour later (as a skin scent, of course). Of the Portofino flankers, this one seemed to be one of the more complex ones with greater and longer sillage and wear. There are a lot of notes in it, and they pop-up here and there throughout the wear, though salty, dry driftwood tends to be in the forefront for much of the wear.  It reminds me of a cool, crisp day at the beach.

  • Top Notes: fucus, seaweed, driftwood, agarwood (oud), ambrette seed, celery seed, cardamom
  • Middle notes: armoise, juniper berry, myrtle, basil, French lavender, Italian lemons, yellow mandarin, oak, cedar, cypress
  • Base notes: Lentisque Shrub, olibanum, incense, vetiver, vanilla

Tom Ford Mandarino di Amalfi Private Blend Eau de Parfum ($215.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) opens as lightly bitter, crisp and green, and zesty with grapefruit, lemon, and mandarin are detected on a long inhale, but it’s all on the soapy side to my nose; very clean, bright, and green initially. Within fifteen minutes, the sillage has dropped noticeably to hovering about six inches over the skin while that soapy element continue to remain. After an hour, that soapiness finally faded away and gave way to the bloom of the sweet floral note of orange blossom, which gave the fragrance a heavier, more indolic feel compared to the opening stage. The scent dries down to an earthy, softer blend of sweet florals and light citrus with a hint of muskiness after two and a half hours and remains in this stage throughout the rest of its stay. Of the three, it dropped down to a skin scent quickly and seemed to fade fastest on me, only lasting about six and a half hours in all.

  • Top Notes: tarragon, spearmint, black currant bud, mandarin, bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, basil
  • Middle notes: black pepper, coriander seed, orange oil, orange flower, clary sage, jasmine, shiso leaf
  • Base notes: vetiver, amber, labdanum, musk, civet
Tom Ford Beauty Eau de Parfum Fleur de Portofino
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Tom Ford Beauty Eau de Parfum Costa Azzurra
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Tom Ford Beauty Eau de Parfum Mandarino di Amalfi
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Round-up: Tom Ford Soleil Collection Overview & Thoughts

Tom Ford Soleil Collection is a shimmering, warm-toned collection of eyeshadows, cheek colors, and lip colors. There were several great products in the collection with a few so-so shades, though no total misses. The one downside is that three of the four duos feature a Cream Color for Eyes that has been previously released, so for those who have been collecting them, it will seem redundant. My favorite products were the Pink Glow Eye & Cheek Compact (A) and Golden Peach Duo (A). The collection is available for pre-order online at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Tom Ford.

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Tom Ford Summer 2015 Lip Color Sheers

Tom Ford Lip Color Sheers
Tom Ford Lip Color Sheers

For summer, there are four shades of Tom Ford Lip Color Sheers ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) to choose from, but note that Paradiso and Sweet Spot are repromotes, as they were released last summer as well. The formula is supposed to give a “lustrous sheen of color” and be hydrating. Some shades are sheerer while others are nearly opaque but appear less “heavy” compared to the regular Lip Color formula. In general, they have less shine and more color than the Lip Color Shines. The formula has a vanilla scent but no discernible taste.

Tom Ford Paradiso Lip Color Sheer ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy, lightweight texture that glided on easily. It wore well for five hours on me and was hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Rose Soleil Lip Color Sheer ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, plummy brown with lighter gold and pink shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a soft shine. The underlying color seemed to apply a bit unevenly, though the shimmer distributed better. It lasted for three hours on me and was lightly hydrating. It was surprisingly similar to Bittersweet, just lighter and less brown-based. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Skinny Dip Lip Color Sheer ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a pinky-peach base with lots of gold shimmer that gives it a more metallic sheen. The texture is a little thin and not as emollient as I’d like, so the finish was as luminous with this shade compared to the other three. It had semi-sheer coverage with mostly shimmer coming through. It stayed on for three hours and was a lightly moisturizing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Sweet Spot Lip Color Sheer ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft shimmer-sheen finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that glided on fairly evenly and smoothly. It seemed a bit less glossy compared to the tube I have from last summer. It wore well for four hours and was moderately hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

P.S. — Nordstrom now has the collection up for pre-order.

Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Sheer Paradiso (07)
9
Product
7
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
87%
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Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Sheer Rose Soleil
Rose Soleil
Rose Soleil
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Sheer Skinny Dip
Skinny Dip
Skinny Dip
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Sheer Sweet Spot (05)
9
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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Tom Ford Black Oyster Cream & Powder Eye Color

Tom Ford Black Oyster Cream & Powder Eye Color
Tom Ford Black Oyster Cream & Powder Eye Color

Tom Ford Black Oyster Cream & Powder Eye Color ($60.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a set designed to give you an ultra sparkly, smoky eye. It pairs a sparkly silver powder eyeshadow with a silver-sparkled black cream eyeshadow together. When layered, the silver powder eyeshadow intensifies the sparkle and finish of the cream eyeshadow, but it doesn’t alter the color much. Of the four duos, this was my least favorite, as the powder eyeshadow was under-performing, though the cream eyeshadow performed well.

Black Oyster (Eye Color) is a muted, medium-dark silver with lighter, brighter silver sparkle and sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but it was the least pigmented of the four duos. It had less of an underlying base color with more sparkle, which gave it a chunkier appearance applied to the eye. The texture was thin, fairly smooth with an almost wet-like feel to it, so the sparkle held together and didn’t get all over the place during application, but the chunkier texture made it look more uneven applied. I had moderate fall out while I wore it, though, with the overall color lasting for eight hours before creasing. Chanel Mysterio (102) (P, $36.00) is darker, less sparkly. Sugarpill Grand Tiara (P, $13.00) is less sparkly, warmer. Sephora Collection Iridescent Shell (110) (LE, $13.00) is darker, less sparkly. Kat Von D Moonshine (LE) is less sparkly. Colour Pop Liberty (P, $5.00) is less sparkly. Make Up For Ever ME202 Iceberg Blue (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, less sparkly. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #2 (P) is lighter, brighter. Urban Decay Revolt (P, $18.00) is less sparkly. Giorgio Armani Silver Chafer (35) (LE, $33.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. NARS Silver Factory (LE, $24.00) is cream. MAC Extra Silver (LE, $19.50) is less sparkly. Chanel Infini (P, $29.50) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Tinsel (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Black Oyster (Cream) is a deepened black with warm undertones and silver sparkle and bluish-teal micro-shimmer. It had a more metallic finish, and it seemed like the most shimmery of the four cream eyeshadows in the collection. The formula was intensely pigmented with rich, opaque color coverage that went on smoothly and evenly. It wore well for ten and a half hours before creasing slightly. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #5 (LE) is lighter, powder. Lancome My French #9 (LE) is less sparkly, darker, powder. Hourglass Graphite #4 (P) is darker, less sparkly, powder. Guerlain Cygne Noir #1 (LE) is powder, less sparkly. MAC Prim and Proper (LE, $19.50) is powder. Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is darker, less sparkly, powder. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacklight (306) (LE, $32.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is very similar, powder. MAC Dark Soul (P, $21.00) is less sparkly, darker, powder. Chanel Mirifique (P, $36.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Beauty Cream & Powder Eye Color Black Oyster
Black Oyster
Black Oyster
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
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Tom Ford Midnight Sea Cream & Powder Eye Color

Tom Ford Midnight Sea Cream & Powder Eye Color
Tom Ford Midnight Sea Cream & Powder Eye Color

Tom Ford Midnight Sea Cream & Powder Eye Color ($60.00 for 0.31 oz.) contains a sparkling, bluish-teal powder eyeshadow paired with a smoky taupe-brown cream eyeshadow, which you may know has Spring 2015, as it was released previously. The performance of the powder eyeshadow was better in this duo than the other two, and the cream eyeshadow performed as well this time as it did previously–that is to say, excellently. Layered, the two create a dirty, blackened blue-teal with a very sparkly, metallic sheen.

Midnight Sea (Eye Color) is a light-medium, bluish-teal with a sparkling, metallic finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that applied very smoothly and evenly. The sparkle seemed more integrated and a bit finer in this eyeshadow compared to the ones in the other duos. The consistency was still thin, almost wet/cream-like, and blended well on the skin without losing its base color. I didn’t have issues with fall out during application, but I did have some noticeable fall out over time. It lasted for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly on me. Colour Pop Ibiza (P, $5.00) is brighter, darker. Colour Pop Pop Rocks (P, $5.00) is darker, less metallic. Anastasia Venezia (LE, $12.00) is darker. Urban Decay Freeze (LE, $18.00) is warmer, less sparkly. Make Up For Ever D236 Lagoon Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter, darker. Makeup Geek Glass Slipper (P, $5.99) is lighter, less sparkly. Urban Decay Fringe (P) is less sparkly, darker. theBalm #23 (P, $6.50) is less sparkly. Tarina Tarantino Ozma (LE) is darker, less sparkly. Makeup Geek Mermaid (P, $5.99) is less sparkly. Disney by Sephora Caspian Sea (LE) is darker, less sparkly. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #3 (LE) is darker, less sparkly. Urban Decay Deep End (P, $18.00) is darker, less sparkly. Inglot #415 (P, $6.00) is brighter, less sparkly. Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Spring 2015 is a blackened, smoky taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a silver-ish pearly shimmer. It’s one of the more complex shades that have been released in this formula, and I find it looks different depending on the opacity level and what you pair it with. It wore well for twelve hours without creasing or fading, and it applied with even, smooth, opaque color coverage with ease. Hourglass Atmosphere #5 (P) is a powder, less shimmery. Giorgio Armani #08 (P, $32.00) is a powder, less shimmery. MAC Trusted Instinct #5 (LE) is cooler-toned, powder. MAC Pepper (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery, powder. Burberry Graphite (No. 28) (P, $29.00) is powder, less shimmery, darker. Stila Substance (P) is lighter, powder. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #4 (P) is powder, less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #1 (P) is powder, cooler-toned. Makeup Geek Moondust (P, $5.99) is lighter, warmer, powder. Dior Aventure (081) (P, $31.00) is grayer. MAC Bossa Blue (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, powder. MAC Legendary Black (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Beauty Cream & Powder Eye Color Midnight Sea
Midnight Sea
Midnight Sea
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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