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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9.5/10

Longevity

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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

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

A few of the new coral blushes that I’ve recently reviewed, plus one long-time favorite that I always reach for when I want a coral blush. I am a fiend for coral blush, I’ll have you know! :)

  1. Becca Lychee/Opal — a shimmery, light coral that can be used as a highlighter or blusher
  2. Clinique Peach Pop (02) — a medium coral with a luminous finish
  3. Tom Ford Love Lust — a warm, orange-coral with a luminous finish (if there could only be one coral in my life, this would be it)
  4. IT Pretty in Peony — a rich, vibrant coral-pink
  5. NYX Pinched — a coral-pink with a soft shimmer

>> See them all side-by-side! <<

What are your favorites?

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Neutral Eyes with Teal Eyeliner
Neutral Eyes with Teal Eyeliner

Last week, a few readers said they missed seeing looks posted on the blog (as in, cohesive ones!), so I’ll try to post some periodically–depending on whether there’s time for a more “free” day.  Sometimes there are so many products to test, I can’t give up the facial real estate :)  On Saturday, we spent all day with my husband’s family, which is usually a 14-hour minimum, so it’s a day where I prefer to just go with something that works.  I remember several readers wanted to see Stila Smudge Stick Mint Julep in action, so I thought this might a good opportunity to showcase that as well.  Going forward, I will try to post looks using recently reviewed products, but this was a very “for me” look more than anything, so hopefully you can forgive the excess of older products in it.

Eyes

A lot of the times if I’m not specifically testing something for wear, then I’ll reach for products that I really, really love that are, more-than-likely, discontinued or long ago limited editions. I love the two shades of cream eyeshadow Tom Ford released a year ago so much that I keep them in my basics/regular routine drawer, and I always take them with me when I travel. I’m so used to not using primer these days, but when I know I’m going out and about all day and am not testing, then I’ll still start with a primer!

I used NARS Smudge Proof spread all over the lid to the brow bone with a finger tip. I also like to take a little and apply it to the lower lash line for extra hold for the eyeliners I’ll use as well. Next, I applied Tom Ford Escapade Cream Eyeshadow to the first two-thirds of the lid, starting from the inner lid and moving outwards. Tom Ford Pink Haze Cream Eyeshadow was applied to the outer third of the lid and into the crease, blending outwards and upwards. To soften the edge of the crease eyeshadow, I applied Burberry Trench Eyeshadow to the brow bone (this is my go-to highlighter). For the lower lash line, first I applied Marc Jacobs Beauty Ody(sea) (62) Highliner Gel Crayon, and then I applied Stila Smudge Stick Mint Julep underneath the inner two-thirds of the lower lash line and along the water line. The effect made it look as if the eyeliner was glowing–I was quite in love with it! For lashes, I used a mascara fan brush to apply MAC Opulash Mascara.

Face

Normally, I find primer an unnecessary step with my skin type (normal-to-dry) for regular, everyday wear, but yesterday was going to be a longer, 14+ hour kind of day, so I started by applying Hourglass Mineral Veil all over my face. Then, I mixed two shades of Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation with half of a pump of Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion as my base. For blush, I applied Troy Surratt Duchesse Blush  on the apples of cheeks. I set with Urban Decay Naked Loose Finishing Powder and finished with Guerlain Wulong Pressed Meteorites Powder.

Lips

I mixed two shades of OCC Stained Gloss in Aurora and Dune (reviews are forthcoming).

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