Friday, December 6th, 2013

Tom Ford Seductive Rose Eye Color Quad
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.

Seductive Rose #1 is a pale, light pink with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had so-so color payoff–there was noticeable sheerness–but the texture was soft and smooth. MAC Fair Sex (LE, $15.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #1 (LE) is lighter, whiter. MAC Joy & Laughter #1 (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Seedy Pearl (P, $15.00) is a bit darker. MAC Maribu (LE, $32.50) is similar. Dior Aurora #3 (LE) is also similar. See comparison swatches

Seductive Rose #2 is a light-medium rosy pink with subtle warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, almost metallic, finish. It had excellent color payoff, while the texture was soft, buttery, and very dense–almost felt like a cream. Too Faced Marshmallow (LE) is less frosted, darker. Too Faced Taffy (LE) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #5 (P) is a bit lighter. MAC Pinkluxe #2 (P) is more glittery. theBalm Safe Bet Annette (P, $16.00) is very similar. MAC Love Power (LE, $18.50) is a cream product. Make Up For Ever #303 (P, $20.00) is not quite as warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Seductive Rose #3 is a warm-toned mauve with a metallic, sparkling finish. It had a glittery texture, and it felt almost emollient to the touch. It had fairly good pigmentation. When worn, I had minor fall out but the fall out was surprisingly less than I would expect. Too Faced Mauvelous (LE) MAC Circa Plum (LE, $21.00) is pinker. MAC Neo Nebula (LE, $21.00) is a bit darker, warmer. Urban Decay Bordello (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Seductive Rose #4 is a deep plum with subtle warm undertones and a pearly finish. It had rich color payoff, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable. This was the best shade of the four. Tarina Tarantino Deep Dahlia (LE) is less pearly. MAC Hyperviolet (LE, $18.00) is darker, cream, no shimmer. Le Metier de Beaute Fig (P, $30.00) is similar. Inglot #446 (P, $6.00) is purpler. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Tom Ford Rouge Fatal Lip Color
Tom Ford Rouge Fatal Lip Color

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.

Rouge Fatal is richly pigmented and fully opaque on lips in a single stroke. The consistency is light-to-medium-weight, creamy, and comfortable to wear; it doesn’t slip around, but it doesn’t cling either. It lasts and lasts for a long six hours and leaves behind a red stain.  The Tom Ford Lip Color formula is supposed to “deliver pure color with just the right balance of luminosity,” while also being hydrating and applying smoothly. The formula lives up to all of those things–great color payoff, moderately glossy/luminous, and it gives lips a smoother, healthier appearance. It is lightly scented with sweet vanilla but has no discernible taste. It was somewhat hydrating while worn.  The biggest drawback to the Lip Color range is really that most colors are more basic, so they are more easily duped by comparable formulas at a lower price point (case in point: Marc Jacobs’ Showstopper for this shade).

Tom Ford Trophy Wife Nail Lacquer ($32.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is pink-toned red with cool, bluish undertones and a cream finish. Chanel Rouge Rubis (P, $27.00) is a touch brighter. Chanel Cinema (P, $27.00) is darker. MAC Touch of Red (LE, $16.00) is slightly redder. MAC Russian Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Flaming Rose (P, $16.00) is darker. L’Oreal The Queen’s Might (LE) is pinker. Guerlain Champs-Elysees (P, $23.00) is similar. Chanel Suspicious (P, $27.00) is a bit pinker. China Glaze Hey Sailor (LE, $8.00) is similar. Essie Silken Cord (LE, $8.00) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

The quality of the formula was very nice with rich, fully pigmented color in almost one coat (but the swatches are with two). It had a consistency that was balanced between thick and thin, so it didn’t accumulate along the edges or shift while drying. Even the dry down seemed slightly quicker than the average polish, and when it dried, there was a moderate shine left behind. If you want a plush, glossy finish, you’ll still need a top coat. I get about a week of wear out of Tom Ford’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping, which is normal for me across most polish formulas (so take that with a grain of salt).

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Monday, November 11th, 2013

Tom Ford Oud Collection
Tom Ford Oud Collection

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.

The collection features three scents: Oud Wood, Tobacco Oud, and Oud Fleur. The latter I don’t have, so I can’t speak on, though it seems to be the more interesting scent between the two newer scents from early reviews. In addition to the two new eau de parfums, Oud Wood now has companions in the form of soap, shower gel, and body moisturizer.  Private Blend fragrances are available in the following sizes:  1.7 fl. oz. ($210), 3.4 fl. oz. ($290), and 8.4 fl. oz. ($520).

To quickly summarize Oud Wood, it opens with a spicy, smoky air–rosewood and cardamom–that is a little sharp initially, but it transforms into an amber and sandalwood mix with an underlying touch of vetiver with just a lingering smokiness. Towards the end, it is a mix of amber, vanilla, and woods; rich and earthy and warm. For a really great, in-depth look at Oud Wood, I recommend this review.

Oud Wood Bar Soap ($35.00) is a lot like the first forty minutes of the eau de parfum, but the scent doesn’t linger on my skin for very long–an hour or so post-shower, and I really can’t detect it. It produces a rich lather that’s hydrating, and thankfully, doesn’t leave the skin feeling squeaky-clean. The Oud Wood Body Moisturizer ($65.00) follows a similar pattern as the fragrance on a more muted scale that always wears close to the skin, though it lingers for far longer than the soap; after eight to ten hours, it’s mostly gone on me. It has the consistency of a slightly thicker lotion, but it is thinner than a cream. To contrast that against the eau de parfum, I can still get faint whiffs the eau de parfum of Oud Wood twenty-four hours later.

Tobacco Oud opens with a burst of smoke, spice, and almost reminds me of incense burning at an altar. It’s dry, like walking in the woods during autumn, when it’s chilly enough that fireplaces are crackling, but there’s no snow or rain yet. Or stepping into a dry sauna–it’s just a lot of smokiness and drier woods to me; I keep thinking cedarwood (which is a note). There’s amber in the background, somewhere, that’s fleeting initially, and then it settles in for a long stay. It morphs into a mix of smoke, spice, amber, labdanum, and the beginning tendrils of vanilla. Finally, it becomes a more comforting, warmer scent that smells of lightly sweetened vanilla with a soft smokiness and a wee bit of spice that lingers. Oud is here and there throughout the first few hours of wear; it’s not the star–the smokiness from tobacco is definitely more in the forefront. If you’re looking for a strong oud note, it’s not in this scent. It has moderate projection and wore twelve to sixteen hours (two sprays) on me.  If you like Tobacco Vanille, Amber Absolute, Sahara Noir, or Oud Wood (or some combination of them), I think you’ll like this one.

Tobacco Oud has received some comparisons to Amber Absolute, which I can see and not see. I found Tobacco Oud’s metamorphosis was greatly influenced by the number of sprays; less than two, and it was very, very dry and lacked warmth, but three sprays gave me that warmth that I missed the first time I wore it, and that warmth made me understand some of the comparisons to Amber Absolute. With that being said, Amber Absolute is much, much heavier on the amber; it’s headier, thicker, warmer, cozier; when Amber Absolute opens, I get that resinous quality but not the smokiness that I wafts from Tobacco Oud. Amber Absolute is also sweeter throughout the wear, where Tobacco Oud turns slightly sweeter from the tonka bean after six to eight hours of wear. Even if the two had more similarities than differences, the most marked difference is that Amber Absolute is a monster–it has more projection, longevity, and overall, it is just more potent. Amber Absolute–one spray split between my wrists–is still a skin scent twenty-four hours after I’ve applied and taken a shower.

Tobacco Oud is standing in front of the hearth and warming your hands, a brief respite from the cool outdoors.  Amber Absolute is curling up in a luxurious blanket in your favorite chair and settling in for the night.

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Friday, November 8th, 2013

Tom Ford Vampire Kiss Lipstick
Tom Ford Vampire Kiss Lipstick

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.

Shameless Nail Lacquer ($32.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, warm red with a cream finish. It was nearly opaque in a single coat, but I applied two just to be sure for swatches. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so the polish flowed well across the nail and the color was even and smooth from the get-go. It dried down to a naturally shiny finish, though I think it will look even plusher with a glossy top coat. I typically get a week or so of wear with Tom Ford’s formula–normal for me across most polishes. Dior Merveille (LE, $24.00) is warmer, lighter. Cult Nails Annalicious (LE, $12.00) is shimmery. China Glaze Hey Sailor (LE, $8.00) is not as warm-toned. Zoya Tamsen (P, $8.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

P.S. — For holiday, Tom Ford released two new lip and nail colors, but I caved and bought the ones I didn’t receive yesterday (oops!) and hope to have those reviewed next week sometime (depending on when my order arrives!).

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Tuesday, November 5th, 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)

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Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Collection
Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Collection

“I have wanted to revisit Oud for years; it is one of the most endlessly fascinating ingredients in a perfumer’s palette. For this collection, I explored how Oud could intertwine with other precious ingredients from the rich and storied culture and artisanal traditions of the Middle East.” — Tom Ford

The Private Blend Oud collection is an olfactive journey that explores three mesmerizing and sensual facets of oud. Two new oud fragrances join the best-selling fragrance, private blend oud wood, a groundbreaking composition of exotic woods and spices that is hailed as a definitive interpretation of oud. The new fragrances, Private Blend Oud Fleur and Private Blend Tobacco Oud, share the signature elements of the original Oud Wood—oud, sandalwood and patchouli—then follow two unique and contrasting directions. They give Tom Ford another opportunity to show his mastery of this rare and precious ingredient. The collection of three oud fragrances also features three bath and body products that offer sumptuous new ways to wear this unforgettable note, creating a complete world of oud within Tom Ford Private Blend. Oud Wood body moisturizer, Oud Wood shower gel and OudWood bath soap are perfumed with the original Oud Wood fragrance.

Oud Wood

Private Blend Oud Wood captures the most sophisticated, precious and highly regarded materials in the Middle East. Rich, elegant oud is paired with smoky birch tar and cistus heart, which impart a sultry, smoky effect reminiscent of burnt incense lingering in the air, further enhancing the fragrance’s depth and sensuality. Adding a perception of warmth and intrigue, notes of patchouli absolute are used as cedarwood atlas creates a sense of animalic depth, leaving an intoxicating trail.

  • 1.7 oz. ($210.00)
  • 3.4 oz. ($290.00)
  • Shower Gel ($65.00)
  • Bath Soap ($35.00)
  • Body Moisturizer ($65.00)

Tobacoo Oud

Private Blend Tobacco Oud explores a secret history of addictive Arabic passions—crafting fragrances from precious oud wood resin and smoking aromatic tobacco. It intertwines mesmerizing oud with an idealized tobacco accord inspired by “dokha,” a blend of herbs, flowers and spice-laden tobacco that was smoked in secret five centuries ago during a ban on smoking— and retains its allure as a widely used tobacco today. Dried quickly in the desert sun, and then mixed with herbs, spices, bark, and dried flowers, Dokha delivers its rush in a potent, dizzying hit. Like a proper Dokha, private blend tobacco oud imparts an extremely smooth, warm blend of woodsy notes for a heady buzz; and then a warm exhale of spicy heat. Fine tobacco dust absolute is intertwined with coriander seed oil to achieve this spice-laden touch.

Roasted tonka organic absolute soaks the tobacco with a warm, addictive pulse of coumarin while streaks of sandalwood bring out mellow, lactonic tones. A seductive amber note is accomplished with high dosages of cistus oil from spain and cistus absolute—an indigenous Mediterranean plant also known as labdanum or rockrose—that contributes leathery-ambery, textural tones.

The regal oud element is further reinforced by fresh woody facets of Cedarwood Atlas Orpur®— sourced from the Atlas mountain range high in the Moroccan desert—and earthy patchouli absolute, while castoreum complements the primal, animalic aspects.1.7 fl. oz. / $210.00.

Oud Fleur

Private Blend Oud Fleur explores the mystique of oud in all its dimensions, including the aspect of prestige and age. It is crafted from a slowly perfected vision of Oud Wood that has been developed over twenty years by harmonizing the finest aspects of many variations.

The Oud Wood core is streaked with additional woody notes to amplify its effects: patchouli for cool earthy tones; sandalwood for warmth; incense for smoky mystery, and styrax, cistus and leather accord for added texture and presence. Ambergris and castoreum lend a wild warmth and mellow ambery comfort.

A complex rose dimension evokes the middle east’s legendary damascus rose. A blend of Rose Bulgaria Orpur®, Rose Absolute Morocco, and Rose Absolute Turkey Orpur® creates a brocade effect that weaves fresh petal, lush nectar and spicy stem-like signatures together. This floral heart is enhanced with Ginger CO2, Cardamom Seed Oil Orpur®, Cinnamon Bark Laos Orpur®, and Pimento Berry; these cool and fiery spice accents awaken the senses. A touch of Geranium Egypt Orpur® lends a peppery-green flourish as tagette, osmanthus, davana oil and date accord lend a beautifully mellowed effect which enhances the sensation of a precious fragrance crafted from superbly well-aged materials. 1.7 fl. oz. / $210.00.

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