Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad
Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad

Tom Ford Ice Queen Eyeshadow Quad ($78.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a cool-toned palette that features shades of white, gray, silver, and bluish-gray. I feel like I’m in the minority, but generally, I’m not over-the-moon with the brand’s eyeshadow formula or their quads. I thought this review would be a nice companion to yesterday’s palette review to show that products can miss at any price point. Though every shade feels like silk and lightness, they don’t apply well. The texture just doesn’t seem to adhere well and each one yields a soft wash of color, and the darkest shade looked uneven and dry on my lid. I’ve been on-and-off testing Tom Ford’s eyeshadow primer, and so as this was under-performing on its own, I also wore it over that and was equally unimpressed. That dry, patchy application of the darkest shade didn’t improve at all over the brand’s primer, which did surprise me somewhat. Sometimes the glittery shade works well for me, other times they do result in fall out–this one had some fall out, but most of it occurs during application and only some occurs during wear (but enough to be noticeable). All four eyeshadows looked faded after seven hours of wear, and the frosted silver showed some creasing. I have loved some of Tom Ford’s quads, but I have also been burned by a few, and this one was a miss for me.

Ice Queen #1 is a brightened, neutral-to-cool white with a frosted, almost metallic, finish. This was the best-performing shade in the palette, as the texture was soft, smooth, and adhered to the lid. The color payoff was fairly good, but this is such a basic shade (so it’s good to have it somewhere ni your stash), there are a lot of dupes — see comparison swatches.

Ice Queen #2 is a sparkly, light-medium silver with a glittery, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, but it’s best applied as a sheer wash as it gets chunky and clingy when layered. I would highly recommend applying your eye makeup first so that the glittery excess can be cleaned up prior to applying your base products. It did have some fall out during wear (beyond what occurred during application). Much like the previous shade, this, too, is a shade that has been done a lot in the beauty world — see comparison swatches.

Ice Queen #3 is a light-medium gray with a soft, pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff, and I did not find it buildable on the lid. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and velvety. The finish of this shade made it difficult to dupe. Chanel Fascination #2 (P) is much lighter. Guerlain Les Gris #2 (P) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Ice Queen #4 is a muted, dark bluish-gray with a matte finish. The texture, while undeniably soft and silky, was quite powdery and chalky in application. It seemed to cling to the skin and apply unevenly–it looked dry and patchy on my eyelid, even when applied over primer. It was extremely difficult to blend, because the more I blended, the drier and more uneven it looked. NARS Mandchourie #2 (P, $24.00) is bluer. MAC Typographic (P, $15.00) is grayer. Guerlain Les Gris #1 (P) is darker. bareMinerals Amnesia (P) is darker. bareMinerals Maven (LE) is bluer. MAC Plumage (P, $15.00) is less gray. Inglot #389 (P, $6.00) is bluer. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Tom Ford Sugar Dune (01) Nail Lacquer
Tom Ford Spring 2014 Nail Lacquers

Tom Ford Sugar Dune (01) Nail Lacquer ($32.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a slightly cool-toned, light beige with a cream finish. This went on rather streakily on the first coat, but the second coat seemed to smooth over and fill in the streaks so the end result was even and opaque (after two coats). L’Oreal Never Lacque-ing (LE) is cooler-toned. Rescue Beauty Lounge Thank You (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, sheerer. MAC Endless Night (LE, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Frenzy (P, $27.00) is darker. Cult Nails Let’s Get Dirty (P, $12.00) is purpler. Essie Sand Tropez (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Incandescent (02) Nail Lacquer ($32.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, metallic, medium bronze with threads of shimmer. It almost looked like fairy lights were coursing through the polish. A lot of the brush strokes disappeared as the polish dried down, but they did not go away entirely. I typically get a week of wear out of Tom Ford’s nail lacquer formula, which is standard for me across most brands. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $15.00) is warmer, more yellow. Tom Ford Beauty Burnt Topaz (LE, $32.00) is darker, browner. Chanel Delight (LE, $27.00) is lighter, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Coral Beach (03) Nail Lacquer ($32.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, orange-coral with a cream finish–that is almost a little plush like a jelly finish. It was opaque after two coats, and it applied evenly and smoothly. I typically get a week of wear out of Tom Ford’s nail lacquer formula, which is standard for me across most brands. Rescue Beauty Lounge Kellie Gonzo (LE, $20.00) is darker. Essie Sunday Fun Day (P, $8.00) is darker. Chanel Starlet (LE, $27.00) is pinker. Butter London Trout Pout (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Razzledazzler (LE, $16.00) is more orange. MAC Play Day (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more orange. See comparison swatches.

Indiscretion (04) Nail Lacquer ($32.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with subtle cool undertones and a hybrid cream-jelly finish. It was opaque after two coats, and it was very easy to apply and richly pigmented–best shade of the four. I typically get a week of wear out of Tom Ford’s nail lacquer formula, which is standard for me across most brands. Dior Darling (653) (P, $24.00) is more muted. Formula X A+ (P, $12.50) is very similar. MAC Toco Toucan (LE, $16.00) is cooler toned. MAC Girl About Town (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. L’Oreal Members Only (P) is also cooler-toned, brighter. See comparison swatches.

I bought mine at Nordstrom, which is showing three of the four as backordered (they’re all limited edition), but you can also find them at Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, and Saks.

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Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Tom Ford Lip Color Sheers

Tom Ford Lip Color Sheers ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) are available in eight limited edition shades. The formula is new (but limited edition!) for spring. Here’s a visual comparison of the eight shades together, and you’ll notice that the range leans quite warm-toned. Incorrigible (08) is the only shade that is cool-toned, and on some complexions, In the Buff (01) might lean pinker (less beige). The big takeaway from the reviews for these is that they are far more pigmented than the formula’s name or description let alone; if you were going to stay away because sheer lip color isn’t your thing, you might still want to check them out. If, on the other hand, you really wanted sheer color, you might want to look at the Lip Color Shines instead (or else use these very lightly!). You can read full reviews, get shade descriptions, dupes, ratings, and all that good stuff here: part one and part two.

You can find these online at Nordstrom (only has three shades left), Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, and Saks.

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Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer
Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer

Here are the other four shades in the Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) range, which is a new and limited edition formula for spring.  You can see the first four here. The funny thing about these is I think these should have been called “Lip Color Shines” and the actual Lip Color Shines (which came out previously and are permanent) should have been called “Lip Color Sheers,” as those are described as a “veil of color,” and are, in fact, sheer! These, however, are far more pigmented than either the name or formula description (“semi-translucent formula”) really let alone–you will see points deducted for being too pigmented (but if that’s what you’re after, just bump up the grades!). These four are quite pigmented and veer on mostly to fully opaque. For some, this is a good oops! but anyone actually expecting it to be as described may be disappointed. The formula itself is lightweight, lightly emollient (it glides on without tugging or dragging, but it doesn’t feather, migrate, or wear off quickly), moderately hydrating, and comfortable to wear. Like Tom Ford’s other lipsticks, they are vanilla-scented but did not have a noticeable taste.

I gotta tell you: these are flying off the virtual shelves–Nordstrom only has three shades left, but Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, and Saks still have a good selection.

Sweet Spot (05) Lip Color Sheer ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium orange-coral with subtle pink leanings and warm undertones. The finish is softly luminous. It had mostly opaque color coverage, which may be a happy accident for some, but it seems out-of-touch with the description of the new formula (not to mention the name). This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me. MAC Dreaming Dahlia (LE, $16.00) is very similar in color but slightly pinker and sheerer. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is more matte. Revlon Tutti Frutti (P, $7.49) is darker. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $25.00) is pinker, more matte. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is slightly lighter, warmer. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is very similar. MAC Ravishing (P, $16.00) is a smidgen lighter, pinker. MAC Razzledazzler (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Firecracker (06) Lip Color Sheer ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a vibrant, rich, orange-red with warm undertones and a luminous shine. It had really rich, opaque color coverage. It wore well for six hours. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is slightly redder. NARS Short Circuit (LE, $26.00) is a smidgen more orange. Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is very similar. Giorgio Armani #300 (P, $32.00) is less glossy. Urban Decay Bang (P, $22.00) is a smidgen lighter. Maybelline Orange Edge (LE, $7.49) is very similar. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin (P, $7.49) is also very similar–slightly redder. Maybelline Neon Red (P, $7.49) is very similar. MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Lady Danger (P, $16.00) is more matte. Buxom Rogue (P, $21.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Paradiso (07) Lip Color Sheer ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) is medium, warm-toned pink with a luminous shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage and wore well for five hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is darker, warmer. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $35.00) is a smidgen darker. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is lighter. MAC Love Beam (LE, $20.00) is darker. Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral (P) is warmer, more matte. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is lighter. MAC Hoop (DC, $16.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is slightly darker. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Heart to Heart (LE, $16.00) is pinker, darker. MAC Force of Love (LE, $16.00) is lighter, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Tom Ford Incorrigible (08) Lip Color Sheer ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with mostly opaque color that was slightly translucent, so the natural lip color came through. The color wore well for five and a half hours. The texture of this one was slightly more emollient than other shades. MAC Heavenly Hybrid (LE, $16.00) is more muted, less fuchsia. MAC Feeling Amorous? (LE, $20.00) is less cool-toned. MAC Pleasurefruit (LE, $17.00) is less fuchsia, pinker. Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) (LE, $36.00) is purpler, more muted. Revlon Fuchsia Shock (P, $7.99) is brighter. Revlon Lollipop (P, $7.49) is cooler-toned, darker. MAC Lickable (P, $16.00) is pinker. Buxom Exhibitionist (P, $21.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer
Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer

Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a new and limited edition formula for spring. They’re described as a “shimmering nudes with accents of hot, sun-kissed color,” and then later on, “semi-translucent formula.” I don’t think “Lip Color Sheers” is a great name for this formula, because they’re not really sheer. The “semi-translucent” is a somewhat more apt description, as they’re not fully opaque and have noticeable translucency. The formula falls between the Lip Color range (which are opaque) and the Lip Color Shines (which are sheer, described as a “veil of color”). The formula is lightweight, moderately hydrating, and comfortable to wear. They are vanilla-scented with no discernible taste. The consistency is creamy without being thick, emollient without being too slick or slippery. It seems like this formula has a lighter look on lips than the Lip Color range, which is creamier, thicker, and fully opaque–but these are not actually sheer.

I gotta tell you: these are flying off the virtual shelves–Nordstrom only has three shades left, but Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, and Saks still have a good selection. I’ll be reviewing the other four shades later today, so stay tuned!

In the Buff (01) Lip Color Sheer ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light-medium, gold-shimmered peach with warm undertones and a luminous shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage with noticeable translucency where the natural lip color comes through. This shade wore well for four hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Frolic (P, $48.00) is darker, sheerer. MAC Innocence (LE, $16.00) is lighter, pinker. Chanel Peregrina (P, $34.00) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Pink Dune (02) Lip Color Sheer ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a gold-shimmered, medium peach with a hint of pink and a luminous sheen. It’s slightly darker, warmer in comparison to In the Buff. It was semi-sheer applied to lips and added noticeable amount of shimmer and color to lips but the natural lip color still came through. This shade wore well for four and a half hours. Chanel Indecise (125) (P, $34.00) is slightly darker. Chanel Mystique (57) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Frolic (P, $48.00) is sheerer. MAC Supreme Style (LE, $17.00) is pinker, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Bittersweet (03) Lip Color Sheer ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a reddish-plum with a subtle gold micro-shimmer and warm undertones. It had mostly opaque color coverage with slight translucency. The color wore well for five and a half hours. Bobbi Brown Plum Shimmer (3) (P, $25.00) is more shimmery but very similar. Too Faced Pink Chocolate (P, $21.00) is lelss shimmery, less warm-toned. Laura Mercier Cozy (P, $24.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Chanel Scenario (P, $34.00) is browner. Chanel Grace (P, $34.00) is slightly more muted. MAC Glamourdaze (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Bel Ami (P, $34.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Tom Ford Summer Fling (04) Lip Color Sheer ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a slight translucency. This shade wore well for four hours on me. L’Oreal I Pink You’re Cute (175) (P, $8.95) is darker. Tarte Pink Peony (P, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is darker, more opaque. Urban Decay Naked (P, $22.00) is slightly darker. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is lighter. Chanel Saga (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer. Chanel Liaison (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker. NYX Blush (P, $4.00) is a smidgen darker, less glossy. MAC Flamingo (LE, $16.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Tom Ford Spring 2014 Launches
Tom Ford Spring 2014 Launches

Sheer, natural, effortless beauty is the focus of the Tom Ford spring 2014 color collection launching this March. This limited edition line-up contains eight new Sheer Lip Colors and four new Nail Lacquer shades that harmonise shimmering nudes with accents of hot, sunkissed color.

Lip Color Conditioner ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

This exclusive new Lip Color collection, featuring eight indispensable shades, is housed in Tom Ford’s iconic ivory and golden case. The semi-translucent formula, in a distinct beveled form, contains a blend of moisturizing ingredients, such as Vitamin C and E, shea butter, and other natural oils.

  • Bitter Sweet Plum
  • Firecracker Orange
  • In the Buff Beige
  • Incorrigible Coral
  • Paradisco Light coral
  • Pink Dune Pink beige
  • Summer Fling Pink coral
  • Sweet Spot Orange coral

Nail Lacquer ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Coral Beach Coral
  • Incandescent Bronze
  • Indiscretion Pink
  • Sugar Dune Beige

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom; official launch date is March 2014

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