Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Tom Ford Cream Foundation (02) Brush
Tom Ford Cream Foundation (02) Brush

Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush (02) ($72.00) was created to be used with Tom Ford’s Traceless Foundation Stick, but it can easily be used with liquids as well as true creams. The brush is about 6″ long, while the brush head is about 1″ in height and width and is about a 1/2″ thick. It’s made with natural hair, though I haven’t been able to confirm exactly the type of natural hair (likely goat and potentially something else). The brush is made in Japan, and it’s rumored that Hakuhodo manufactures these, but I haven’t seen it confirmed or mentioned in a press release (only that Tom Ford engaged the world’s leading brush maker in Japan to make them to his exact specifications).  The handle is well-balanced, and the brush head is densely-packed and very, very soft. It’s not a small face brush, but it’s not a large one, so it can still maneuver underneath the eye and around the nose without issue.

This brush excels at both cream and liquid foundation application, as it does not take any more product than is necessary to achieve a natural, even finish. It doesn’t soak up the product, which can sometimes result in a heavier application than you really need. Because it’s so densely-packed, it’s not a fluffy brush, but it is soft and holds its shape well and never leaves streaks or brush lines. It’s really as if all you do is apply the foundation, because there’s no need to blend it afterward–it’s already done. It can also be used with cream blush (even powder), but it stands out most for liquid and cream foundations because of the streak-free finish it leaves behind.

I’ve been using this brush for a year and a half, having received in late 2011. Oh, I’m sure you’re wondering why so long, and that’s really because it’s at such a luxury price point that I’ve wanted to not just put it through the paces but incorporate it into my regular routine. I really wanted to see how it held up to consistent, prolonged use. One of the things I was most surprised about was how clean and pristine the brush looks after over a hundred washes (I wash my brushes after each use)–still as white as the day it arrived. I haven’t experienced any shedding or funny smells after washes.  It’s retained its shape well over time, and it really shows no signs of wear.  The ferrule is perfectly in place, bristles aren’t splayed at the edges, and it still looks new and shiny.

The majority of my brushes are MAC, though I do have other brands in there, and my often-used brush for foundation is Hourglass No. 2 Foundation/Blush Brush (which is a nice alternative if you prefer Taklon bristles, rather than natural hair).  Tom Ford’s brush is easier to clean and requires even less attention to get a flawless, even finish in comparison, so between the two, yes, Tom Ford gets my personal vote, though the two are both great brushes.  Tom Ford does, however, easily beat my previous go-to MAC 109 for liquid foundation application.

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Cream Foundation Brush (02)

This brush excels at both cream and liquid foundation application, as it does not take any more product than is necessary to achieve a natural, even finish. It doesn't soak up the product, which can sometimes result in a heavier application than you really need. Because it's so densely-packed, it's not a fluffy brush, but it is soft and holds its shape well and never leaves streaks or brush lines.
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Thursday, August 1st, 2013


“A monochromatic play of three contrasting textures creates dynamic dimension for eyes.” —Tom Ford

Tom ford focuses on the art of the seductive eye with his fall 2013 color collection. At the Heart of the collection is the limited edition ombré eye color trio of monochromatic shades That uses light and depth to create a dynamic contrast. A n innovative, dual-ended liquid Liner enhances the look, adding sophisticated and provocative definition.

Ombre Eye Color Trio Palette ($60.00) (Limited Edition)

Two new ombré eye color trio palettes masterfully shade and contour the eyes with an extraordinary play of contrast and light. The in the pink trio comes in three sensual pink shades and textures for a contoured nude look: pink rose, pink champagne, and ballet slipper pink.

  • The Pink Pink rose, pink champagne, ballet slipper pink
  • She Wolf Deep black/brown, light charcoal, silver lead

Eye Defining Pencil Pen ($55.00)

The intuitive Tom Ford Eye Defining Pencil Pen features a fine calligraphy tip on one end and a pro brush on the other for the ultimate in precision lining. The deep carbon black liquid liner delivers a spectrum of effects from sleek lines to dramatic wing tips or a full doe eye.

Tom Ford Eye Primer Duo ($50.00)

The Tom Ford Eye Primer is a unique duo of powder and cream formulas that work with the shadows to deliver fifteen-hour, color-rich staying power. The stackable package holds a cream base formula containing the exclusive infusion complex, and a translucent pressed powder that ensures your eye color will stay fresh all day.

Ultra Length Mascara ($42.00)

The Tom Ford Ultra Length Mascara in Ultra Raven heightens the eye impact with carbon-black color and extra-long extension.

Lip Color ($49.00)

Four Tom Ford Lip Colors offer a choice of sensuous neutrals or decadent bolds. Rare and exotic ingredients including soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil create an ultra-creamy texture with an incredibly smooth application. Specially treated color pigments are blended to deliver pure color with just the right balance of luminosity for a polished finish.

  • Vanilla Suede Beige (Permanent, Repromote)
  • Sable Smoke Rosy beige (Permanent, Repromote)
  • Crimson Noir Red (Permanent, Repromote)
  • Bruised Plum Plum (Permanent, Repromote)

Nail Lacquer ($32.00)

  • Show Me the Pink Pink (Limited Edition)
  • Black Sugar Plum (Limited Edition)

Black Orchid Hydrating Emotion ($55.00)

A luxurious satin-like body lotion that provides a sensual glide to the touch. Smoothes and moisturizes while leaving skin feeling silky and supple. Lightly scented with the intoxicating fragrance of Tom Ford Black Orchid. 

Private Blend Atelier d’Orient Collection

Tom Ford presents Atelier d’Orient, a collection of four private blend fragrances inspired by the sublime beauty, enigmatic sensuality and exquisite luxury of Asia. Each scent tells his richly imagined olfactory story about Asia by using ingredients that have treasured prestige in the orient, from voluptuous florals and precious fruits to aromatic spices and rare oils. In Atelier d’Orient, prized ingredients from the ancient silk and spice routes are crafted into unexpected new architectures as beautiful and daring as the region’s mesmerizing, modern cities. $210.00 for 50ml/1.7 fl. oz. EDP; $520.00 for 250ml/8.4 oz. EDP

Plum Japonais

Plum Japonais reveals the extraordinary beauty of the ume plum by juxtaposing it with a lush and unconventional mélange of exotic Asian ingredients. Plum Japonais is a rich and luxurious fragrance for true scent connoisseurs.

Saffron, cinnamon bark Laos, everlasting flower and sawara cypress create an unforgettable journey across distant lands. The voyage unfolds from India to Laos and then to China and Japan, where the tart, dark nuances of ume plum are discovered. This breathtaking ingredient becomes infused with velvety plum liqueur, beguiling camellia Japonica flowers and rare agarbois, casting an irresistible spell of ravishing beauty—before the journey ventures into a warm and sensual terrain of amber, benzoin Laos, fir balsam absolute, vanilla absolute and infusion.

Fleur de Chine

Fleur de Chine is an unequivocally romantic and haunting, floral fragrance that is touched with reverence for the great fragrances of the past. It evokes an atmosphere of sophisticated restraint that evolves slowly into rich grandeur.

Precious Asian flowers, including the Hualan flower and star magnolia, are arranged in a bouquet of rare beauty. Their romance is enhanced with the elegant texture of fresh clementine and bergamot, blended with the soft, green effects of hyacinth. Sublime eastern treasures—jasmine tea, syringa, plum and tea rose balanced with wisteria, white peach and soft tree peony—whisper a story of insatiable longing. This medley of sophistication and sublimity keeps the fragrance blooming with presence. Yet the richness of Hinoki wood, Chinese cedarwood, amber, rare benzoin Laos, styrax and vetiver tempers the beauty with captivating seduction, adding an aura of glamorous mystique.

Shanghai Lily

Shanghai Lily is a floral oriental scent that transports the senses into a world of rare and opulent ingredients from the historic silk road and spice route.

Bitter orange, pink peppercorn and rich black pepper blend with the warm richness of clove. Jasmine, rose and tuberose, combined with the very contemporary addition of vetiver and luxurious cashmeran, create a sensual coupling of spices and florals. The golden treasures of benzoin Laos, castoreum, cistus labdanum and guaiacwood are touched with addicting vanilla and captivating frankincense, creating a hazy reverie of glamour and temptation.

Rive d’Ambre

Rive d’Ambre is a golden-toned eau de cologne with a veil of colonial elegance. Precious citrus fruits—a talisman of good fortune in Asia—are beautifully illuminated by a warm and seductive, amber background.

Exquisite citrus fruits—bergamot, lemon and bitter orange oils—dance together with refreshing and refined light, surrounded by the uplifting textures of tarragon, cardamom and Moroccan spearmint oil. The bergamot weaves itself into these contrasting ingredients with aromatic splendor; in an unexpected twist, this citrus gift is cradled by the rich and seductive warmth o rare benzoin Laos melded with a beautiful, pear wood accord. A decadent pour of cognac oil touched with tolu balsam enhances the golden aura, which is made even more fascinating with the addition of addictive amber.

Availability: September 2013

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Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Tom Ford Willful Lip Color Shine
Tom Ford Willful Lip Color Shine

Tom Ford Willful Lip Color Shine ($48.00 for 0.12 oz.) is brightened, medium-dark coral-red with warm undertones and a glossy shine. Chanel Amant is more matte, brighter. MAC Hibiscus is shimmery. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel is less pigmented. Guerlain Chamade is cooler. Guerlain Bal de Mai is pinker. See comparison swatches.

The Lip Color Shine formula is Tom Ford’s way of giving you lighter-weight, sheerer color with an ultra-hydrating formula. Willful actually packed quite a bit of color with mostly opaque color that had some translucency that allowed the natural lip color to come through slightly. For those who found other shades of the range too sheer for the price point, you might like the opacity of this one. It lasted just over four and a half hours well on me before starting to fade. It was very hydrating and comfortable to wear with a creamy consistency that felt slightly slick but not too wet, so it didn’t bleed or settle into lip lines.

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For those who found other shades of the range too sheer for the price point, you might like the opacity of this one.

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9.5/10

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9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

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Monday, May 20th, 2013

Tom Ford Quiver Lip Color Shine
Tom Ford Quiver Lip Color Shine

Tom Ford Quiver Lip Color Shine ($48.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a slightly warm-toned, medium pink with a warm golden shimmer and a luminous, lightly frosted finish. Chanel Paradis doesn’t have the same golden shimmer. Chanel Flirt is lighter, less shimmery. Dior Candide is lighter, less warm-toned. Guerlain Rose Ensoleil lacks the gold shimmer. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji is a satin (no shimmer). Revlon Cotton Candy is a paler pink but has golden shimmer. NYX Stella is slightly warmer but similar in color to the base color of this shade (no gold shimmer). See comparison swatches here.

It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage when I applied to my lips; you can only see a shadow of my lip freckle, but the formula is lightly translucent so some of the natural lip color will come through. The Lip Color Shine formula is supposed to hydrate, add shine, and some color–but it isn’t an opaque formula, so the pigmentation is in line with what the brand has touted the formula as. The consistency is lightly creamy–a cross between a balm and lipstick–and glides across the lips easily without pulling or tugging while feeling comfortable to wear. Quiver lasted four hours on me, which is average for a lipstick, but it is slightly longer than formulas with similar balmy consistencies. It was very hydrating, which is probably it’s biggest selling point (at this price point). It is vanilla scented but has no discernible taste.

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Those who find corals too often warm/orange may like how pink Quiver appears; it has a golden shimmer that makes it seem a bit more like a coral than a true pink, but the base is very pink.

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Tom Ford Blush Guilt Illuminating Cheek Color
Tom Ford Blush Guilt Illuminating Cheek Color

Tom Ford Blush Guilt Illuminating Cheek Color ($58.00 for 1.0 oz.) is described as a “natural, radiant glow.” It’s a warm-toned, pink bronze with a glowing, illuminating sheen. Of the two shades for summer, this is the most dupable, as it doesn’t add a lot of color, just sheen. It’s not as warm-toned as the other illuminator, Fire Lust, which has a liquid consistency, and the form of this one makes it easier to apply in specific spots, rather than mixed with foundation or moisturizer.

Bronzed Amber ($58.00 for 1.0 oz.) is described as a “natural, bronzed glow.” It imparts a warm, bronzy sheen and barely-there shimmer to wherever it is applied. It only adds very slight warmth to my medium complexion, so I think it wouldn’t be too strong on pale complexions and then on deeper skin tones, it will be more of a gleam than added color.

The Illuminating Cheek Color is a solid, creamy stick of color designed to illuminate the skin. These reminded me of NARS’ The Multiples, though the texture of this formula is creamier, less waxy, and glides on better. It also seems to be more flattering against my skin (in terms of texture), because it blends out more readily and easily. I would guess that Orgasm would be somewhat similar to Blush Guilt (I think Orgasm might be a bit pinker), while Bronzed Amber would be somewhat similar to Palm Beach (you can see some really old group swatches of The Multiples here). I think these are sheerer, and designed to be that way given they’re illuminators, compared to some of the Multiple shades available (think more in the style of Copacabana).

The texture is emollient without being too slippery or slick, so it blends and spreads easily across the skin, while not becoming oily looking throughout the day.  Blush Guilt seemed to last (I was judging how glowy the area looked) for seven hours well but was mostly faded after nine hours.  Bronzed Amber wore slightly better and was visible well into the eighth hour but was half-gone by nine hours.  I think Bronzed Amber is more versatile, as it can add some color/definition (it’s not too warm-toned and not an orange-toned bronzer) as well as a sheen.

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Blush Guilt seemed to last (I was judging how glowy the area looked) for seven hours well but was mostly faded after nine hours.

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I think Bronzed Amber is more versatile, as it can add some color/definition (it's not too warm-toned and not an orange-toned bronzer) as well as a sheen.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

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Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Tom Ford Pink Lust Lip Lacquer
Tom Ford Pink Lust Lip Lacquer

Tom Ford Pink Lust Lip Lacquer ($30.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “light pink with golden pearl.” It’s a warm, peachy-beige with pink, gold, and champagne micro-shimmer. Revlon Sunset Peach is more orange. MAC Pure Flattery is also more orange. Guerlain Sable Show is lighter. Bobbi Brown Pink Gold is similar but slightly pinker. Hourglass Imagine is more golden. MAC Nymphette is slightly pinker and more frosted. Cle de Peau #2 has a stronger golden sheen.

This feels and acts like a lipgloss-balm hybrid product but, on the upside, comes with the amount more typical of a balm (0.50 fl. oz., whereas a lot of glosses are around 0.20 fl. oz.), which makes this a “good deal,” as far as Tom Ford Beauty products go. It’s an easy-to-wear color that blends with the natural pink tones to the lip and adds a frosted shimmer and subtle sheen to reflect light. The coverage is semi-sheer to semi-opaque; there’s enough shimmer that it helps to disguise my lip freckle but not so much coverage that it will mask the natural lip color. (And if you have more pigmented lips, I would expect this to adapt and look more like your natural lip color slightly lightened with shimmer.) It’s lightweight, emollient, and wears two to three hours on me (I normally see an average of three to four hours for gloss). It was nicely hydrating, though, which was a nice benefit.

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It's an easy-to-wear color that blends with the natural pink tones to the lip and adds a frosted shimmer and subtle sheen to reflect light.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

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