Tom Ford First Time & Black Dahlia Lip Color Matte

Tom Ford First Time (09) Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light-medium pinky-peach with a satin finish. This was a limited edition color, and likely the only way to find it is if your local store happens to still have one stashed away. As pretty as this color is, it was the type of finish that I feel is more unforgiving and definitely benefits from a full lip prep routine (the majority of shades in the formula didn’t feel that way). It lasts for five hours, but it pulls into lip lines after three and a half hours (you can even see how it seems more attracted to my lip lines upon initial application). The more velvety texture doesn’t cling, so you can smooth it out as you wear it, but it is a little drying. Colour Pop Button (P, $5.00) is warmer. Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is more beige. Bobbi Brown Pink Nectar (P, $26.00) is darker. NARS Julie (P, $32.00) is pinker, glossier. NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is pinker, glossier. NARS Descanso (LE, $25.00) is similar. MAC Runway Hit (LE, $16.00) is pinker, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tom Ford First Time (09) Lip Color Matte
Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Matte First Time (09)
B+
Product
8
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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Tom Ford Flame, Ruby Rush, Velvet Cherry Lip Color Matte

Tom Ford Flame (06) Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich pigmentation that covered the lips easily, while the consistency was lightweight, velvety, and glided on evenly. This shade wore well for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is a smidgen lighter. NARS Lana (P, $32.00) is glossier, lighter. Kat Von D Countess (P, $21.00) is more matte. MAC True Red (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is similar. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Tomango (LE, $16.00) is brighter, more matte. MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Lady Danger (P, $16.00) is more matte. Inglot #103 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tom Ford Flame (06) Lip Color Matte
Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Matte Flame (06)
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
98%
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Tom Ford Pink Tease, Pussycat, Plum Lush Lip Color Matte

Tom Ford Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) debuted late last year, and there are six shades that are permanent to the Tom Ford range. They’re described as a “velvet matte” lipstick that delivers “richly pigmented hues.” They’re not an ultra-matte, so they are more forgiving, and the texture is lightweight, velvety, and creamy enough that there’s no dragging or tugging at the lips. You’ll notice that the edges of the lip color are rather crisp, and this can be hard to achieve without a lip brush with drier formulations. All three shades were easy to apply, richly pigmented, longer-wearing, and comfortable to wear. The formula is vanilla-scented but had no discernible taste.

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Tom Ford Pink Tease (03) Lip Color Matte
Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Matte Pink Tease (03)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
89%
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Look: Warm Neutrals & Glossy Red Lips for Christmas Day

My Christmas Look (2014)
The fabled Chanel Dragon…

I’ve grown so accustomed to having different eyeshadows on each eye that whenever I apply the same eyeshadows on each eye, I’m a bit taken aback by how it looks to match! I can’t say I wasn’t testing anything on Christmas (namely, the eyeshadows), but I did bring out some of my all-time favorites. :)

Look Breakdown

EYES: ColourPop Tea Party applied to inner third of lid, both applied with a narrow brush as well as patted slightly with fingertips. ColourPop Solstice applied to the middle of lid using a medium-sized, eyeshadow brush. ColourPop Sequin applied to the outer third of the lid using the same brush as before. ColourPop To-a-T applied into the outer crease using a synthetic rounded crease brush and buffed above crease towards the brow bone. ColourPop Fleek/Effect (dark brown side) applied into outer crease and diffused slightly above crease. Burberry Trench was dusted underneath the brow bone as a highlighter with a fluffy blending brush. ColourPop Fleek/Effect (teal side) applied with an angled eyeliner brush to the lower lash line with ColourPop Sequin smudged underneath. I used Sephora Blonde Ambition on the water line to brighten.

FACE: Guerlain Parure Gold (02 and 03 mixed equally) mixed with Kevyn Aucoin Celestial applied all-over the face with a flat-topped round, synthetic brush and buffed into the skin. I patted Urban Decay Naked Loose into the skin to help set and finish the base with a tapered powder brush. Tom Ford Love Lust was applied to cheeks to add warmth and color with a feathery blush brush. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight was dusted on top of cheek bones and down the bridge of the nose to highlight. Guerlain Wulong was lightly dusted all-over face to finish the look.

LIPS: Chanel Dragon applied to lips.

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Round-up: Tom Ford Lips & Boys Overview & Thoughts

With 50 shades, you’re bound to get a few misses, but by and large, about half of the collection was less impressive. I know that my “marker” is I’m looking for B+ or better, which left 17 of the 50 as performing B or less (or 34%). I think that while it was a good idea to breakdown the colors into color families, it would have been better to a) provide individual shade descriptions, or b) segment shades into “layering” or “sheer” categories.

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