Friday, May 10th, 2013

Tom Ford Escapade Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Escapade Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Escapade Cream Color for Eyes ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “pearlized peach.” It’s a warm-toned, golden peach with a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. bareMinerals Aspire is more orange, darker, and a powder eyeshadow. MAC Angel Flame has a slight pink tone to it and is a powder eyeshadow. bareMinerals Stealth is more orange, matte, and a powder eyeshadow. Buxom Collie is more beige, less orange/peach, but is, at least, a cream product.

Pink Haze ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “pink with peach tones and gold pearl.” It’s a pink bronze–pink, warm, slightly coppery–with a frosted, metallic finish. MAC Magnetic Attraction is redder, less pink (and a powder). MAC In the Sun is browner (and also a powder). MAC Red Hot Copper is much redder, more coppery. MAC Mythical is browner and a powder eyeshadow. Chanel Abstraction is more glittery and less warm-toned. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 is pinker, less warm-toned (and a powder). MAC Jete is similar when this is applied sheerly. Make Up For Ever #16 is more metallic, so it also appears quite a bit lighter.

Tom Ford managed to create a cream eyeshadow formula that is so lightweight that it looks and feels more like a mousse than a true cream eyeshadow. It’s not thick or solid like a lot of cream eyeshadows, and instead, it is movable and can slide around the pot if you tilt it. And applied? My goodness, it’s impressive. It glides on like butter, spreads evenly and smoothly over the lid, and blends out effortlessly–and then it sets and sticks around for twelve hours perfectly. No flaking, smudging, fading, or creasing whatsoever. It was impressive from the color payoff–totally opaque but just as easily sheered out by using less–to the texture to the wear. It felt like magic on.

I feel like it spun magic around me for feeling like it is worth the cringe-inducing price tag, but I would buy it. This, I would buy (and honestly, I considered buying one as a backup, but I managed to talk myself out of that). I wouldn’t buy just any shade, but if it was the right shade for your skin tone, it just might be worth the splurge. (For reference, both of these are absolutely stunning on warm, medium complexions!)

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It was impressive from the color payoff--totally opaque but just as easily sheered out by using less--to the texture to the wear. It felt like magic on.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

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Of the two shades, this is the most dupable and not as versatile, because it is a darker, more burnished shade. The quality, though, was truly remarkable and if it's your price point or a shade you'd use all the time, worth investing in.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

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Friday, April 19th, 2013

Tom Ford Beauty Summer 2013 Collection
Tom Ford Beauty Summer 2013 Collection

“I wanted to capture a very particular look of skin that is bathed in sunset light in the summer. It is a sultry and sublime glow. In this light, every woman looks irresistibly relaxed and sensual.” — TOM FORD

For Summer 2013, Tom Ford introduces a seasonal color collection that captures the luminous and sensuous effect of bronzed skin. This limited edition collection features the new Tom Ford Skin Illuminator , the Tom Ford Illuminating Cheek Color, and a harmony of shimmery and sheer shades for the eyes, lips and nails. The face and cheeks are illuminated wit h peach-pink and bronzed amber; eyes are dewy and mesmerizing with delicate tones of pale pink and nude peach; nails are given a pearlized wash of white, and lips are lacquered in shimmery golden pink pearls.

Skin Illuminator ($65.00)

  • Fire Lust Shimmering, peach-pink

Illuminating Cheek Color ($58.00)

  • Blush Guilt Natural, radiant glow
  • Bronzed Amber Natural, radiant glow

Cream Color for Eyes ($40.00)

  • Escapade Pearlized peach
  • Pink Haze Pink with peach tones and gold pearl

Lip Lacquer ($30.00)

  • Pink Lust Light pink with golden pearl

Bronzing Powder ($90.00)

  • Gold Dust Blend of sunstone, amber, black tourmaline crystals; shimmer finish
  • Terra Blend of sunstone, amber, black tourmaline crystals; matte finish

Nail Lacquer ($30.00)

  • Vapor Semi-opaque white lacquer

Availability: May 1st at Tom Ford Beauty retailers

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Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum
Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum ($205.00 for 1.7 fl. oz./50 ml) begins with an initial blast of spices, like cardamom, cinnamon, and clove, followed by sweetened vanilla bean, and rum–warm, boozy, and fragrant. There’s an undercurrent of chocolate after about forty-five minutes of wear while, for me, a blend of vanilla and spice continues to be the main event. I felt as if there was a general haziness to the scent, which gave it a darker element, but it didn’t smell smoky or incense-like; more unsmoked pipe tobacco. I very much had the impression that I was breathing in the aromas from a freshly-made vanilla Chai tea latte–there’s a milky creaminess that really made me feel like cozying up by a fire with a good book.

Tobacco Vanille is not a scent that I would have thought would appeal to me. I tend to like heavier, amber-rich scents that are often masculine, but I do like the pairing of vanilla and amber, and here, with Tobacco Vanille, I love how well the spices and vanilla that play with the ginger, fruity tartness, and tobacco notes. On me, it’s not a complex perfume, but for all of its simplicity, it is exactly as described:  a potent mix of spice, tobacco, and vanilla.  It wore close to the skin, and three sprays lasted around fourteen hours.  I think if you like rummy, boozy scents, spices like cinnamon and cardamom, and vanilla, this perfume might interest you.

Fragrance can be a difficult category to cover, because smell is so intrinsically linked to personal preference, our memories, and our associations. Even a quality perfume may be held in contempt by one person while revered by another. Long-time reader Kafka urged me to hone my “nose” and dive into the world of perfume, and forty some-odd sample vials later, the scent that captured my attention was Tobacco Vanille (after reading her review, linked above).  It is no secret that I’m a fan of Tom Ford’s Private Blend collection (Oud Wood, Amber Absolute, and Bois Marocain are staples for me; Lavender Palm my night time accompaniment). I tried several other houses but this is the scent that I felt inspired to put on paper (well, post)–for now. I think, perhaps, it is a nice counterpoint to the scents I love.

Have you tried Tobacco Vanille?  Is there a house that you always find your favorites from?

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Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Tom Ford Abandon Lip Shine Color
Tom Ford Abandon Lip Shine Color

Tom Ford Abandon Lip Shine Color ($48.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a peachy brown with warm undertones and a natural, slightly glossy finish. MAC Freckletone is very similar–more color coverage. MAC Posh Tone is a bit more beige but very similar in color. MAC Fashion City is lighter and less peach.

The formula wears well for something that is as hydrating as this is, but also for something that has a very high slip amount in its initial application. Within an hour or so, it feels and looks more like a lipstick than a lip balm or gloss, but initially, it starts off with some glossiness. I would say it’s more like a lipstick than a lip balm, though the amount of moisture it imparts and locks in is very nice and more like a lip balm. The color is semi-sheer with noticeable translucency, which is in line with the coverage the formula is supposed to provide.  Abandon lasted three and a half hours on me.  There was very slight settling of the color into lip lines, but it was only visible in close-up photos and not so much at a normal viewing distance.

For some, this new lip color range is going to be too pricey for sheer color while others will go through tubes of it as it is comfortable to wear, hydrating, and the shade range is very wearable. The more natural pigmentation you have in your lips, the less impact you’re going to see from these.

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For some, this new lip color range is going to be too pricey for sheer color while others will go through tubes of it as it is comfortable to wear, hydrating, and the shade range is very wearable. The more natural pigmentation you have in your lips, the less impact you're going to see from these.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Tom Ford Frolic Lip Shine Color
Tom Ford Frolic Lip Shine Color

Tom Ford Frolic Lip Shine Color ($48.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft coral with a subtle frost finish. Clinique Curviest Caramel is more beige and opaque. Chanel Pimpante is a touch brighter. Cle de Peau Comtesse de Cayla is slightly darker and less warm-toned. MAC Razzledazzler is a touch pinker. Guerlain Jicky is redder.

The formula has a creamy, slightly wet-like consistency (and it feels much like a creamy lip balm). It glides over lips easily–no skipping or tugging–but seems to hang on better than other tinted lip balms I’ve tried. It feels more like a lipstick with extra boost of hydration than a true tinted lip balm. I tested this particular shade over eighteen hours, which involved four re-applications. Though creamy and slick, it is lightweight and has a thinner feel once applied (give it about ten to fifteen minutes). It starts off glossy, but the glossiness disappears after an hour or so. The color remains, and it’s buildable from sheer to semi-opaque color coverage. Like the best kind of sheer, it is an even layer of sheer color that has some translucency, so the natural lip color shines through.

I was impressed by the wear, because a lot of these lipstick/lip balm hybrids have a tendency to slip away within a couple of hours, but it consistently wore for a solid four hours. But over time, these feel more like a sheer lipstick than they do traditional lip balm, so I expect that’s part of it. It was nicely hydrating, and I needed no lip balm to supplement the wear, and after wearing it all day, my lips were in tip-top shape. I think whether these are “worth it” is (which is always true to some degree) going to come down to your personal preference. Personally, I would recommend splashing out for Tom Ford’s Blush over the lipstick, if you were curious to try a single product.

At least the product amount is 0.12 oz., which is the size of most lipsticks, and sometimes with the more balm-like formulas, they give you a bit less. With a product like this, more is infinitely better, because the creamier, slicker, more balm-like consistency means it’s easy to over-apply. The Lip Colour Shines come in brown lacquered, square tubes with gold detailing, and they have a sweet, vanilla scent (not too cloying; very similar to MAC’s).

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The formula has a creamy, slightly wet-like consistency (and it feels much like a creamy lip balm). It glides over lips easily--no skipping or tugging--but seems to hang on better than other tinted lip balms I've tried.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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Monday, January 21st, 2013

Blue-Teal Eyeliners
Blue-Teal Eyeliners: MUFE #12L, Milani Aqua, UD Flipside, TT Spark of Envy,
Stila Peacock, TF Exotic Teal, EL Dramatic Teal, EL Electric Teal, bareMinerals 1PM,
UD Mainline, Prescriptives Blue Grotto, MUFE #4K, NYX Emerald City, NARS Kaliste,
MAC Tealo

Blue-Teal Eyeliners: Your Guide

I am a fiend for teal eyeliner–there is absolutely no doubt about that–and here are fifteen shades that seemed like blue-based teals (a few turned out to be a little green-based).

  1. Make Up For Ever #12L is a darkened blue with a hint of teal. It is more shimmery than Tom Ford Exotic Teal.
  2. Milani Aqua is a brightened teal with a hint of blue and frosted finish.
  3. Urban Decay Flipside is a lightened blue-teal with a shimmery finish. It is lighter than Milani Aqua.
  4. Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy is a darkened teal with a blue-based and a green-tinged shimmer/sheen.
  5. Stila Peacock is a deep blue with a hint of teal and light sheen.
  6. Tom Ford Exotic Teal is a deep, dark blue-based teal.
  7. Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal is a dark, blue-based teal with a matte finish. It is a touch bluer than Tom Ford Exotic Teal. (LE)
  8. Estee Lauder Electric Teal is a teal with blue undertones and a matte finish. It is greener compared to Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal and lighter than Tom Ford Exotic Teal. (LE)
  9. bareMinerals 1PM is a deep, dark blue-based teal. It is darker than Tom Ford Exotic Teal. (LE)
  10. Urban Decay Mainline is a blue-based teal with stronger blue undertones and a matte finish. It is bluer than Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal. (LE)
  11. Prescriptives Blue Grotto is a teal with bluish-green tones. It is darker than Estee Lauder Electric Teal and Tom Ford Exotic Teal. (DC)
  12. Make Up For Ever #4K is a green-tinged teal. It is slightly greener than Prescriptives Blue Grotto.
  13. NYX Emerald City is dark, emerald green.
  14. NARS Kaliste is a deep, blue-based teal. It is brighter than Tom Ford Exotic Teal.
  15. MAC Tealo is a blackened green-tinged teal (looked bluer in the pencil!). (DC)

TEMPTALIA PICKS:  #2 (quality, price), #4 (quality, pigmentation), #7 (quality, pigmentation), #9 (quality, pigmentation), #10 (quality, pigmentation), #12 (quality, pigmentation)

Behind-the-Series:  It was my intention to provide heavy, opaque swatches to provide an accurate color comparison.  Some eyeliners required one pass, some required five, and a few even more.  When possible, the shade name (above) is linked to the original review so you can read more about the quality, wear, etc. of a particular eyeliner.  If we’ve never done a review, there will be no link.  Shades that were limited edition will be marked with “(LE)” and shades that were discontinued will be marked with “(DC)” after the color description.  You can also find all comparisons on The Dupe List.

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