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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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

When it comes to eyeshadows, by and large, most of the ones covered these days are found in palettes! There are definitely plenty of reviews of singles, but palettes outnumber them easily. To compile this list, though, I only think it’s fair to focus on the singles (that’s why there’s a whole top ten for palettes, so they’re not left out!) that made my heart pitter-patter and go all aflutter.  As always, I tried to go across formulas and colors, picking the best of the best, though I couldn’t help myself from choosing two from Dior’s new cream formula.

What eyeshadows captured your attention this past year?

Monday, December 30th, 2013

love a good finishing powder.  I love an ethereal, lit-from-within glow.  There is a very high likelihood of me trying any new formulas or shades that hit the market–I’m just a total fiend for them. I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings in this department!

What highlighters and finishing powders have you been reaching for in 2013?

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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