Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette
Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette

Get Whisked Away to Tropical Paradise with Tom Ford

Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eyeshadow Palette ($75.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette contains an eyeshadow formula that can be used both wet and dry. It contains four shades in a rather tropical combination.

The first shade is a white-silver with a high frost finish. There’s a residual warmth that makes it more like platinum than anything else. MAC Misty is cooler-toned. Guerlain Les Aquas is a bit cooler-toned. Chanel Infini is similar.

Next, there’s a subdued green with a hint of blue and a very strong frost-metallic finish. It’s more frosted when applied dry and more metallic when applied wet. MAC Sweet & Sour is similar but warmer. Dior Garden Pastels is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is less frosted.

The bottom left shade is a medium-dark blue with the barest hint of green, just enough to make it less than true blue. The finish is fairly metallic both wet and dry. Urban Decay Unhinged is bluer. Urban Decay Deep End is barely darker. Tarina Tarantino Ozma is less blue. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen is similar.

The last shade is a dark navy blue with lighter blue shimmer. It looks more blackened navy blue when used dry. When applied damp, it is much bluer, less black. This shade had decent to good color payoff when used dry but was better applied wet/damp. Guerlain Les Gris is a smidgen teal. MAC Thru the Night is a bit bluer. theBalm Risque Renee is darker. Make Up For Ever #81 is similar.

The formula in this palette (as well as Enchanted) is very different from the brand’s core range of palettes. I haven’t been in love with previous palettes I’ve tried, but this I love. The pigmentation is good across the board, and the texture is soft, buttery, and incredibly smooth. Though you can use them wet as well as dry, all four shades had good color payoff even dry. Using them wet tended to bring out a metallic finish and made them apply even smoother.

These have a a high frost content, and when applied with a damp brush, they tend to be very metallic.  Using all four is a very bright, shimmered, and metallic look, so it may be overkill for some.  When I tried out these eyeshadows, I wore them for nine hours without creasing or fading on bare lids, as well as for ten hours without creasing or fading over a primer.  The texture was what made this palette sing, though–so soft, finely-milled, but not at all powdery, it was easy to blend and apply.

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Emerald Lust

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It's nice to see the brand experimenting with their seasonal collection--and I hope we see this formula used again in upcoming launches as well.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Tom Ford Aphrodisiac Lipstick
Tom Ford Aphrodisiac Lip Color

Tom Ford Aphrodisiac Lip Color ($48.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright pop of blue-based medium-dark pink that has a subtle sheen in its finish. MAC Moxie is matte and slightly redder. NARS Carthage is bluer-based. Guerlain Champs-Elysees is redder. MAC Full Fuchsia is very similar, slightly more shimmer. Tom Ford Pure Pink is only a little lighter. NARS Funny Face is redder.

It’s a high-quality lipstick formula–opaque in one pass, long-wearing (six hours), hydrating, and doesn’t bleed or feather on me. It’s comfortable to wear and easy to apply, as it’s very nice on and wears well and fades evenly. It is lightly scented with a sweetened vanilla (very similar to MAC’s) but has no detectable taste. Is it gorgeous? Absolutely. Is it dupeable? Yes, definitely. Whether the formula is worth the luxury price tag is up to you, but if the color appeals to you and the price makes you cringe, there are several permanent dupes available (listed above).

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Aphrodisiac

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Aphrodisiac had excellent color payoff; a comfortable, lightweight, and hydrating formula; and wore for a full six hours before it started to fade.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, September 17th, 2012

Tom Ford Exotic Teal Eye Defining Pencil
Tom Ford Exotic Teal Eye Defining Pencil

Tom Ford Exotic Teal Eye Defining Pencil

Tom Ford Exotic Teal Eye Defining Pencil ($35.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a rich, blue-based teal with a pearly finish. Prescriptives Blue Grotto is similar, slightly greener. NARS Kaliste is a smidgen lighter. Estee Lauder Electric Teal is less blue, slightly lighter. I can’t tell you how long I’ve been looking for an eyeliner that dupes Prescriptives’ Blue Grotto!  (NARS Kaliste wears terribly on me, unfortunately.)

It’s supposed to be richly pigmented, easy to glide on, and can be used outside and inside the lid.  The color is fantastic–it’s intensely pigmented and goes as as solid line in a single pass. The texture is soft, creamy, and applies easily; there’s no tugging or pulling, and it deposits evenly on both the lash line and waterline.  The pencil also comes with a sharpener, but as mine was a press sample, I only received the pencil itself, so I don’t have a photo of it to share with you but did want to mention it.

I wanted to love this pencil so, so much, but it does not wear as well as it should.  It migrates and smudges outwards past my lash line every time I wear it, without fail.  The color doesn’t disappear or fade away, but it just spreads out past the lash line. For me, it happens mostly on the outer third of the lash line, but a whole slew of eyeliners wear well on me.  A smudgy kohl liner isn’t a bad thing, but it does need to set at some point, because once you’ve smudged it to your liking, you don’t want to worry about it sliding to parts unknown!  It took about five hours before there was noticeable migration, and then after six, it needed clean-up.  If you press a similar-colored eyeshadow on top, it will stop the smudging. With so many long-wearing eyeliners on the market, it’s not a step you should have to take–and of course, at $35 a pop, not at this price point, either.

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Exotic Teal

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This eyeliner had amazing pigmentation and a lovely, creamy, glide-on consistency, but the wear was extremely disappointing!

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

4/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Tom Ford Narcissist Cheek Color
Tom Ford Narcissist Cheek Color

Ooh! You’ll Need a Pair of Sunglasses for This One!

Tom Ford Narcissist Cheek Color ($55.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and a subtle fuchsia-pink sheen. NARS Desire is more blue-based and lighter (but if you use it lightly, they look more alike). MAC Florida is more magenta. Tarte Amused is a touch lighter. MAC Her Blooming Cheek is more fuchsia. Make Up For Ever #3 is similar. Make Up For Ever #75 is more magenta.

This shade is deliciously bright! It’s rich in color, incredibly saturated, and bright without being neon. It’s bold, dramatic, and buildable. It’s a very pigmented shade, so you will need to use a light-hand if you want softer, sheerer color. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and smooth, which aids blending; it easily softens and diffuses with a flick or two of your brush. If you only use it lightly, there are definitely similar shades on the market; if you want to use it so it looks more true-to-pan, then you’ll see the differences start jumping out at you. When worn softly, it almost looks like a plum-kissed raspberry pink. I wore this shade last week, and it lasted a full ten hours on me without any fading.

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Narcissist

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Because it's so pigmented, it will show up readily on even the deepest complexions. Ultra fair complexions should be ready to use a light hand, but it absolutely can be worn softly. There's a noticeable cool undertone, but it's not too blue-based, so it will flatter both warm and cool skin tones.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

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Saturday, September 15th, 2012


Video: Week in Review, Vol. 004

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Products Mentioned

Makeup Breakdown

On eyes: Urban Decay Echo Beach Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Nevermind Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Jagged Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Anonymous Eyeshadow, Tarina Tarantino Ammunition Eyeliner, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Mascara. On face: Make Up For Ever HD (125), Guerlain Les Voilettes (03), Bobbi Brown Pink Rose Blush. On lips: Giorgio Armani #111 Rouge d’Armani Lipstick.

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012


The gist of Tom Ford’s newest Private Blend launch (which contains four scents) is about revealing the “forbidden sides” of four flowers: rose, narcissus, lily, and hyacinth. None of the scents struck a forbidden chord with me; I didn’t envision clandestine meetings near the ivy at midnight. Each seemed to be a different take on some of the usual ways these flowers are presented, so they may be darker, but they just didn’t resonate as truly rich and dark and forbidden.

Cafe Rose ($205.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) contains notes of saffron, black pepper, Rose de Mai, Turkish rose, Bulgarian rose, coffee, incense, amber, sandalwood, and patchouli. It begins with a strong dose of rose with a peppery edge that transitions into more and more rose over a backdrop of amber and coffee–almost reminded me of something chocolaty.  If you are looking for a real coffee or cafe presence, it’s not quite there. It’s rather subtle.  It evokes an image of sitting in an elegant rose garden after you’ve sipped your morning coffee and are just now getting up and preparing to go to work.  There’s a natural sweetness from the rose that prevails throughout the wear of the scent, a hint of spiciness that begins and ends after a few hours, while amber, patchouli, and rose remain most potent until the very end. On me, Cafe Rose lasts for eight to ten hours. It wears close to the skin for the first hour, then seems to become more present, but finally returns to a closer wear for the last couple hours.

Jonquille de Nuit ($205.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) contains notes of Wild Alpine cyclamen, acacia and angelica seeds, Egyptian violet leaf, bitter orange leaf, narcissus, orris, and amber. You may know narcissus by its more common name, daffodil. The former sounding far more in sync with the concept behind the range/scent! Of the four scents, this was the most dominated by its floral; this is narcissus over and over again. There’s a crispness with a subtle citrus–like the rind of an orange–in the beginning; it reminds me of spring gardens after a fresh rain. Within a half hour, though, it sweetens and smells like a mix of narcissus and jasmine, even if it’s not listed, that’s what I’m detecting. It loses a lot of its intriguing character once it dries down on the skin. This fragrance was particularly strong, both in its sillage and wear. The wear was still going strong after twelve hours, and even by morning (so almost twenty-four hours), I could still detect it. At that point, it was an nondescript, sweet floral.

Lys Fume ($205.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) contains notes of Italian mandarin, pink peppercorn, nutmeg, turmeric, white lilies, ylang ylang, davana, rum, vanilla, labdanum, amber, styrax, and oakwood. It’s warm, lightly sweetened and somewhat musky; it’s lily and nutmeg with a touch of pepper–it reads oriental to me. All that spice and warmth just envelop me like a soft blanket on a cool autumn evening.  Slowly, it becomes a patch of soft lilies over a background of rum, pepper, and amber. In its final stage, there’s the ylang ylang and lily playing together to create a pleasing but soft floral with the warmth of amber and the sweetness of vanilla rounding it out. Of the four, this was the “darkest” scent to me. I don’t think I’d really describe it as a dark scent overall, though. This was my personal favorite, but I tend to gravitate towards scents with amber and vanilla. The wear was around eight hours, and it wore closely to the skin.

Ombre de Hyacinth ($205.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) contains notes of galbanum, violet leaf, magnolia leaf orpur, olibanum, hyacinth, pink peppercorn, jasmine, benzoin, and musk. The opening is intriguing–it’s sharp, crisp, and green–all hyacinth and gardening with dirt on your elbows and knees. It’s grassy and earthy and a little bitter. Then I catch jasmine and more jasmine, but it softens, and the whole scent becomes less sharp, less bitter. Finally, it’s floral and musk in a way that’s not spectacular but not displeasing. There’s a lingering greenness to the fragrance that persists throughout the development and wear that makes it appeal to me. This scent was a bit stronger, so it wore longer (twelve hours) and was more noticeable when worn.

I’m not actually drawn to most floral fragrances. I’m picky about them, as too often it’s dominated by the flower of choice and translates as”springtime allergies” in my brain. By that measure, the scents I enjoyed the most were Cafe Rose and Lys Fume.  All four scents seemed a little… tame, or perhaps, restrained, is a better way to describe these.  Ombre de Hyacinth was more interesting than Jonquille de Nuit, which tended to get more generic as it wore on, while Ombre de Hyancinth managed to keep some interest with the ever-present green note–it’s a scent that, while floral, may be more polarizing. All four scents are also available in 8.4 fl. oz. bottles ($495 each).

Because Tom Ford is by no means an affordable fragrance range, one might consider decants or samples. The way they open seems to be more complex and enchanting than some of the dry downs, so I recommend at least wearing and seeing how they read on you first.  As always, fragrance is quite personal, not only because different scents trigger our own personal memories but with the way the scent interacts with one’s body chemistry.

What’s your favorite floral scent?

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