Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

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.

Overall, it ended up feeling like a mixed bag, though there are certainly winners within the range. I think the idea and campaign were genius, and it is a nice way to try out Tom Ford’s often raved about formula without spending $50 a pop. Even better, the Lips & Boys miniature-sized shades are actually more for your money based on price per ounce, so it’s really win-win if there’s a shade you’ve had your eye on. You can view all swatches of these shades here in gallery format.

The limited edition Lips & Boys Collection officially (re)launches on the 26th, but you can place orders online at the following retailers now:

TEMPTALIA RECOMMENDED: Adriano (A+), Henry (A), Matthew (A), Michael (A), Stavros (A)
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Addison (A-), Cary (A), Collin (A-), Cooper (A), James (A), Julian (A), Patrick (A)
MOST UNIQUE: Casey (D-), Guillermo (A-), Gustavo (A-), Holden (C-), John (A), Kyril (D), Liam (B+), Luca (B), Michael (A), Peter (B-), Richard (A), Rory (D), Stavros (A), Tomas (B+)

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Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Tom Ford Olivier, Julian, Pablo, Xavier, Liam Lip Colors
Tom Ford Olivier, Pablo, Xavier, Liam Lip Colors

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “violets to orchids.” Of these, Pablo performed the best, while Liam was the more unique shade here. This is the last of the Lips & Boys reviews (all rejoice!), which means round-ups are next. :)

Presently, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks are both accepting pre-orders for the Lips & Boys collection; they officially release on December 26th (and will also be at other retailers and Tom Ford’s website at that time). Nordstrom also put up various trios (no savings, they’re $96 each) for pre-order. Neiman Marcus has a gift card event thorugh 12/16 that includes the Lips & Boys.

The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

Olivier Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light, frosted pink-lavender with cool undertones. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that looked somewhat streaky applied, and it didn’t have a very smooth, even finish. The consistency was such that the shimmer tended to bunch up on itself. On me, it was somewhat drying and only lasted for three hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Julian Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) was reviewed previously here.

Pablo Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a bold, brightened magenta fuchsia with cool, blue undertones and a very fine shimmer. The finish was more luminous, not quite glossy, but definitely had a shine to it. The coverage was mostly opaque, but it’s the type of finish where the natural lip color will peek through very slightly. The color wore well for five and a half hours and was hydrating while worn. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Xavier Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, raspberry pink with cool undertones and a subtle pearl shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage–noticeable color but a fair amount of the natural lip color will come through. It lasted for five hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Xavier is also the same as Violet Fatale. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Liam Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark purple with hints of pink and very fine pearl. It had decent color payoff, but it wasn’t fully opaque. The consistency was creamy, lightly emollient, and applied without tugging but wasn’t perfectly even once on. This shade lasted for five hours on me and was hydrating while worn. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

MAC Beautiful Moves Mineralize Glass
MAC Beautiful Moves Mineralize Glass

MAC Lightness of Being Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz. each) includes five new, limited edition shades. MAC released this formula (as part of the permanent range) earlier this year, and there wasn’t a whole lot of information on them regarding color coverage then (Nordstrom lists a description of “delivers luscious color” now), but they consistently ran semi-sheer to semi-opaque with noticeable color and coverage. These are all quite sheer, and with the exception of On Cue, they look nearly the same applied aside from shimmer level. They’re inconsistent with the permanent formula and its 12-shade range. All five shades disappeared within two hours of wear and had a lightly tacky, neither drying nor hydrating formula that was vanilla-scented but had no discernible taste. Sheer gloss may not be everyone’s cup of tea (which is why I think it’s important brands distinguish sheer vs. medium vs. opaque shades and formulas well), but it is surprising to see five shades at this level of sheerness.

MAC Beautiful Moves Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale mint with pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, ultra-sheer milky white with pearl. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Boundless Energy Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “violet pink.” It is a very, very lightly pink-tinted clear gloss with a subtle milky quality to it. It looks like clear gloss on, so any clear gloss would easily replicate the look. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Loose & Lively Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “peachy orange.” It is a very light, milky peach with sheer color coverage that goes on a bit unevenly and settles slightly into lip lines. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC On Cue Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold pearl.” It’s a gold-shimmered, mostly clear gloss. The shimmer has a slight grit to it after an hour of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Poetic Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale champagne pink with pearl.” It’s a really light, white-peach with soft pearl. It had sheer color coverage–more so than other shades here–and settled into lip lines. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Tom Ford Rory, Diego, Alejandro, Luciano, Leonardo Lip Colors
Tom Ford Rory, Diego, Alejandro, Luciano, Leonardo Lip Colors

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “reds.” Rory was a total miss (and not at all a red!), while the other four were more promising. I was surprised that none of the reds was truly full coverage!

Presently, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks are both accepting pre-orders for the Lips & Boys collection; they officially release on December 26th (and will also be at other retailers and Tom Ford’s website at that time). Nordstrom also put up various trios (no savings, they’re $96 each) for pre-order. Neiman Marcus has a gift card event thorugh 12/16 that includes the Lips & Boys.

The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

Rory Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a heavily gold-shimmered peach with a metallic finish. The underlying base color is more of a light, peachy-nude, but there is a lot of gold shimmer in it, which takes center stage. This one applied poorly, as it tended to bunch up on itself and looked chunky–instead of lips looking smoother, they looked rough. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but it’s something that is probably better mixed or layered with another lip product. It lasted for three hours on me and was lightly drying. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Diego Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, coral-red with warm, orange undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, but there’s a veil of translucency apparent that will let the natural lip color come through slightly. The consistency had some slip, but it didn’t feather or bleed on me over the six hours it lasted. I found the formula on this shade to be a bit hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Alejandro Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, fuchsia-red with cool, blue undertones and a very fine shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which went on evenly and looked smooth on the lips, but the natural lip color will come through. It lasted for six hours and was hydrating while worn. Alejandro is the same as Slander. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Luciano Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a luminous finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with slight translucency. The consistency was lightweight, creamy, and easy to apply. On me, it wore well for five and a half hours and was lightly hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Leonardo Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, cool-toned red with very fine ruby shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly, but it definitely wasn’t a full coverage lipstick. The consistency was thinner with more slip compared to some shades in the Lip Color family (particularly permanent shades). This shade wore well for almost five hours on me and was hydrating while worn. Leonardo is also the same shade as Smoke Red. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Chanel Desinvolte (97) Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Desinvolte (97) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Desinvolte (97) Rouge Coco Shine ($35.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “soft coral.” It’s a medium,c oral-orange with warm undertones and a soft shine. It is semi-sheer, though it tints the lips noticeably, and it is going to be a color easily impacted by your natural lip color. The color coverage is as expected (the Rouge Coco Shine formula is supposed to be sheer, hydrating, and shiny). It has a very soft, emollient consistency (as if it melts against the lips) that makes application effortless, but the wear time is a bit shorter at three hours. It was neither drying nor hydrating for me (and unfortunately, it should be hydrating). Too Faced Shimmering Spice Spice Baby (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker. Chanel Boheme (91) (P, $34.00) is pinker. MAC Dreaming Dahlia (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Chanel Pygmalion (LE, $34.00) is very similar. Revlon Cruise Collection (P, $9.99) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

Chanel Etourdie (98) Rouge Coco Shine ($35.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “soft shimmering raspberry.” It’s a soft, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and a very light pearl. It had semi-sheer color payoff that tinted the lips with a soft pink coloring, but it didn’t hide the natural lip color so this may look different on you, depending on your natural lip color. It had a really glossy shine with a higher slip consistency that was comfortable to apply and wear, but it only lasted for two and a half hours on me. I wore it twice (in a row), but it wasn’t hydrating on me. Bobbi Brown Raspberry Shimmer (1) (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Pink Rose (LE, $25.00) is more opaque. Chanel Rendez-vous (87) (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Madame Reve (862) (LE, $51.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

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Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Tom Ford Holden, Beau, Henry, Gustavo, Pavlos Lip Colors
Tom Ford Holden, Beau, Henry, Gustavo, Pavlos Lip Colors

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “nudes to browns.” I liked Beau, Henry, and Gustavo, but the other two shades were misses for me, unfortunately!

Presently, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks are both accepting pre-orders for the Lips & Boys collection; they officially release on December 26th (and will also be at other retailers and Tom Ford’s website at that time). Nordstrom also put up various trios (no savings, they’re $96 each) for pre-order. Neiman Marcus has a gift card event thorugh 12/16 that includes the Lips & Boys.

The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

Holden Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light golden beige with warmer gold shimmer that gives it a more frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but it applied unevenly and tended to settle into lip lines over time. This didn’t feel as smooth on the lips as other shades in the range. I found it a little drying over the three hours it lasted on me. For reference, this is the same as Vanilla Suede. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Beau Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a pinky-peach beige with subtle, warmer undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly (which is more impressive, given the creaminess and lightness of this particular shade). On me, the color wore well for four hours and was hydrating over time. For reference, this is the same shade as Blush Nude. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Henry Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark orange-brown with lighter gold micro-shimmer. It had rich color payoff that covered the lips with smooth, even color while being easy to apply. It was hydrating over the five hours it wore on me. For reference, this is the same shade as Warm Sable. The finer shimmer in this made it harder to dupe. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gustavo Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a smattering of fine, plummy-red shimmer. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, though you could see a smidgen of my lip freckle peeking through. It had a creamy, slightly more emollient consistency compared to the average shade in this formula, that glided on easily. This shade wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pavlos Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a darkened burgundy red with subtle, warm undertones and very fine ruby red shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a very high slip consistency, which made it difficult to apply with any precision. Most lipsticks will be crisper when applied with a lip brush, but this one absolutely needs a lip brush. The color settled into lip lines after about an hour and a half of wear and progressively worsened over the next four hours. It was lightly hydrating, but it was very high-maintenance to wear as it feathered slightly after three hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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