Monday, April 13th, 2015

Urban Decay Quickie Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Quickie Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Bittersweet Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a medium, magenta pink with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $26.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is lighter, cream. Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer, cream. Colour Pop Pie (P, $8.00) is darker, cream. Colour Pop Homie (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter, cream. LORAC Unashamed (LE) is darker. NARS Roman Holiday (LE, $30.00) is lighter. Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is darker, brighter. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is very similar. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is slightly less cool-toned. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to have “buildable color” and wear for “eight long hours.” It had semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to mostly opaque coverage with two to three passes of product. I didn’t feel like I needed to pack it on for it to show up on my medium skin tone, so fairer and deeper complexions should be able to adjust their application to easily use this as they desire. It seems very versatile as a result of that buildability, combined with how blendable and silky the texture is. In the pan, it seemed almost powdery, but on the skin, it seems to almost melt into the skin and gives a natural matte finish, where skin still looks like skin and not totally flat. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours.

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Monday, April 13th, 2015

Tom Ford Naked Bronze Cream & Powder Eye Color
Tom Ford Naked Bronze Cream & Powder Eye Color

Tom Ford Naked Bronze Cream & Powder Eye Color ($60.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a mix of glittering gold and warm, coppery bronze, which you may know as Spice (previously released on its own). When the gold eyeshadow is patted over the bronze cream eyeshadow, you get a lighter, more sparkly bronze that has a more subdued red undertone. They work well together as shades side-by-side or layered. The formula of the sparkly eyeshadow suffers from some fall out during wear, and it could be a bit more pigmented in its base color, while the cream eyeshadow is fantastic with rich color payoff and a smooth, blendable, long-wearing formula.

Naked Bronze (Eye Color) is a subdued, light-medium dirty gold with lighter champagne gold sparkle and flecks of glitter. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with plenty of sparkle that actually transferred to the lid with minimal fall out as the texture was thin, almost cream-like, and held together well. This type of texture really helps the sparkly bits to bind with the colored powder and then stick to the lid. I did see some fall out over time while I wore it, though. The color lasted well for nine hours before creasing slightly. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #2 (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Disco (LE, $18.00) is less sparkly. Makeup Geek Magic Act (P, $9.99) is less sparkly. Colour Pop Get Lucky (P, $5.00) is darker, less sparkly. Chanel Rêve d’Orient #3 (LE) is less sparkly. Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. Sleek MakeUP Gold Souk (LE, $9.99) is very similar. Dior Golden Snow #2 (LE) is more sparkly. MAC Retrospeck (P, $16.00) is sheerer. Chanel Vision (LE, $36.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Spice is a medium-dark, copper bronze with warm, red undertones and a pearly sheen. It was intensely pigmented; a little goes quite a way, so I highly recommend using less than you think and then building if you end up needing more. If you want a sheerer wash of color, I would apply to the center of the area with a tiny amount, then blend and diffuse to a sheerer layer. I think it is easy to wear it totally opaque or sheer it out, but as it is quite pigmented, it is easier to wear it opaque. On me, it wears for nine and a half hours before creasing (actually, it wore a little longer than the last time I tested it–by a half hour). MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #3 (LE) is powder, lighter. Colour Pop Deluxe (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Colour Pop On the Rocks (P, $5.00) is less red-toned. Kat Von D Depeche (LE) is a powder. MAC Mortal #4 (LE) is lighter, powder. Make Up For Ever ME654 Cauldron (P, $21.00) is a powder. Make Up For Ever I662 Amber Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter, powder. Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, powder. Urban Decay Smog (P, $18.00) is a powder. Urban Decay Baked (P, $18.00) is a powder. Inglot #405 (P, $6.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, April 13th, 2015

Tom Ford Terra Bronzing Powder
Tom Ford Terra Bronzing Powder

Tom Ford Terra Bronzing Powder ($65.00 for 0.29 oz. or $95.00 for 0.75 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm reddish undertones and a mostly matte finish. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is lighter. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is similar. Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is similar. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The texture is very silky and smooth–it’s almost like a cream, because the powder clings to itself as you brush it off of the pan’s surface. It had semi-opaque color coverage that was buildable to mostly full coverage with two layers of product, if desired. It is extremely easily blended on the skin, and the finish isn’t fully matte, so it doesn’t appear dull or flat on the skin, but it isn’t shimmery or luminous either. It’s more of a “natural matte,” if that makes sense. The bronzing powder wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly on my skin.

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Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Tom Ford Gold Dust Bronzing Powder
Tom Ford Gold Dust Bronzing Powder

Tom Ford Gold Dust Bronzing Powder ($65.00 for 0.29 oz. or $95.00 for 0.75 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a dusting of fine, gold shimmer. Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is less red. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Bronzer (LE, $90.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Bronzer (P) is warmer. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is more shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is less shimmery. MAC Golden (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

First, I’m so happy to see the brand release their bronzers in a smaller format, because while your $95 stretches and gets you a ton of bronzer, it’s a lot to plunk down on a single item. If you’re a big bronzer fan or love one of the shades, then the larger size might be a better value, as the smaller compact is $224/oz. and the larger compact is $127/oz. The smaller size is better for traveling or keeping in a makeup bag, while the larger size is better if you keep everything at home and travel infrequently. The products themselves are the same in texture and color for both. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a very silky, smooth texture that is thinner than their powder blushes but not really thin, and it blended easily on the skin. This shade had a more luminous sheen from the pearly shimmer in it, but it wasn’t frosty and didn’t emphasize the skin’s natural texture or pores. The bronzer wore well for almost nine hours on me before fading.

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Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Tom Ford Pink Sand Cream Cheek Color
Tom Ford Pink Sand Cream Cheek Color

Tom Ford Pink Sand Cream Cheek Color ($65.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “pearlized peach-pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm undertones and gold shimmer. MAC Red Obsessed (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery. Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $28.00) is a powder. Laura Mercier Golden Pink (LE, $35.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is a powder. Tarte Glisten (P, $26.00) is darker, powder. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is a powder. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is darker, warmer, powder. NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is a powder. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) is a powder. MAC Springsheen (P, $21.00) is a powder. MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is a powder. Guerlain Blush G (LE, $65.00) is a powder. Benefit Bella Bamba (P, $28.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It has a thin, emollient texture with a light tackiness, and it never fully dries down/sets so there is always a sheen. It worked best over bare skin, but it is possible to apply over liquid foundation, though I recommend either patting on with light pressure or applying while the liquid foundation is drying down (so there’s some dampness to it) to minimize disturbing your underlying base products. The blush was blendable on the skin and looked even. It had semi-sheer coverage–and the brand only describes it as a “healthy glow and natural burst of color”–that builds to semi-opaque at most. It’s predominantly a highlighter on my medium skin tone with only smidgen of pink appearing on the skin. I think fairer complexions will be able to use this more as a blush as well as to add radiance. The finish has a moderate shine and looks luminous on the skin without emphasizing pores. On my normal skin, it lasted for seven and a half hours before starting to break down.

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Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Tom Ford Golden Peach Cream & Powder Eye Color
Tom Ford Golden Peach Cream & Powder Eye Color

Tom Ford Golden Peach Cream & Powder Eye Color ($60.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a duo that features a sparkly, peachy-brown eyeshadow paired with a rose gold cream eyeshadow (which is a repromote of Pink Haze). They’re designed to work together, layered or alone. Long-time readers will know that I love the Cream Color for Eyes formula, because it is exceptionally long-wearing (I’ve worn them as long as 16 hours on vacation in 110 degree heat), intensely pigmented, smooth, and blendable. The only downside is that the brand hasn’t seen fit to add the formula to their permanent range. The powder eyeshadow is very similar in feel and application as Tom Ford’s other sparkly shades in his various palettes, so it’s not as prone to fall out or sheerness as a traditional powder, glitter-filled eyeshadow as it is thinner and more cream-like so it all holds together better.

When you pat the sparkly eyeshadow over the cream eyeshadow, it turns the overall color less pink and more copper with a ridiculously sparkly, metallic finish that’s totally over-the-top–undoubtedly gorgeous, but it may be an effect that not everyone loves. The packaging is all plastic, whereas when the Cream Color for Eyes are released individually, they come in glass pots priced at $42, though the duo contains 0.03 oz. more of cream eyeshadow (0.24 oz. and 0.07 oz. for the cream and powder eyeshadows, respectively).

Golden Peach (Eye Color) is a medium-dark, peach-brown with lighter golden peach sparkle and shimmer. The texture is thin, almost wet to the touch, and very smooth, despite the high amount of glitter/sparkle in it. I found it to be consistent with Tom Ford’s glittery eyeshadows and other glittery eyeshadow formulas that are mostly powder but feel almost wet, so they tend to apply more smoothly with less fall out. I still get a minor amount of fall out over time (it’s not too noticeable, but it’s not fall out-free!) when used on its own, though it seemed to lock down better when patted over the cream eyeshadow. It wore well for nine hours without fading or creasing. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #7 (P) is lighter, less sparkly. MAC Natural Vigor #2 (LE, $21.00) is less sparkly. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is lighter. MAC Gilded Thrill (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. MAC A Harvest of Greens #1 (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Charlotte Tilbury Champagne Diamonds (P) is less sparkly. MAC Phresh Out #2 (LE) is similar. MAC Day Gleam (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pink Haze (Cream Color for Eyes) is a medium-dark, rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It is intensely pigmented where a little goes a long way–use less than you think–that goes on smoothly with really even color coverage. It’s blendable without sheering out or getting streaky, and if you want a sheerer look, you can just use less and blend it out from there. I didn’t notice any differences in color, consistency, or longevity between this and the standalone version. The color was still going strong after ten hours of wear. Surratt Beauty Cuivre (P, $20.00) Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) Colour Pop La-La (LE, $5.00) Makeup Geek Roulette (LE, $5.99) Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee (P, $21.00) Marc Jacobs Beauty Leila (416) (P, $28.00) LORAC Unbelievable (P) Divergent Peaceful Shimmer (LE) Maybelline Caramel Cool (100) (LE, $6.99) MAC Gingersnap (P, $16.00) Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) Sleek MakeUP Sunset #11 (P, $9.99) Tom Ford Beauty Pink Haze (LE, $42.00) See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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