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Tom Ford Tobacco Oud Eau de Parfum & Oud Wood Soap, Body Moisturizer Reviews & Photos

Tom Ford Oud Collection
Tom Ford Oud Collection

Tom Ford Oud Collection is an expansion of the usage of Oud in Tom Ford’s Private Blend fragrance range, which is centered around Oud Wood. I reviewed that scent a few years ago, and it remains my favorite fragrance of all-time (though it jockeys with Tom Ford’s Amber Absolute and Bois Marocain). There were rumors of Oud Wood being discontinued, but luckily the brand confirmed it was staying in line and merely being repackaged for the Oud collection launch.

The collection features three scents: Oud Wood, Tobacco Oud, and Oud Fleur. The latter I don’t have, so I can’t speak on, though it seems to be the more interesting scent between the two newer scents from early reviews. In addition to the two new eau de parfums, Oud Wood now has companions in the form of soap, shower gel, and body moisturizer.  Private Blend fragrances are available in the following sizes:  1.7 fl. oz. ($210), 3.4 fl. oz. ($290), and 8.4 fl. oz. ($520).

To quickly summarize Oud Wood, it opens with a spicy, smoky air–rosewood and cardamom–that is a little sharp initially, but it transforms into an amber and sandalwood mix with an underlying touch of vetiver with just a lingering smokiness. Towards the end, it is a mix of amber, vanilla, and woods; rich and earthy and warm. For a really great, in-depth look at Oud Wood, I recommend this review.

Oud Wood Bar Soap ($35.00) is a lot like the first forty minutes of the eau de parfum, but the scent doesn’t linger on my skin for very long–an hour or so post-shower, and I really can’t detect it. It produces a rich lather that’s hydrating, and thankfully, doesn’t leave the skin feeling squeaky-clean. The Oud Wood Body Moisturizer ($65.00) follows a similar pattern as the fragrance on a more muted scale that always wears close to the skin, though it lingers for far longer than the soap; after eight to ten hours, it’s mostly gone on me. It has the consistency of a slightly thicker lotion, but it is thinner than a cream. To contrast that against the eau de parfum, I can still get faint whiffs the eau de parfum of Oud Wood twenty-four hours later.

Tobacco Oud opens with a burst of smoke, spice, and almost reminds me of incense burning at an altar. It’s dry, like walking in the woods during autumn, when it’s chilly enough that fireplaces are crackling, but there’s no snow or rain yet. Or stepping into a dry sauna–it’s just a lot of smokiness and drier woods to me; I keep thinking cedarwood (which is a note). There’s amber in the background, somewhere, that’s fleeting initially, and then it settles in for a long stay. It morphs into a mix of smoke, spice, amber, labdanum, and the beginning tendrils of vanilla. Finally, it becomes a more comforting, warmer scent that smells of lightly sweetened vanilla with a soft smokiness and a wee bit of spice that lingers. Oud is here and there throughout the first few hours of wear; it’s not the star–the smokiness from tobacco is definitely more in the forefront. If you’re looking for a strong oud note, it’s not in this scent. It has moderate projection and wore twelve to sixteen hours (two sprays) on me.  If you like Tobacco Vanille, Amber Absolute, Sahara Noir, or Oud Wood (or some combination of them), I think you’ll like this one.

Tobacco Oud has received some comparisons to Amber Absolute, which I can see and not see. I found Tobacco Oud’s metamorphosis was greatly influenced by the number of sprays; less than two, and it was very, very dry and lacked warmth, but three sprays gave me that warmth that I missed the first time I wore it, and that warmth made me understand some of the comparisons to Amber Absolute. With that being said, Amber Absolute is much, much heavier on the amber; it’s headier, thicker, warmer, cozier; when Amber Absolute opens, I get that resinous quality but not the smokiness that I wafts from Tobacco Oud. Amber Absolute is also sweeter throughout the wear, where Tobacco Oud turns slightly sweeter from the tonka bean after six to eight hours of wear. Even if the two had more similarities than differences, the most marked difference is that Amber Absolute is a monster–it has more projection, longevity, and overall, it is just more potent. Amber Absolute–one spray split between my wrists–is still a skin scent twenty-four hours after I’ve applied and taken a shower.

Tobacco Oud is standing in front of the hearth and warming your hands, a brief respite from the cool outdoors.  Amber Absolute is curling up in a luxurious blanket in your favorite chair and settling in for the night.

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Dior Golden Snow Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Golden Snow Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Golden Snow Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Golden Snow Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a cool-toned palette that features five shades for the holidays. Overall, it was just all right; it had some powdery, slightly dry textures coupled with two glittery eyeshadows–so you have to love glitter to consider this one–and so-so color payoff. I had minor fall out (which is notable) with the two glitter eyeshadows, but they adhered better than the average glitter eyeshadow. The darker black eyeshadow was hard to blend, though.

Golden Snow #1 is a cool-toned, pink-tinged white with a frost finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was very soft. MAC 2x Dare #1 (LE) is more glittery. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is similar. Disney by Sephora Treasures Untold (LE) is golden. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #1 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Muse (P) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Golden Snow #2 is a warm-toned, muted gold with a glittery, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was a little chunky. I had minor fall out when I wore this. Dior Golden Flower #3 (LE) is lighter. MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is lighter. Urban Decay Oz #1 (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Retrospeck (P, $15.00) is similar. Dior Fairy Golds #2 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Golden Snow #3 is a cool-toned white with a glittery, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and the texture was somewhat glittery but not as chunky as the golden shade. I did see some fall out with this shade during wear. MAC Angelic (P, $21.00) is similar. Dior Fairy Golds #3 (LE) is slightly pink-tinged. See comparison swatches.

Golden Snow #4 is a cool-toned, taupe with a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and applied smoothly. MAC Phresh Out #4 (LE) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #1 (P) is similar. Giorgio Armani Shimmer Greige (LE) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Golden Snow #5 is a charcoal black–a little gray-ish–with a satin shimmer. It had decent to good color payoff, but the texture was on the dry side, and it was difficult to blend on the lid. theBalm A4 (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Jetsam (LE) is similar. theBalm Sexy Stacey (P, $16.00) is also similar. Estee Lauder Black Chrome #2 (LE, $21.00) is blacker. bareMinerals Do Not Disturb (P) is similar. Inglot #451 (P, $6.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Dior 5 Couleurs Iridescent Eyeshadow Palette Golden Snow (644)
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YSL Fuchsia Tomboy (104) Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain

YSL Fuchsia Tomboy (104) Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain
YSL Fuchsia Tomboy (104) Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain

YSL Fuchsia Tomboy (104) Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia.” It’s a medium fuchsia-pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft gold shimmer. The shimmer is subtle, and it really seems to add depth the fuchsia, making it redder in a way. None of the following similar shades are stains, so they wear differently, but I picked them for similarity in overall look. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is glossier, less shimmery. Guerlain Illusion (660) (LE, $35.00) is not quite as glossy. Revlon Sorbet (P, $7.49) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

I picked mine up at Sephora F&F sale last week (thanks to lovely reader Melissa for sending a code to me–totally random act of kindness!), since I’ve been really loving the way YSL’s Glossy Stain looks with a little shimmer. It wore well for six and a half hours, and it was lightly hydrating enough that it didn’t feel drying while worn but did still feel like I wanted lip balm towards the end. The color applied evenly for the most part, and the shimmer was spread throughout.

YSL Rebel Nudes Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain Fuchsia Tomboy (104)

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Tarte Off the Cuff Blush Palette (Quick)

Tarte Off the Cuff Blush Palette
Tarte Off the Cuff Blush Palette

Tarte Off the Cuff Blush Palette ($42.00 for 0.79 oz.) includes four blushes and one bronzer. It just sold out sometime between yesterday and today (last I checked, it was still available) online, so your only bet is to find it at a local store. Three of the five shades are part of the permanent range (Dazzled, Dollface, and Park Ave. Princess). Tarte’s blushes are normally 0.20 oz. each, and these are 0.158 oz., which is close. The set contains $81 worth of blush and $14 worth of bronzer, plus a faux leather cuff with a bow on top, but it contains $95 worth of makeup in it. Overall, all five products are nicely pigmented, and though a few are a little powdery at times, they sit well on the skin and blend out beautifully. If you can find the set, it is worth checking out. Tarte’s blushes, to be sure, though, do not wear the full 12-hours as promised, but they wear nicely at eight to nine hours, on average.

I had a feeling it might sell out, and unfortunately, I didn’t receive this until late last week. I haven’t even tested all of the blushes, but since it’s sold out, I’m not reviewing this in full–instead, I’m sharing photos and swatches so if you’re able to head to a store, you might still be able to snag it. Otherwise, check out the dupes for each.

Crave is a warm-toned, pink-coral with a satin finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the consistency was soft without being powdery. See comparison swatches.

Dazzled is a warm, muted rose with a hint of berry and a satin finish. The color payoff was quite nice, and the texture was soft and silky without being powdery. See comparison swatches.

Darling is a medium peach with a rosy tinge and a mostly matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was silky and soft, just a bit powdery. See comparison swatches.

Dollface is a cool, blue-based, light-medium pink with a satin finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was very soft–a smidgen powdery. See comparison swatches.

Park Ave. Princess is warm-toned, golden brown with a satin finish. It had excellent color payoff and applied smoothly and evenly. See comparison swatches.

Tarte Blush Palette Off the Cuff
Off the Cuff
Off the Cuff
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
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Clarins The Essentials Eye Palette

Clarins The Essentials Eye Palette
Clarins The Essentials Eye Palette

Clarins The Essentials Eye Palette ($45.00 for 0.40 oz.) contains ten eyeshadows and will be released sometime this November (I don’t have an exact date). Each eyeshadow is 0.04 oz., which is just shy of the average size of a full-sized eyeshadow (0.05 oz.). Overall, it’s a nice palette; I only had trouble with a few shades–the beige shade having the oddest texture I’ve encountered; crumbly and difficult to blend. All of the more frosted eyeshadows had excellent color payoff, soft, buttery textures, and were easy to apply and blend on the eye. With the exception of the lightest, more matte shade, these eyeshadows wore well for eight to eight and a half hours without fading or creasing.  The palette is encased in thick cardboard with ties that hold the lid in place.

The Essentials #1 is a soft, yellow-toned beige with a satin finish. I had to really scrape out the product and dust it on to get a swatch of it, because the texture was really strange. When I applied it, the powder would stick to itself and clump up against the skin. Even on the lid, it looks flaky and dry–crumbly–and it was just oddly difficult to use. Urban Decay Broken (LE, $18.00) is a smidgen lighter. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Halo (P, $24.00) is a cream product. Make Up For Ever #126 (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The Essentials #2 is a light-medium, white gold with a frosted finish. The texture of this one was very soft, slightly crumbly, but it was workable. I’d actually recommend trying this with a dampened brush to get a smoother result. Bobbi Brown Sunlight Gold (P, $28.00) is a cream product. MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is similar. MAC Chilled on Ice (P, $18.50) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

The Essentials #3 is a medium brown with warm, subtly orange undertones and a frosted finish. It was very soft, a little powdery, but it had good color payoff. CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is darker. Disney by Sephora Palace (LE) is less warm-toned. Disney by Sephora Sultana (LE) is slightly rosy. See comparison swatches.

The Essentials #4 is a light-medium, muted brown with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture wasn’t too soft. LORAC Taupe (P) is similar. MAC Soft Brown (P, $15.00) is warmer. Inglot #360 (P, $6.00) is darker. Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

The Essentials #5 is a light-medium taupe with slight warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery. MAC Until Dawn #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Vintage Selection (P, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Era (P, $15.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #2 (P) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Heather Brown (LE, $29.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

The Essentials #6 is a medium-dark brown with warm, coppery tones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation and a soft, smooth texture. LORAC Gold (P) is more coppery. Bobbi Brown Tiger’s Eye (LE, $21.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Baked (P, $18.00) is slightly darker. NARS Isolde #2 (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Love Connection #2 (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

The Essentials #7 is a dark, chocolate brown with warm undertones and a smooth, frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and it applied very evenly on the skin. Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE) is similar. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Divine Decadence (LE, $15.00) is similar. Inglot #421 (P, $6.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

The Essentials #8 is a medium-dark, taupe with a soft, frosted sheen and subtle, cool undertones. It had so-so color payoff, but it was buildable. Chanel Gri-Gri (101) (LE, $28.50) is slightly grayer. Urban Decay Juju (LE, $20.00) is similar but a cream product. MAC Vintage Selection (P, $18.50) is a cream product. Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #2 (P) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

The Essentials #9 is a medium-dark, reddish-brown with warm, orange-red undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft and buttery. Makeup Geek Blitz (P, $6.99) is slightly less red. MAC Tan (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Take Root (LE, $18.50) is a cream product. Guerlain Les Fauves #1 (LE) is darker. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #2 (LE, $21.00) is slightly redder. Benefit Dandy Brandy (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

The Essentials #10 is a cool-toned, deep, dark brown with a frosted finish. It had great color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. theBalm Sophisticated (P, $16.00) is less frosted. Urban Decay Muse (LE, $18.00) is similar. Urban Decay Barlust (LE, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Clarins Eye Palette The Essentials
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Tom Ford Vampire Kiss Lipstick & Shameless Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Vampire Kiss Lipstick
Tom Ford Vampire Kiss Lipstick

Tom Ford Vampire Kiss Lipstick ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a vibrant, medium cherry red with cool, pinky undertones and a subtle ruby shimmer. It had incredibly rich, opaque color coverage in a single stroke, and the color applied evenly and smoothly to the lips without tugging or pulling. When I wore this shade, it lasted for almost seven hours and left behind a noticeable reddish stain. It was moderately hydrating while worn, and even after seven hours of wear, I felt no compulsion to apply lip balm after. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $32.00) is more matte. MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $15.00) is more muted. MAC Glam (DC, $15.00) is similar. Giorgio Armani Red Fuchsia (503) (P, $32.00) is a bit darker. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC MAC Red (P, $15.00) is more matte. Guerlain Gwen (LE, $49.50) is slightly darker. Guerlain Vega (P, $35.00) is darker. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Shameless Nail Lacquer ($32.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, warm red with a cream finish. It was nearly opaque in a single coat, but I applied two just to be sure for swatches. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so the polish flowed well across the nail and the color was even and smooth from the get-go. It dried down to a naturally shiny finish, though I think it will look even plusher with a glossy top coat. I typically get a week or so of wear with Tom Ford’s formula–normal for me across most polishes. Dior Merveille (LE, $24.00) is warmer, lighter. Cult Nails Annalicious (LE, $12.00) is shimmery. China Glaze Hey Sailor (LE, $8.00) is not as warm-toned. Zoya Tamsen (P, $8.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

P.S. — For holiday, Tom Ford released two new lip and nail colors, but I caved and bought the ones I didn’t receive yesterday (oops!) and hope to have those reviewed next week sometime (depending on when my order arrives!).

Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Vampire Kiss
Vampire Kiss
Vampire Kiss
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Tom Ford Beauty Nail Lacquer Shameless
Shameless
Shameless
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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