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To be honest, this was a rather tall order — I haven’t reviewed very many vampy lipglosses, so I’m extremely eager to hear from all of you on what your favorites are! It is fall, so maybe I’ll try and review some deep, dark lip colors but would love your suggestions.
I think I was sixteen or seventeen when I blew a ton of allowance on Benefit Cosmetics, but I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup in high school, so I didn’t get much opportunity to wear it! My best friend was REALLY into makeup, so I think I was trying to find more common ground with her at the time.
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Tom Ford Santal Blush Eau de Parfum ($195.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) launched a month or so ago. After the first spritz, I get hit with a tidal wave of musk. Then the sandalwood really comes through and spills over the musky undercurrent. There is also a floralness around the edges; for me, subtle enough that it doesn’t resonate as a floral scent, because on me, the woodiness seems to prevail.
I’ve only briefly tested some of the other scents in the Tom Ford Musk Collection–as in on cards at stores–and found the musk to be too much, but I found Santal Blush to be a much better match for me as I like musk but in more restrained doses. I think Santal Blush nails that–you definitely need to give it a moment to settle (it goes from too much to balanced within fifteen seconds), because it seems like it is too much initially but softens quickly.
Half hour into wear, it’s creamy and woody but spiciness from the cumin emerges from the background to play softly with the sandalwood and musk. Once we stretch past the hour mark, it is a delicate mix of sweet and spicy, musky and woodsy scent that’s warm and creamy. It wears beautifully and well on me; at full strength for eight hours and then subsides over the next twelve–it lingers faintly against the skin the next morning but has mostly worn away.
For me: I liked the concept behind this look I was trying to center around Illamasqua’s Beguile Pure Pigment, which is a really sparkly shade, but I couldn’t get it to work as well as I wanted.
If you’re not familiar with the Foundation Matrix, the purpose is to help you find potential shade matches in a foundation you’re interested in. The way you do this is by finding a foundation you do use that you already know your shade for, and then you move along the corresponding column to find potential matches in other foundations. It began and continues as a community-driven effort, because I ask that you add in your own matches. This way it’s real people who’ve really tried the foundations giving out recommendations to others.
We are reaching out to the community to help fine tune existing shades but also fill in more shades. The Foundation Matrix stands at over 400 foundations strong. 400!