Tom Ford Exposed & No Vacancy Patent Finish Lip Colors

Tom Ford Exposed Patent Finish Lip Color

Tom Ford Exposed Patent Finish Lip Color ($52.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark reddish-berry with subtle, cool undertones and a creamy, high-shine finish. The color payoff was mostly opaque with a translucency to it that gave it that stain-like appearance. The consistency was lightweight, comfortable to wear, but it does have moderate tackiness. This shade was still going strong after eight hours (glossiness lasted about six hours) and was hydrating over time. Giorgio Armani #601 Plum Vinyl (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Lust for Life (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Utterly Tart (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Suggestive (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Crushed Cherry (DC, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Distinction (21) (P, $34.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Tease Don't Touch (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Brickhouse (P, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Peer Pressure (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford No Vacancy Patent Finish Lip Color ($52.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a bright, medium red with warm, orange tones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had rich, nearly opaque pigmentation with even, smooth application that lasted all day. The shine was going strong for five to six hours, but the color remained just as vibrant with more of a natural sheen for hours after. Tom Ford Beauty Stolen Cherry (P, $52.00) is lighter (90% similar). Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Illamasqua Touch (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #402 Red to Go (P, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Poppy (P, $25.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Revlon HD Fire Opal (560) (P, $8.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Tom Ford Patent Finish Lip Color ($52.00 for 0.07 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “lip stain with an ultra-glossy finish” that has “intense, vibrant color” and “long-lasting high shine.” The formula feels lightweight, almost watery, when initially applied but thickens and feels more like a moderately tacky gel after thirty to forty seconds. It had great staying power with the glossiness lasting for six hours and the color itself still going strong eight to ten hours later (after two meals and coffee)–by the end of the day, it has more of a natural sheen to it (like a lip stain) but looked even. I would forget that I was wearing it, which is a testament to how comfortable and hydrating it was throughout the day. The coverage is nearly opaque but has that slight translucency that you would expect to see in a lip stain. I didn’t experience feathering or bleeding on these two shades. It has a strong, vanilla cake scent–not your typical vanilla but something sweeter–and noticeably stronger than other Tom Ford lip products. The formula reminds me of products like YSL Glossy Stains, Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer but with a slightly thicker consistency. It’s a click-style product with a flocked, slanted applicator where the liquid color flows from. I’m not particularly fond of the applicator, though it is not rough or hard to use, but the flocking makes it harder to get really precise, clean edges (sometimes I felt like it gave a more jagged edge).

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Tom Ford Beauty Patent Finish Lip Color Exposed
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
96%
Tom Ford Beauty Patent Finish Lip Color No Vacancy
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
97%

12 Shades of Peach for Spring (Pink Edition)

Since there were several requests last week, here are a few favorites for more pink-peach shades that would serve you well during spring! :) I tried to distinguish between more coral shades and more pinky-peaches (which tend to be a little lighter and have a bit more yellow to them).

12 Shades of Peach for Spring

What are your favorite pinky-peach shades?

Sephora Hey Jealousy Colorful Blush

Sephora Hey Jealousy (17) Colorful Blush

Sephora Hey Jealousy (17) Colorful Blush ($14.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “raspberry pink.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Let's Be Friends (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Bred for Beauty (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Rhubarb (P, $22.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Milani Love Potion (07) (LE, $7.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $30.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula–generally–has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. Hey Jealousy had rich color payoff, which is great if that’s what you want in a blush, but it didn’t really build-up–it was the type of formula where you could change your technique/tools and use the tiniest amount to get less intense pigmentation in a best case scenario. The texture was soft, smooth, and fairly blendable on the skin; it took a little extra effort to really even it out but wasn’t difficult overall. This shade wore well for almost nine hours before fading.

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Sephora Collection Colorful Blush Hey Jealousy (17)
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Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%

Anastasia That Glow Glow Kit

Anastasia That Glow Glow Kit

Anastasia That Glow Glow Kit ($40.00 for 1.04 oz.) includes four warm-toned shades that range from pale, buttery gold to copper. Each shade is 0.26 oz. and can be removed from the palette, if desired, but they are currently only sold together (not sure if they will eventually be available as pans only). Presently, it is exclusive to Macy’s and the brand’s website. According to Anastasia, these are supposed to be “metallic powder highlighters for intense luminosity” that can also be worn on the eyes. They are softer and silkier with a more finely-milled consistency compared to the Illuminators released a couple of months ago. These also have a finer shimmer and overall sheen that is less emphasizing of pores on the skin.

Sunburst is a light, yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too powdery or too firm. It applied easily to the skin without emphasizing pores but giving a high shine finish. The color lasted for eight hours before fading on me. Smashbox Glow (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golden Bronze is a medium-dark, golden bronze with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. This shade was intensely pigmented with a soft, lightly powdery consistency that blended out nicely. It didn’t emphasize pores for me, but it had a very metallic sheen, so it is by no means a subtle highlighter! On me, this highlighting bronzer wore for eight hours. Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 14 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Goddess (P, $54.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bubblyis a muted, light-medium golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It was slightly drier with a looser consistency, though it still blended well and luckily, it didn’t look dry or powdery applied. Again, the finish was quite metallic but did not emphasize pores (almost that “so reflective it looks smooth” effect). It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Burberry No. 02 Nude Gold (LE, $68.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $46.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Mimosa (LE) is darker, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Glow Kit That Glow
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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
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Sneak Peek: Looxi Beauty Highlighters Photos & Swatches

Looxi Beauty Highlighters
Looxi Beauty Highlighters

After several strong reader recommendations, I decided to check out Looxi Beauty Highlighters ($7.50 for 0.20 oz. pans or $15.00 for 0.35 oz. in compact). They had quite a few in-stock when I purchased (about a week and a half ago), though it looks like some are out-of-stock or only in-stock in compacts. I’ll be testing these over the next several weeks, but here are swatches of the 17 I bought in the meanwhile!

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