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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Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Tom Ford Pink Glow Eye & Cheek Compact
Tom Ford Pink Glow Eye & Cheek Compact

Tom Ford Pink Glow Eye & Cheek Compact ($95.00 for 0.47 oz.) is an indulgence, but it performs well across the board and everything works well together. The majority of the colors are on the dupable side, so some may find there are too many near-repeats to make it a worthwhile splurge. I’m a huge fan of Tom Ford’s blush formula–it’s my favorite–and constantly wish he would expand it (permanently!), and the blushes in here are gorgeous. I cannot express to you how glowing and luminous the effect of the two are, individually or layered together. The palette has strong, warmer undertones across all of the shades. The weakest performer was the glittery shade, which had some fall out, but the almost wet-like texture helped it apply with stronger coverage and less fall out initially than your traditional, more true-to-powder-form glittery eyeshadow.

Pink Glow #1 is a light, white-beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky-smooth consistency that blended well and wore well for nine hours on me. Guerlain Les Nuees #4 (LE) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Paris #2 (P) is less shimmery. MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $19.50) is warmer. LORAC Vanilla (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever S522 Pinky Nude (P, $21.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever I526 Pearl Beige (P, $21.00) is pinker. Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. NARS Andromeda (P, $29.00) is brighter. MAC Apricot Blend #1 (LE) is similar. Maybelline Pure Nude (80) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. Too Faced Champagne Truffle (LE, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Polyester Bride (P, $18.00) is more glittery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pink Glow #2 is a sparkling golden beige with a lot of glitter. It had a thin, almost wet, cream-like consistency that applied without a lot of fall out with semi-opaque coverage. The texture is similar to other glittery shades in the Tom Ford range, but it is also similar in feel to formulas like Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadows, MAC Pressed Pigments, and Charlotte Tilbury’s sparkle eyeshadows. It wore well for nine hours without creasing, but there was some fall out over time. Sleek MakeUP Gold Souk (LE, $9.99) is darker. Dior Rivage #4 (LE) is less sparkly. Dior Golden Snow #2 (LE) is similar. Dior Golden Flower #3 (LE) is lighter. MAC 2x Dare #2 (LE) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pink Glow #3 is a plummy red with warm, orange-red undertones and pink shimmer that gives it a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a really soft, dense, and creamy consistency that applied and blended beautifully. It wore well for nine hours. Makeup Geek Showtime (P, $9.99) is darker, browner. Colour Pop Drift (LE, $5.00) is a cream product. Anastasia Sangria (P, $12.00) is pinker. MAC Trusted Instinct #3 (LE) is darker. MAC Plummed (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. MAC It’s Not Easy Having a Good Time (LE, $21.00) is similar. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #3 (P) is darker. Dior Trafalgar #3 (P) is brighter, lighter. Make Up For Ever I824 Ocher Pink (P, $21.00) is warmer. NARS Desdemona (P, $29.00) is darker. Urban Decay Gash (DC, $18.00) is darker. MAC Crimson Tryst (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Cranberry (P, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily (P, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pink Glow #4 is a light-medium, peachy-pink with a strong, yellow gold sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a really smooth, buttery texture that blended nicely on the skin. Despite having a lot of sheen, it didn’t emphasize pores. On me, it wore well for ten hours. Benefit CORALista (Palette) (P, $28.00) is more orange, darker. MAC New Romance (P, $27.00) is darker, pinker. Makeup Geek Romance (P, $9.99) is darker, pinker. MAC Stereo Rose (2014) (LE, $30.00) is more orange. Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pink Glow #5 is is a medium-dark, plummy pink with warm undertones and a soft, luminous sheen. It had rich color payoff where a little goes a long way–I tapped the merest amount on my brush onto my cheek and was able to blend that bit out and that was it! The texture was buttery and dense, but very, very smooth and incredibly blendable. The finish is luminous and gives the skin a sheen that doesn’t emphasize its natural texture. It was still going strong after ten hours of wear. Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is warmer. MAC Corol #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Bridal Rose (LE) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $30.00) is redder, brighter. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is cooler-toned, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, April 10th, 2015

ColourPop In Bloom Set
ColourPop In Bloom Set

ColourPop In Bloom Set ($39.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes three cheek colors and three lipsticks released in collaboration with Jamie Greenberg. It’s an assortment of brightened takes on spring shades, and it seems like a little preview of the brand’s upcoming cream highlighters (they’ve teased about them on Instagram) with Double Dip. All six products performed good to great, were easy to apply, and lasted a nice length of time. I think a lot of the shades included are on the more dupable side, but the silver lining is that this is a more affordable way to get a lot of those higher-end similar shades, though they have to be purchased as a set. I hope we’ll see some shades get added to the permanent range!

Double Dip is described as a “soft peach with subtle highlights with a satin pearl finish.” It’s a champagne beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was lightly creamy–a little more emollient than most of their cheek colors–and was easy to blend on the skin, but the more velvety, clay-like formula (generally) made it appear as a subtle sheen on the skin, rather than full-on frost. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Hysterical is described as a “cool-toned plum pink with a matte finish.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had buildable coverage from semi-sheer to fully opaque, depending on whether you applied with fingertips (as recommended for full coverage) or a stippling brush (as recommended for light coverage). The texture was velvety and smooth, and it blended nicely on the skin while wearing for nine hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tongue Tied is described as a “bright warm coral with a matte finish.” It’s a vibrant, coral-orange with warm, reddish undertones and a satin shimmer. I’m not sure why it’s described as matte, because there is definitely a fine shimmer running through it that gives the skin a natural sheen (but doesn’t emphasize pores). It had good color payoff that was opaque when applied with fingertips and more semi-sheer to semi-opaque when applied with a brush (depending on your choice of brush). The color wore well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Frenemie is described as an “electric warm-toned coral with a cream finish.” It’s a bold, medium-dark coral-red with warm undertones and a soft, creamy finish with a light shine. It had almost cull color coverage that applied fairly evenly and smoothly. The texture had more slip than some of the other shades in this formula have had for me. The lipstick glided on without tugging and wore well for five hours. It was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Freshman is described as a “deep hot pink with a cream finish.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia-red with cool, blue undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. The texture was light-medium in thickness with a moderate amount of slip, which gave it that really opaque coverage that was still creamy and very wet-looking. It wore well for six hours and left a stain behind, but I had a little bit of feathering after four hours of wear. The formula was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sweet-Thing is described as a “cool-toned medium true pink with a cream finish.” It’s a lightly muted, medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a glossy sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The color stayed on for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating over time. The texture was slightly thicker but held in place without sliding around. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Urban Decay Crush Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Crush Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Crush Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “medium pink.” It’s a subtly, cool-toned medium pink with a satin-matte finish. MAC P.S. I Like You (LE, $22.00) is a cream product, warmer. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush (LE) is slightly darker. MAC Young at Heart (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned, cream. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter, cream. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is more luminous, darker. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is similar. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Crush had buildable pigmentation that ranged from sheer to semi-sheer, while semi-opaque coverage was still achievable through three (light) layers. It didn’t feel like I had to pack it on over and over again to get visible color on my medium complexion, but it’s not an intensely pigmented formula (and it’s not supposed to be) right off the bat, so deeper skin tones may need to apply multiple layers. The powder had a silky, smooth consistency that ran thin and could kick up excess powder, because it seemed quite delicate, but it didn’t look powdery on the skin at all and was easy to blend out. The finish is mostly matte, but as the blush is worked and blended into the skin, there’s an ever-so-subtle sheen. It wore well for eight hours before fading.

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Urban Decay Bang Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Bang Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Bang Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “bright red-orange.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a very subtle golden satin sheen. Colour Pop Tonic (P, $8.00) is lighter, less red, cream. Guerlain Petrouchka #9 (LE) is lighter. YSL Corail Affranchi (07) (P, $40.00) is lighter, cream. Urban Decay Slowburn (P) is redder, darker. Make Up For Ever #515 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is more orange, cream. theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is lighter, more muted. Maybelline Coral Burst (LE, $5.99) is more shimmery. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is similar. NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is redder. MAC Optimistic Orange (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. Chanel Frivole (P, $45.00) is lighter, less red. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This particular shade is one of the deeper, brighter, and more intensely pigmented ones out of the twelve-deep line-up. It had more semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation, which remained blendable, so you can apply less or blend down for sheerer color, but I wouldn’t consider it sheer coverage. The brand’s positioned the formulas a both sheer and buildable, so the richer pigmentation may be good or bad, depending on what you were looking for, but this is a shade that will work really well across skin tones as it is vibrant and pigmented enough to show up across the spectrum. It had a really lovely finish that was not quite matte but not quite satin; the more it was buffed and worked into the skin, the more luminous the finish became. On me, it actually ended up wearing nine hours, which is better than advertised.

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Urban Decay Video Afterglow 8-Hour Blush
Urban Decay Video Afterglow 8-Hour Blush

Urban Decay Video Afterglow 8-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “soft nude.” It’s a softened, medium brown with warm, lightly rosy undertones and a semi-matte finish. Urban Decay Kinky (P, $26.00) is slightly more orange and shimmery. Colour Pop Aphrodisiac (P, $8.00) is cooler-toned, cream. MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is warmer. MAC Liberating (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer. MAC Bronzer (LE, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter, yellower. Too Faced Peach Beach (P, $30.00) is more shimmery. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is rosier, more shimmery. MAC Harmony (P, $21.00) is darker. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is rosier, darker. bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is rosier, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to offer “sheer … wearable, buildable color” that’s “extremely blendable” and wear for “eight long hours.” It’s buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation that builds to true-to-pan color overall. The texture is soft, silky, and smooth without being too powdery–there is some excess powder kicked up along the edge of the pan–that sits well on the skin and doesn’t accentuate pores or the skin’s natural texture (I’m currently a little dry on my cheeks). It was blendable on the skin, and the color lasted for exactly eight hours before it started to fade away.

As an aside, I had hoped that this would appear cooler-toned (this has no impact on the rating)! I thought it might be able to double as a contour, but it’s still rather warm-toned, so it isn’t the most natural contour on a lot of skin tones. I think Urban Decay’s new color range could have really benefited from a cooler, rosier brown blush (and they’re so hard to find!), especially since Kinky is fairly similar applied. Maybe next time! :)

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