Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Tom Ford Rory, Diego, Alejandro, Luciano, Leonardo Lip Colors
Tom Ford Rory, Diego, Alejandro, Luciano, Leonardo Lip Colors

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “reds.” Rory was a total miss (and not at all a red!), while the other four were more promising. I was surprised that none of the reds was truly full coverage!

Presently, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks are both accepting pre-orders for the Lips & Boys collection; they officially release on December 26th (and will also be at other retailers and Tom Ford’s website at that time). Nordstrom also put up various trios (no savings, they’re $96 each) for pre-order. Neiman Marcus has a gift card event thorugh 12/16 that includes the Lips & Boys.

The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

Rory Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a heavily gold-shimmered peach with a metallic finish. The underlying base color is more of a light, peachy-nude, but there is a lot of gold shimmer in it, which takes center stage. This one applied poorly, as it tended to bunch up on itself and looked chunky–instead of lips looking smoother, they looked rough. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but it’s something that is probably better mixed or layered with another lip product. It lasted for three hours on me and was lightly drying. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Diego Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, coral-red with warm, orange undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, but there’s a veil of translucency apparent that will let the natural lip color come through slightly. The consistency had some slip, but it didn’t feather or bleed on me over the six hours it lasted. I found the formula on this shade to be a bit hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Alejandro Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, fuchsia-red with cool, blue undertones and a very fine shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which went on evenly and looked smooth on the lips, but the natural lip color will come through. It lasted for six hours and was hydrating while worn. Alejandro is the same as Slander. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Luciano Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a luminous finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with slight translucency. The consistency was lightweight, creamy, and easy to apply. On me, it wore well for five and a half hours and was lightly hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Leonardo Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, cool-toned red with very fine ruby shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly, but it definitely wasn’t a full coverage lipstick. The consistency was thinner with more slip compared to some shades in the Lip Color family (particularly permanent shades). This shade wore well for almost five hours on me and was hydrating while worn. Leonardo is also the same shade as Smoke Red. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Tom Ford Casey, Orlando, Peter, Alasdhair Lip Colors
Tom Ford Casey, Orlando, Peter, Alasdhair Lip Colors

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “silver to blacks.” I don’t think that’s a very accurate description of this set of shades, though this doesn’t seem like a single family, as it is really white, brown, beige, and purple. The colors are interesting, but the performance left something to be desired with all four shades.

Casey Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a frosted white with an almost metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that went on unevenly and seemed to catch on imperfections I couldn’t even see (in person, at least, clearly they were there!). Applied, it lasted for two hours and was a little drying. The only way I think this one would work would be layered with other products. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Orlando Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium, beige-brown with warm undertones and a champagne sheen. It applies lighter than it swatches (or than it appears in the tube) with semi-opaque pigmentation. The consistency was lightly creamy but applied somewhat unevenly with some streakiness as well. It lasted for three and a half hours on me but wasn’t hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Peter Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a golden frost. It also had semi-opaque color payoff with noticeable translucency (so the more natural pigment your lips have, the more the color will look different on you) and I could feel a slight texture element from the shimmer. It lasted for three hours and was neither hydrating nor drying. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stavros Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) was reviewed here.

Alasdhair Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a cool-toned, medium-dark berry with hints of red and silver and fuchsia pearl. It had semi-opaque color coverage, where the natural lip color does come through. The consistency had a lot of slip, so while I didn’t experience feathering/bleeding myself, it’s one that I would be concerned about if you were more prone to either. The shade settled somewhat into lip lines over time, though it lasted for five hours on me. It was lightly hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose
Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose

Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose ($55.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “duo of pinks.” It’s a light-medium, muted pink with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It seems to have less sheen than a satin, but it’s not quite matte once it is blended and buffed on the skin. MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $21.00) is a touch lighter, cooler. Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is warmer. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is very similar. Divergent Misty Rose (LE) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever #330 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is warmer, darker. bareMinerals Glamour (LE, $19.00) is similar. MAC Formal (LE) is slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is similar. theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler-toned. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is similar. NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is slightly darker. MAC At Dusk (LE, $25.00) is darker. Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture is finely-milled, but it’s also a little firm, particularly in comparison to Chanel’s blushes and cheek products. It had decent to good, somewhat buildable pigmentation, though it is a subtler shade. I’m medium (about NC25/NC30), and it is subtle on my skin tone, so it might be one to try in-store for those with similar or darker skin tones. I would also recommend using a smaller blush brush, as a larger one didn’t seem to swirl quite as well in the pan, so it applied the colors unevenly. I noticed this more because the blush itself didn’t blend as effortlessly as many Chanel blushes do. On me, the color lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. I was surprised to see it only contained 0.10 oz., whereas a regular blush contains 0.21 oz., though the compact itself is the same size as the Joues Contraste blushes.

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a golden, pearlescent sheen–the base looks almost neutral-to-cool but the shimmer is strong enough that I think it ends up leaning warm. This version seemed slightly less frosted/metallic to me than the permanent version. Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is cooler-toned. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Luminous (P, $29.00) is more sparkly. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Too Chic (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I swear, I review this Mineralize Skinfinish at least once a year! I actually purchased this shade to review when it was added to the permanent earlier this year, but I never got around to it (such is the life of a permanent product–go sit in the corner until I’m done with these limited editions!). It gives a a soft sheen that’s luminous without being metallic, so it doesn’t emphasize pores or skin imperfections. The color payoff is decent, but it is a more buildable product than one that’s intense right out of the pan. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and goes on smoothly without looking powdery on the skin. On me, it actually lasted six and a half hours, which is improved from a few years ago–I have found that MAC has improved their Mineralize products over the years (especially in regards to texture).

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Tom Ford Luca Lipstick
Tom Ford Luca Lipstick

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “corals to oranges.”

Presently, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks are both accepting pre-orders for the Lips & Boys collection; they officially release on December 26th (and will also be at other retailers and Tom Ford’s website at that time). Nordstrom also put up various trios (no savings, they’re $96 each) for pre-order. Neiman Marcus has a gift card event thorugh 12/16 that includes the Lips & Boys.

The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

Luca Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, coral-orange with a frosted finish. It had a light shine to it but wasn’t really glossy or luminous. The consistency was lightly creamy and applied fairly easily, but some of the color pulled into lip lines early on. It had semi-opaque color coverage and lasted for three and a half hours on me. It was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Matthew Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, coral-pink with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. There’s a very subtle hint of silver/white pearl. The color was richly pigmented, comfortable to wear, and lasted for five hours while being hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Adriano Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark coral with a hint of pink and a luminous shine. It is very close to being orange, but there’s this tint of pink that is really visible (particularly against orange lipsticks)–which is actually what makes it a little more unique. It had fully opaque pigmentation that went on beautifully and lasted for five and a half hours on me. This was comfortable to wear and moisturizing while worn. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tomas Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with lighter copper shimmer and a subtle, metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but there’s a definite translucency that allows the natural lip color to come through. It had a thinner, more emollient texture compared to the less shimmery shades in the range (like Adriano), which made the color glide on easily. The color wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rafael Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It had intense color payoff and covered lips fully. The consistency was creamy, moderately hydrating, and easy to wear. This shade stayed on well for six hours. It is a very dupable shade, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Tarte Celebrated Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Celebrated Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Celebrated Amazonian Clay Blush ($26.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a dusty pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Tarte Breathless (LE, $26.00) is browner. Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is more shimmery. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is pinker. Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) (P, $46.00) is similar. Tarte Elevated (LE, $26.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane (P, $25.00) is darker, browner. NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is darker, pinker. MAC Blush All Day (P, $23.50) is more shimmery. MAC The Perfect Cheek (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is a blush best for fairer skin than mine, as it really doesn’t show up on my cheeks (my arm is lighter than my face); sometimes with shades like this, I can see the effect more in real life than in photos, but I could barely tell I had anything on. Even as I layered it on, all I could start to detect was a slight difference in texture (more mattified relative to the rest of my face). The blush had a fairly soft texture, but it was slightly powdery, though I think with one or two layers of the blush, it didn’t look powdery on the face. What I was able to see on my cheeks seemed to last well for almost eight and a half hours, and then it started to fade and let some shine through.

This is part of Tarte’s spring collection, which should be available soon.

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