Tom Ford Savage Cheek Color
Tom Ford Savage Cheek Color ($55.00 for 0.28 oz.) is dirty red-brown. It’s hard to describe it, because it looks red, technically, but red brings images of bright, ruby reds to mind, whereas this is a much more muted red with a lot of brown to bring down the intensity. There’s a very faint sprinkling of gold shimmer that’s barely noticeable once applied. MAC Scene to Be Seen (Inner) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Modern Mandarin (P, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Taraji Glow (LE, $32.00) is brighter, cooler (80% similar). Chanel Evening Beige (340) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Bite Beauty Almond (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
What I like about Tom Ford’s blush range is the texture, and then after that, the buildable nature of the color itself. The texture is ridiculously soft, smooth, and feels dense, buttery–it almost feels like a cream blush because of how finely-milled and dense it is. You can build the color from a sheer flush to a more intense, true-to-pan color, if so desired. It doesn’t go on heavily, so you do not have to fear applying it, but it’s easily intensified without having to pack on the product. I continue to be impressed by the overall wear of the formula, too; Savage wore for a superb nine hours and was barely faded after ten.
This shade would be lovely on medium and medium-dark complexions in particular. It’s barely warm-toned, so it should be flattering on both warm and cool complexions, too. The only thing not to like is the price–at least Tom Ford gives plenty of product for the hefty price tag; it’s higher than average and definitely not skimpy. For reference, MAC blushes are 0.21 oz. and NARS blushes are 0.16 oz. each.