Tom Ford Wicked Cheek Color
Tom Ford Wicked Cheek Color
Tom Ford Wicked Cheek Color ($55.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a soft raspberry pink with a rosy pink shimmer and sheen. For better or for worse, Tom Ford’s blush range (from the three shades I’ve seen so far) is very core, which means the shades themselves are more basic, so you may have similar shades in your stash already. At the same time, they’re the kind of shades that become go-tos, because they work with a variety of looks. Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Embraced (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Physicians Formula Rose (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Bitten (LE) is less shimmery (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love is the Drug (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Black Opal Nectar (P, $8.95) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Adoration (Right) (P) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Please Yourself (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
More and more, as a reviewer as well as a consumer, I really, really appreciate consistency. I’d rather a consistently poor performing product than one that is sometimes good but other times downright awful–and the very best is when you find a product range that is consistently excellent. Right now, I’m finding this to be true with Tom Ford’s blush range. First with Lovelust, now with Wicked. It has that same soft, smooth, buttery texture that’s dense and ultra finely-milled, so it melts against the skin and looks effortlessly natural. That silky smooth texture enables superior blending–you won’t need to worry about buffing for days; feather-light strokes will gently soften the edges of any application. I love that it can be applied softly or more intensely, but it’s never a shade you have to pack on.
The real reason that I am truly in love with Tom Ford’s blush formula is how well and long it wears. I thought perhaps it was a fluke or restricted to the shade, but Wicked wears a solid ten hours and looks nearly immaculate. I can’t think of a blush that wears longer at the moment! The texture, color, blendability, and wear are all fantastic. I don’t even know if there is room for improvement with the formula–it’s that good.
A little disclaimer or note, as this is a luxury brand and product: each person has their own rationalization process to justify whether something is worth it or not. What is affordable to you may be a luxury for someone else and vice versa. Price never affects quality; it affects whether it’s worth buying to you, but price doesn’t indicate a higher or lesser degree of quality (in an ideal world, it might), which is why the rating system specifically excludes it.