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Tom Ford Beauty Nikita Shade & Illuminate Lips

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Tom Ford Beauty Nikita Shade & Illuminate Lips

Tom Ford Beauty Nikita Shade & Illuminate Lips

Nikita

Tom Ford Beauty Nikita Shade & Illuminate Lips ($60.00 for 0.12 oz.) contains a bold, medium red and a reddish-burgundy. The red applied nicely, and it wore well, but the burgundy had a lot of slip and feathered on me.

Shade & Illuminate Lips is a lipstick duo that features a formula that is supposed to have “rich color” and “adherence” with a “velvet matte finish.” The duos are designed to have a lighter shade and a darker shade, and they can be worn alone, mixed, or as an ombre lip look. There was also a dual-ended applicator–a sponge on one end and a brush on the other–but the sponge really did not work well to apply the color, as it yielded sheer coverage and seemed to suck all the emollient qualities out of the formula and left behind a drier, almost powdery texture on the lips. The lip brush worked, but for me, the tiny applicator was harder to control and took me three to four times as long to apply compared to a traditional lip brush (which has a longer handle). The actual formula felt like there was a powderiness to it that is not present in any of Tom Ford’s other lipstick ranges, though the formula felt lightly creamy, thin but not too thin, and smooth. Once I applied the color and actually wore it for a few minutes, I did not notice the powderiness that was there when I was initially applying the lipstick.

Nikita
Nikita
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Tom Ford Love Lust & Flush Cheek Colors (2017)

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Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust Cheek Color

Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust Cheek Color

Love Lust

Tom Ford Love Lust Cheek Color ($60.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a light-medium peachy coral with warm undertones and a frosted, golden finish. This was the most shimmery shade out of the entire range, though it was still not quite as shimmery as the prior version of Love Lust–and the color is completely different (see comparison), as the original was darker and more pink-based. The consistency was soft, lightly dusty, and blendable on the skin. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that wore well for nine and a half hours before fading on me.

For 2017, Tom Ford reformulated this powder blush formula, and the new formula is described as “layers of possibility, from a sexy glow to a more dramatic, color-rich look” (that sounds like “buildable”) that is supposed to apply “with the comfort of a cream.” Overall, the texture is thinner, finely-milled but drier than the original formula, and the shimmer has become finer and less apparent through many of the new-old shades. The formula was still fairly blendable to very blendable and particularly long-wearing with semi-opaque to opaque pigmentation.

Long-time readers will remember that this was one of my favorite formulas, and while it’s still a good formula, the texture and finish are no longer the kind that I gravitate toward, as I like a denser, creamier, and more pearly finish and the new formula is thinner, more powder-like, and is less shimmery overall–so it is just a personal preference.

Love Lust
Love Lust
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Tom Ford Beauty Automatic Shade & Illuminate Lips

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Tom Ford Beauty Automatic Shade & Illuminate Lips

Tom Ford Beauty Automatic Shade & Illuminate Lips

Automatic

Tom Ford Beauty Automatic Shade & Illuminate Lips ($60.00 for 0.12 oz.) contains a light, pinky beige and a warmer, medium brown. Both shades had a more satin-to-cream finish rather than “velvet matte.” They were pigmented, average wearing (three to four hours), and hydrating.

Shade & Illuminate Lips is a lipstick duo that features a formula that is supposed to have “rich color” and “adherence” with a “velvet matte finish.” The duos are designed to have a lighter shade and a darker shade, and they can be worn alone, mixed, or as an ombre lip look. There was also a dual-ended applicator–a sponge on one end and a brush on the other–but the sponge really did not work well to apply the color, as it yielded sheer coverage and seemed to suck all the emollient qualities out of the formula and left behind a drier, almost powdery texture on the lips. The lip brush worked, but for me, the tiny applicator was harder to control and took me three to four times as long to apply compared to a traditional lip brush (which has a longer handle). The actual formula felt like there was a powderiness to it that is not present in any of Tom Ford’s other lipstick ranges, though the formula felt lightly creamy, thin but not too thin, and smooth. Once I applied the color and actually wore it for a few minutes, I did not notice the powderiness that was there when I was initially applying the lipstick.

Automatic
Automatic
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Tom Ford Beauty Possession Shade & Illuminate Lips

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Tom Ford Beauty Possession Shade & Illuminate Lips

Tom Ford Beauty Possession Shade & Illuminate Lips

Possession

Tom Ford Beauty Possession Shade & Illuminate Lips ($60.00 for 0.12 oz.) contains a bright, medium pink and a darker, fuchsia pink. The lighter shade could have been a bit more pigmented, while both shades could have applied more evenly. The darker shade was bright enough that its shortcomings in texture weren’t as noticeable. I would recommend using a lip liner with this duo to maximize its potential, though.

Shade & Illuminate Lips is a lipstick duo that features a formula that is supposed to have “rich color” and “adherence” with a “velvet matte finish.” The duos are designed to have a lighter shade and a darker shade, and they can be worn alone, mixed, or as an ombre lip look. There was also a dual-ended applicator–a sponge on one end and a brush on the other–but the sponge really did not work well to apply the color, as it yielded sheer coverage and seemed to suck all the emollient qualities out of the formula and left behind a drier, almost powdery texture on the lips. The lip brush worked, but for me, the tiny applicator was harder to control and took me three to four times as long to apply compared to a traditional lip brush (which has a longer handle).

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Tom Ford Beauty Sublimate Shade & Illuminate Cheeks

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Tom Ford Beauty Sublimate Shade & Illuminate Cheeks

Tom Ford Beauty Sublimate Shade & Illuminate Cheeks

Sublimate

Tom Ford Beauty Sublimate Shade & Illuminate Cheeks ($80.00 for 0.49 oz.) includes a cream highlighter and cream blush. The formula is touted as “super sheer,” and that’s what you get: incredibly sheer, almost translucent color. Both shades are sheer and barely-there with a dewy finish that never sets or dries down, and as a result, the wear was between three to four hours. Despite never setting, they didn’t feel tacky, just a little emollient to the touch, and can handle a powder being patted on top (though the dewiness went away completely). I wish they lasted longer, but as they have such short wear, it’s not a very practical product for most. I think this will be best for someone who doesn’t need their makeup to last long, has drier skin (perhaps it would last longer), and/or wants a sheerer base for their powder blushes.

Sublimate
Sublimate
7
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
4
Longevity
5
Application
77%
Total

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Tom Ford Beauty Impulse Shade & Illuminate Lips

01/02

Tom Ford Beauty Impulse Shade & Illuminate Lips

Tom Ford Beauty Impulse Shade & Illuminate Lips

Impulse

Tom Ford Beauty Impulse Shade & Illuminate Lips ($60.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a lipstick duo that features a formula that is supposed to have “rich color” and “adherence” with a “velvet matte finish.” The duos are designed to have a lighter shade and a darker shade, and they can be worn alone, mixed, or as an ombre lip look. There was also a dual-ended applicator–a sponge on one end and a brush on the other–but the sponge really did not work well to apply the color, as it yielded sheer coverage and seemed to suck all the emollient qualities out of the formula and left behind a drier, almost powdery texture on the lips. The lip brush worked, but for me, the tiny applicator was harder to control and took me three to four times as long to apply compared to a traditional lip brush (which has a longer handle).

The actual formula felt like there was a powderiness to it that is not present in any of Tom Ford’s other lipstick ranges, though the formula felt lightly creamy, thin but not too thin, and smooth. Once I applied the color and actually wore it for a few minutes, I did not notice the powderiness that was there when I was initially applying the lipstick. The lighter shade in this duo wasn’t quite full coverage and settled into lip lines, while the deeper shade applied more evenly and had better coverage. The finish appeared to be more like a true cream–a noticeable shine–and did not appear “matte” until halfway through their wear.

Impulse
Impulse
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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