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Tom Ford Lovelust Cheek Color

Tom Ford Lovelust Cheek Color
Tom Ford Lovelust Cheek Color

Tom Ford Love Lust Cheek Color ($55.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a dark coral with hints of orange and gold shimmer and just a smidgen of pink thrown in. There’s plenty of pigmentation–you can sheer it out for something softer, more of a sheen with a touch of color, or apply a little more for a bolder cheek. theBalm Hot Mama (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). NARS Deep Throat (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I802 Coral Pink (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). KIKO 111 Classic Rose (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Pink Buttercream (P, $28.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Benefit Rockateur (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #9 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Wild Sunset (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Papaya (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pink Mint (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Springsheen (P, $23.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (DC, $9.99) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NYX Summer (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Blush (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Non-Fiction (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to deliver buildable color, whether you want a soft glow to a dramatic look. It’s supposed to have “the comfort of a cream” with “outstanding lumiosity” and “velvety transparency.” This powder is insanely soft; it feels like velvet against the skin–so finely milled that it really does have a creaminess to it, even though it is most definitely a powder product. The shimmer is fine, not too much, and most of it translates into a sheen rather than a shimmer. My favorite part about the formula was that this blush would wear for ten hours without fading on me. It may be one of the longest-wearing blushes I’ve tried to date.

Tom Ford Beauty is a luxury brand; it’s not just high-end, it’s luxury, which means it comes with a price tag that may inspire fainting, quips about the product being made out of gold/doing your taxes, and the like. Everyone’s budget and priorities are different, which is why I removed price from the rating system–whether it’s $1 or $100, the rating means the same thing. You’ll go through your rationalization process to determine whether something is worth it or not.

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Beautiful Beginnings with Benefit

Beautiful Beginnings with Benefit

What was the first Benefit product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first Benefit product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer:¬†Benefit was one of the first brands of makeup I ever tried. ¬†I remember the two earliest being Benefit and MAC, and I can’t honestly say if one came before the other. ¬†I do, however, remember my first big-time purchase was with Benefit. ¬†I spent a whopping $300 there when I was in high school (when I wasn’t even allowed to wear makeup!). ¬†They used to have a product called Show Offs, which were loose iridescent colors that you could layer on top of other products. ¬†I also bought my first brush there during that trip, which was an eyeshadow brush–and I do still have that. ¬†Some of the first products reviewed on the blog were BADgal Mascara, their new range of lipsticks (at the time), and Posietint.

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Guerlain Nahema (143) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Nahema (143) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Nahema (143) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Nahema (143) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Nahema (143) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vibrant coral-pink with subtle gold shimmer and a natural shine. This is the type of shade that always seems to garner compliments, even though there are a fair amount of shades that can be found in the same family. Guerlain Chamade is redder. Guerlain Bal de Mai is a bit darker and less coral. MAC Watch Me Simmer is pinker and brighter. NYX Haute Melon is a bit lighter. MAC Hibiscus is more orange. Laura Mercier Tangerine is lighter and less pink. Chanel Phoenix is much pinker. Chanel Genial is similar but doesn’t have the shimmer. Korres #18 is pinker. MAC Fresh Salmon is more golden and sheerer.

Nahema¬†yields opaque color coverage and has a creamy, glide-on consistency that feels comfortable to wear but not slippery. ¬†I tested this shade’s wear, and I was able to get five hours of wear. ¬†By the sixth hour, I felt like I needed a reapplication. ¬†One of my favorite characteristics of this formula is the luminous finish; it’s shiny without being overly glossy, and the shine lasts for at least half as long as the color itself does. ¬†For more packaging photos, please see this post.

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