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Tom Ford Narcissist Cheek Color (Blush)

Tom Ford Narcissist Cheek Color
Tom Ford Narcissist Cheek Color

Ooh! You’ll Need a Pair of Sunglasses for This One!

Tom Ford Narcissist Cheek Color ($55.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and a subtle fuchsia-pink sheen. NARS Desire is more blue-based and lighter (but if you use it lightly, they look more alike). MAC Florida is more magenta. Tarte Amused is a touch lighter. MAC Her Blooming Cheek is more fuchsia. Make Up For Ever #3 is similar. Make Up For Ever #75 is more magenta.

This shade is deliciously bright! It’s rich in color, incredibly saturated, and bright without being neon. It’s bold, dramatic, and buildable. It’s a very pigmented shade, so you will need to use a light-hand if you want softer, sheerer color. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and smooth, which aids blending; it easily softens and diffuses with a flick or two of your brush. If you only use it lightly, there are definitely similar shades on the market; if you want to use it so it looks more true-to-pan, then you’ll see the differences start jumping out at you. When worn softly, it almost looks like a plum-kissed raspberry pink. I wore this shade last week, and it lasted a full ten hours on me without any fading.

Narcissist
Narcissist
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Tom Ford Frantic Pink Cheek Color

Tom Ford Frantic Pink Cheek Color
Tom Ford Frantic Pink Cheek Color

Tom Ford Frantic Pink Cheek Color ($55.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a subtly gold shimmered light-medium pink with yellow undertones. MAC Rio (LE, $33.00) is warmer (95% similar). Revlon Racy Rose (008) (P, $9.99) is cooler (90% similar). CoverGirl Medium Rose (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Physicians Formula Natural (P, $11.99) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Spellbinder (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Lust (LE, $33.00) is warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Kink & Kisses (504) (P, $42.00)(95% similar). Makeup Geek Main Squeeze (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Blind Date (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever B302 (P, $23.00) is cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever B210 (P, $23.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I’ve been particularly impressed by Tom Ford’s blush formula in the past, but I was a little disappointed in Frantic Pink. It’s not bad; it’s even really good. It’s just not as amazing as the other shades have been.  The texture is soft but very powdery, so it feels a little dry and doesn’t sit as nicely on the skin as the other shades.  It was still easy to blend, which I’d expect with such a soft texture and light color.  This one is less shimmery, though, compared to some of the other colors in the line-up.  It’s a lighter color, period, so it’s not going to show up well on medium to dark skin tones.  The color is very much what you see in the pan.  I was only able to get good wear out of this for eight hours, which is good, but other shades have yielded longer than that.

On the upside, 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.  So, if it’s a shade you’d wear everyday, it might be cheaper-per-use, but it’s still an investment.

Tom Ford Savage Cheek Color

Tom Ford Savage Cheek Color
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, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Evening Beige (340) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). MAC Modern Mandarin (P, $23.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Taraji Glow (LE, $33.00) is brighter, cooler (80% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% 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.

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Tom Ford Flush Cheek Color

Tom Ford Flush Cheek Color
Tom Ford Flush Cheek Color

Tom Ford Flush Cheek Color ($55.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a vibrant coral-orange with a subtle satin-like sheen and a faint shimmer. Anastasia Scorching (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Coral #2 (P, ) is brighter (95% similar). Chanel Tweed Coralline (LE, $48.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever B316 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Bottom) (LE, ) is more shimmery, more muted, cooler (90% similar). MAC Hi Jinks! (LE, $22.00) is more muted (90% similar). NARS Angel Pride III (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Milani Coral Cove (05) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Smashbox Geranium (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Hibiscus (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Cote Basque (LE, $39.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). NYX Tuscan (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Panic (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). LORAC Technicolor (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Coral (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Jelly Fish (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Flush can be applied sheerly with ease or built up to a medium color coverage–it has enough pigmentation to work on deeper skin tones without being too intense on lighter skin tones. The finish has a natural sheen that isn’t heavy, shimmery, or frosted, so it doesn’t emphasize pores or the texture of the skin. It’s a very flattering shade on warmer skin tones, and though it is more coral-orange than coral-pink, the vibrancy gives it more wearability on cooler skin tones.

The texture of Tom Ford’s blushes is impressive, and truth be told, of all the items from his makeup range, the blushes have been the most impressive. Everything else has left me lukewarm or just a little excited, but the blushes have been fantastic. The texture of Flush is slightly less dense than Lovelust and Wicked, but the texture is very finely-milled, so it feels like silk and melts against the skin. It wore for ten hours and looked just barely faded along the very top of my cheekbones.

Tom Ford Wicked Cheek Color

Tom Ford Wicked Cheek Color
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. Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Weekend Getaway (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Young at Heart (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Tarte Embraced (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Mirror Mirror (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Iridescent Flash (P, $38.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Physicians Formula Rose (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Please Yourself (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Black Opal Nectar (P, $8.95) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love is the Drug (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Bitten (LE, ) is less shimmery (85% similar). NARS Adoration (Right) (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer (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.

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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