Tom Ford Beauty Automatic Shade & Illuminate Lips Review, Photos, Swatches

01/02

Tom Ford Beauty Automatic Shade & Illuminate Lips
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic Shade & Illuminate Lips
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic Shade & Illuminate Lips
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic Shade & Illuminate Lips
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.

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01/05

Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Left) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Left) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Left) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Left) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Left) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Left) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Left) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Left) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Left) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Left) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Left) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Left) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Left) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Left) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Left) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color

Automatic (Left)

Automatic (Left) is a light, pinky beige with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation–not quite opaque–with a smooth, lightweight feel that felt a little powdery initially but seemed to “melt” and feel like a typical lipstick after a few minutes. There was some color that pulled into lip lines, but it wasn’t as bad as I’ve seen with shades in this color. It wore nicely for three hours on me and was lightly hydrating.

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01/05

Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Right) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Right) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Right) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Right) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Right) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Right) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Right) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Right) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Right) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Right) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Right) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Right) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Right) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Right) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color
Tom Ford Beauty Automatic (Right) Shade & Illuminate Lip Color

Automatic (Right)

Automatic (Right) is a muted, medium brown with warmer undertones and a satin finish. The lipstick had nearly opaque color coverage with a smooth, creamy, and lightweight texture that spread easily across the lips and applied evenly. There was a touch of color that sank into my deeper lip lines, though it was not too noticeable. It wore for four hours and was lightly moisturizing while worn.

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
  • Burberry Silk & Bloom Blush
On eyes:
  • LORAC California Dreaming Eyeshadow Palette

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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