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

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

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

Nikita (Left)

Nikita (Left) is a bright, medium red with neutral undertones and a cream finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly on the lips. The consistency was creamy, moderately emollient, and comfortable to wear. I noticed a smidgen of color sat in my deeper lip lines, but the richness and depth of the color made it hard to see even in the close-up photos. The color wore nicely for five hours, left a stain behind, and was hydrating.

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01/05

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

Nikita (Right)

Nikita (Right) is a medium-dark burgundy with warm, red undertones and a glossy finish. It had medium coverage, which wasn’t buildable to opaque coverage, as this shade was very, very slippery. It felt more like a lipstick/lipgloss hybrid than a true lipstick. The color applied evenly for the most part, but I experience feathering after two hours of wear (which isn’t too common for me). The color lasted well for five hours, and the formula was moisturizing.

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Product Availability

Tom Ford Beauty Shade & Illuminate Lips $60.00/0.12 OZ.
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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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This is probably the only duo where I like both of the shades – gorgeous colours for autumn. It’s a shame that the burgundy colour was so so in the rating.

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