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

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Tom Ford Beauty Saboteur Shade & Illuminate Lips
Tom Ford Beauty Saboteur Shade & Illuminate Lips
Tom Ford Beauty Saboteur Shade & Illuminate Lips
Tom Ford Beauty Saboteur Shade & Illuminate Lips
Tom Ford Beauty Saboteur Shade & Illuminate Lips
Tom Ford Beauty Saboteur Shade & Illuminate Lips

Saboteur

Tom Ford Beauty Saboteur Shade & Illuminate Lips ($60.00 for 0.12 oz.) contains a bright, magenta purple and a deep, reddish burgundy. This was another duo where one shade applied well (the purple), while the darker (burgundy) shade fell short due to having a ton of slip to its texture, which caused it to slide around and feather.

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).

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

Saboteur (Left)

Saboteur (Left) is a medium-dark, magenta purple with warm, pink undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a creamy, light-medium weight texture that applied evenly and smoothly on the lips. Despite it being less pigmented than some of the shades included in the duos, it applied better than most! The color wore nicely for almost six hours, was a little hydrating, and left a pinkish stain behind.

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

Saboteur (Right)

Saboteur (Right) is a deep burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a glossy finish. The texture was incredibly emollient, so the color slid around a lot and was hard to keep in place; it felt more like wearing a gloss than a lipstick. I would recommend pairing it with a lip liner or else blotting it down to minimize the slip. This shade lasted for five hours on me but feathered along the edges.

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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

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The magenta purple is gorgeous, too bad about the other color, otherwise, I would’ve been tempted. The other color looks so slippery, like it’s going to slide off

I completely would have purchased this duo if it weren’t for the right side goo factor. I’ll content myself with the left side dupe: Burberry Brilliant Violet.

This was one of the duos that I, like many others, had really wished were better. The purple is pretty close to perfection, but the deep eggplant shade not so much. Another great reason for me to try to get Burburry Brilliant Violet, which I really love and it is perfect!

I think Saboteur is very pretty but the other one for me anyway, is way too dark. I don’t know why but I have not purchased one of these shade and illuminate lip duo’s I don’t seem to be particularly crazy over any one of them.

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