Tom Ford Beauty Tantalize Shade & Illuminate Lips ($60.00 for 0.12 oz.) contains a light-medium orange-coral and a bright, coral-red. Both shades performed fairly well, though the deeper shade performed exceptionally well as it was incredibly pigmented and applied beautifully.
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.
LELimited Edition. $60.00.
Tantalize (Left) is muted, light-medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage, while the consistency was smooth, creamy, and easy to spread across the lips. The texture did have enough slip that some of the color pulled into my deeper lip lines, though it was not too noticeable from afar. This shade wore nicely for four hours and was moisturizing.
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Tantalize (Right) is a rich, vibrant coral-red with warm undertones and a cream finish. The pigmentation was intense–full color coverage was achieved with just a little product–and it went on smoothly and evenly. The texture was lightly creamy with just the right amount of slip that enabled it to spread easily across the lips and feel comfortable but not actually slide around. I felt like the consistency was a bit thicker and helped to fill in lip lines rather than settle into them (and emphasize them). On me, the color lasted for five and a half hours and was moisturizing.
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