Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo
Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo

Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo ($78.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a new, limited edition blush duo for summer that uses a wet/dry formula. According to the brand, the blush “can be applied wet for a soft veil of color” or “dry for a sweeping pop of vibrancy.” Both shades were fairly pigmented applied dry, but both intensified and were much more opaque when applied damp. They were less blendable when applied with a damp brush (the darker shade was less forgiving). The wear dry was eight to eight and a half hours, and the wear damp was eight and a half hours (for both shades). Forgetting that it’s supposed to be sheer when applied damp, it’s a nice blush duo, and I think that for those who don’t want to bother with damp application, the dry application is actually where the blushes shine best.

Bicoastal (Top) is a light-medium pink with a hint of warm, peach and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque with a very frosted sheen that was just shy of emphasizing pores. Applied damp, it was fully opaque (not a “soft veil of color”) with a smoother sheen–it was actually less noticeably shimmery/luminous when applied damp. On me, it wore well for eight hours dry, eight and a half hours damp. The texture was soft, lightly firm in the pan but not stiff, and blendable overall, but it was easiest to blend out when used dry. Tom Ford Beauty Lavender Lure (Top) (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Milani Berry Rays #1 (PiP, ) is less pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Jouer Touch Me (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Coloured Raine Cutie Pie (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Blonde (LE, $34.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Rayo (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Sydney Grace Keep It a Secret (P, $9.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Don't Flutter Yourself (LE, $4.99) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Adoration (Left) (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Mother o' Pearl (LE, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Full Service (LE, $8.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Beaming Blush (P, $37.00) is cooler (85% similar). Milani Pink Play #1 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Highlighter (LE, $60.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Tarte Prim (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). NARS Fervor (Left) (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Cover FX Mojave Mauve (Right) (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Top) (LE, ) is warmer (80% similar). MAC Rio (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bicoastal (Bottom) is a medium-dark, raspberry pink with subtle, warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. Applied dry, it had good pigmentation (but it appeared faded in overall appearance compared to damp application) with a soft, smooth consistency that was easily blended on the skin and wore for eight and a half hours. Applied damp, it was less shimmery and appeared warmer in tone, while the color lasted for nine and a half hours; it wasn’t as blendable when applied with a damp brush (I would use fingers to blend out). Kevyn Aucoin Rose Cliff #3 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Dare to Soar (LE, $4.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Clinique Rosy Pop (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Loves Me (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Jouer Seduce Me (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love is the Drug (P, $40.00) is cooler (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Pink Lemonade (P, $25.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Black Opal Nectar (P, $8.95) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Foxglove (DC, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Adoration (Right) (PiP, ) is brighter (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Heather Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Stila Pink Rose Blush (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Parallel (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Thames (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Milani Bella Bellini (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo
Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Setting Powder
  • Tom Ford Bicoastal Blush
On eyes:
  • bareMinerals Nature of Nudes Palette
  • Sephora Surfer Babe Eyeliner
On lips:
  • MAC Pamela Vamplify Lipgloss
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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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I don’t know why, but as soon as it heats up, I head for the liquid and cream products. You would think I would do the oppposite. Anyhow, I’m big on GA fluid sheer in #11 again layered over Kevyn Aucoin cream blush in Nuelle of which I have a single which I think has been discontinued. I’m not sure about the duo that has Nuelle on one side and bloodroses on the other.. Anyhooo…nuella is very neutral in temperature and just perfect. 🙂

I don’t like the wet application, especially the lighter pink which looks gorgeous on you dry but looks flat and blah wet.
I thought these two blushes would be the same as the ones in the pink glow palette from last year but they’re not. I love the ones in that palette. Which ones do you prefer in texture? Thank you, Christine.

I’m not sure why brands keep wanting to do wet/dry blushes. Wet application of blush doesn’t seem to make sense, since most people are looking for soft, diffuse color on their cheeks and it’s harder to blend out the edges of a wet application. I would imagine a damp brush would also pull foundation. Dunno, the wet/dry thing is not a selling point for me.

I agree, J! I find it much harder to apply cheek products (that are regular powder) damp – whether with a brush or fingertips – as they just don’t blend as well!

It’s pretty but the colors are fairly dupe-able. I think for most folks, the dry application is plenty pigmented, and the wet one could turn into clown cheeks real fast, especially if it’s harder to blend wet.

When this duo came out and no one had swatches of it i thought it was the same duo as the one in the pink glow palette, i was going to be all over it but since is not, money saved, oh and btw Christine if you still dont own ravish blush you need it, i asked you about it a few months ago along with savage and you said you didnt have ravish, well i bought it yesterday after months of looking at it, swatching it and walking away lol, its beautiful, very unique and totally worth the price IMO, i also like savage and flush very much, i feel like flush would bring so much life and brighten up my face, i have yellow undertones(NC25) and sometimes looks a little dull, im really hoping sephora will end up carrying the whole line so i can buy more blushes when the 20% off sale goes on november.

Very pretty shades! But to be perfectly honest, I adored last year’s Pink Glow blushes so much more! I could kick myself in my own butt for waiting too long to pull the trigger on Pink Glow last spring, I’m tellin’ ya.

I love this duo: good pigmentation, versatile shades, and some sheen from the highlighter. A beautiful compact that I keep reaching for since it arrived.

I think I prefer them dry! I’ve seen it swatched on a few other blogs and that was my conclusion there too. It’s perfect for pale to medium skin tones.

I just ordered this over the weekend too, and I couldn’t help but play with it right away (normally I’m pretty good and wait to take photos first). I haven’t tried using it wet yet, but based on your review, I think I will stick to dry application. The colours look so much more intense when wet, but it’s just not worth it when you can’t blend it out properly.

I guess I was hoping that this duo was more of a dupe of the blush/highlighter in the TF Pink Glow palette. This one seems brighter and pinker. The PG palette was just about perfect IMO. I guess TF decided that they could make more money marketing separate products. This year’s summer collect doesn’t scream summer to me– more like colorful spring. That being said, I purchased Bi Coastal, Pipa and the Otranto moisture core lipsticks, and I definitely plan to use them.

I don’t really get the hype behind TF products – maybe there’s just been one too many designer makeup lines recently? The price is definitely way out there compared to similar brands (i.e MJ!)

I love mine and have been applying it with a damp brush and have finally gotten the hang of getting it to look sheer. It honestly takes me about 5 minutes to apply this blush because I’m so afraid of overdoing it! I run from one room to another checking myself in various lighting and mirrors to make sure I don’t put too much on.
It looks beautiful on you Christine!

Stipple brush and Evian water! I spray a blast of Evian in the cup of my palm, soak my brush in it till it’s all absorbed- smash the brush around to make sure it’s damp to the core, then I tap, tap, tap the blush I want & move quickly to my cheek and then tap like crazy again. I never buff, well maybe a wee bit with the light color when I’m all done. I never drag my brush over the product because you’ll pick up too much & it will go on uneven. You do lose a good bit of the sheen using it wet, but I’m ok with that because what I want is that sheer, almost translucent color.
I wear By Terry- Tea to Tan/ Face & Body Bronzer in the summer and rarely wear foundation when it’s hot & muggy. I’m looking for that satin matte effect and this works!
I do leave my compact open for a bit afterwards to make sure it drys out- not sure if anything weird would grow on it anyway- but it just feels safer.

I’m not getting anywhere near the pigmentation you are on this one. I was thinking maybe the top is harder, like Tarte, so I even tried scraping some away. No dice. I’m really disappointed because normally TF blushes are top notch.

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