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Tom Ford Lovelust Cheek Color Review, Photos, Swatches

Tom Ford Lovelust Cheek Color
Tom Ford Lovelust Cheek Color

Tom Ford Love Lust Cheek Color ($55.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a dark coral with hints of orange and gold shimmer and just a smidgen of pink thrown in. There’s plenty of pigmentation–you can sheer it out for something softer, more of a sheen with a touch of color, or apply a little more for a bolder cheek. NARS Hard Party (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Deep Throat (PiP, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #9 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I802 Coral Pink (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Smith and Cult Universal Peach (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). ColourPop Spring Flush (LE, $7.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). ColourPop Invite Only (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, glossier (90% similar). theBalm Hot Mama (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). KIKO 111 Classic Rose (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Springsheen (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Pink Buttercream (P, $28.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Wild Sunset (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pink Mint (PiP, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Benefit Rockateur (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Blush (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Extraordinary (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to deliver buildable color, whether you want a soft glow to a dramatic look. It’s supposed to have “the comfort of a cream” with “outstanding lumiosity” and “velvety transparency.” This powder is insanely soft; it feels like velvet against the skin–so finely milled that it really does have a creaminess to it, even though it is most definitely a powder product. The shimmer is fine, not too much, and most of it translates into a sheen rather than a shimmer. My favorite part about the formula was that this blush would wear for ten hours without fading on me. It may be one of the longest-wearing blushes I’ve tried to date.

Tom Ford Beauty is a luxury brand; it’s not just high-end, it’s luxury, which means it comes with a price tag that may inspire fainting, quips about the product being made out of gold/doing your taxes, and the like. Everyone’s budget and priorities are different, which is why I removed price from the rating system–whether it’s $1 or $100, the rating means the same thing. You’ll go through your rationalization process to determine whether something is worth it or not.

Tom Ford Lovelust Cheek Color
Tom Ford Lovelust Cheek Color

Tom Ford Lovelust Cheek Color
Tom Ford Lovelust Cheek Color

Tom Ford Lovelust Cheek Color
Tom Ford Lovelust Cheek Color

Tom Ford Lovelust Cheek Color
Tom Ford Lovelust Cheek Color

Tom Ford Lovelust Cheek Color
Tom Ford Lovelust Cheek Color

Tom Ford Lovelust Cheek Color
Tom Ford Lovelust Cheek Color


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Tammie Avatar

This sounds lovely! Too bad I just can’t justify the price, not a big Tom Ford fan and I think I have too many blushes to pay that much for one that isn’t WOW to me (such as the Chanel horizon blush, which I DID buy).

fabiola Avatar

It is so beautiful in you Christine, it gives you a gorgeous glow. Too bad it is so expensive. The most I heve pay for a blush or cheek product would be $28 msf. Thank you for your review.

Claudia Avatar

I love how you pair blushes and lipsticks together on you! And they always look great on you! i notice you always do a warm cheek color with a cool lip color or vice versa. I’m gonna have to try that and hope it looks just as good on me, lol! XX

baby in a corner Avatar

I got wicked from these new blushers. Its a midtone pink with gold shimmer. I’m annoyed I didn’t get one of the more complex blusher colours now.

stacey Avatar

I got wicked also. Lovelust would be my second choice…but I never seen a color like wicked. I love love love Tom Ford’s products…bought two eyeshadow quads also which have pure pressed glitter…adult glitter…these blushers are worth the price for the quality and the amount….alot more than MAC and Chanel and the price of Chanel is not too far behind.

Eileen Avatar

I was so pleased to see your review. I have TF’s Frantic Pink and have been delighted with how beautifully it applies, it’s soft luminous finish, and how well it wears throughout the day. Love Lust was on my list to try next. After seeing how lovely it looks on you, I’ll not be hesitating to get this one. It looks like a great summer color.

Melody Avatar

It’s quite lovely. The price makes it something I would more likely put on my birthday list than buy for myself, but who knows? Tom Ford seems to be full of stunners and the whole range is tempting. I should cut back on my MAC hauls. Srsly.

Cait Avatar

Holy! I think this is the blush. It just looks so natural and radiant! This might have to wait until my birthday, I would never spend that much on blush with my own money. But WOW, thanks for the review, lovely colour <3

Alison Avatar

I’d pay thirty dollars without even thinking for blush, but fifty five is a little too steep. I love Tom Ford, though, so that first statement is subject to change.

Alejandra Avatar

What are you wearing on your lips?The lip and cheek combo looks so pretty.
In all honesty the Tom Ford line has really caught my attention ever since your Bruised Plum feature, but the price tag is a little disheartening.I haven’t ruled the line out however, and I think I will cave eventually.Hey I went out and bought Dior Nocturne lipstick didn’t I?Your posts are just so convincing.Thanks!

GlowMyWay Avatar

That DOES look super gorgeous – and sounds it, from your description of how it applies and wears. I know $55 is a lot more than most blushes, but I judge a product in terms of how much I think I’ll use it and how long it’ll be before I have to replace it – and the answers I get may not apply to someone else.

I did notice, however, that you’re getting more than half again with the Tom Ford what you do with, say, Nars (.28oz v. .16oz). In that case, and given that maybe you won’t need to touch up the Tom Ford during the day like you might with most high end (not luxury) brands, the Tom Ford could actually be a bargain. So it doesn’t seem that out of line to me.

AmyD Avatar

ooh, very natural and pretty. insanely expensive but maybe i’ll check it out once i get a job, haha 🙂 are you planning on reviewing the tf foundations?

Ivy Avatar

“Everyone’s budget and priorities are different, which is why I removed price from the rating system–whether it’s $1 or $100, the rating means the same thing. You’ll go through your rationalization process to determine whether something is worth it or not.”

Brilliant idea.

lily Avatar

I think that removing the value points was a great idea. I used to wonder if a drugstore product was an A+ because it was good, or if it was OK and cheap. This makes it a lot easier to judge quality since affordability is so personal.

Kris Avatar

Hi Christine, I was wondering if there is any other blush formula that you can think of that has approximately the same wear. I am looking for a very long-wearing blush and everything I’ve tried so far is faded after hour 6/8. I would really like to splurge on this, but it feels weird having nothing to compare it to before making my decision!

Kris Avatar

Yes, the layering is what I’m doing now. my layering blush is a matte, though, so I was eying something new with a sheen to it (I do have Nars Orgasm, but the wear is subpar at best on my skin, even over a gel/cream 🙁 my other blushes are mattes from BB and MAC, and they both perform well, lasting around 7 hours).

If you can’t think of any ‘wear dupe’ off the top of our head, well, that seals the deal for me with regards to this TF blush! 😀

Thank you so much for taking time to reply. Your blog is the highlight of my day!

Elizabeth Avatar

Thank you for not including the price in your ratings. I agree that it’s up to the person who is wanting to buy to make that decision or not because of the cost. Personally, when someone is reviewing something, I just want to know the quality of the product and what is does/how it wears, etc…Then I will decide based on the info given if the cost is worth it to me.

Theresa Avatar

I like this, the color is natural but brings a little drama at the same time!

And I agree with your description of luxury products. You’re paying for the name as well as the product, that’s what I think some people don’t realize. I personally would probably never spend that much money on a blush, but I’m not everyone so I think it’s very smart of you to not factor price into the ratings.

Erin Avatar

Ooh, this looks beautiful on you, Christine!

I know products in this price range are often beyond the budgets of a lot of us, myself included, but I STILL enjoy reading about them, most especially if the quality is as stellar as this one appears to be. Please don’t feel like you have to shy away from items past a certain price point. I greatly appreciate the wide variety of products that you review here.

Like you said, there’s a process for each of us in deciding if it’s worth it or not, and I like having all the information that you present to aid me in mine.

Ana Naz Avatar

wow! wat a pop of beauty! this looks really nice on u christine.
do u think this is similar to nars orgasm?
i am new to the blush world, i have only 3 compact powder blushes: nars orgasm, nars desire (bright pink) & a free blush frm clinique bashful plum.

btw, can u teach us how to wear cream blush? i have 2 cream blush given as gifts by friends but havent worn them coz i dont really know how to. do i put it on after my foundation or after face powder, etc?

Eileen Avatar

Hi Ana,

Apply your foundation first and then use a stippling brush or similar brush to apply cream blusher on your cheeks. Blend with your fingers to smooth out the edges or sheer out the color. If you normally use finishing powder to set your makeup, now is the time to apply it.

If your skin is oily, you might find that cream blusher doesn’t last long. To prevent it from fading, you can lightly dust a bit of powder blush in a coordinating shade over the cream blush. Cream blusher works best on woman with normal to dry skin or on all skin types during cold weather.

Dusty Avatar

After reading the comments I thought I’d throw this out there JUST so that you had another voice telling you the same thing you’re already hearing: I was SO happy when I saw the change some months back – removing the idea of “value” from the reviews. Of course, there are exceptions (maybe something is a steal for the money) but in general I think it was a well thought-out move! Cheers! 🙂

Christine Avatar

Yep – I think that’s a statement one can easily add to the review (and I definitely try to if a product is a LOT of product for the money or if it seems below the average amount based on what other brands give you for the price tag)! Thanks!

Angie Avatar

This is why I appreciate seeing a product worn as well as a swatch. The swatch is lovely, and the blush looks lovely on you, but frankly, I’ve seen other blushes on you that I thought looked just as pretty or prettier. Since we have the same skintone, showing it worn in this case, was really helpful. I might have purchased it based upon the swatch, but then applied it and decided I already have something similar (or in this case, similar enough not to justify the price tag.)

I agree with removing the price from the ratings system, but will add that the cost per ounce breakdowns that you’ve done on some products, and that was mentioned here in the comments, are very helpful, too. I don’t mind paying luxury prices, but I do like to know that I’m getting at least some value in a shiny case.

Remember when some of us balked at paying $40 for a Rock & Republic blush? Just look at how far we’ve come!

Lori Avatar

Although new, Tom Ford makeup has quickly become my favorite! I have Love Lust and Ravish and they are easily my fav blushers of my stash! Christine, I am dying to know your thoughts on the foundations available for Tom Ford. The stick and the fluid look lovely but i always value your opinion before I splurge! 🙂 Hope you keep reviewing more from Tom Ford! Thanks Christine!

Quinctia Avatar

I don’t know, for some reason Tom Ford doesn’t appeal to me at all. And it’s not just the price tag, if it were more in the line of UD/Smashbox/Benefit prices, I’d still be “meh.”

Jessica Avatar

I also like the removal of “value” from the rating, but really appreciate editorial comment on whether the product, in your opinion, is overpriced, a great value for the price, and so on. It helps when deciding what to buy and what to skip.

Carolyn Avatar

I would love to invest in one “LUXURY” blush! I love blush! It’s my fave makeup item! Which brand would you recommend? Thanks for the reply 😀

Kelsey Avatar

I love this color and I’ve been dying to try a Tom Ford blush.  It’s just hard to pick one that suits my skin tone.  I have very pale skin with warm/neutral undertones.  Would this one work on my skin?  P.S. I’m new to your blog and I just love it!  Thanks for doing this.

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