Tom Ford

Believe it or not, Tom Ford Soleil Color is the only 2016 summer collection that I picked up this year! (yep I skipped the Chanel..and many others) Normally summer collection involves lots of bright colors and bronzers which are not of my best interest, so for me it’s the easiest season that I can save my money from lol! With the exception of the always breathtaking release from Tom Ford. I managed to pick up some highly popular items including two beautiful face palettes – the Contouring Compact (limited edition) and Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo, and one lip color in Les Mepris on the first day of release. The entire collection is available on David Jones Online in Australia.

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The Soleil Contouring Compact in The Afternooner is beyond gorgeous. If you own the Illuminating Powder Duo (reviewed here), you will love this palette too, as it includes a highlighter and a bronzer that are just as gorgeous as the duos, with an additional blush that makes this palette very versatile and practical to use. I won’t go into the details of the quality in this post, as they are always consistent with Tom Ford’s items from the past and permanent collections which I have reviewed many times. Overall Tom Ford is known for their cream-like powder based makeup with an ultra buttery and smooth texture for an effortless application.

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Color description:

Highlighter: A soft nude shimmer highlighter with a pale gold undertone. On the swatch it leans slightly warm. However on my cool toned NC15 complexion, I am glad that it doesn’t pull too warm on me as some other golden highlighters do. I normally apply a sheer layer on top of the cheekbone, and it goes on translucent and gives a beautiful natural looking glow.

Blush: A semi-matte coral pink blush that gives a pretty flush of color and looks flattering on any skin tones.

Bronzer: A semi-matte sable brown color that compliments my skin-tone. It particularly goes well with the blush and highlighter – when all three colors are applied, they give a harmonious and sophisticated finish. The bronzer looks great for contouring the cheekbone, or dust a little all over the face for a bit of sun-kissed look. The color is too warm for my complexion as a real contouring product for the jaws and nose.

Swatch

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The Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo is another palette not to be missed from the collection! It’s my kind of blush color that I can wear all year around. It has the two prettiest shades of pink in different finishes housed in the signature TF white and gold compact. On the top is a baby peachy pink shimmer highlighter. The blush at the bottom is a semi-matte rosy pink. I like to mix the two colors together for a natural and pretty glowy effect . Both colors go on sheer, so I prefer to use a dense powder blush for application, and they can be easily build up to a more vibrant finish.

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Tom Ford released two sets of lip color collections in this release. I passed on the entire Moisturecore Lip Colors as I just did not like the finish on me. With the white tube Ultra Rich Lip Color, I have an eternal affinity with them. They are beautifully packaged, feel luxurious with a creamy and silky formula. I only picked up the color Les Mepris so far, but in the back of my mind I kept on thinking about Purple Noon and Revolve Around Me which are more edgy colors. Les Mepris is a go-to pretty pink coral color that is universally flattering for all complexions. It goes well with any makeup look, and it instantly brightens up my complexion for a youthful appeal.

tom-ford-ultra-rich-lip-color-les-mepris-review-swatchSharing some of my FOTDs wearing the Soleil Compact with all three colors applied and Lip Color Les Mepris.

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Makeup News!

May 16, 2016

Here is another round of exciting makeup launches happening in Australia.

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1. First of all, the highly anticipated Tom Ford Soleil Color Summer 2016 Collection was finally launched in Australia at David Jones yesterday. No surprise that some of the popular items were sold-out within the first hour again in the store, including the Soleil Contouring Compact and Sheer Color Duo, the good news is that they are still available online! If you already know what to get from the collection then I highly suggest  ordering them online, as the Tom Ford counter in the Sydney shop is just getting way too crowded lately.

2. The stunning YSL Le Cushion Foundation is also in the store now! I didn’t think Australia would receive this product, so I already had my friend purchase it for me from overseas. Absolutely loving it, and the packaging is just to-die-for. (review coming soon this week).

3. If you love Cushion foundation, another brand worth checking out is the Shu Uemura Blanc Chroma Cushion Foundation. I am besotted with their foundation and the super cute cushion blushes, (yes another review to come soon!). In short their coverage is the best of all the cushion foundations I have used (as good as a medium coverage foundation), while it looks very luminous and dewy on the skin.

4. Last but not least, really pleased to find out that Sephora AU now carries Edward Bess! My favorite from the line is their luxury eye brush!  Also the latest Kat Von D liquid lipsticks are not to be missed if you like the current trend of matte lips.

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OOTD – The Flares

April 21, 2016

I haven’t been that excited with new season’s fashion for a while, as I am fully embracing the retro trend from the 70s with flares making a huge comeback. Favorite collection so far is the Zimmerman’s 2016 collection including this paisley necklet top in this OOTD.  As much as I try to add ‘non monochrome’ pieces into my closet, finding a perfect floral top has always been a challenge for me that doesn’t look overly cute, nor too matronly. This top updated with a neck tie and bell sleeves is right on point and tres chic. Pairing it with a cropped wide leg pant, and my go-to Valentino rockstud pump in Noir that literally goes with everything!

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Sunglasses – Tom Ford (available here)

Top – Zimmerman (bought here)

Pants – Tibi (currently 30% off here!, also available here)

Bag – Proenza Schouler Mini PS11 (bought here , also available here in black, and lots of other colors sold here)

Shoes – Valentino Rockstud Pump (bought here, also available at Nordstrom with lots of color options)

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Today’s review is for the gorgeous Tom Ford Cream Color For Eyes from the Spring 2016 collection (available online here in Australia). There are a total of 8 colors released this season, with some colors being rereleased, and some new colors added to the line. I picked up Opale, Platinum (both are highly popular colors from past seasons) and Sphinx (new).  All of them are simply irresistible from a neutral eye shadow lover perspective, and I always have a flair for cream eye shadows as they are easier to use and I like the fact that they can also be doubled up as a colored eye primer for an anti-crease purpose.

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As usual, Tom Ford’s makeup is always on the premium luxurious end from the packaging to formula, and the cream eye colors are no exception. All three colors have pretty consistent texture  – like a hybrid of gel and cream consistency and stay crease free for up to 8 hours on me. Upon touch it feels slightly wet so it has a higher water content than the conventional cream eye colors. It glides on very smooth and is easy to blend with a brush. I would say this is a much better formula to be used on mature eyes as it does not look powdery and cakey on the eyelid due to the slight moist feel. All 3 colors I picked have the right amount of shimmer – they are not too shimmery nor metallic/sparkly, just a subtle and elegant sheen that makes your eyes pop.

In terms of application, the Tom Ford is the easiest to work with out of all the cream eye shadows I have, particularly with brushes. The colors glide on seamlessly if you prefer to apply with fingers for an effortless finish. I prefer to use the MAC 217 blending brush as it blends the color out for a sheer wash. If you want to pack more pigments for an opaque finish, then it’s best to use a flat brush such as MAC 242 shader brush or just your fingers to pat more product on.

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Opale is a universally flattering ivory champagne shimmer. I am sure we all know this is the most staple color to own in your makeup kit, and you can never have too many of them!

Platinum is another highly raved color. It’s a shimmery taupe brown color that makes a perfect shading/contour color.

Sphinx is definitely a new must have color to own from the line. It is a peachy golden color with pink shimmer, and once it is applied it translates to a golden color with rose gold sheen in a duo-chrome effect.  It is a tad more shimmery than the other colors, and the formula is slightly more runny.

Swatches

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This spring, Tom Ford released some stellar makeups from the Spring 2016 collection that just completely swept me off my feet. I have raved about their new eye quad in this post, and here I am gushing about their newest lip products which I adore even more – the Patent Finish Lip Colors. I bought the colors Stolen Cherry, Erotic and No Vacancy. These are the latest liquid lipsticks which a lot of brands seem to be doing at the moment. The Tom Ford is perfection – it is almost like my dream lip product that has finally come true as it has the intense pigmentation of a lipstick, the shine of a lip gloss, and the lasting power of a lip stain.

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The Patent Lip Color comes in a click pen style with a slanted sponge applicator. As warned by the SA, first time use will require about 100 clicks to dispense the product. It has a milky and fluid consistency that feels luxuriously creamy and silky on the lips. Goes on weightless and conceals all the dry lines and flaky skin on the lips. It glides on like a lipstick as it doesn’t feel sticky nor does it feather and bleed like a typical lip gloss. The pigmentation is so rich so a little product goes a very long way.

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For application, I would prefer to use a lip brush for a precise finish. Or the sponge applicator to dab the color on to the lip and quickly use the fingers to smear the color over the lips for a stain-like finish. As with all liquid lipsticks, the formula of this dries quickly during application, so it requires some attention for an even and well defined look. It looks ultra shiny when it is first applied, and takes about 15 seconds to completely settle into a semi glossy and creamy finish with a stain effect. Last but not least the lasting power is blowing me away. I normally apply this in the morning, and by noon (after about 5 cups of coffee), the color is still intact!

From left to right: Stolen Cherry, Erotic and No Vacancy

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Erotic is a stunning bright pink that leans slightly cool. It has very fine magenta shimmer in it but is not detectable once applied on the lips.

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No Vacancy is my favorite color of the three. It’s a bright coral red with a warm pink undertone. It is a fool proof bright color that would suit most complexions.

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Today’s review is for the Tom Ford Eye Shadow Quad Disco Dust from the Spring 2016 collection. It was definitely one of the highlights of my shopping spree when I was in Hawaii. After seeing the pictures of Tom Ford’s new collection online for a while, my heart just fluttered when I saw them in real life at my favorite store Neiman Marcus. Disco Dust is beyond gorgeous, more than I imagined for a neutral lover like myself. Another color that I highly recommend is the Honeymoon, and unfortunately it was all sold out in the store while I was there.

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I have done many reviews for the Tom Ford eye shadow palettes in the past so I won’t repeat my thoughts for them as they are all consistent in terms of texture and quality.  Disco Dust contains one sparkly shade which is the lightest shade, and the other 3 shades have very fine shimmer and apply to a silky satin finish. All of the shades are a dream to apply, and are all highly pigmented.

I have included lots of pictures in this post as I wanted to show you how gorgeous the colors are. Overall this palette leans slightly warm with a dominant undertone of rosey copper (as you would see in my comparison pictures below). It is the warmest comparing to the other highly popular neutral quads from Tom Ford such as Golden Mink and Nude Dip, and the finish is the least shimmery.

Shade Description:

Top left: Silvery white with a hint of silvery taupe undertone (sparkly)

Top right: Medium golden brown (shimmer)

Bottom left: Rusty coppery brown with a rose gold undertone (shimmer)

Bottom right: Charcoal with purple shimmer

Some close ups of Disco Dust

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Comparison swatches with Golden Mink (pictured middle and reviewed here)) and Nude Dip (pictured right and reviewed here)

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Swatches

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New Resort Wear 2016

February 15, 2016

The job of finding a new piece of perfect resort wear before you go on a vacation is always tough. I always have the dilemma of “should I go all bold, or should I stay simple and minimalist”. After being on the lookout for several weeks, I finally decided on this beautiful intricately made Snowflake Lace Top from the SEA Resort 2016 collection. It’s young, fresh and romantic and I love the fact that the style is also versatile enough to be worn on an everyday basis.

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Sunglasses - Tom Ford Tracey in Violet  (available here)

Top – SEA (bought here)

Shoes – Tory Burch (bought here, also available here)

Shorts – One Teaspoon (similar here)

Bag – Celine Trio

Bag Charm – Fendi Monster (similar here)

 

 

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It has been a busy week for me with lots of social gatherings and functions so the delay in posting a review for the Tom Ford Lips and Boys Lip Color collection. Tom Ford has released the collection again for this holiday, and this is delightful news for anyone who missed out on the first release last year. Unfortunately the same goes for the second round, as most of the popular shades were snatched up within hours in Australia.  I managed to get hold of some of the colors I had on my wishlist from Selfridges. This review I will be covering Patrick, Michael and Rafael as they are in the pink and red range. For the next review I will show the nude colors.

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Tom Ford lipsticks are truly the cream de la cream of lipsticks, and the mini sized lip colors are just as good as the full size ones. I have done many detail reviews in the past, and in summary it is almost impossible for you not to like them!

Patrick is a bright milky peachy pink with no shimmer. It is a young and pretty shade, but slightly challenging for me to pull it off.

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FOTD

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Michael is an extremely popular shade. It is a fool proof neutral pink shade in a semi-satin finish that would look lovely on most complexions. It has tiny shimmer in the tube, but they can’t be seen once applied. This is absolutely one of my favorite shades from the range which needs a backup!

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FOTD – I was doing lots of lip swatches on the day, and the FOTD for Michael was taken last after other colors so the color is not as accurate as the above lip swatch as they were taken on different days!

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Rafael is a fiery orange red shade in cream finish, and it looks more stunning on the lips than what it looks in the tube. On me it shows up more of a warm red that just instantly brightens up my complexion. Another favorite shade for me!

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Base: Chanel Illuminating Makeup Base; MUFE Ultra HD foundation (reviewed here), 3CE Waterful Concealer (best drugstore concealer ever used – reviewed here)

Eyes: Suqqu Eye Shadow EX03 from the 2015 Christmas Kit A (reviewed here), Chanel Le Volume waterproof mascara; Inglot brow gel

Cheeks: Bobbi Brown blush in pale pink (swatched in this post) using Hakuhodo blush brush

You can find all the shades in the TOM FORD Lips&Boys on Nordstrom Online, as well as on NAP in the US. I bought mine from Selfridges which ship internationally, and all the colors were available at the time I was shopping. There are still some colors left on David Jones Online in Australia as of now.

 

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