tom ford lips & boys

February 22, 2017  |  Product Reviews, Tom Ford  |  No Comments

Nothing makes my heart skips a beat like beautiful packaging, so you can probably understand how I almost flatlined when a this fabulous glossy presentation box showed up from Tom Ford Singapore.

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Behold the sexiness of Tom Ford’s Lips and Boys.

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Shall we have them take their tops off?

Yes, yes we shall.

Ladies, meet the 25 latest colour additions to the Lips and Boys collection:

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Why these lipsticks make me want to wiggle my fingers and bat my lashes and drawl “hellloooo boyyyyys” whenever I open them up is totally beyond me, but they do. We’re just going to chalk that up to the magic of Tom Ford.

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This new batch of 25 brings the total number of colours in the range up to 50, and unlike the first batch of 25 includes mattes. 10 mattes to be exact. The other 15 colours are comprised of creams (which are what I’d consider a satin finish) and metallics (which cover frosts, iridescent and fine glitter finishes).

I can only assume Tom Ford held off on releasing mattes till they were able to perfect an ultra-pigmented, non-drying formula, because that’s exactly what their mattes are. I can honestly say these are one of the best matte bullet formulas on the market and as a category, the most consistently-performing group in this collection.

I swatched these bad boys and organized them in 2 separate charts for you. First by formula, because let’s face it – some of us just prefer a specific finish and don’t want to mess around.

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As you can see (from the first chart), the creams and mattes are very rich, evenly pigmented, and fairly consistent in finish within their formula categories. The metallics however tend to vary quite dramatically in finish. Within the category, some are sheer, some are glittery, some are frosted, some are a combination…and Logan could be almost be considered a satin, save for its faint blue pearl.

This second chart is by colour family – the first two rows are nudes/browns, the second two rows are mauves/berries, and the last row has the brights. Please bear in mind that this isn’t the way Tom Ford categorizes their colours (they go by pinks, violets, reds, corals and neutrals), but I felt it would be more helpful to see them in a simplified arrangement.

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In terms of wear, I found all the shades to be of excellent quality. Even though some of the metallics look a bit uneven in swatches, they seemed to do much better on my lips. The mattes weren’t drying, the sheers weren’t slippery, the glitter wasn’t gritty – all in all, the formulas are top notch and definitely designed for wear/comfort over just colour appeal.

Have you tried any of the colours in this collection? I’d love to know what your favourite shades are!

Pricing and Availability: Tom Ford Lips & Boys (SGD$50) are permanent, and available at Tom Ford Beauty counters.

 

 

This post features products that were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.

too faced sweet peach collection

February 19, 2017  |  Product Reviews, Too Faced  |  No Comments

After I put up my post on Too Faced’s Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette (review and swatches here), a lot of you came back to tell me that Sephora Singapore had sold out of everything. I thought I’d hold off until they restocked to put up my review and swatches for the rest of the collection, because I hate reading about something and not being able to go out right away and get it! I walked past Sephora ION this weekend – ok, ok, I went in to buy more makeup – and noticed they had restocked everything, so here goes:

Let’s start with Sweet Peach Glow, which is a face palette that contains a highlighter, blush, and illuminating bronzer.

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I love the embossing on each of the powders – the highlighter and bronzer have a raised repeating pattern of peaches, and the blush has the same logo that’s on the cover of the palette.

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For the record, the powders aren’t hard at all. I’m bringing this up because that’s always my first thought when I see crisply embossed designs – that the product must be quite stiff to hold up to that kind of shaping. But these powders are actually very silky and buttery, so much so that I was pleasantly surprised at the quality. I mean, let’s be real: this collection had enough hype from the eyeshadow palette that Too Faced could totally have phoned it in on everything else if they wanted to make a quick buck. So kudos to them for not taking advantage of this, and putting out solid products!

Here is Sweet Peach Glow swatched next to Papa Don’t Peach, the standalone blush from the same collection. I’ll compare the blushes further on in this post, but if you just focus on the first 3 swatches from Sweet Peach Glow, you’ll see that it’s a very warm, harmonious and bronzy trio that’s really nice on pale skin.

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Here’s some quick comparison swatches with similar highlighter and bronzer options. The highlighter doesn’t dupe easily, but I came pretty close with E.L.F Blush Gems (reviewed here) which is very similar to MAC Soft and Gentle so you can probably consider that a fairly decent substitute as well. BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pressed Opal was a bit warmer and more golden. The Sweet Peach Highlighter actually has a clear base, so even though it looks quite pigmented in the pan it does work on pale skin as well because it’s not going to visibly tint your cheekbones.

I also need to mention how smooth the highlighter was compared to its closest dupe, E.L.F. Blush Gems. The latter is incredibly dry and almost gritty in comparison, which I suppose is to be expected since it’s such a cheap product, but it’s worth mentioning to anyone who has Blush Gems and maybe wants a similar colour with a textural upgrade.

The Sweet Peach Glow bronzer shade is actually a bit rosier than most of the bronzers that I already own. While it’s not pink enough to register as blush-blush, I have used it on my cheeks in lieu of blush and been happy with the brightening results. Because of the sheen it has, this isn’t something you can contour with so I’m pleased that it’s not straight up orange and difficult to pull off on the centre of my face.

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Now that you’ve seen the swatch of Too Faced’s Papa Don’t Peach blush, let’s have a look at the adorable packaging:

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This also has the peach logo from the collection, but in this case the design is recessed rather than raised. The pan is a very generous size, and I love that it comes in its own sturdy tin with a sizeable mirror. This makes it awesome for travel, which as you know is pretty important for me.

Packaging wise, this collection is just so cute. I’m not usually a huge fan of cutesy makeup and tend to gravitate towards sleek luxury packaging, but I genuinely do feel my spirits lift when I see the smiling little peach pal thats on the bottom right of all the mirrors.

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The minute I opened this blush, I was struck at how similar it was to NARS Orgasm. Warm pink base, gold shimmer – Orgasm is just the first thing that comes to mind, really. Imagine my surprise when I swatched this and found them to be quite different! Orgasm turned out to be a heck of a lot cooler and a bit more glittery rather than sheen-y. Who would have thought?

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The closest match I had to Sweet Peach Glow’s blush shade turned out to be Milani Luminoso. Sweet Peach Glow was ever so slightly brighter of a coral, and again of a better quality, but if you can’t get a hold of this palette and are obsessed with the blush shade I’d consider it a pretty good dupe.

Comparing the two blushes within the collection, you can see that they are quite different animals entirely. Sweet Peach Glow’s blush is warmer, more satin in finish, and a bright coral. Papa Don’t Peach blush is a tad bit cooler to the point where it’s more of a neutral pink, and has a pink iridescence to it that makes it quite sheen-y. You can certainly justify owning both, but if you are more neutral/cool in your colouring and can’t pull off corals, I’d recommend Papa Don’t Peach.

The blush, I mean. Because guess what? Aside from there already being an eyeshadow colour with the same moniker, there is also a lipgloss in this collection that shares their name. I’ll get to that in a second – meanwhile, here is the full range of Too Faced’s Creamy Peach Oil Lip Glosses:

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In the same order as the products shots above, here are some swatches of all the glosses:

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Papa Don’t Peach – the darkest nude shade in the collection – is actually the colour I’ve worn the most. It’s a gorgeous neutral and although it looks very brown in this photo, is actually kind of a perfect warm nude and just one of those colours you can throw on with any eyeshadow look and know it’ll match.

The formula is pretty nice too. It’s not terribly sticky, and I found them to be quite hydrating and comfortable to wear throughout the day. But whether or not you want these is going to come down to how much you like scented lipgloss. Because the peach scent in these is STRONG. Much, much stronger than in the powder products from the collection, and so strong you can kind of taste a sweet peach flavour when you wear them.

I love peach as a scent and flavour so this doesn’t bother me too much, but the scent wafts up from you lips right into your nose and doesn’t really fade much at all. So if you aren’t a fan scented makeup, I would skip these. However, if you love peaches and like the idea of smelling perfectly edible (to, um…attract boys? I dunno, I’m married, leave me alone) you will appreciate how much longevity the scent has and how actually-like-peach-candy-and-not-gross-chemicals it tastes when some gloss inevitably migrates into your mouth.

I’ll be following up with a FOTD next, but don’t wait on me. If there’s anything that’s caught your eye from this collection I would head down to Sephora ION today because these babies are almost definitely going to sell out again.

Pricing & Availability: Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow (SGD$62), Papa Don’t Peach Blush (SGD$45) and Creamy Peach Oil Lip Glosses (SGD$29) are available online and in store at Sephora Singapore.

 

 

This post features products that were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.

rouge bunny rouge birdwing beauteous

I’ve actually been meaning to blog about Rouge Bunny Rouge’s Birdwing Beauteous cream shadow duo for ages, but it’s very much an ultra-dramatic smokey eye product and one kind of has to be in the right mood for those, know what I mean? The stars finally aligned for me this week when I had a free day between press launches, dental appointments, embassy errands and family obligations, so here we are!

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Birdwing Beauteous is Rouge Bunny Rouge’s second Silk Aether duo, the first being Gossamer Wing which I reviewed here. By comparison, this is much MUCH more dramatic. Not only does it have a bolder colour profile, but it also has a lot more sparkle. It’s also less dry in texture than Gossamer Wing – where that goes on like a traditional cream to powder shadow, this is more like gel that dries down and sets in place.

This is entirely by design. Per the press release, Birdwing Beauteous does contain more water than Gossamer Wing. Its wetter formula takes into consideration the colours’ metallic qualities, and lets you achieve that foiled-on effect much more easily than you’d be able to had the shadows been as dry as its predecessor. Few companies bother tweaking their formulas to suit the pigments/textures of each colour in a range, so hats off to Rouge Bunny Rouge for going the extra mile here. As you can see, their attention to detail paid off – just look at these swatches:

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On one side we have a black cream with silvery blue reflect, and on the other a sparkling rosy champagne.

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The colour intensity was equally spectacular on my lids, so much so that – for your first attempt at least – I’d advise applying a little to the back of your hand and working off that, rather than taking the wand straight to your eyes as I did. I haphazardly patted out the black with my finger, and then used Cypress Umber from Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Modern Renaissance palette to soften the jagged edges and smoke it out through my crease.

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I then swiped some of the champagne shade onto the back of my hand, and used a finger to pick it up and pat it onto centre of my lids for a diffused sheen.

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Working off the back of my hand again, I picked up a tiny bit of the black with a pencil brush and rubbed it into my lower lashline. Then using the same brush, I smudged the black shadow out with the warm brown crease shade.

The glowy skin I’m sporting here is courtesy of another Rouge Bunny Rouge favourite, their Sea of Tranquility liquid highlighter, albeit with a bit of modification. I love SoT’s opalescent pink sheen, but in its natural state it’s actually very subtle. To get a bolder effect, I decanted some into a small jar that I left open for a few days to thicken up, and that’s what I used on my cheekbones here.

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PS: If you’re interested in the products I mentioned here or any of Rouge Bunny Rouge’s other beautiful offerings, feel free to use my Friends & Family code RBR-EMILYLOKE20 for a 20% discount. For the record, I don’t make any commission or benefit in any way whatsoever from you using my code, I’m just sharing it so you can save some money on your order.

Face: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Fair, Innisfree No-Sebum Powder, Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral // Cheeks: Clé de Peau Beauté Powder Blush Duo in 05, Rouge Bunny Rouge Sea of Tranquility // Eyes: Rouge Bunny Rouge Long Lasting Duo Cream Eyeshadow in Birdwing Beauteous, Cypress Umber from Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Modern Renaissance palette, Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascara // Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Ebony // Lips: Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick in M100, NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu

 

 

This post features products that were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.