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Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Review + Swatches

tom ford lip lacquer

 

The Tom Ford Lip Lacquers ($54) are the newest line of liquid lip products from Tom Ford Beauty. They come in three different finishes; Matte, Metallic, and Patent or High Shine. Some of these lipsticks are liquid versions of some of Tom Ford’s famous lip colors.

 

tom ford lip lacquers

 

I am so excited that finally, Tom Ford released some liquid lipsticks this time because I’m really curious how they would fare compared to some other popular liquid lipsticks that have been hitting the market. For starters, I picked one shade that I like from each finish and tested them. The Mattes are really good formula-wise. They are so lightweight and they’re quite similar to the NARS Powermatte Lip Pigments in texture and overall consistency, which is more of a liquid feel as opposed to being creamy. It sets on the lips after a few seconds and it won’t smudge or crease. It’s pretty much waterproof and you can eat or drink with it and the color will still stay put on the lips. There is a slight vanilla scent on all three finishes, and even though the Mattes set on the lips well, they’re not as drying compared to most matte lipsticks. For the Metallic Finish, I think these lipsticks have such smooth metallic glassy particles that really creates a holographic definition on the lips. I find the shimmers to be fine and very beautiful that they’re so wearable as opposed to just looking like you smacked glitter on your lips, like most metallic liquid lipsticks. They are also creamy and non-sticky. The colors can last for several hours even after eating and drinking. The Patent Finish is wonderful as well even though like most high shine lipsticks – you have to be careful because anything can stick to them, like your hair, but I still love how moisturizing the Tom Ford Liquid Patent formula feels. They’re just light, creamy, comforting, and the colors are staining, vivid, and vibrant. Such intense shades with intense shine.

 

tom ford lip lacquer review

 

Pussycat – a muted rose color which is also a popular shade of the Tom Ford Lip Color Matte (reviewed HERE). However, I find this color to look quite muted in its Liquid Matte Finish compared to its solid matte lipstick form. I also think that this is such a beautiful color, and probably the best and most wearable shade of all the TF Liquid Mattes.

 

Pink Sabre – a metallic rose that is so pretty but you won’t even know how pretty it is until you actually wear it. Its combination of rosy and metallic finish make this shade wearable, and I love the smooth soft flecks of rosy pink shimmers which give you an edgy feminine look. Oh, and it’s a pretty hydrating shade too, not to mention that it gives an extra pout. I also think that this particular lipstick is a great topper for the Pussycat Liquid Matte Finish above.

 

Ravageur – a bright red high-shine vinyl. It’s glossy, it’s intense, it’s beautiful, and it’s sexy. This is a hard-not-to-notice type of liquid lipstick, and you can tell by just looking at its swatch below. The Ravageur shade already existed in the Tom Ford Patent Finish Lip Color line, and it’s almost always out of stock or truly sold-out. Such a love for this beautiful intense bright red shade.

 

tom ford lip lacquer swatches

 

tom ford lip lacquer swatches

I love these Tom Ford Lip Lacquers a lot, not only for its beautiful shades but also for its neat and pretty packaging. I love the well-made brush applicator and it applies precisely on the lips. To sum it all up, I think the Liquid Mattes are very well-done especially when it comes to their waterproof formulation that lasts a long time. They are certainly one of the top liquid matte lipsticks that I’ve tried and I highly recommend them. For the Metallics, I think they’re great to wear alone or as toppers for the Matte Finishes, and as for the Patent ones, almost all the shades in this lineup are so pretty. Lasting power for the Metallic and Patent Finishes is about 4-6 hours on me. The color may fade at the middle portion of the lips after eating and drinking but most of it stays put. Speaking of colors, I only wish that there should have been more versions of different nude colors in each finish as opposed to having different hues of the red ones. In other words, there should have been more shade options for these fab Lip Lacquers, after all, these liquid lipsticks are worth the splurge.

 

The Tom Ford Lip Lacquers are currently available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Orchard Mile and Bergdorf Goodman.

 

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Tom Ford Foundations and Primer Review + Swatches

tom ford traceless perfecting foundation review

 

Hello Everyone! Today’s review is something I’ve always wanted to do. A lot of people talk about Tom Ford cosmetics and really rave about their products, while some also said that it’s just all but a name. The feeling of splurging on something doesn’t necessarily equate to good quality products. That I agree, and with that being said, I feel like in this review I want to talk about my experience with Tom Ford cosmetics in general and also specifically about their foundations and primers. For me, I love Tom Ford beauty products even though they are pricey, I think they do have good quality stuff apart from their fancy luxurious packaging. However, not all of their stuff is worth splurging into, and a lot of it really depends on your skin type and chemistry, as well as your personal preferences. For example, I know everyone’s crazy about their lipsticks, it’s like a girl must have at least a few Tom Ford lipsticks in her vanity just because it’s Tom Ford and everyone has it. While it’s good to have a few Tom Ford lipsticks that you actually like, I don’t think that all of Tom Ford’s lipstick line is worth hoarding into. I like a lot of Tom Ford lipsticks but they can be a hit or a miss on me. However, I do love their foundations and one of their primers. They’re the type that once you’ve applied it to your skin, you’re like “wow” and mind you, the TF Foundations and primers never disappoint.

I started loving the Tom Ford foundations and one of their primers when I met an SA who looked like she was probably around her 50’s but her face looked like it was frozen in time. She literally had a face of a teenager, even though her hands revealed her true age. So I got curious and asked her what’s her secret. She said she uses La Mer and Tom Ford. Hmmm, interesting. Anyhow, from then on, I’ve been a Tom Ford foundation devotee.

 

tom ford illuminating primer review

 

Primer

 

Illuminating Primer (1 oz: $75) – The SA with the frozen face in time gave me a sample of this and I fell in love with this primer right away. I had to go to Nordies to get it in full-size. This primer is so good and it’s still the best or one of the best primers I’ve ever tried. It’s basically a primer/skincare that helps the skin fight free radicals while making the makeup last a long time. The finish is dewy but not overly so, and the texture is so smooth and creamy that it almost feels like a moisturizer. It has a bit of a weird silicon smell which I got used to and didn’t actually bother me, but for some, it might be too much. This works really well with any of the Tom Ford foundations and it gives a subtle glow to the face. 

 

 

Foundation

 

tom ford waterproof foundation/concealer

 

tom ford waterproof foundation review

 

Traceless Foundation Broad Spectrum Spf 15 in 4.0 Fawn (1 oz: $85) – This is Tom Ford’s lightest and most luminous foundation, kinda like a tinted moisturizer because the coverage is sheer to medium. It’s a great foundation to use every day because it has Spf 15 and some skin nourishing properties. This feels really easy on the face and the Fawn shade is great for covering some redness, especially for someone with a light to medium skin tone.

 

Traceless Perfecting Foundation Broad Spectrum Spf 15 in 4.7 Cool Beige (1 oz: $85) – This is a medium to full coverage TF foundation and my most favorite Tom Ford foundations of all. I fell in love with this foundation immediately because this also feels very lightweight and the coverage is not too sheer and not too thick. It goes really well with the Tom Ford Illuminating Primer and it lasts practically the whole day and more on me. This also has a skin-nourishing complex and an Spf 15, so I’ve never had any breakout issues with this and I didn’t notice this foundation to oxidize at all. This pretty much feels like a second skin with its natural finish that doesn’t cake and it holds its coverage even in humid weather or against sweat. The Cool Beige shade matches my skin very well when I have minimal redness on the face.

 

Waterproof Foundation and Concealer in 4.5 Ivory (1 oz: 85) – If you want a foundation that won’t budge in any kind of weather, especially in super-humid weather, well look no further because this TF Waterproof foundation is the answer. It’s a full-coverage foundation that will stay on your face no matter what. The packaging feels really tiny compared to most TF foundations but you only need to put a little bit in order to get a nice full coverage on the face. Despite being a full-coverage foundation, this still feels creamy and lightweight. It has a natural to satiny finish and as it doesn’t cake. I like this a lot and I wear this when I have to spend a lot of time outdoors or when going to the beach, I just have to wear a good sunscreen underneath and this doesn’t clog my pores at all. On top of that, this has no strong scents. This is definitely the longest lasting breathable high-coverage foundation I’ve ever tried and I love the Ivory shade which is also very close to the Fawn shade as you can see in the swatches below.

 

tom ford foundations cool beige, fawn, ivory swatches

 

I haven’t tried the TF Traceless Foundation Stick but that’s on my wishlist for the next Sephora Beauty Insider Event this coming weekend. I sort of stayed away from foundation sticks before since my skin is on the oily side and the sticks tend to be somewhat sticky and thick. But this Tom Ford Foundations Stick won’t be missed for sure and will update you soon as to what I think about it.

 

tom ford foundations review

 

Bottom line, the Tom Ford foundations are truly worth splurging into but it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have any cons. First, even though they’re such good foundations, I find that their Spf is really low, I guess that’s to minimize oxidation. Second, it’s true that their packaging is really unique, beautiful, luxurious and easy to use, yet they can be somewhat flimsy and impractical to dispense. Third, some can have strong scents that are not for everyone and Lastly, their foundations are really expensive. However, I find the Tom Ford foundations to have the best texture and wearability when it comes to foundations. They have such nice smooth finishes without any caking on the face. Their foundations are reliable to wear for any occasion and are long-wearing. They also feel very lightweight and they work with the skin’s texture quite well. On top of that, they make the skin look poreless and naturally balanced, and with their beautiful luxe packaging, they’re true to what they’re made to be.

 

Have you tried these foundations already? Are you a Tom Ford fan? If so, why?

 

tom ford foundation

 

These Tom Ford Foundations and Primer are currently available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Net-A-Porter, Bergdorf Goodman, and Harrods