Tom Ford Summer 2014 – Eye & Cheek Compact in Unabashed

Here’s one of few make up item that has made my heart skipped a beat when I see real thing by myself. I fall in love with many products but not many products could make my heart jumps faster when I open it for the first time. Tom Ford releases an eye & cheek compact for summer 2014 collection. The palette is called Unabashed.

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Firstly let’s talk about the packaging of this product. Unabashed comes in a hefty packaging; with white casing and golden mirrored case inside. Tom Ford products never fails to amaze me with its ultra luxurious packaging; looking at it makes me happy. The size of the palette is larger than most of the make up products I own. It also comes with a velvety pouch.

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Unabashed consists of 3 eyeshadow shades, a bronzer/highlighter and a blush.

There are 3 eyeshadows in this palette; 2 of these are matte and the other is glittery.

  • The eyeshadow on the top is a champagne shade with silver glitters. On the first touch, it feels kinda dry and powdery. It looks dazzling on the pan. When swatched on my arm,  it was quite sheer on the first layer, however when I added another layer, the color pops out better and I can see the glitters obviously.
  • The midlde shade on the pan looks like a grey – taupe to me. The texture of the matte shades are to die for. It is very smooth and feels rather creamy to me. It glides on very nicely and pigmentation was great. I like to wear this lightly on my eyelid for my day make up when I want something simple and fast. However I find that this shade is best when mixed with a shimmery eye color base.
  • The shade on the bottom is a matte electric blue. I am sure many of us have heard a LOT people are talking about this blue. It has excellent pigmentation, the color pops out true to pan in a swipe. The texture was smooth and there was no fallout during swatch and application. I do find that this blue stains on my skin after a while, therefore I make sure that I have to use a very effective cleansing oil to clear all the stains. I like to use this blue as a liner more.

 

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The palette also comes with a bronzer/highlighter and a blush. The bronzer is a warm bronze with sheen. Since I don’t use bronzer to create a tan look, I am using this as a sculpting powder. Some people suggest that this could be used as a highlighter. For me personally I find that this is too dark to be used as a highlighter. I use this as a sculpting powder. As a sculpting powder, it works fine for my skintone. I don’t find the sheen to be intimidating. In fact, it creates a glow onto my face. For a moment, this bronzer reminds me of Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Bronzing Powder .

The blush is a warm pink with a mixture of peachy shade and golden shimmer. In line with Tom Ford blushes, this blush has a great pigmentation. I make sure that I always dab on lightly to make sure that I did not pick too much color on my brush and I can always build up the color whenever I want to.

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In the look below, I applied the taupe shade all over my eye lid. After blending it all over, I applied the glittery shade on my inner corner. I applied the blue shade as a liner. I purposely didn’t apply the blue until the end inner corner of my eye. I wanted to emphasize the blue more on the outer corner.

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Linda from Silverkis helped me to get this via Saks Fifth Avenue (thanks babe! :) ). I paid US$95 for this. For the luxurious design, hefty packaging and the amount of product I am getting, I think that USD 95 is worth the kick. Yes I agree that it is expensive, but I guess I will be so disappointed if I let this palette go as this is a Limited Edition product.

Have you picked this up or will you pick this up? Share your thoughts!

Thank you for reading!

 

By: Meryl

Tom Ford Cream Foundation, Blush, Bronzer Brushes Review

 

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Hello everyone!

I am going to share with you my Tom Ford Face Brushes. If you have been following me on instagram, you’d notice how much I love Tom Ford brushes. In the past 1.5 years, I have been collecting these three brushes which I am absolutely in love with. I started off with my Tom Ford Cheek brush and I have been enjoying the brush so much that I decided to get the cram foundation brush and the bronzer brush.

 

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Cream Foundatiom Brush Review

I bought the cream foundation brush in Singapore. The brush was retailing for SGD 100-SGD120 (I couldn’t remember the exact price). I mainly use it for contouring my cheek bone area.

As you can see in the picture above, Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush is the smallest compared to the Cheek brush and the Bronzer brush. The brush is densely packed and it is very soft. The size helps me to apply bronzer to the cheek bone area easilly. Other than for contouring, I am also using this brush to apply cream blush like Le Blush Creme de Chanel. It works very well to apply the cream blush; it picks up the pigments very well and blend the color into my skin nicely. I have never used this brush to apply cream foundation as I don’t use cream foundation in my make up regime.

This brush is made of white goat hair. I am in love hate relationship with white hair brush. White brush makes the brush looks luxurious and there won’t be cases where the color of the brush will be transfered during brush wash time. However if you have been using the brush regularly for more than a year, you may find that the color of the brush is more yellowish rather than white.

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Bronzer Brush

Bronzer brush is the latest brush from Tom Ford which I acquired. My mum helped me to get this brush while she visited USA about 3 months ago as this brush is not available in Singapore. This brush is retailing for USD 115.

As the name suggests, this brush is meant to apply bronzer all over your face. However I don’t use bronzer for the sake of creating tan look over my face. I mainly use bronzer for sculpting and defining my face shape. I use this brush to swirl it all over my face after finishing my make up to make sure that everything is well blended.

Cheek Brush

I did a full review of Tom Ford’s cheek brush before. You may read it here

 

Here’s a picture for you to see the difference in the brush head:

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On Washing These Brushes

I use these brushes frequently. For the cheek brush, I can say that I use it almost everyday. For the cheek brush, I make sure that i always wash the brush every week. And for the bronzer brush and cream foundation brush, I wash it once in two weeks or when it is necessary.

I’m going to talk about my cheek brush as I have using that for more than a year. For the first 9 months, the hair of the brush does not shed at all. However after the firdt 9 months, I can see 1-2 hairs had shed. I think this is fine as I have been using this brush religiously almost everday. Moreover I don’t see the handle of the brush becoming rusty at all. The gold handle remains the same after more than a year of using it. I hope the same goes to my bronzer brush and cream foundation brush after a year of using it.

 

Final Thought:

I personally take these 3 brushes as top 10 favorite brushes on my stash. Looking at the quality of the brushes, there’s no reason for me not to like these brushes. The hair is dense, smooth and the design of the brush looks very hefty and luxurious. The only down side of these brushes is  the price. With the price tag of SGD 100+, I don’t think these brushes are must have. However, if you want to have superb quality brushes without having to worry much about the quality for the next few years, these brushes are worthy to have. I’d highly recommend the cheek brush as it is the most versatile brush among the three. The cheek brush can be used for blush application, and also bronzer or even powder.

Have fun exploring Tom Ford Brushes!

 

Have you tried any of Tom Ford Brushes? What do you think of them?

 

 

Thank you for reading!

 

By: Meryl

Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in Titanium Smoke

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Hello all!

It’s been a while since I posted something on the blog. I’ve been very busy after work and hence I had no time to write a blog post. Although I wasn’t updating this blog as often I had, I still post frequently on my instagram (@memoiselle) :) But here I am now writing a quick review on Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in Titanium Smoke.

Firstly I must say that Tom Ford eyeshadow quads are addictive. The packaging looks so beautiful; it looks exclusive and hefty. I love the gold plating that has “TOM FORD” logo in it. Tom Ford is perfect in creating that luxurious feeling in every make up product they have.

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Titanium Smoke consist of 4 silver smokey shades:

  • Champagne glitter (top left)
  • Grey with metallic sheen (top right)
  • matte black (bottom left)
  • glittery dark grey/almost black (bottom right)

If you have been following this blog for a while, you’ll notice that I love nudes and neutrals most of the time. However I am actually loving smokey eye a lot. It’s just that smokey eye is not as wearable as neutrals for every day use. Wayne Goss from Gossmakeupartist mentioned that Titanium smoke is his favorite smokey eye quad. I love his reviews and his opinions on make up products, so let’s just hope that Titanium Smoke performs as well as what he mentioned :)

 

I find that the pigmentation of Titanium Smoke to be very nice except for the champagne glitter. The Champagne glitter shade almost has no color; it’s just a glittery highlighting shade. The rest of the shades have very nice pigmentation, the color is true to the pan in one swipe. While the pigmentation does not disappoints at all, I find that the texture of Tom Ford Titanium Smoke is not as soft as some of my fave eyeshadows. It is rather dry when touched especially the champagne glitter shade. The matte black and the glittery dark grey has a nice texture, I find it softer and more buttery compared to the other two shades.

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Final Thought:

Titanium Smoke is a really nice quad to create a smokey eye look whether be it a day smokey eye look or night look. This quad lets you experiment to create many look you wish. Overall I am impressed with the shades and the pigmentation. That glittered dark grey is my absolute favorite.

 

 

Thank you for reading!

 

By: Meryl

Tom Ford Illuminating Cheek Color in Blush Guilt

For Summer 2013, Tom Ford releases many beautiful products in limited pieces.This collection, Tom Ford emphasizes on radiance on highlighting. I picked Tom Ford Illuminating Cheek Color in Blush Guilt from this collection. It looks so interesting as this is my first blush/highlighter in a stick form. Thanks to Jacqueline from MyBeautyHoard for helping me to get it :) IMG_5259

 

Illuminating cheek color is a very sheer creme blush in a stick form. Blush guilt is very sheer on me to be used as a blush so I usually use this as a highlighter underneath my setting powder to give me that refreshed look. Although this is very sheer, you can always build it u to get a deeper shade. I usually use two layers of Blush guilt after my foundation routine and set it up with powder. Or else, I will use my finger to dab this product lightly and apply it onto my skin for a finishing touch after my setting powder.

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Personally, I don’t feel that this product makes my face oily. My cheek is usually normal or at certain times it could be dry. This product enhances the glow from my skin. It lasts on my skin for only about 4 hours and it starts to disappears after that. The staying power is not as good as what I would expect. I would expect that it could last for at least 6 hours.
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Swatched Heavily

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Swatched Lightly on the Left – Heavily on the right

As you can see in the swatch below, Blush Guilt is a very sheer pink shade. I personally would only use this as a highlighter and it would be too sheer for me to be used as a blush.

 

Thank you for reading!

By: Meryl

 

 

Tom Ford 13 Eye Shadow Blend Brush Review and Comparison

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Hello!

Lately I have been collecting more and more brushes as I feel that brush is a good investment for my make up addiction in the long term. I am adding this Tom Ford Eye Shadow Blend Brush to my collection. I have been reading few positive review on this brush and decided to give this brush a try. So here’s my review :)

IMG_5138The handle of Tom Ford eye brush is a sleek black color and plated gold metal nearing to the brush hair. The brush feels heavy and the hair comes in white color. I really love how luxurious this brush looks. However the white colored hair will eventually turned out to be dirty after a while.

IMG_5139Tom Ford’s brushes are made of goat hair and it feels uber soft! Tom Ford’s brushes have one of the best goat hair quality. I owned several goat hair brushes from other brand and none of them feels as soft as Tom Ford’s.

I have few eye blending brushes to compare with Tom Ford Eye Blending Brush pictured here:

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L-R: MAC 217 Blending Brush – Tom Ford Eye Blending brush – MAC 226 Tapered Blending – Sigma E25

IMG_5141 L-R: MAC 217 Blending Brush – Tom Ford Eye Blending brush – MAC 226 Tapered Blending - Sigma E25

Firstly, I’d like to compare Tom Ford 13 Blend Brush to the famous MAC 217 blending brush. MAC 217 is my absolute favorite eye brush; it could be used to apply eyeshadow all over my eye lid, blending the colors and even applying concealer. So how does Tom Ford Blending Brush differs from MAC 217?

MAC 217 has a wider brush shape whereas Tom Ford 13 Blend Brush shape is longer and it is more pointing.In terms of hair quality, Tom Ford blending brush is softer than MAC. This is no surprise as Tom Ford brush price is double the price of MAC 217. My eyes are the typical small Asian; and for me MAC 217 does the blending better than Tom Ford blending brush. Tom Ford blending brush hairs are denser compared to MAC 217. Tom Ford blending brush does great job to for crease brush and it can also be used as a bigger pointing brush. Whenever I almost finish my smokey eye make up, I will usually reach for this brush to add on a bit of dark shade to  accentuate the look. In this case, Tom Ford eye blending brush does its job very well.

Secondly, let’s compare Tom Ford blending brush to MAC 226 Tapered Blending. MAC 226 is a limited edition brush which I got more than a year ago. If MAC 217 and 226 are compared to Tom Ford 13 Blend Brush, The shape of MAC 226 is closer to Tom Ford blending brush compared to MAc 217. MAC 226 is slightly shorter than Tom Ford eye blending brush. These two brushes have dense hair (but Tom Ford brush is still denser) and both are great for crease brush.If you see this brush from the top, Tom Ford brush shape is more pointing and smaller in the end compared to MAC 226. These two brushes are comparable; they perform well for blending crease area and applying the outer crease. I couldn’t decide which one I like better because both works very well and each brush has its own excellence. Tom Ford brush is denser so it does better job to blend the crease however MAC 226 has a wider brush end which makes it does better job in blending.

Now onto comparison with Sigma E25. SigmaE25 is said to be the dupe for MAC 217. I have to disagree with this as Sigma E25 is not as dense as MAC 217 and E25brush has a wider end compared to MAC 217. The shape of Sigma E25 and Tom Ford 13 Blend Brush is very different. Sigma E25 is much wider, less dense and Tom Ford 13 Blend brush is longer and denser. I prefer to use Sigma E25 to apply eyeshadow all over my eye, it doesn’t work well with me as a blending brush as it’s not dense enough for my liking.

Final Thought:

I am glad that Tom Ford 13 Blend Brush is different with the rest of my blending brushes in my stash. However If I would have to pick my fave from these four brushes featured in this post, I shall go with MAC 217. MAC 217 is not cheap but it’s more affordable compared to Tom Ford 13 Blend Brush. MAC 217 does the blending better than Tom Ford 13 Blend Brush. I have read several blogs saying that Tom Ford Blend Brush is their HG blending brush – I hope soon enough I’ll get to say that too. I think I would need more time to play with this brush and understand this brush more.

Overall Tom Ford Blend Brush does not disappoints. It’s not the best blending brush I have tried but it does its job pretty well. Other than that, the quality of the hair is worth checking too. It’s very soft and dense :)

So what’s  your fave blending brush? Share with me :)

Thank you for reading.

By: Meryl

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