TOM FORD Traceless Touch Foundation Cushion Compact Review

In August Tom Ford launched their first ever Cushion foundation. Buildable medium-full coverage for a long-wearing flawless finish.

The formula promises to be “unfazed by water, humidity and perspiration as it minimizes oil, pores, fine lines and wrinkles. Skin is infused with a plumping dose of moisture courtesy of Aquacell, a proprietary plant based moisturising complex with every application.”

The packaging is very much luxury in every sense. From the elegant cognac case to the thoughtful gold trimmings and inlaid TF logo up top. This cushion (as expected) is lightweight and comes complete with a fabulous magnetic closure for quick and easy touch-ups on the go!

tom ford cushion

Unlike the standard liquid foundations, most cushion compacts come with around 15ml. The TF cushion contains 12ml. In any case I believe you’d use far less of this though since the coverage is VERY high in comparison to regular cushions and you don’t have to keep building up.

The consistency of this is slightly thicker as well. And from what i’ve noticed, runs a bit light in comparison to the other Tom Ford foundations. About half a shade lighter to be exact!  I happen to be the very last shade. 5.5 Bisque. It’s still a tad too light for my (tanned) summer skin, but I can just about make it work without having to bronze up a lot.

The Tom Ford Traceless Touch Foundation gives you a satin matte finish, very skin-like and radiant.

The coverage is impressive and can be built up to what i’d call ….almost full. I don’t think it ever looks cakey at any point. But overloading will certainly cause the foundation to move throughout the day.

If you prefer more coverage than the traditional cushion foundations, the Tom Ford is definitely for you. It bridges the gap between ‘easy on-the-go light makeup’ and the ‘full coverage, so we apply only at home… foundations’! Finally, portable foundations no longer have to be light with next to nothing coverage.

As far as wear is concerned, I can confidently say this lasts all day without much need to touch up. I packed this with me to test out in Paris last month and it was one of the few that made it through the whole day without looking oily and worn. The weather was a bit chilly which is probably why I didn’t feel it get too oily. But testing it out back home I do notice it sink into any larger pores and fine lines as the day progressed….. even after powdering quite well. Basically, a mid day blot was inevitable for my combination skin.

 

Bottom line

I do think this is an excellent addition to the Tom Ford portfolio. Judging by it’s popularity (read, totally sold out), it’s definitely one for the shopping list.

Unfortunately the shade range is a poor 8 in total. I hope you fit in! Me being a fair-medium (NC30-35 in MAC) made it very difficult to grab a suitable match. But I do think once my tan fades, the foundation will definitely start becoming my go-to since it’s so easy to apply and looks great on the skin!

*Thank you Tom Ford Singapore for the sample. x

 

 

 

NARS Eyeshadow Singles | Photos & Swatches (2018)

This month NARS launched their ‘Eyes Collection’ with a reformulation of existing shadows and also  brand new shades. For as long as I remember, NARS shadows have been some of the best in the market and with what i’ve seen (swatched) the product is now improved and even better.

This new line introduces a brand new Pigment Powder Suspension technology that delivers intense colour payoff, effortless blendability and rich, longwearing vibrant colour. Expect glitters, buttery mattes, shimmery pearls and satins, whatever suits your fancy.

The collection is broken down to 4 categories,

Hardwired sheens – Multi dimensional glitters for maximum impact and dramatic shine.

Precious metals – Shimmery shades to create soft pops of colour.

Pure Pops – Bright vibrant shades to add a burst of colour.

Soft Essentials – Neutrals in buttery mattes and smooth satins.

Along with the new formula, NARS has now switched up the packaging for a sleeker, slim compact. Of course no departure from the signature matte black packaging, it’s still quintessentially NARS.

Hardwired Sheens were the first to catch my eye. The colours were spectacular. Nothing that’s been in the permanent NARS collections before. Duo chromes, sparkly glitters that are soft to the touch and almost flakey (in a good way) and amazing pearly pigment that glisten. There’s 18 in total.

Argentina – A shimmering violet with a smokey deep base.

Chile – An iridescent lavender duochrome with pink shimmer.

Earthshine – Iridescent pink with a shimmery champagne shimmer.

Ecstacy – A minty green with gold shimmer. Very soft and flakey to the touch with good pigmentation.

Firenze – Another flakey high shimmer pink sequin like shadow.

Galapagos – Earthy brown with gold shimmer. Excellent pigmentation.

Goa – A brown green.

Hellcat – Pewter green with gold shimmer.

Lunar – A Lavender with pink shimmer. Good pigmentation with a very smooth application.

Madrid – A duochrome brown with a green and purple shift.

Melrose – Duochrome salmon pink with gold flecks.

Mendoza – A bronze with gold reflect. Excellent pigmentation.

hardwired sheens

Night breed – A sooty matte black with black glitter flecks.

Night clubbing – Black with gold pearly shimmer.

Pattaya – Coppery gold with a high shimmer flakey finish.

Pointe Noire – Plum brown with shimmer.

Rio de la Plata – A champagne with gold flecks.

Stud – A silvery pewter brown with amazing pigmentation.

Next up Precious Metals. These are the metallic shimmers and pearly shades. Almost everything swatched with good payoff and silky smooth to the touch. 13 shades in total.

Banquise – Vibrant silver.

Big Sur – A shimmering deep blue.

Fez – A medium satin brown.

Guayaquil – A bright rusty brown.

Isla Bonita – An iridescent white gold.

Kashmir – A neutral champagne beige.

Lahore – A rosy brown.

Mekong – A deep warm brown with golden shimmer.

Pyrenees – A shimmery gunmetal.

Rome – A taupey grey with silver shimmer.

Verona – Icy pink with silver shimmer.

Virgin Gorda – A golden pink.

Zambezi – A cool mint green with shimmer.

precious metals nars

The mattes and satins within the Soft Essentials category were simply exceptional. Pretty much everything I could ever want in a matte. Think buttery soft, silky, exceptional blendability (no dry chalkiness at all) and good pigmentation. My first thought was, I need them all!.. (and so do you).

nars soft essentials

Ashes to ashes – A soft fleshy brown.

Bali – A neutral deep brown.

Bengali – A warm medium brown.

Biarritz – A silky matte cream.

Blondie – An ashy light brown with yellow undertones.

Cabo san Lucas – A fleshy pink.

Coconut grove – A deep brown.

NARS soft essentials

Kingston – A silky matte grey taupe.

Nepal – A satin pink nude.

New York – Reddened neutral brown with amazing smoothness and payoff.

Night star – A cream with golden glitter flecks.

Nouméa – Orange toned brown with amazing payoff and texture.

Sofia – A pink toned brown.

Tullum – A warm ochre brown with excellent texture and pigmentation.

Soft Essentials NARS

Lastly a look at the Pure Pops range that feature bright colours especially for artistry. Most of the best pigmented shades within this line were the mattes. The colours were saturated with very good texture and payoff. There’s just one shade that I couldn’t seem to swatch. The poorest performer. Domination. I can’t confirm how it picks up on a brush, but when swatching the payoff was next to nothing.

In this category I swatched just a few shades. The ones that caught my eye and had good pigmentation.

Baby Jane – A matte bright baby blue with good payoff.

Duoro – An exceptional bright matte yellow.

Night Porter – A shimmering forest green.

Persia – A matte Terracotta orange with amazing payoff.

Showgirl – A shimmering bright blue with amazing payoff and silky texture.

Strada – A Lavender with a gold sheen.

* Another shade that’s worth a mention was Goldfinger. A muted yellow gold. Unfortunately I missed it in the swatch but the texture and finish is very similar to Showgirl.

Bottom line

Given the overwhelming range, my favourites that I think you should zoom in on would be the Hardwired Sheens and the Soft Essential (mattes). The colours and textures will be some of the best you’ve ever tried.

Here’re my top favourites. I’m going to try and keep them to ten!

Earthshine, Firenze, Galapagos, Mendoza, Melrose, Stud, Virgin Gorda, Noumea, Bengali, Persia. I’d also like to throw in Tulum as a unique ochre which would make a beautiful warming shadow that works well as a transition shade and also layering.

For the more adventurous, I’d suggest Baby Jane and Duoro. Both must haves!

Pricing and availability

The collection is now available at all NARS boutiques and counters. Each eyeshadow retailing at SGD33.

Happy shopping!

*Thank you NARS Singapore for loaning these for swatches! ❤

 

 

 

Chanel Rouge Allure Liquid Powder Matte Lipstick | Photos, Swatches, Review

Chanel Rouge Allure

This fall Chanel has a new addition to their lipstick lineup. The Rouge Allure Liquid Powder Matte Lipsticks (in six shades).

An innovative matte formula that’s liquid but goes on silky smooth for a velvety finish. The final effect is a softly blurry colour that mimics a quintessential ‘just been kissed’ French lip look. Smudgy, effortless, with no harsh edges.

Overall the packaging is a win, I find the soft rubber look rather fresh and very travel friendly. Also the matching tube with the corresponding lipstick shade makes life a lot easier when you have to grab-and-go in the mornings. My only concern is the sponge tip applicator of which i’ve never been a fan, but of course essential to create the blurry, smudgy look.

The formula goes on the lips almost velvety and has a smooth silicone-y feel. Never really setting but looking completely matte and velvety on the lips. Worlds apart from the (dry as the desert) matte liquid lipsticks that’s in the market right now. And you’ll never have to worry about emphasized lip lines anymore.

As expected, with a formula that doesn’t set, the longevity isn’t much (2-3 hours max) and definitely doesn’t last through meals. Regular touchups would be necessary to maintain intensity.

Overall within the range, some shades appear considerably more pigmented than the others. I believe Avant Gardiste to have the best texture and pigmentation. Plasir and Avocation though pigmented cannot be layered on and ends up looking slightly patchy whenever I attempt to achieve better coverage.

Here’s a look at the colour range.

960 Avant Gardiste – A deep wine red.

956 Invincible – A neutral true red.

954 Radical – A neutral orange red.

958 Volupte – A bright raspberry red.

950 Plasir – A bright peach.

952 Evocation – A neutral fleshy nude.

Bottom line

The texture is actually something completely new and takes a bit of getting use to. There’s a constant fear the colour might actually move and end up smudging since they feel so cushiony on the lips.

What I really love though is it never dries out the lips, something exceptional since a matte lip look always ends up feeling uncomfortable within a few hours.

Overall I can’t really say if I love them enough to wear everyday. What draws me is the intense saturated colour. If I had to recommend one, a must-try, Avant-Gardiste would be my pick. An elegant red for a special night out.

Pricing and Availability 

To be updated.

 

*Includes PR samples received for review consideration.

 

 

 

Dior Summer 2018 Diorshow On Stage Liner Review

The instant Dior summer dropped I was at the counter in a heartbeat to check out the most exciting portion of the launch. All new liquid liners in a rainbow of colours! I’ve already posted complete swatches here on IG but was really keen on letting you know my thoughts on these products after giving them a fair test.

At the time I also grabbed one of the limited edition Nude powders in a pastel mix (which I normally skip as they are too light for my tanned skin), & also the new All Day Brow Ink which was a waterproof formula.

The collection consists of 14 shades from matte white to hot pink to shimmery blue. All packaged in slick black with the corresponding shade on the length of the liner (which is always great for easy identification).

The applicator is an easy to use felt tip that’s perfectly formed for precision. What really impressed me is, with the shape and length of the tip, it was near impossible to mess up the application. The fine tip allows you to get really close to the roots of the lashes and in between for a fuller voluminous look.

The saturation of colour is truly impressive. One fluid stroke is all it takes for a neat opaque line. I don’t think a coloured liner should be any other way.

Between the mattes and the shimmers (which were only a few) I find I like both formulas. Although I did notice the mattes weren’t a true matte as expected. They always seem to dry to a semi matte finish.

If you are one of those people who find it difficult making it through the day without a migrating line.. this is THE ONE you are looking for. I found the longevity of these incredible. There was zero smudging or flaking all day. And this is me testing a full day which is over 12 hours right up until I take off my makeup at night (by which i’m always faced with at least a little smudging near the inner corners)..

On that same note, taking off the liner does require some patience as this long-wear formula fittingly adheres to the lids and is budge proof. Normally i’d turn to a waterproof eye makeup remover to successfully get every last bit of eye makeup off and it works brilliantly.

Here’s a quick comparison of my go-to daily liners against the new Dior. As you can see, the Matte Brown is very saturated and applies beautifully. Another reason why I seem to use it most days.

Bottom line

Impressed. That’s my conclusion in one word. It’s rare I find a product that truly exceeds expectations. And my oily lids concur these to be backup worthy.

So far my top picks are the Matte Brown and Pearly Turquoise. Both apply so beautifully. However if you require something with some punch, the pink makes a fabulous summer shade. I know I will use this lots! 

Here’s the white in action. I wore this simple look to the beach a few weeks back!

Applied over eyeshadow, the white line tends to get muddy, and a few layers were needed as the underlying eye makeup keep transferring to the nib. Just make sure you wait till the first line dries before you retrace it and keep wiping the nib often to achieve that pure white line.

…or just skip the eyeshadow altogether! You honestly don’t even need it.

Clé De Peau Beauté Concealer Review (2018 reformulation)

If you prefer a ‘no makeup’ makeup look as I do, concealer might just be the one product you use daily. My daily look usually includes my Clé de Peau concealer worn on it’s own or as a touch up for areas with blemishes, redness or anywhere I prefer just a touch more coverage.

This year, Clé de Peau reformulated and relaunched their bestseller concealer with a whole new look. Even though the previous packaging (in my eyes) was the ultimate in terms of luxury, the brand has managed to take it a notch higher.

If you are new to the Clé de Peau Concealer. It’s a stick type product. Compact and easy to carry even in the smallest of makeup bags. It’s the size of a lipstick. Tiny but mighty!

The coverage is quite high, with very good pigmentation. You don’t have to pack on loads to achieve that flawless look. It blends easily and fuses to the skin, staying put all day long without sliding around or creasing (much). In comparison to the older version, the new concealer is far less emollient and even more pigmented. I do find the updated formula has minimal creasing and works wonderfully for the undereyes.

Also added to this new formula is sunscreen (broad spectrum SPF 25 PA +++) to protect the undereye from sun damage. And ALSO skincare ingredients such as Chestnut Rosa Fruit Extract, Green Tea Extract to protect  the skin with a daily dose of antioxidants. This formula promises anti-aging properties that over time helps achieve a brighter under eye and also smoothed out wrinkles.

Here’s a look at the old and the new. I like the new touches and design elements of the updated packaging. The subtle gold detailing adds to it’s appeal.

For those of you already using this concealer, it’s interesting to note that Ochre is now noticeably neutral and lighter than the older version. However I find the same shade matches me just the same.

Below are swatch comparisons to other high coverage concealers in my stash. (For reference, i’m usually between a MAC 30-35)

Overall NARS delivers the best coverage from the lot, although I refrain from using it under the eyes as it tends to migrate into my fine lines. It’s mostly reserved for pigmentation and spot concealing for which it works exceptionally well. Like photoshop for real life. See review here.

Personally I prefer a lighter coverage concealer for day to day use and adding a touch of Clé de Peau for more coverage on the purple areas or around the nose where there’s a lot of redness.For special occasions it’s definitely Clé de Peau all the way as nothing else gives me that flawless look under the eyes without caking.

Here’s a roundup of all the shades currently available. The range isn’t massive, but there’s enough shades for fair to medium to deep (except for very deep complexions).

Bottom Line

It’s a big thumbs up from me.

I love that there’s added sun protection, specially useful since I never apply sun screen under the eyes; and the new ‘Thin Fit Layer Formula’ allows the concealer to apply smoothly and set, so creasing to be kept at a minimum while also prolonging wear.

I understand justifying the price for something so small (in terms of quantity) can be difficult, but the amount used daily makes the tiniest dent. It’s without a doubt an investment purchase but one that has served me well. So far my last one has lasted me 1.5 years!

*PR samples included.

 

 

Chanel Cruise 2018 Collection : Review, Photos & Swatches

Today I have a review of the Chanel Cruise Collection, Éclat Et Transparence. A riot of red, gold and hues of coral. Lucia Pica, Global Creative Makeup and Colour Director proposes bold use of red in transparent layers post summer. The perfect compliment for that golden tan.

Even though the collection is mostly about this beautiful red eye palette, I found other bits that I believe are just as tempting. I’m sure you’ve already got a potential list ready by now too.

Chanel Cruise 2018

The collection consists of,

Éclat Énigmatique Les 4 Ombre (eyeshadow palette)

Jumbo Longwear Lip Crayons in 4 shades

Essential Palette, Éclat Solaire

Waterproof Eyeliner in 3 shades

Longwear Nail Polish in 3 shades

Le Volume De Chanel Mascara

L’Eau Tan – (tanning spray)

From the entire collection, the palette has to be my favourite. It’s not often Chanel strays from the tried and true classics but I believe these tones are the perfect balance for a look that’s daring yet elegant at the same time.

Chanel Eclat Enigmatique

The palette consists of all pearlised shadows. A sheer golden oyster, gunmetal grey, medium bronze and a vibrant warm red.

The payoff of all eyeshadows are quite good, even though intense these blend impressively. For todays look i’ve used a majority of the red shade pushing the palette to it’s limits purely to show you it’s potential. Usually I don’t wear dramatic looks like this unless it’s something like New Year!

Here’re some swatches first.

Chanel cruise 2018

Considering the seemingly undying interest in red palettes, I added a few comparison swatches featuring some of my other favourites. In case you want to pick them up as well!

The matte red in the Marc Jacobs palette leans more neutral in comparison to Chanel. Tom Ford overall gives off a more tonal muted vibe.

Between the three, the Chanel red is by far the most vibrant and interesting. A mix i’m loving currently even for dinner makeup, wearing just the bronze paired with a touch of red in the outer corner, lining with the gunmetal. It’s one of those effortless looks you can slap on in a rush.

What are your thoughts on red palettes?

Chanel eclat solaire

This season Chanel also released an Essential Palette in an unexpected colourway. A striking combination of a creamy raspberry red blush, shimmering warm gold highlighter with gold specks and a rosy nude shimmer highlighter.

Although intimidating at first glance, I do love the balmy blush and find it very easy to blend. The finish and the texture was a clear winner for me. It’s one of those effortless products that end up being a must have during summer. juicy plump cheeks all year long actually!

The two highlighter shades in the gold and rose gold offer an element of light to the complexion. Both creamy and very easy to blend. Even though the gold is quite warm, I experimented using it on the high points of the cheeks (now that i’ve tanned considerably). I don’t think it’ll work that well on paler complexions though. The yellow tones in this is very pronounced. The rosy nude on the other hand is almost my skin colour and blends leaving a wet glow. No detectable colour once blended out. I feel this would look better on paler complexions and a great option if you like a glossy natural looking highlight. Usually it’s hard to recommend a palette if you don’t love all the shades but, if you feel the yellow is workable somehow, I think the blush and rosy nude highlight alone makes this rather special.

Chanel Eclat Solaire

The Jumbo Lip Crayons were an instant love for me. The colours I have `A la Rosée and Au Naturel, a peachy pink and a warm medium brown.

The texture of these are very creamy, they glide on easily and deliver a glossy sheer to medium coverage. I don’t think they work well built up, as the formula has too much slip, however worn as just a touch of colour, both shades look summery and fresh. My personal favourite is Au Naturel, with A la Rosée being slightly too light a shade for my medium skin tone.

Overall I think the quality of these are really lovely and keep the lips hydrated and supple throughout wear. Lasting power as expected (as any sheer lipstick) was about 2-3 hours. Regular touchups are necessary to keep these going the whole day.

Chanel Au Naturel

If all else is a pass, the nailpolish shades within the collection are totally worth looking at. I’m happy to find the formula of these have improved and now they last longer. Although the best wear I can get is still about 5 days. I love that they don’t chip as easily.

The colours I tested was Chicness and Légèrete. A muted rosy taupe and a muted medium sage green. I never got around to testing the pink polish Halo, but in case you do own Novela Rosa (from spring), this one’s much warmer and brighter. They aren’t alike.

Lastly, here’s a look at the eyeshadow palette and the blush from the Essential palette worn on the cheeks. I do love all the tones of red that make for a striking look. On the lips is the Jumbo Lip Crayon, Au Naturel.

Bottom Line

The quality of the products I sampled were impressive and true to Chanel standards. The palette especially, (Éclat Énigmatique) is a must have. I wish I had longer wear with my oily lids, but it didn’t stay on more than 4-5 hours. I might have to try various primers to get this to work better on me, but over the last year i’ve noticed most eyeshadows have been fading faster. I believe my oily lids are just getting oilier!.

Also a must have within the collection is a gorgeous polish Chicness. I think you will be needing backups of this.

*PR samples included.

 

Tom Ford Soleil Summer 2018 | Review , Photos , Swatches

It seems the best summer beauty comes from Tom Ford each year. Of course the white and gold packaging is hard to resist, but what do you do when everything is soo good and you can’t pick??

Tom Ford summer 2018

The collection this year includes,

11 Ultra Shine Lip Color (SGD76)

2 Soleil Lip Color Sheer (SGD76)

1 Soleil Lumière Lip (SGD76)

Soleil Contouring Compact (SGD180) 

Soleil Sheer Cheek Duo (SGD119)

Soleil Illuminating Glow Stick (SGD88)

2 Soleil Cream and Powder Eye Color (SGD90)

Shade and Illuminate Eye Color Duo (SGD61)

The Soleil Ultra Shine Lip Colors are incredibly juicy saturated lipsticks with the comfort of a balm texture. For a glossy lipstick, I find the payoff of these beyond impressive. Two strokes for full-on saturated lips.

The formula doesn’t feel heavy or over emollient. The perfect light airy feel of a summer lip.

These are great as an everyday lipstick, they don’t make my lips peel or dry out. Therefore, all i’ve been reaching for these past weeks!

Wear time would be around 3-4 hours depending on the shades you choose. The darker ones seem to wear better and stain the lips.

Here’s 7 of the 11 shades released. The colour range is in fact pretty good, with something for everyone!

Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Colour

On to swatches!

Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Colour Swatches

Luscious – A neutral mauve rose

Rapturous – A warm berry pink

Ravenous – A blue based medium pink

Exuberant – A bright coral

Lavish – A light peach

Bare – A nude with pink tones and fine shimmer

Nubile – A warm rose nude

Here’s one more set of swatches taken in store!

 

Next up, complexion offerings of the Soleil collection.

Tom Ford Sun struck review

Among the brand new additions is a double ended Shade and Illuminate Glow Stick in the shade Sunstruck. Similar in size and design to the one’s released by Dior last year (which I also happen to love).

The product consists of a bright apricot blush and a bronze highlight. A balmy formulation for glossy sun-kissed summer skin.

Tom Ford Sun struck swatches

The blush shade as evident is saturated and vivid. The kind of effortless, summery, healthy flush we strive for. The colour blends well to achieve a very natural looking flush, no harsh edges or colour streaking.

The highlight shade looks wet on the skin with very fine sparkle that’s noticeable once blended out.

Wear time of this depends on wether you set with a powder. On it’s own I find I can get about 6-7 hours wear without noticeable fading.

For those who favour a powder formula for the cheeks, this year we have another addition to the Soleil Sheer Cheek Duos. Exotica Flora. Unlike the blush highlight combos of previous seasons, this years addition comes with two blushes! A bright coral and a pink.

I’ve swatched this alongside some of the other Sheer Cheek Duos. As you can see the colour payoff is beautiful but does require a light hand on application.

Tom Ford Exotica Flora

Exotica Flora (as seen above) has the most brightening effect among the duos. I love that the colour of these are buildable and should work great on all skin tones alike! Especially the medium to deeper complexions!

On the cheeks these maintain an ethereal translucent quality and always seem to blend into the skin without any powderiness.

Bottom Line

If I had to pick favourites from the collection, it’d be at least one of the lipsticks, either Exuberant or Ravenous. Sunstruck Shade & Illuminate Stick and the Sheer Cheek Duo.

They are best of the collection.

Of course, this time around there’s nothing I consider a miss and the quality was top notch! If you are in the mood to spend, the Tom Ford Soleil collection is exactly where you should begin!

*This post contains some PR samples and some products purchased by myself.