Brand new TF cream shadows! 🙂
Just kidding. They aren’t cream shadows…but they look like they are, don’t they?
I can’t be the only person out there who thought that these new Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Lip Duos were actually cream shadows. In fact, I may or may not have tried one of them on my lids (FYI, I don’t recommend doing this, although, off the record, it was kind of fun!).
Are these cream shadows or what??
Tom’s new Shade and Illuminate Lip Duos look like eyeshadow duos, cost about as much as his eye products (they’re $60 each), and they even come with little sponge applicators.
Thing is, they aren’t for ‘ze ? eyes… No, these are for ‘ze ? lips!
Tom ford whipped up a new formula called “powder gelee,” which I think might be fancy talk for a cream-to-powder lip formula, for these swanky six, all of which are new for spring 2017.
Tom Ford’s powder-gelee formula features emollient oils and a blend of polymers that provide rich color release and adherence.
These duos go on creamy but dry to a velvety matte finish. I think they look a lot like the Chanel Velvets, but they feel lighter than Chanel’s do to me, which I wouldn’t have guessed possible, because the Chanel Velvets feel sooo barely-there noticeable.
If you don’t like to feel like you’re wearing lipstick when you are, I think you’ll like how these feel.
Next-level highlighting and contouring
Tom Ford is BIG into contouring, with darker colors to sculpt and create angles, and lighter colors to accentuate and draw the eye to the high points of the face. It’s a structured, architectural makeup aesthetic, and it’s the kind of aesthetic these duos are designed to bring to lips.
The two coordinating colors are for doing easy ombre matte lips. You use the darker shade to outline your lips and the lighter shade to highlight the inner areas. Or, you can just be a lazy lip lady like me and use the colors separately/by themselves, because let’s be real — I ain’t got no time to carefully blend two lip colors together. Plus, I left lips with dark outlines behind me in the ’90s.
Still, part of me loves how Tom Ford took these to the next level, and I gotta hand it to the Tom Ford girls who have the chutzpah to highlight and contour their lips, because that’s some hardcore makeup commitment, baby!
Layering is SO key
OK, I admit it — these lipsticks are a lot of fun to apply. Normally, I’ll always choose a lipstick bullet over a palette, and I talk mad smack about silly sponge applicators, but for some reason, loading this sponge and swiping it across my lips is hella satisfying. I can completely cover everything in one layer (they’re crazy opaque!), and my lipstick and lips look preternaturally smooth, like I made a sketchy side deal with a trio of witchy sisters for eternally youthful, velvety lips.
Oh! — and they smell like Vanilla coke!
Mmm, Vanilla Coke… (But they’re unflavored.)
Now here’s the kicker: these aren’t the longest-lasting lip products in the Tom Ford fam, so you might want to have your favorite lip balm, lip pencil and maybe even a long-wearing sticky gloss handy, because these don’t last long if you wear them on their own. I only get about an hour or two at the most, so I suggest lining your lips with a lip pencil first and popping a layer of TF Shade and Illuminate on top.
And if you have dry lips like I do, lay down a lip balm before you use the lip pencil, because when I skip the balm, my flakes go bat-sh@t cray.
Yup, the formula is drying.
Props to Tom for creating an innovative formula that looks lovely on lips (especially in pics), but I think these really should last longer for the price.
I’ll always have mad love for Tom Ford lippies, but there are other lipsticks in the TF line that last longer, leave my pout less parched (like my main squeeze, Sable Smoke), and are probably a better deal overall for your moolah.
Adventures in Pilates…
That Pilates class I went to on Sunday in Petaluma was pretty cool. It was my first time ever at Pilates, and it was definitely a different workout than I’m used to.
I like to run, and I’ve been liking the HIIT classes I’ve been going to. Basically, I’ve always liked workouts where the music’s blasting and you grit your teeth and go into beast mode, but Pilates wasn’t like that at all. It was very elegant and concentrated, and very focused in a different way.
The particular class I went to was at Urban Guerrilla in Petaluma (my friend Bernadette teaches it). Most of the class utilizes these machines called Reformers, and there’s lots of leg work, core work and arm work with resistance, which is cool.
I don’t know if I’ll do it again right away, because I’ve been in a mode to slowly increase the intensity of my workouts lately, but maybe when my core gets stronger I’ll be able to go in there and push myself harder in different ways.
I didn’t leave the class drenched in sweat, but I left feeling good. All of my muscles felt stretched and…longer (WOW, like the calf stretches!). When we did the calf stretches, I was the one who went, “arrrghh!” from the burn, and Bernadette said, “Did you go for a run yesterday?”
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,