Hot off the trail of the previous FW2014 collection, we now turn to Tom Ford’s Holiday 2014 offering. This time, it almost feels as if the brand “cheated” a little by re-promoting 2 cream color for eyes both from the Spring 2012 collection. It was soldout then, and I am glad for a second chance to add these to my collection. Of course, it really would have been nice to have something new for a change, but for those who already have these, it is a reminder to shop your stash (as I type this, I’m reminded to take Pink Haze out for another whirl)!
What is great about Tom Ford is the consistency, and top-notch quality of all its products. Platinum and Spice Cream Color for Eyes have the same whipped mousse texture of Pink Haze from Summer 2013. They are super easy to apply both with a brush and finger. Unlike some other cream eyeshadows (e.g. Chanel Illusion d’Ombre), I don’t have a problem picking the product up with a brush, nor are they so slippery they are hard to blend. Tom Ford’s Cream Color for Eyes set fairly quickly and stay put all day without creasing or smudging, but there is enough time to work on it and blend before they set. However, I’ve found that they do fade after the 6th hour, and it is best to really set the entire look with some powder eyeshadow on top.
Platinum is a cool-toned pewter that has a strong metallic finish. The color sheers out substantially when applied with a brush, appearing to be my-skin-but-glistening on my NC15-20 Asian skin. It gives a very luminous look to the lids that is perhaps kept simple with some dramatic lashes and a bold dark lip.
Spice on the other hand is a warm-toned bronze with a reddened base. It feels slightly less frosty than Platinum but has some beautiful shimmers. It looks great when smoked out with a bit of smudged liner at the outer corners, or paired with Platinum.
Beautiful as the cream color for eyes are, they’re not new. What’s new, and has been receiving most of press interest (so it seems), is a collection of 8 brand new, Lip Color Mattes. These range from everyday nudes to vivid orange and dark cherry shades. I allowed myself only 1 because of an exploding lip cabinet at home, and went straight for Flame as I’m in the mood for a bold orange lately.
Flame Lip Color Matte is a vivid orange-red that is interestingly neutral-toned, and almost pulls cool on me. So for those who always found oranges too warm and difficult to wear, this may be the one to check out! Despite the vivid color, this has a translucency to it, and requires 2 or more swipes to achieve full opacity. But that gets me too orange, so I prefer building it up with a lip brush.
Up until now, I’ve always found Tom Ford lipsticks to be grossly overhyped. The classic lip colors (which I just realized I’ve been hoarding and never got around to reviewing!) dry out my lips whereas the Lip Color Sheers did not apply smoothly on me. However, these Lip Color Mattes are pure love! They still leave my lips dry – I can’t wear Flame for more than 2 days at a time without giving my lips some days in between to recuperate despite layering on lip balm massively – but strangely, it does not feel as drying as the classic Lip Color. Certainly this is the most comfortable matte lipstick I have ever owned. What is amazing is the color lasts all day! I applied my lipstick at 8 in the morning, munched on a sandwich and sipped coffee out of my Starbucks tumbler on the way to work, continued to sip water and more coffee throughout the morning, and it was still intact after lunch! Granted it faded somewhat, but evenly, leaving noticeable color on my lips. It is incredibly liberating not to have to touch up my lipstick throughout the day!
There are 8 shades in the collection, and are all permanent except for First Time and Black Dahlia both limited edition. Sadly, only 2 made their way to Singapore (I believe Pink Tease and Pussycat) and were instantly soldout. Let’s hope they bring more in shortly, if not, you can get yours online from Neiman Marcus or TomFord.com (unaffiliated).
And to put things into context for you, much as I know you enjoy cut up pieces of my face and arm swatches, here’s a look at both the Cream Colors on my eyes, and Flame Lip Color Matte on my puckers. I’d have loved to be able to show you a more dramatic look, but my skin has been suffering from a bout of allergies lately and feeling extremely stressed out, even the skin around my eyes are dry and crepey, so I can’t really do much except for a light day-look.