For fall Tom Ford Beauty has launched new items for lips and eyes along with a few repromoted shades. Many of you have been eagerly waiting for the review and I can say that the new launches do not disappoint. By now the items have arrived in store and counters - I ordered these sight unseen and only have one that I would say I regret buying. For the AW16 Color Collection, items include:
- Lip Contour Duos in eight colors ($53 each)
- Cream Color for Eyes in Pink Haze and Platinum, both repromotes ($45 each)
- Lip Contour Duo AW16 Runway ($53)
- Eye Color Duo AW16 Runway ($60)
- Cheek Color in Love Lust, repromoted shade ($60)
The item I was most excited about was the Eye Color Duo called AW16 which was featured on the runway for this year's fashion week. The online stock photos are not accurate though. Based on the online images I expected a soft peachy shimmer and neutral-cool brown taupe neutral shimmer. The duo is a lot more neutral in real life. Many of you have asked how it compares to Nude Dip (originally reviewed here). I'll show comparisons below. As a die hard Tom Ford eyeshadow lover there was nothing that would have stopped me from purchasing it. There are subtle differences if you look closely. The duo has a brighter shimmer for the pale side and the deep side is deeper than Nude Dip's darkest color. However they are remarkably similar. Texture is the same for the duo and quads which is my favorite formula from Tom Ford. They are very pigmented and easy to blend. The shimmer is just unmatched with any other brand.
AW16 layered over Platinum (the right side looks faded because I hold my camera sideways and the flash always washes that side out):
Nude Dip vs AW16:
AW16 swatched on the left, Nude Dip on the right:
Next are the Cream Color for eyes, both repromoted shades Pink Haze and Platinum. I've received dozens of requests for swatches compared to the originals (yes I still have them, they are still good and haven't turned in color or scent) and also compared to the Golden Peach Cream Powder Duo. The artist at my local counter said they were different, I think they are really close so there's no need to re-buy if you already own these from past seasons. These are some of my favorite cream shadows. They are easy to blend, super creamy and work well with my skintype. I like layering them together for an effortless look.
Pink Haze is a medium warm pink shimmer. Platinum is the perfect fawn brown taupe.
Love Lust was repromoted with this launch but when I saw photos pop up online it looked drastically different from the one I own. Out of curiosity I had to buy it. I adore Tom Ford Blushes anyways so having an extra one was ok in my mind. It's been a while since I've looked at their blushes because they really do last a long time, but the current one is lighter and less peach than the original one I have. I don't know if there are differences in batches or if they changed the color. If you own it let me know what you think yours looks like.
Last but not least are the Lip Contour Duos. Each product has a lip shaping liner with tiny glitter flecks and a cream lip color on the other end. The liners match the lipstick and they are both full coverage. The liners are on the stiff side and I broke the tips of a few when I applied them on bare lips although I will say they were a bit on the dry side. I found application best for the liner if I prepped the lips with a bit of balm first and then applied in short strokes. For me the liner glitter isn't as chunky as I expected and is very subtle so even the conservative makeup-wearer can still wear these. The liners have a matte finish and truly extend the lasting power of the lip color. For me when I used the liner the lip color lasted a lot longer.
The lipstick side is a full coverage cream. They have a soft finish and glide across the lips. Many of the shades have a 90's vibe to me and as a neutral lip lover I found quite a few options I can wear for everyday. In addition there are some lovely pinks, mauves and a plum. I skipped the bright reds as the only two reds I really wear are Edward Bess Amor Lip Gloss or the Louboutin Rouge Loubilaque.
There's the AW16 Lip Contour Duo shade and eight in the regular Lip Contour Duo lineup (I picked out the lightest ones):
Colors as they apply on me, liners match lipstick almost exactly with the exception that the liners have tiny gold flecks:
- AW16 is a super pale beige cream, this is the only shade I regret buying, alone it's just pure death, if I layer a pinky or peachy gloss on top I can make it work
- Public Display is a beige cream nude
- Fling it On is a peachy pink color
- Dream Obscene is a mauvey lilac color
- Show it Off is a mauve plum (my favorite!)
- I'll Teach You is a deep fuschia pink
- Make Me is a drop dead gorgeous plum
Close ups, first the lipstick:
Lip liner side:
Quick look with AW16 + Platinum for eyes, Love Lust on the cheeks (current version which is almost like a highlighter on my skintone) and Public Display on the lips:
As a huge fan of Tom Ford Beauty I think there are some lovely items in the fall collection. The prices are among the highest in the beauty world but in my experience the quality, color payoff and textures are really good. The AW16 Duo has a lot of similar qualities to Nude Dip so if you're debating which one to get, I'd say go for Nude Dip.
Out of the Lip Contour Duos, my favorites actually are the mauves and plums with Show It Off being the winner for me. In the neutral zone I think there are some good options but regular lip colors like Pink Dusk, Revolve Around Me and Spanish Pink are still my favorite neutrals from his line. Still the Lip Contour Duos are solid performers and the lipstick side is among the creamiest formula I've tried with full coverage in one swipe.
At this time I'm not sure which items are permanent or limited-edition. I think it's safe to say the AW16 items are limited. There are also some new Private Blend Fragrances that have launched. I gave them a brief sniff at the counter and got a mini sample made of one, but of course I've forgotten where I put it and can't remember which one it was. Once I find it I'll report back.
You can find the Tom Ford Beauty Autumn Winter collection at Tom Ford counters now. Online at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Tom Ford. Note that the BG Rewarding Beauty event is still going on through the 18th - as Tom Ford is pretty spendy the event is a nice time to have some savings off splurges. Details in this post.
Have you checked out the Tom Ford fall collection items yet?
What did you think? Any winners for you?