I like to wear shades (as in sunglasses).
Connor Claire also likes to throw shade, which is cute now, but it may not be in 12 years.
Now, neither of these types forms of shade have anything to do with the two new Shade and Illuminate Cheeks cream blushes in the new Tom Ford Spring 2017 color collection, but that’s OK.
They’re lovely (albeit incredibly expensively).
The Tom Ford 2017 spring collection is available now, and my gawd! — can we just take a moment to appreciate the drop-dead gorgeousness of this makeup?
The collection includes two cream blush duos and six lip duos that are all about shade and illumination, as in highlighting and contouring — playing with lighter shades to catch the light and darker shades for shading. Through strategically using complementary colors to shade and highlight the cheeks and lips, it creates balance.
I hope you’re sitting down now…because they’re $ 80.
Yeah, I never get over that shock.
And they’re also purposefully sheer…so if you’re all about that #pigmentedlife, you might as well go grab a coffee at Starbucks, and I’ll meet you back here in a few.
If, however, you’re cool with them being sheer, and you’re cool with creams that are easy to blend, there’s some good stuff happening here.
First, they look really, really natural, and I’m all about my cheeks looking natural these days. If you like wearing makeup, but you don’t like to look like you’re wearing a lot of blush on your cheeks, these are fantastic.
There’s a dewiness to them that makes skin look like it’s been pampered at a pricey spa where they use mysterious French skin care that you can’t pronounce, and serve tiny cucumber sandwiches on expensive China. Skin looks fresh and un-fussy.
Scintillate is a peach contouring blush with the peachy pink pearl highlighter, and Sublimate is a rosy pink blush with a pinkish beige highlighter.
I think that both of them benefit from a layer of makeup primer worn underneath them, as well as an additional layer of blush and/or highlighter on top, especially if you plan to have a long day, because they otherwise fade over the course of an eight-hour day, at least on my combination dry/oily skin. Without extra help, they get to where I can’t see them on my cheeks at all.
Of course, I also have to say again that they’re sheer, so they never really look like a ton of makeup in the first place.
The keys here are that you have to be OK with them being sheer, and you have to really love the look of natural, barely-cheek color.
The closest thing I can compare them to right now is Kjaer Weis Cream Blush, which I also love (it also lasts longer than TF’s, so that’s something to think about).
I think these would look amazing layered under other Tom Ford powder blushes for extra dimension, but they’re probably best for die-hard Tom Ford-ies. If you just want a cream blush that looks natural and really lasts, you might want to peep Kjaer Weis instead.
Not to so say that these aren’t ridiculously pretty — they are. They just don’t last extremely long.
When I went to Old Navy the other day, I had plans to try on their High Waisted Rockstar jeans, but I was thwarted by this cute workout tank!
I love the one that says, “She Who Dares.” The open back shows off your sports bra, like if you’re wearing a cute one with lots of straps or a bright pop of color. Added bonus: it helps keep you cool.
I’m glad I didn’t grab it in the store, though, because it’s on sale online right now for $ 12. Woo-hoo! ?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,