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Up in Smokes
I’ve been holding off on a few Tom Ford reviews because I got some feedback that they aren’t too relatable (as well as Chanel and the like). So I deviated a little and explored other brands because agreeably, I needed to tone down on the $$$ makeup. I found my way to the drugstore brands and discovered some treasures and hidden gems among the aisles (which I’m all currently testing so no reviews yet!).
However, while I love raving about cheap thrills and awesome non-bank-breaking finds – there’s just something particularly thrilling about finding out if luxury products live up to their price tags. Soooo… here I am. Slap me sue me for being unrelatable but I can’t quit this, you guys. *hides in corner*
I’ve written about two Tom Ford lipsticks before – Crimson Noir and Spanish Pink. The former I wasn’t too thrilled about (texture, shade and overall quality) while the latter I dub as one of my all-time favorite everyday lipsticks. I’ve realized with Tom Ford lipsticks (also confirmed by other bloggers and readers) that there isn’t consistency in the Tom Ford Lip Color line.
Sable Smoke is a beautiful caramel mid-tone beige that I wanted to be my end-all be-all nude lipstick. It’s a very thick emollient and pigmented cream that feels and applies like a matte but has a slight sheen preventing it from being a true matte. One swipe gives a very smooth, opaque color on the lips. It’s much thicker than the two ones I’ve reviewed before, Crimson Noir and Spanish Pink. Also, it’s much heavier in feel so you’d really feel the weight of the lipstick on when worn.
Although it feels hydrating because of the thick consistency, I don’t find it particularly moisturizing. Also, it has a tendency to settle into my lip lines which isn’t too nice to look at. When I do two full layers though, it isn’t as settl-y but then it already feels too heavy on the lips. I do find it very comfortable to wear though because it doesn’t emphasize flakes or make my lips peel, so despite not being moisturizing, it’s not at all drying either.
One thing I can not absolutely stand is the scent. It’s not the faint tolerable vanilla scent that I picked up from Crimson Noir and Spanish Pink. Good god, it smells like a super synthetic cream concealer/foundation from the 90s. My nose twitches every single time I put this on, no kidding. I’m not sure if I got a dud or what, but the scent is nowhere near faint. I may be the one to faint should I smell it continuously (which I once thought in desperation of doing to suck all the scent out).
Anyway, despite the few misgivings, I find myself pulling out Sable Smoke quite often because I find it such a beautiful nude for my skintone (at least I think so!). Despite not being as creamy and as moisturizing as Spanish Pink, I still find wearing Sable Smoke comfortable on the lips (worn in one full layer or two light layers, max) because it’s not drying at all.
It is quite emollient and much thicker than the two other Tom Ford lipsticks I’ve tried. The shade has won me over that I’m thinking it may actually be my end-all be-all nude lipstick if not for the repugnant stench my nose can not tolerate too much of.
I won’t even talk about worth because I certainly expected more from all the three Tom Ford lipsticks I’ve tried being $49 a pop. A bit more hydrating, perhaps? And if not, at least be able to stay on the lips longer. In the pay-off and texture department though, I have no qualms. They are richly pigmented and apply smoothly like luxe lipsticks should.
I’ve been eyeing another shade in the lip color line, Pink Dusk, but am holding off on any lipstick purchases because.. I don’t need any. Period. I’ve been super tempted to try the Lip Sheers recently launched but am not particularly drawn to any shades in the line, especially those with microshimmer. I have a few quads lined up for review, though, so to those who aren’t Tom Ford fans – heads up!
Any Tom Ford lipstick experiences you might want to share? If none, I’d love to know your favorite lipstick finish – matte, demi-matte, satin, sheer, cream, name it!
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