At the first few applications, Tom Ford Blush in Love Lust ($55 for 0.28 oz) didn't win my heart completely, not as much as the other 4 blushes I own. It seemed like another easy peachy blush that you can find from just every brand on the market. But then Mr. Ford never fails to impress. The more I wear it, the more I love and appreciate everything about it. A true winner!
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You can see the silky texture of Love Lust here. It's heavenly smooth :)
Love Lust is the most frosty among Tom Ford blushes yet it still create sheen rather than sparkly cheeks. The shimmer is ultra fine as you can see from the picture. It shows up more clearly in the swatches than in the pan. That's the kind of shimmer I love to wear. And I'm not even a fan of shimmer. I've said this multiple times and will do it again: Tom Ford executes shimmer and sparkles brilliantly. Although Love Lust (and Tom Ford shimmer in general) is also frosty, it's not the same as any other brands I've tried such as Dior, Chanel, Guerlain, Le Mertier de Beaute, Edward Bess, Burberry, and the likes.
As I mentioned earlier, I thought Love Lust only offered mediocre color that I already have a ton in my stash. Well, it's quite close and the color ain't that different from the peachy pink genre I have. Tom Ford Love Lust has more brown than the others. It would compliment warm skin tones better than cool tones. However, it's neutral enough to work on a various skin color and depth. I would recommend a dense blush brush like Mac or Studio Gear 13 to apply Love Lust (and Tom Ford blushes). If you use a more fan out brush (like a MAC angle brush), the brush tends to only pick up the shimmer, leaving most of pigment behind. It isn't a bad thing but then you'd loose the specialty of Tom Ford blushes - its fun color.Tom Ford Love Lust and other peachy pink blushes
Swatches near window, full sun. Love Lust is the most brown blush.
A look I did with Love Lust. Full list of makeup is here.
Tom Ford blushes come with a velvet pouch and large mirror. I love the case design but will prefer a more sturdy/luxe material. And usually with a price like this, I expect a nice quality brush like Burberry's. It doesn't mean that I'll use it. It's more for the convenience on the go.
Finally, I want to discuss the price point. You pay $55 for 0.28 oz of product or about $196/oz. This is double the amount of a standard blush. How does it compare to other high-end blushes?
In terms of price per quantity:
Burrberry: $42 for 0.24 oz ($175/oz).
Chanel: $43 for 0.21 oz ($205/oz).
Guerlain Duo: $50 for 0.21 oz ($238/oz).
Dior: $42 for 0.26 oz ($161/oz).
Le Mertier de Beaute: $30 for 0.13 oz ($230/oz).
Tom Ford blushes are priced in the higher range among the designer brands yet not the most expensive. Some may argue that Tom Ford Beauty enters the market recently while the others have been there for decades. It might not be reasonable to price the products at that range. I've tried all of the above except for Le Mertier de Beaute and the quality of Tom Ford blushes, Love Lust included, is extremely competitive to the other brands. Just throw out my two cents!
Have you tried Love Lust? Do you like it or pass it over?
Bottom line. Totally in love! Even though you can find similar color somewhere else, the quality is unbeatable in my opinion. If you haven't tried Tom Ford blushes though, I would recommend Flush, Ravish and Narcissist (or Wicked) instead.