Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Review: Tom Ford Blush 04 Savage

A warm brown with red and pink undertone is the usual "safe" color of choice for my blushes. Not that I'm scared of brown (it can always work as contour powder or bronzer in certain ways), but I didn't find it particularly flattering on me. After several years trying on more dramatic blushes, I thought I settled for the ordinary peach/pink/rosy/neutral blush. Tom Ford blush in Savage, together with Ravish, has revolutionized the way I wear blushes and enjoy them. It ain't just another brown. 
Tom Ford Cheek Color Savage ($55 for 0.28 oz) is a rich warm brown with hint of cool pink that is opulent and sensual. Very sensual. Everything about this blush goddess is done right. The sophisticated brown, the ultra fine shimmer, the velvety texture and the pigmentation dance accordantly to create a blush of superb quality and versatility. You sure can use it as a bronzer, especially if you're medium to deep skin. On top of that, it stays in place until being removed 8 hours later.

Savage is highly pigmented yet the sheerest of the bunch I own. It has the same shimmer level as Narcissist, very subtle and well blent with the pigment. The shimmer is fused exquisitely with the pigment and seems inseparable when applied on my cheeks. In the pan, Savage looks rather deep and intense but it's lovely and very natural on the skin. It produces a stunning sheen (like all other Tom Ford blushes). So anti-shimmer wearers, don't worry about overly sparkly cheeks or cheesy shiny cheekbones! Savage warms up my skin and gives it kick of healthy glow. I love wearing it higher on my cheekbones. When I turn my heads under different lighting, my cheeks look lively and sun-kissed *self-promotion*.

Isn't Savage gorgeous?
Like the rest of Tom Ford powder products, particularly his blushes, Savage has velvety texture that feels so silky smooth without being powdery. The blush blends seamlessly and effortlessly into my skin, producing a second-skin layer. Some bloggers have reported not-so-smooth texture of Tom Ford blushes on the skin. I, however, have been beyond happy with all the blushes. I checked them in magnified mirror and didn't see them emphasize pores, lines or my skin texture. I'm not sure it's because my skin has improved dramatically or my magnifying mirror doesn't zoom in enough. May be my standard for smoothness is simply not as high :D 

Tom Ford Savage against Flush and Love Lust. You think it's like a bronzer? 
At first, I was certain of a dupe of my collection. Naive belief! It turns out all of my bronzers are either lighter, peachier or yellower than Tom Ford Savage. 

Here are comparison with some of bronzers in my stash

Tom Ford Savage has more red than the rest of my bronzers. It's also the deepest shade. 

Tom Ford Savage in action (makeup worn)
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, Savage included, is extremely competitive to the other brands.

Bottom line. Another must-have blush for me.

Do you double your brown blushes as bronzers and use your bronzer as blushes? Have you tried Tom Ford Savage? Thoughts? 

20 comments:

  1. This would be SUCH a great bronzer! Compared to your other other bronzers, it has a red quality to it that makes it look like a real tan -- I've heard somewhere that the best self tanners are red-based, not brown, because it imitates the 'burn' of the sun better.

    Also, I no longer feel bad about buying Burberry blush since it's the cheapest by far! =P Thanks!

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    1. LOL on the Burberry guilt-free!!! Designer cosmetics is definitely an investment for me. So it's awesome that I can double up Savage as a bronzer. Burberry Earthy is on my to-try list. If only there's a local Burberry counter.....I have a bit of red in my undertone and have found red contouring powders complement my skin well. I never thought of that but now you mentioned it, my suspicion is confirmed. woot woot!

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  2. I love the swatches, I have Ravish on my wishlist not I guess i'll have to add Salvage.... you're bad for my walet!

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    1. Oops Goddess! I didn't mean to. But seriously, you need this. It'll flatter your skintone well. Ravish too, hehehe. I'm not helping.

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  3. That really is a gorgeous color! Love Lust also looks really pretty! I sometimes use bronzer as a blush, but I'm really fair skinned so I tend to shy away at times. Totally going to check it out next time I'm out though. It's too pretty not to!

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    1. Thank you Lisa!! Just you a light hand with Savage and it can be your go-to bronzer or blush. I love to use it as both :D, especially when there's a lot going on with the eye makeup. x

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  4. Wow, this is really very brown! But you managed to make it look amazing! I actually really do think it's great for the ultimate bronzed Godess effect like you said, it has the perfect balance of shimmer, glow and pigmentation in it.

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    1. Yes, I was at awe when I looked at the pan. A RICH brown!!! When I swatched Savage against other bronzers I could see clearly the red undertone of this blush. Then on my skin, it's like a magical color, not too brown, not too red nor yellow. Just the right amount of sheen and pigmentation. Love everything about it!! Thanks for the sweet comment gorgeous Teri!

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    1. Thank you thank you!!!! I don't really have anything that's close to Savage actually. Didn't realize that until I swatched it against my collection. x

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  6. I loved the savage, it look so natural but still able to give your cheeks a rosy glow! ^_~

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    1. I know right? And that rosy glow probably wasn't what you expected at first. I also love that it's different.

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  7. *drools drools drools* I so wish I could see the Tom Ford blush line-up in person, but sadly I haven't been able to! Savage looks like a very versatile everyday shade, but naturally what REALLY caught my eye is Flush. NEEEED that thing in my life!

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    1. Go for it Sunny!!! I love how Flush brightens up my skin tone. It's an interesting color. I thought I have enough corals, but nah. Tom Ford is different. I genuinely love the TF blushes, to pieces.

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  8. This is so gorgeous! Someday, and hopefully someday soon, I will own a Tom Ford Blush!

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    1. Yay!!! It took me quite some time to take a risk with Tom Ford. I thought the SAs were joking when they told me I'd love the brand. And yes, one of the blushes is the great way to start your journey. xx

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  9. This is gorgeous on you! and oh my your collection!

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    1. Thank you Taylor!!! TF blushes are the best. I'm obsessed. x

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  10. Hiya! What highlighter did you apply above the blush - or what highlighter would u suggest would go with the savage blush for indian nc40/42 skin? Great review btw x

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    1. Hi Anonymous, I used Edward Bess All Over Seduction in Afterglow - my all time favorite highlighter together with her sister Sunlight! I think Becca shimmering skin perfector in Opal or Dior Amber Diamond would complement your skin and go well with Savage too! Thanks so much for stopping by! x

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