How’s everyone doing today? I’ve been catching up these past few nights with my reality shows. Been binge watching The Real Housewives franchise and of course Big Brother. For the past several days, I also can’t stop wearing my new Tom Ford Moodlight Skin Illuminating Duo and Bite Beauty Barberry Matte Creme Lipstick. This Tom Ford highlighter is one of the few expensive highlighters that I’ve own to date. Bite Beauty Barberry is more of a purplish berry than the typical red based berry lipsticks which are commonly launched for fall. The formulation is pretty unique and the kind that makes me think of a lightweight version of the popular Givenchy Le Rouges. And speaking of that, I am so disappointed with Sephora’s Epic Rewards this year. I can’t even load the page to redeem my points. I guess, I just have to wait for another one next year or might as well save it for a trip to Paris.
Bite Beauty Barberry Frozen Berries Matte Creme Lipstick is described as a muted orchid with a creamy matte finish. Saying “creamy matte” is kind of ironic, but that is basically how it is. It appears as a midtone purplish berry with strong warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It is a moderately hydrating, non drying lipstick. I still do my usual lip scrub to smoothen up my lips but I skipped the lip balm prior to the application phase. You may apply a lip balm but it will turn it into a satin or even amplified cream finish. I prefer a “drier” texture so the lesser balm, the better. It lasted for an average of 6 hours of wear and left a stain throughout the rest of the day. It applies smoothly without pulling or tugging. The pigmentation is intense and evenly distributed without any issues of being patchy or streaky. It is also important to note that it is a very lightweight formula.
Tom Ford 01 Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder Duo is described as a compact which consists of a soft white and radiant golden shades. It appears on my skin as a cool tone beige with a lilac silver sheen and a cool beige with a hint of golden undertones. It seems with my own natural golden undertones, it erases almost every hint of gold in this illuminator. I’ve just decided to purchase this since: (a) I’m a highlighter freak and (b) I haven’t seen a swatch around on women of color. Well the latter is nothing unusual in the high end makeup realm. Anyways, it lasted decently at about 9 hours with no primer underneath. It is a very subtle sheen not the shimmery kind. The sad thing with this one, I was having pigment issues. It can be attributed to not only with my skin tone but also on how compactly pressed and finely milled that it requires a stiff brush to apply to get the pigment. I used the Make Up For Ever 150 Precision Blush Brush to apply. I did tried using my usual regular brushes for highlighters but that was an epic fail. I really liked it for being very soft focused. But if you prefer a more “disco ball” glowy highlighter types, this product will disappoint you. Also, don’t get your high hopes on the darker shade if you’ve got tan or deeper skin tone. It never looks dark at all!
The Bottom Line:
Tom Ford 01 Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder Duo best suits for those who prefer soft focus highlighters. I love the sleek and expensive looking packaging. Well there goes your $80. The product overall quality is okay, but not really the best, in terms of texture, available on the market today. I just find it hard to even take the product from the pan if you are not using a stiffer brush. You also get more product at this price point for a Tom Ford. However, Bite Beauty Barberry Frozen Berries Matte Creme Lipstick is one of the best semi-matte lipstick that I have ever tried. It reminds me so much of Givenchy Le Rouge but at $12 cheaper. Which reminds me again of the Epic Rewards fiasco from Sephora this year. I can’t believe I’ve been excusing myself excessively during my meetings just to check if I can even place an order. Well thanks for the anxiety Sephora! I highly recommend getting the Bite Beauty Barberry Frozen Berries Matte Creme Lipstick especially for fall. As for the Tom Ford 01 Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder Duo, if you are a woman of color, expect to see more cooler golden beige than a bronzed gold highlighter on this one. As what I’ve previously mentioned, it erases out all the golden undertones when applied over my skin. Which of these two are you eyeing?
Bite Beauty Barberry Frozen Berries Matte Creme Lipstick A
Overall Quality: 9/10 Formula: 9/10 Pigmentation: 10/10 Application: 10/10 Longevity: 10/10
Price: $24 / 0.15 oz. / 4.35 g tube
Tom Ford 01 Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder Duo B
Overall Quality: 8/10 Formula: 8/10 Pigmentation: 8/10 Application: 9/10 Longevity: 9/10
Price: $80 / 0.42 oz. / 12.0 g x 2 pan
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