Flush is still my most favorite Tom Ford blush but I understand that it can be a little too intimidating for most people. Love Lust, on the other hand, is more of a classic peachy color that is much more neutral and wearable. It’s one of those “staple” shades that you can grab, apply, and go. No skills or extra effort needed! :)
Similar to other Tom Ford blushes, Love Lust also comes protected in a brown protective pouch. There is no applicator included but it has a good-sized mirror inside the magnetic compact. I can’t get enough of the gold bar with Tom Ford engraved on it, such a luxurious touch. :)
01 Love Lust is a light peachy coral shade. It is packed with lots and lots of gold and coral shimmer that may look a little too sparkly on the hand swatch, but the magic really happens when you apply it on the cheeks! Don’t think of it as a blush with shimmer, because Love Lust is more like a blush with a highlighting quality.
You will see what I’m talking about when you scroll down to the last photo below. In that photo, it will look like I’m wearing a separate highlighter on top of Love Lust but it’s actually Love Lust alone! :) In the shadow (towards the side of the cheek), the pigment is more pronounced, but on the area where lights hit, only the shimmer is noticeable.
And what’s lovely about it is, the shimmery sheen does not appear as a typical glitter-in-your-face kind of sheen, but more of a soft and luminous glow that you can only experience with the finest, and highest quality shimmer. It is true when they say Tom Ford knows how to make “adult” shimmer. :)
The level of pigmentation I have to say is on the sheer side (at least on my medium NC30 skin). I feel that I have to use a blush brush with moderately dense bristles to pick up the product. It takes roughly a few layers for it to really show up on me because the pigment seems to sheer out a bit once applied on the skin. It is buildable, though, and very, very blendable. In fact, it seems as if it can blend itself free of any hard edges!
In terms of texture, it is ultra luxurious silky smooth! The powder is so soft and melds into the skin flawlessly. It is finely-milled and easily gets kicked up by a brush but the application is not at all powdery. The wear time is exceptional up to 7-8 hours depending on the amount applied. It may fade slightly faster on oily skin but on my combination skin, I can go on a typical work day without the need to reapply.
Love Lust may not be the most unique color but I think everyone can agree that it is one of those safe and classic shades that anyone with any skin tone can wear. If you like a soft coral for everyday cheek color, this is for you (although it can be built up for a more dramatic look, too!). If you like a 2-in-1 blusher and highlighter product, this is also for you. If you are looking to splurge on your first Tom Ford blush, Love Lust is definitely the one I highly recommend. :)