So I’ve had my first brush with Tom Ford Beauty and am happy to report that it’s as good as I anticipated, with a seriously swoony Summer collection. The Soleil edit includes cream and powder eye duos, bronzers, sheer lipsticks and the brand’s first cream blush. Wrapped in glamorous white and gold, this is beauty at its most luxurious. The colours, textures, pigmentation - and that packaging (I’m only human) - left me a little weak at the knees.
I received a few pieces to share with you and today I want to talk about the makeup... I’ll be back with a full ode to the new fragrance, Fleur de Portofino. Spoiler alert: it’s awesome.
CREAM POWDER EYE DUO
The new Cream Powder Eye Duo is available in four shades: bronze, peach, blue and black. Each duo includes a densely pigmented cream eye shadow paired with a sparkling powder shadow, designed to be layered - or worn separately if you prefer. Black Oyster is a dense granite cream with a silver shimmer powder. The texture of the cream is unlike any I have tried before; velvety smooth, it has the lightness of a mousse and the tiniest dot is intensely pigmented. Extremely buildable, it can be sheered out with a fluffy brush for a wash of colour, applied with a fingertip for an opaque finish, or lightly blended for something in between. The silver powder is equally buildable - from a sprinkling of finely spun glitter to a shimmering finish. A little in the centre of the lids captures the light beautifully, though I struggle to stop there and tend to apply it all over the cream, then add definition with a little more cream along my lash line and in outer corners.
I’m not used to wearing such a dark colour, but once I became comfortable with the level of pigmentation, this allowed me to create an instant smoky eye. I’ve also tried it as a smoky liner, applied with an angled brush and blended with a pencil brush, which I like a lot for a more everyday look. It doesn’t set on the skin, but does have good lasting power with barely any creasing after 5 hours without primer, pretty much unheard of for me. My swatches above show the two colours individually, then layered in the central line. The colours look more dense and intense in real life, particularly the black, which is closer to how it looks on my finger swatches.
Gold Dust is one of two bronzers, both available in large palm sized palettes and this cute mini purse size (which is a pretty standard bronzer size rather than mini). While I generally opt for cooler toned bronzer with a matte finish, this is warm with a golden sheen, but kudos that the collection offers both options. For me, Gold Dust is a mid Summer evening option, when I’m faux tanned and fancy a bit of a glow. For daywear, I’d definitely choose Terra, the cooler toned, matte bronzer.
I’m wearing both products in these pics, with just a light sweep of the bronzer applied using a duo fibre brush.
These were my three favourite products from the launch, which my own pics don’t do justice, so I’m sharing the official shots. The Pink Glow Eye and Cheek Palette is the star of the show and the most prettiness you’ll get in one product (if you can track one down!). The Lip Color Sheer lipsticks are silky smooth with medium pigmentation - sheer with a distinct pop of colour and a hydrating texture. Sweet Spot is a soft everyday coral… and if I’m paying Tom Ford prices I want everyday wear, so this is the kind of shade I’d go for. Lovely as these are, I’d be more inclined to choose a longer lasting formula with full pigmentation, just to get my money’s worth! To me, the Naked Bronze Eye Duo is the most beautiful (and wearable) of the four colour ways and I may have to treat myself as I can imagine wearing this a lot.
If you’re interested in any of the above, don’t hang about as a lot of it appears to be sold out already online… it’s worth checking at your local counter if you’re lucky enough to have one. Probably safest for my bank account that I don’t, though a trip to Dublin is definitely on the cards!
If you were to choose one item from Tom Ford Beauty, what would it be?