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Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation Bisque 4 Review

August 6, 2014

I’ve been playing with Tom Ford’s new Traceless Perfecting Foundation ($80 for 1 fl oz/30 ml) in Bisque 4. I’ve been testing about a week now and I’m in love. I shared my initial thoughts (and swatches of all 15 shades) last Friday. I’m happy with my selection of Bisque 4 as it matches my skin perfectly right now. After playing with it some more, here are my thoughts:

Color Choice: I was torn between Bisque 4 and Natural 5. Based on the counter recommendation after applying them both (one on each side of the face), I bought Bisque 4 and took home a small sample of Natural 5. I’ve been testing them both and really could get away with using either shade. Natural 5 is a bit darker and a tad more olive while Bisque is more neutral.

Formula, Coverage, Texture: The new Traceless Perfecting Foundation is a bit thicker in texture than most foundations I use and it gives perfect medium to full coverage. It blends very easily and covers well. Even though it’s thick, it doesn’t feel heavy on my skin and the finish and feel is very natural. I’ve tried all of Tom Ford’s foundations but have only purchased the Traceless Sticks. My thoughts comparing the three:
  • The regular Traceless Foundation (liquid in a square bottle with pump) is absolutely gorgeous on the skin but always looked a bit too dewy and glowy on my skin. It’s sheerer in coverage and has a sheen finish while the Traceless Perfecting Foundation is more velvety (but not matte).
  • The Traceless Stick Foundation is best used layered over other foundations for more coverage. It’s the perfect alternative to concealer for larger areas of the face that need more but isn’t quite as dry or pigmented as concealer so it blends easier on the skin.
  • The newest Traceless Perfecting Foundation is something I find really does have that perfecting effect. It doesn’t give me 100% perfect skin but it evens out skin tone and texture really nicely. It gives medium to full coverage without caking. It stays put and doesn’t sliding off. It also looks completely natural.
Application: The first few days I tested this we had a bit of a heat wave in Southern California. It was humid and we also had some rain. Those first few days I found the foundation felt a bit heavy although it stayed put the entire day from morning to evening. It didn’t slide off, get greasy or oily as the day wore on but it felt heavy. After playing with this a bit more I’ve found my perfect combination of product. You do need to use a lightweight moisturizer and good primer to prep the skin (it makes a world of difference). My go-to is to use:

Who can wear it? This is a thicker foundation compared to the thin fluid texture of Armani Maestro or even Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet. I would say it’s comparable in texture to Chanel Perfection Lumiere but a tad more airy and thicker in texture. I think it could suit a wide range of skin types but if you’re on the oily side it may not be the best option for you. For normal combination or dry skins I think this will be perfect.

Packaging: The foundation comes with an interesting twist up pump similar to the packaging of the Illuminating Primer. It dispenses product easily without any issues. I use 2 to 3 pumps to cover the entire face.

Packaging comparisons (review on primer here):

Here it is swatched on my arm:

Many of you have asked for comparisons to other foundations. I pulled out ones I use and a few lighter options I have leftovers of from winter/spring and I also had some samples in my drawers that I pulled out. I tan easily and my skin has gotten darker since spring. I’ll put a * next to the shades I currently use:

Set 1 includes:

Set 2 includes:

Overall thumbs up. It’s something I keep reaching for these days since I purchased it. For reference you can see all 15 shades swatched here. I hope this helps as a guide to help you select a color. If you need a shade match or recommendation, I highly recommend you call a Tom Ford counter. I’ve found the reps at Neiman Marcus Fashion Island, Beverly Hills and San Francisco to be extremely helpful.

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  • Dovey August 7, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Hi Sabrina,

    I think you chose the right shade! At least on the arm swatches, Tom Ford Bisque seems to match you the best out of all the foundations! Natural does seem a hint too tan, though I suppose we tend to tan more on the face.

    One thing that strikes me about both Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting foundation shades here is how they have the healthy yellow-based finish a-la-Bobbi Brown's mantra. (Not surprising I suppose, since they share the same parent co.)

    • Bella August 7, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      I also really appreciate that they are yellow based. Look how horribly peachy pink the Chanel foundations look by comparison!

  • MarΓ­a Blardone August 7, 2014 at 2:43 am

    Want to try the illuminating primer! Thanks for sharing it.
    Lots of love, xx

  • Ellen Rennie August 7, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Looks devine I want to try! E, x

  • SJ Sellers August 7, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I bought mine last night and applied for the first time this morning (I'm shade Cream). WOW. I am super impressed. Talk about perfecting – I feel absolutely gorgeous! πŸ™‚ This might just be HG for me. Currently I use Ellis Faas and Kanebo Sensai Cellular Perfecting and love both those. I also use ByTerry Densiless and 3Lab BB Cream for lighter coverage days.

  • Samantha Marriott August 7, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Love the look of a lot of Tom Ford cosmetics and this looks great but the price tag is ridiculously inflated!

    Sam xo sjmcdf

  • Linda August 11, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Hi! Im a natural in TF Stick and have Chanel Perfection Lumiere in 30. Do you think i can have Bisque or is Bare Beige a better choice? In sweden they dont sell Tom Ford so i have to order it from Selfridges without feeling or seeing it. πŸ™

  • Cathy August 14, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Hi! Great review!!

    I was wondering if you could give a comparison with this and the By terry expert foundation. And also which one has more of a yellow undertone and which one is better for oily or dry skin.

    Thank you xoxo

  • Julie L August 19, 2014 at 5:39 am

    Hmmm…interesting. This seems like a great one to try out. I like the coverage and the bottle as well. What more can I say??? I guess I have to check it out and find out more about it.

  • Makeupremastered August 26, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Advise needed-I am a match to both your swatches of Armani maestro and luminous silk in 5,5 as shown on your arm.As commented above these look more pink in comparison -presumably the closest match in the TF would be the shade 4 – which seem to be more golden?.-there is a Rosewood shade but I think than would be extremely pink?. Thank u:)

  • tyler swenson August 24, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    This foundation is beautiful when I first apply it, but ends up completely melting off in my t zone. Definitely not for oily skin. I even tried using my holy grail becca ever matte primer. While it did make it last longer, I was still a complete oil slick after 5-6 hours. When I try to powder over it at this point, it looks very cakey. I'm going to try a few other primers/moisturizers/setting powders and brushes to see if I can make it work.

  • Anonymous August 30, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Is there any site that gives samples of foundations? I hate to pay such a hefty price for something I will not like..