Tom Ford Beauty has some exciting new releases for fall. It appears new products are launching in a few mini collections, up first is a focus on face makeup for flawless and glowing skin. New products include:
- Two new Complexion Enhancing Primers ($74 each) in Pink Glow and Peach Glow
- Eight shades of a new Flawless Powder Foundation ($80 each)
- A stunning Skin Illuminating Powder Duo called Moodlight ($80)
Today I have a review of the gorgeous highlighter duo in Moodlight. I ordered mine online as soon as it popped up for pre-order and it arrived a couple of weeks ago. It’s so gorgeous I’ve since purchased a couple of backups.
I’m not sure at this time if it’s limited-edition, but my local counters received limited stock (as soon as I confirm, I’ll update this post). Update Aug 18, according to Tom Ford, the duo is indeed limited-edition.
Moodlight is a powder duo. It comes in the large rectangular Tom Ford compact with a soft iridescent opal white shade and a medium bronzey peach pink champagne. The texture is very soft and easy to blend. Pigment is buildable but visible on the skin. The shimmer is pretty strong in both shades but on me the duo glows without that garish frost. The powders are embossed with the prettiest cross-hatch pattern and TF initials.
The colors have this beautiful mix of pigments. It makes the skin glow in a youthful way. I suspect on fair skintones, the light shade will be more subtle as it will match your skin and the bronzey shade will look more like a darker bronze. On my medium skin the light color shows up as a gorgeous opal highlight and the bronzey shade appears like a soft peachy bronze contour blush highlight. Darker skintones will see more contrast. The colors are truly stunning – I think this is going to be a universally flattering palette – it will look gorgeous no matter what skintone. Some more photos and swatches below.
Many have asked for a number of comparisons. I’ve pulled two batches for what I could fit on my arm. My personal thoughts on highlighter are that you can never have enough glow. The Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Duo gives that perfect glow-from-within combination. It mimics the effect Armani Fluid Sheers have minus the oily-overly-dewy factor you can get with warm weather.
Comparison Set 1:
- Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop (reviewed here)
- Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel (discontinued)
- Edward Bess All Over Seduction in Sunlight and Afterglow
- NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Craving
- Chanel Mouche de Beaute (discontinued)
- Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (discontinued, reviewed here)
- Burberry Golden Radiance (discontinued, review here)
Comparison Set 2:
- Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light (review here)
- Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette in Radiant Light (review in palette here)
- Armani Fluid Sheers in 2, 10 and 17
- NARS Multiple in St. Lucia (discontinued, reviewed here)
The swatches and photos can’t do Tom Ford’s Skin Illuminating Powder Duo in Moodlight justice. I’ve swatched it with a heavy hand to show you the color and complexity but it is easy to blend and on the skin it’s not overly shimmery or frosty. If you ask me if I think it’s a must-have I say absolutely yes. It’s like the now-discontinued Burberry Fresh Glow Powders minus the garish frost. If you want my thoughts on what the closest dupe is, I would say that the Edward Bess All Over Seduction Highlighters give the most similar effect but they are creams and slightly more dewy while the Tom Ford is a powder and more shimmery. Here it is applied on the cheeks. On the lips is Spanish Pink. On the eyes is the Nude Dip quad. For skintone reference I’m wearing the Traceless Perfecting Foundation in Natural #5.
I’ve been playing with Moodlight for several days now. It’s a good highlighter that isn’t overly frosted. It gives a youthful glow + subtle color. I like adding a bit of blush or bronzer for more color, but at my skintone right now I find I can wear it alone. (I wear Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting in Shade 5 Natural now, when I’m lighter I wear Shade 4 Bisque, swatches of all colors here + review on Shade 4 here).
There seem to be a number of new highlighters that have launched this season. Since I’m a huge highlighter fan I can’t pick just one as my favorite. I do think the Tom Ford Moodlight is a winner and backup-worthy. It lasts all day without getting too glowy-looking. I like that it’s a powder with a slight creamy finish so it adheres well to the skin. Also a huge plus is the fact that it doesn’t emphasize pores (at least on me). I give it a huge thumbs up. It’s mega expensive but worth every penny.