Tom Ford Beauty

Tom Ford Soleil Collection – Soleil Contouring Compact in The Afternooner, Sheer Cheek Duo in Bicoastal + Skin Illuminator in Fire Lust

April 5, 2016

Today’s post is the last feature on the Tom Ford Soleil color collection for this summer. There are three products for the face including the Soleil Contouring Compact in The Afternooner ($108), Sheer Cheek Duo in Bicoastal ($78) and Skin Illuminator in Fire Lust ($65). Two of the items are new which include the Contouring Cheek Trio and Sheer Blush Duo and one is a repromote which is the Skin Illuminator in Fire Lust. All three will provide a summery look with glow from within kind of feel. Each product has some shimmer in it without being too frosty or overly shimmery.

Soleil Contouring Compact in The Afternooner ($108) has three colors of highlighter, blush and bronzer in one large mirrored compact. The texture of the items is similar to that of the Moodlight Skin Illuminating Duo. It has a powder finish but an almost creamy feel to it. The surface is embossed with a cross-hatch pattern. Application for this is smooth and easy to build. It does not emphasize pores which is a plus. Pigment is medium but easy to sheer out or layer for more color. The colors include a warm golden ivory shimmer, a peachy coral pink satin and a warm bronze matte. Overall this pulled very warm on my skin. It’s not too warm that it turns orange but it is warmer than I expected. Lasting power is very good – I found it stayed put on the cheeks from early morning into late afternoon without fading or darkening.
Sheer Cheek Duo in Bicoastal ($78) is my favorite item in the entire Soleil Collection. This has a similar finish and texture to The Afternooner, but Bicoastal has a bit more shimmer and sheen compared to the trio, but it’s not as frosty as the NARS Dual Intensity Blushes. The colors pull neutral to cool on my skin but brighten the complexion with a soft rosy pink glow. Right now this one is a bit hard to find as it has not yet arrived at most counters yet (at least at the time of this post), but I highly recommend you put this on your list.
Skin Illuminator in Fire Lust ($65) is a repromote. If you missed out on it in previous seasons I recommend you give it a try. It is on the pricey side but one bottle will last you a long time as a little goes a long way. This is a sheer peachy illuminator that I like to use mixed in with foundation or as a subtle highlight on top of powders. It does sheer out a lot so it won’t give the skin a lot of color but it has the prettiest sheen that I find flattering on the skin. On warmer days and in the summer I find my skin gets a bit on the oily side and this is one of the few liquid illuminators I can wear that won’t get too shiny by mid-day.

Close ups of each and lots of comparisons, Soleil Contouring Compact in The Afternooner:

Comparison Set 1 shows how finely milled the shimmer in The Afternooner Trio is. By swatch comparing it to other highlighters, blushes and bronzers hopefully you can see it has a satiny sheen that isn’t overly frosty or overly matte.
Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson Highlighter (reviewed here)
MAC Ellie Goulding Blush Bronzer Duo I’ll Hold My Breath (reviewed here)
MAC Powder Blush in Fleur Powder
Tom Ford Blush in Flush
Tom Ford Bronzer in Gold Dust (swatched here)

Comparison Set 2:
Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Duo in Moodlight (reviewed here)
Tom Ford Contouring Cheek Duo in Stroked (reviewed here, discontinued)
Urban Decay Naked Flushed Trio in Streak (reviewed here)

Sheer Cheek Duo in Bicoastal

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Las Salinas (reviewed here)
Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Liquid in Starlight (reviewed here)
NARS Dual Intensity Blushes in Adoration and Fervor
Tom Ford Blush in Wicked

Skin Illuminator in Fire Lust has a lot of dupes from other lines and brands that will give you a similar effect. The best thing I find about the Tom Ford is the texture – it’s smooth and non-greasy and has the best feel overall but in terms of color there are a lot of less expensive alternatives.

Swatches straight from the tube and then blended (same colors in each set):

Armani Fluid Sheer #5 (reviewed here)
Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Skin Liquid Candlelight and Starlight  (reviewed here)
NARS Illuminator in Orgasm
MAC Lustre Drops in Pink Rebel and Barbados Girl

One last look:

Overall all three perform really well in terms of pigment and how smooth they look on the skin. If you’re looking for a less expensive alternative of The Afternooner you may want to look into the Urban Decay Naked Flushed face trios. In my previous review I’ve mentioned the colors are really good but they emphasize my pores and look chalky on my skin – however I am in the minority with my opinion. The trios work well for most people. I do believe that while the texture and finish of The Afternooner is superior to other face/cheek compacts, the colors can be easily duped so you may want to shop your stash before buying. Having all three in a single compact does make it more convenient and I like that it’s large in size so you don’t have to worry about mixing colors with a brush if you want to layer separately.

The Sheer Cheek Duo in Bicoastal isn’t really sheer like the name implies but the texture is soft and easy to blend which makes it easy to sheer out. I really love the look and finish of this one – the colors are similar to the NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Adoration but the shimmer in the Tom Ford duo is softer and less harsh. Texture of Bicoastal is softer which makes it easier to blend.

Fire Lust is a must in my makeup collection but it is on the sheer side so your mileage may vary on this depending on what kind of pigment or color you are looking for.

In summary I give these a thumbs up – they are easy to use and applying them is pretty much goof-proof. The colors are versatile and will go with a wide variety of looks and can take your beauty look from day to night for that summery natural healthy glow. My opinion is that Bicoastal is the most unique and the highlight of the collection. Had I been able to play with The Afternooner in person before purchasing I would have skipped because I already own a lot of colors similar to the items in the palette. However that being said – if you love Tom Ford beauty products I will say the colors don’t really replicate items individual items in the current Tom Ford line.

You can find the Tom Ford Soleil Collection at all Tom Ford Beauty counters now. Online at Sephora, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Tom Ford.

Have you checked out any of these yet? What did you think?
Fire Lust and Bicoastal provided courtesy of Tom Ford for review. The Afternooner purchased by me.

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  • Thank you for the great reviews. Beautiful products from Tom Ford. I was wondering how close the blush Wicked is to the darker shade in the cheek duo bicoastal? I see you have it in your comparison swatches and it looks very similar. If I already have Wicked do I need this? Thank you for your help

    • Anonymous

      I am wondering the same thing!


    • Me, too! 🙂 Wicked is one of my favorites.

    • Hello Ladies – I just tested both on the face for the past 2 days just to make sure. I had Wicked on one cheek and the Duo on the other and the finish and overall look between both is almost identical. I asked my husband which side he liked better and of course he had no idea what I was talking about because they looked the same.

      Both have the same glowy finish. The main difference is with the duo you will have more control over how light or shimmery the look will be because of that light pink shade.

      I don't think you need both if you already own Wicked, but the beauty lover in me loves that light pink side!!

    • Thank you very much for your thorough testing!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for doing that, Sabrina!


  • Love how you compare it with the others ��✨

  • I cannot wait….these compacts are the jewel in the crown of this collection for me and bicoastal floats my boat totally. It's total love.

    • Bicoastal is total love for me too.

  • Amazing in depth post! I am still on the fence on whether or not to buy some of this Tom Ford Collection but your post has really helped me out! 🙂
    xx Nichole

    • Glad this helped Nichole!

  • DAMNIT TOM FORD! This collection is too good.

    • I say that every time something new from his line is launched lol.

  • Kristina aka @cubicledweller

    Thanks again for a gorgeous posts and the comparison swatches!

    • Thank you Kristina! So glad the comparisons help 🙂

  • The palette is absolutely gorgeous but way too pricy for me!

  • I was so curious to see what (if any) comparison there was with Stroked – thank you for showing that! I'm still waiting for Bicoastal to show up – but I can't wait! Once again, thank you for the beautiful pictures & comparisons. I'm hard pressed to think this collection isn't the best of the year so far.

    • Anonymous

      i am curious about comparisons to stroked + pink glow 2015 too – looking for swatches and Sabrina's are the best! would love to see how these compare to other TF LE ones perhaps narcissist too!

  • I'm wondering how close is the Afternooner's cheek color to TF blush in Flush? It looks so similar in your photos I'm wondering if it's a waste buying the pallette!

    Also, the bronzer in the Afternooner does look quite warm and orangey! I'm quite fair and sometimes "blueish" in the face haha, so maybe it's not my thing..

    • I'm still wondering about the Afternooner's cheek color vs TF blush in Flush thing. Would appreciate an answer! =)

    • Hi Anna and Anonymous – due to my publishing schedule and the high volume of requests I cannot pull every comparison request, there are already a number done in the post as a reference – thank you for understanding my time limits.

    • That being said – pulled Flush and the TF Trio to swatch them, Flush is deeper, more pigmented and more shimmery. The color in the trio is about 1 to 1.5 shades lighter and softer in texture.

    • Thanks a lot! =)