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Tom Ford Soleil Collection – Terra and Bronze Age Bronzing Powders and Pieno Sole Cream Cheek Color

April 4, 2016

For the bronzers in this year’s Tom Ford Soleil Collection, there are a couple repromotes and a few new shades for cheeks. This summer they’ve relaunched the Small Bronzing Powder ($68 each) version along with the Large Bronzing Powder ($98 each) in three shades: Gold Dust, Terra and Bronze Age. This year’s version has the letters TF embossed in the bronzer which adds a nice luxurious touch to the overall look. For the Cream Cheek Color ($68 each) they’ve brought back Pink Sand (reviewed here) and introduced a new color called Pieno Sole.

In case you’re new to the Tom Ford Bronzers in general, I’ve swatched all three shades of the powder bronzer in Gold Dust, Terra and Bronze Age alongside the new Pieno Sole for reference. I did not rephotograph the Gold Dust Bronzer or the small versus large compacts but you can see a quick shot of the small and large Gold Dust in this post here.

Descriptions and thoughts on all the shades:

  • Gold Dust Bronzing Powder is a classic medium bronze with a hint of golden shimmer, it gives the skin a luminous glow without being too shimmery or frosty, for a comparison reference, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzers are a lot more luminous compared to Tom Ford Gold Dust. Gold Dust is warm but not orangey on the skin.
  • Terra is a semi-sheer cool-toned matte bronzer. When I tried this one last year the artists actually recommended I skip this because they said it would too sheer on my medium skintone. I bought it anyways in the large size (not shown) and found this to be more like a soft contouring powder. If you’re looking for a cooler-toned bronzer this one is a good one to check out. Do note that it’s not as pigmented as other bronzers so your mileage may vary if you are tan to deep in skintone. On me it does show up but it gives a very natural look.
  • Bronze Age is a new shade this season, it’s deeper and more golden than the other bronzers. This one is matte and has medium pigment. It applies smoothly and is easy to build. On my skin this looks very golden but not orangey. If you are super fair this will probably look more dramatic and warm on your skin. I think this one will be better suited for medium to deeper skintones unless you don’t mind a dramatic bronze.
  • Pieno Sole is a Cream Cheek Color but I’ve grouped it with the bronzers since it’s a golden shimmer color. I had very high hopes for this as a cream blush since I’m beyond in love with Pink Sand. I’m at the exact skintone where this one almost matches by skin color and looks like my skin but with shimmer. Since it matches my skin, as a cream cheek color it’s almost invisible. For me it works better as a highlighter which I think is very pretty but more subtle than I expected. Not necessarily a bad thing as it goes on the skin smoothly and doesn’t emphasize pores. 
First a quick look at Terra, Bronze Age and Pieno Sole in direct sunlight (lip color is Le Mepris):

Swatches of Powder Bronzers in Gold Dust, Terra and Bronze Age alongside the new Pieno Sole Cream Cheek Color:

Powder Bronzers in Gold Dust, Terra and Bronze Age applied on the face – they all look very similar when applied with a light hand, I hope you can tell that Bronze Age is the darkest/deepest color and Terra is the sheerest/most natural. Gold Dust is somewhere in between. I tried to photograph a cheek swatch of Pieno Sole but it just looked invisible so I didn’t publish it.

On the lips Tom Ford Moisturecore Lip Color in Carriacou:

Some comparison swatch sets:

Set 1:
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light

Set 2:
Edward Bess Bronzer in Daydream

Set 3:
MAC Powder Blush in Trace Gold
MAC Cream Color Base in Desert Roadtrip (d/c)
MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Magnetic Appeal (d/c, review here)
Edward Bess All Over Seduction in Afterglow (review here)

I own more bronzer than I know what to do with (probably multiple lifetimes worth) but out of all the powder bronzers I’ve tried I can say that the Gold Dust is one I reach for frequently. It’s a no-fuss kind of bronzer that adds warmth and glow to the face without looking too orangey or overdone. Terra is one of the sheerest bronzers I’ve tried and probably one of the few I’ve tested that have a cool undertone without looking too cool. Both are on the steep side for price but they go on smoothly and flawlessly every time and do not emphasize pores (huge plus for me) or look chalky. Another plus is the colors do not darken or oxidize on the skin even on oily skin days so I don’t have to worry about looking like an Oompa Loompa with these (even though I do like a good bronze tan look). I personally like the look of Bronze Age – I don’t own anything as golden in color. Bottom line is I think these are well worth the high price tag (I’ve purchased them in previous seasons and have no regrets). If these aren’t in your budget you might want to check out the MAC Powder Bronzers as a less expensive alternative – they are also very good in quality and come in a wide range of options/finishes. I would say the main difference is I find the MAC less pigmented and more sheer in finish but they are easy to layer.

I have mixed feelings about Pieno Sole – my first impressions left me wanting more color or more pigment, but the more I play with it, the more I like it. On me it’s still more like a highlighter than a cream blush but the golden color is really pretty. The finish is similar to that of Armani Fluid Sheers on my skin but Tom Ford Pieno Sole does have more pigment/coverage by comparison. I like using this as a base for bronzer to enhance the color or as a subtle cream highlight on the cheeks. If you’re on the hunt for something similar in color but in powder form, I recommend checking out MAC Trace Gold Powder Blush which is a pretty golden color. 

You can find the bronzers and cream cheek colors from the Tom Ford Soleil Collection at Tom Ford counters and stores now. Online at Sephora, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Tom Ford.

Have you checked these out yet? Or do you already own some shades from previous seasons? What’s your current favorite bronzer?
Terra and Bronze Age were provided as press samples for review consideration. Pieno Sole purchased by me.

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  • Well Bronze Age is far too dark for me, I knew that but wow it really is dark when you see it in your line ups! I think because I loved Pink Sand do much I just assumed Pineo Sole would be a given but hey TF in a white retro compact…..what's a girl to do? My TF lady has told me to drop the Bronzing Primer – Ltd Edition 'Resort to Pleasure too. Far too much for TF Alabaster / Cream shade skin she says. So my original list has shrunk quite dramatically……no Soleil Blanc plus Brroze Age & Bronzing Primer. The other bronzer that comes near TF performance for me is the Guerlain Terracotta Four Season in both Nude & Blonde. But like you I have a ridiculous amonunt of Bronzers……Hourglass, Kevyn Aucoin, Charlotte Tilbury, Burberry & Nars. I could bronze every inch of me several times over. Great pictures…..you've really captured the shade variation brilliantly. Xx

    • Hi Amanda – I think you can make Bronze Age work if you apply with a lighter hand. It's not orangey by any means and I tend to apply bronzer with a heavy hand.

      Thanks for the tip on the Bronzing Primer, I think I'm skipping too!

  • OH TERRA! I need to swatch that asap!

    • It's so soft and muted which I find rare for bronzers 🙂

  • You look powerful and stunning with Bronze Age, Sabrina! I am not a bronze wearer but Terra looks divine. I can use it as a contour powder.
    <3

    • You totally made my week – thank you for being so sweet 🙂

  • Terra is your color….. and your skin is glowing!

    • Thanks Lily! You are too kind 🙂

  • Terra and gold dust is something for me. I will be checking on those.

    • They're staple bronzers for me 🙂

  • Ever since Terra was released, I've kept it in my stash for those times when I want a bit of contouring. I find it infinitely more natural looking and more flattering IRL than using two or three products to paint features that aren't really there (Have you seen some of the hostesses on QVC? Yikes!). A bit of Terra in the classic 3 formation gives extra dimension to my face without looking contrived.

    As for the new cream, Pineo Sole, I was so terribly disappointed when I saw that it was just a bronzer/highlighter. It's not a bad product by any means and it does give that golden goddess glow, it's just not what I had anticipated. I was hoping for another more traditional blush color like Pink Sand. I love Pink Sand for all its golden pink-coral dewiness. It's summer in a compact and was my go-to blush/highlighter last spring and summer. This year, I purchased a new Pink Sand but gave Pineo Sole a miss. It's just not for me.

    • Oops! Sorry about Pineo. It should have been Pieno.

    • Hi Eileen! I agree completely on the Pieno Sole – looks so pretty in the pan and when swatched on my arm/hand. Also agree it's not a bad thing that it's more of a highlighter because it's still pretty, but like you I wish it was more like Pink Sand!

  • Elizabeth

    I have the luminous bronzer from Hourglass and I was hoping one for one that is a little different. I'm fair skinned with a touch of yellow undertones–but I'm pretty close to neutral territory. Would you recommend gold dust or terra?