Fragrance Highlighters Tom Ford Beauty

Tom Ford Beauty Black Orchid Eau de Parfum + Nightbloom Powder in Black Bloom

August 18, 2016

For fall Tom Ford Beauty is launching a few mini collections, the first is the Orchid Collection which highlights two fragrances in Black Orchid and Orchid Soleil along with corresponding powders and lipsticks to match the mood of each scent. A lovely package of the Black Orchid Eau de Parfum ($120 for 50 ml) and Nightbloom Powder in Black Bloom ($80) arrived a few months ago but I decided to wait closer to fall to review these. Scent is often very seasonal for me and some perfumes I can’t get in the mood for if it’s not the right time of year. Now that fall is approaching I am ready to review two items from the Orchid Collection. I have also purchased the Orchid Soleil perfume and a few other pieces which I hope to review in the next couple of weeks.

Both the Nightbloom Powder and Black Orchid Eau de Parfum come in matching packaging with the embossed striped black case and gold accent. The powder compact is the same size as the small bronzing powders and cream cheek colors from summer.

Black Orchid Eau de Parfum is not a new frangrance – it’s been a classic in the Tom Ford Beauty line for many years. For me this is a rich and spicy scent with a dark feel. To me it’s distinctly feminine, but pulls on the masculine side. Notes include bergamot, citrus accord, mandarin, gardenia, jasmine, ylang-ylang, lotus, orchid spicy floral accord, orchid, patchouli, sandalwood, incense, vanilla. If I were to sum it up in three words it would be “dark seductive floral.” Lasting power is very good – I find all Tom Ford scents to be long lasting, but this one is one of the strongest I’ve tried. While I am drawn to unisex scents that have notes like sandalwood and amber, Tom Ford Black Orchid is a bit darker than I would normally wear, even for date nights. It has a distinct and unique scent that feels very luxurious. I’m just not sure that it’s my cup of tea – but my nose has been known to change in taste. There are a few fragrances I did not like in my mid-20’s that I adore right now that I’m in my mid-30’s.

The Nightbloom Powder in Black Bloom is a gold shimmery highlighter with a strong yellow sheen. It has a very soft fragrance added but it does not really smell like the Black Orchid perfume. The shimmer is visible with lovely silver and gold sparkles. It has a smooth medium to medium-full coverage for pigment and is easy to blend. Quality-wise it’s excellent, doesn’t emphasize pores, doesn’t look overly frosted and stays put all day long without fall out or fading. Color-wise, I’ve mentioned numerous times before that I tend to stay away from yellowy-gold highlighters because it often clashes with my skintone. Alone on the skin it is indeed very yellow, but once I add a bronzer or blush, the yellow tones balance out a bit.

Swatch comparisons below to a few other highlighters. Tom Ford Night Bloom as the strongest yellow undertones.

Both the Black Orchid Eau de Parfum and Nightbloom Powder in Black Bloom are luxurious splurges that I was thrilled to be able to try. I’m a huge fan of Tom Ford Beauty and some of his fragrances are among my favorites (right now I’m obsessed with Soleil Blanc). Black Orchid as I suspected based on previous sniffs and spritzes at the counter is one of those scents that I distinctly seductive and beautiful, just not one I can see myself wearing on a regular basis. For me, my best date night scent is still Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb.

The Nightbloom Powder is beyond gorgeous in every aspect from the packaging, texture, shimmer and color. However, since I tend to gravitate to peachy champagne colors for highlighters I can’t call this a must-have for me but I am very grateful a sample was sent for me to test out. I have high hopes for the pink one which I just ordered so stay tuned for a review on that one soon! Quality wise both items are a solid thumbs up.
Right now the Orchid Collection appears to have certain pieces that are available at select locations. The powders, lipsticks and solid perfumes can be found only at Tom Ford, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman (for pre-order) and Selfridges (each of the stores list the collection as exclusive). The regular spray perfumes can be found at all other Tom Ford counters and stores.

Have you tried anything from the Orchid Collection yet? What did you think?

Black Orchid and Black Bloom both provided for review consideration.

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  • Candice Petersen August 18, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    The packaging looks absolutely gorgeous!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • Sabrina August 29, 2016 at 2:20 am

      Tom Ford always does it right ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rachel Kromdijk August 18, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Looking good love the bottle! black and gold is goals!

    • Sabrina August 29, 2016 at 2:21 am

      I agree! So luxurious ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sarah Blodgett August 18, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    I'm obsessed with Tom Ford fragrances! They are the only ones that truly last on me, but are never overpowering!

    • Sabrina August 29, 2016 at 2:21 am

      Same for me! One of the few that last all day on me as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  • LilJeJa August 18, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    It is very yellow but looks good on your skin tone

    • Sabrina August 29, 2016 at 2:21 am

      Awww thank you!

  • Amanda Hollingsworth August 18, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    I went a bit crazy and bough both compacts, both lipsticks and Orchid Soleil……I am nuts about my Orchid Soleil. I started with a 50ml bottle but I shall very soon need to trade up to 100ml. I didn't buy the solid perfume compacts just because I already have both of the perfumes in spray and that seemed just too extravagant. As ever if it's Tom Ford I adore it. He so very rarely gets it wrong. Have you seen the Winter Soleil products…..OMG I nearly burst, there are multi use white palettes. Xx

    • Sabrina August 29, 2016 at 2:21 am

      I just saw a sneak peek on Really Ree and it all looks quite amazing.

  • Kate Loves Makeup August 18, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Flower bomb is my favorite perfume too! I need to check out Tom Ford Soleil Blanc that you mentioned!


    • Sabrina August 29, 2016 at 2:22 am

      Yay for another flowerbomb lover!

  • Abby Evans August 18, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Tom Ford's packaging is so luxurious. i'm not sure how I feel about the highlighter though, usually I go for something less gold.

    Abby Talks

  • Anonymous August 18, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    I have both powders and find the yellow to be too much for my fair/cool skin, so I use it on my kids and inner coner. The pink is a much better fit for me. I also bought the lighter of the two orchid lipsticks and it's lovely. Unfortunately I'm traveling for the next few days, since the lip duos are being delivered to my office today. I bought 5 of them and will have to wait until next week to try them.

    • Sabrina August 29, 2016 at 2:22 am

      I just picked up the lighter orchid lipstick and agree it's quite beautiful.

  • Chlxe Watson August 21, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    I loveeeeeeeee Black Orchid, it is a bit costly, but it's so worth it!

    • Sabrina August 29, 2016 at 2:22 am