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Tom Ford Beauty Face Collection: Waterproof Foundation/Concealer, Shimmer Shots and Fiber Brow Gel

October 20, 2016
The Beauty Look Book - Tom Ford Face Collection Foundation and Shimmer Shots


Tom Ford has added more items to their face product lineup and as usual everything is on point. Items have been introduced “to perfect, highlight and define the faceโ€™s natural features for a balanced and flawless finish.” There have been quite a few new foundation launches this season and the one from Tom Ford is one that I was most anxious to try out. The collection includes the following new launches:


The Beauty Look Book - Tom Ford Face Collection Foundation and Shimmer Shots


Up first are the Fiber Brow Gels. I received two to try out in Espresso and Chestnut. It has tiny fibers to help fill in the brows and as a low-maintenance brow girl I find it perfect. It fills in brows, grooms and tints them all in one product. Espresso is my best match although I usually go lighter. At the counter the reps said Espresso is my shade. I did try Chestnut since the Tom Ford Beauty team was kind enough to send one, it can work for me since my hair color has a natural reddish undertone. My brows however do not have any red so sometimes reddish powders or pencils colors can look off. Since this coats the hairs I find it gives it a natural tint and looks good.


The Beauty Look Book - Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel


The Beauty Look Book - Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel Chestnut Espresso


I haven’t tried too many other tinted brow gels, but by comparison the Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel is larger in packaging and brush size which makes it easier to use compared to the Glossier Boy Brow. I know many of you love the Boy Brow. I think it’s good especially for the price, but the size makes it hard for me to hold sometimes even though I have very small hands and fingers. The Tom Ford brush is slightly larger and has a more angled shape which makes application a lot easier. Compared to By Terry’s Brow Mascara I find the fibers in the Tom Ford to have more substance. I would say it has a chunkier texture/consistency which sounds odd and almost unappealing, but it fills in brows more while the By Terry grooms and tints but doesn’t fill in the brows like the Tom Ford one does.


I give the Fiber Brow Gel a thumbs up. I have bought and used the Tom Ford Brow Sculptor which is an excellent product. I prefer skinny fine-tipped brow pencils so this one hasn’t been used as much as my Diorshow Brow Styler Pencil.


Next are the Shimmer Shots which I think are genius. Sometimes names are everything and whoever named the product and colors for this launch deserves a bonus because they are both just perfect. I’ve loved every highlighter I’ve tried from Tom Ford and the Shimmer Shots are gorgeous additions to their line. Spin Spin Sugar is a champagne color with a slight gold sheen and Lust for Life is coppery bronze. Both blend in beautifully for a natural glow where you apply. I’ve tried it under foundation, on top of powder/foundation to highlight, and on the eyes.


The Beauty Look Book - Tom Ford Shimmer Shots


The Beauty Look Book - Tom Ford Shimmer Shots swatched


By comparison to a few other Tom Ford highlighters, the Skin Illuminating Powder Duo in Moodlight (reviewed here) is more frosty in finish. Skin Illuminator in Fire Lust (reviewed here) is more peachy and also sheerer in finish with a more dewy finish.


The Beauty Look Book - Tom Ford Moodlight, Shimmer Shots and Fire Lust


More comparisons because so many of you have asked. I think the Tom Ford Shimmer Shots are must-haves, even though I have a lot of liquid highlighters. They have the perfect amount of shimmer and the finish is visible but natural.


The Beauty Look Book - Tom Ford Shimmer Shot comparisons


Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop (review here)
NARS Illuminator in 413 BLKR (review here)
Estee Edit Beam Team Bronze (review here)
Estee Edit Flash Illuminator in Sun Light and Night Light (review here)
Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Candlelight (review here)


Last but not least is the Waterproof Foundation/Concealer. When I heard this was launching my first concern that it might be too thick. I’ve had good experiences with Tom Ford foundations in the past. I am usually either Bisque or Natural but at the counter I found the next shade up Sable to be a good match for me (although the girls at the counter disagreed and said it would be too olive for my skin). Note the numbers for the names have changed and I was told this happened across all formulas. The shades with the corresponding names are still the same, so if you usually wear Natural, you’re still Natural – just the number underneath has changed. I bought Sable at the counter because I found it more olive. Samples of Bisque and Natural arrived as those are my usual colors.


Formula wise this is one of the best full coverage cream foundations I’ve tried. As one who is olive/golden/yellow I appreciate that Tom Ford consistently launches colors that are not pink in undertone. Formula is highly concentrated and opaque but doesn’t look fake or flat like many full coverage foundations can. It has a slight matte finish but manages to look fresh and radiant at the same time. When I use this I find that I do not need concealer under the eyes. Lasting power is excellent and stays put all day. No irritation from this, no oxidizing, no budging. I do think that you need to prep the skin properly though – if you have dry skin with any dry patches or flakes any full coverage foundation can emphasize dry areas. I make sure I have a well moisturized base, but a tiny spot on my forehead, one on each cheek and one dab on my chin, then use a damp beauty blender to work the foundation into the skin.


There’s no detectable scent and it photographs well with a flash.


The Beauty Look Book - Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation Concealer Review


The colors I have now are Bisque 5.5 (which used to be 4), Natural 6.0 (which used to be 5) and Sable 6.5 (which used to be 6). Swatches below straight from the tube and then blended.


The Beauty Look Book - Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation Concealer Bisque Natural Sable
The Beauty Look Book - Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation Concealer Bisque Natural Sable


Both Bisque and Sable work for me. Natural is warmer and too dark for my skin right now. They do adjust slightly and warm up to the skin once on but they don’t oxidize too much. I asked my husband what he thought about Bisque and Sable. I had one on each side and he couldn’t tell the difference from the front. I turned my head to each side and he said that Bisque was a better match.


Below are swatch comparisons to the Traceless Foundation Stick in Bisque and Natural along with the Traceless Perfecting Foundation formulas I have. For those who aren’t familiar with Tom Ford Foundations wondering about the colors, Natural in the stick is lighter than Bisque stick (as mentioned in this post too).


By comparison, the Traceless Perfecting Foundation is lighter in texture but can feel heavier on the face. Some have commented it looks flat on the skin – I often mix in a bit of shimmer luminizer in it. Coverage is full but not as full as the Waterproof formula.


The Stick Foundation is full coverage and one I cannot wear all over the face because of how opaque and thick it is so I often use it to layer on top of other foundations if I need more coverage. The Waterproof formula offers more natural looking coverage.


The Beauty Look Book - Tom Ford Foundation Swatches


Swatch comparisons to the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tints in Groenland and St. Moritz (I mix the shades) and also the MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundations in NC25, NC30, NC35 and NC37 (my best matches are NC25 or NC37). I’m forever in between shades.


The Beauty Look Book - Tom Ford Foundation Swatches vs NARS and MAC

Some thoughts on other foundation formulas by comparison that I have tried:

  • Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil-Free Photo Foundation (reviewed here) is one I used to have but no longer own. Formula wise the Laura Mercier was more opaque and slightly thicker in finish. I find in her line I am often in between shades and the dry down of this one darkened a bit and had a tendency to look flat if I used too much.
  • Cle de Peau Radiant Cream Foundation was one I tested at the counter. I went to the store fully intending to purchase this but sometimes a bad store experience can ruin the fun. Rant aside, I tried both O30 (too pink) and O40 (too dark) on my face and as I could not find a good match I decided to pass. Formula-wise it’s excellent but at the $100+ price tag I need an exact match in order to buy.
  • Cle de Peau Silk Cream Foundation is one I used to use in O30 and was told it’s been discontinued. This was one of the best formulas I’ve ever tried but the texture was more moisturizing and is slightly heavier than the Tom Ford. The formula while not hydrating, gave me a more dewy finish.
  • La Mer Soft Fluid Foundation is also a new formula that I had high hopes for. I acquired a small sample at the counter and found my best shade to be Beige. This one is more fluid and lighter in coverage. It also has the Miracle Broth skincare element included. I absolutely love this formula but Beige pulls slightly pink on my skin so since I cannot find a yellow/golden enough match this will be a pass for me unless I get a lot lighter this winter and can find another color.
  • Armani Crema Nuda is one I don’t think I can really compare because the finish and concept is completely different in the sense that it’s sheerer and more like a BB/CC cream rather than a foundation/concealer like the Tom Ford one is.
  • If you try the Tom Ford and find it too thick or heavy I would suggest you maybe try the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD instead which offers sheerer coverage by comparison but still medium to full coverage.
Bottom line lots to love with these new launches. I highly recommend the foundation if you’re in the market for a good full-coverage but natural looking foundation. Many can look flat if you use all over the face but this one does not. If you own a lot of highlighters you may find the Shimmer Shots similar to what you already own. I think both are winners and the shimmer is very pretty but not overly frosty.


By now you can find the Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation/Concealer, Shimmer Shots and Fiber Brow Gel at all Tom Ford Beauty counters. Online at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Tom Ford.


Press samples of The Face Collection Waterproof Foundation in Bisque + Natural, Shimmer Shots and Fiber Brow Gel provided courtesy of Tom Ford.


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  • ame October 20, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    I am going to check the Waterproof foundation out. I really wanted to try the brow product but just like Glossier, no redhead options. Why these brands keep ignoring redheads is beyond me. Brown and Blonde and Taupe are not red.

  • Lea October 20, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    I'm looking forward to trying the shimmer shots and new brows, though I'll probably need to see the colors in person to pick the right shade. I agree with you on the coverage of the stick, but find I can control the application better applying with my fingers to warm the product up and apply it more lightly. I prefer my coverage light to medium instead of full.

  • BlushandPearls October 20, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    The shimmer shots look awesome! I never understand why companies may red tinted brow shades. Who do they work on?

    Angela /

    • Deb October 20, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Angela, the red tinted brow shades work very well on some of us that are natural redheads. We tend to have very light brows and the browns can look too dark. And the ashy shades are just all kinds of wrong with our coloring. The makeup world tends to forget about redheads quite often and I am grateful to TF for this product. I just got mine in the chestnut and it is perfect; not too red and not too brown. Very natural looking.

  • Amanda Hollingsworth October 20, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    I didn't find the colours in tandem across the range at all. I am Alabaster / Cream in traceless & traceless perfecting. Cream in the foundation stick but I pulled Fawn in the new Foundation. TF counter said that these shades are throwing their regular customers all over the place. The cream in the new foundation made me look anaemic. I bought Chestnut in the Fibre Brow…..the Taupe pulled red on me. Both shimmer shots are totally on point. I'm collecting both my Winter Soleil palettes tomorrow and lip foils in Seadragon & Venus Rising. I'm passing on the white brushes……4 brushes in a leather case for ยฃ650. Tom…..I love you but I'm not insane. All in all more gorgeousness from my undisputed heavyweight of the beauty world.

  • Eileen October 20, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Of all the new products, the only one to captivate my interest was Spin Spin Sugar. It's not that there is anything wrong with the new items. They just don't meet my particular needs. But, back to Spin Spin. I wear it primarily on my browbone and cheekbone, but I also love its pearl glow on my eyelid. No one, absolutely no one, creates highlighters as refined and as elegant as Tom Ford–in my humble opinion ๐Ÿ˜‰ No glitter bits, just smooth, glowing pearl.

    Apropos La Mer's new foundation, I wore Ivory in the previous formulation and was happy to see that the color still worked for me in the new version. This is an excellent foundation for anyone with dry skin as it has enough skin nurturing and softening ingredients to really make a difference. A lot of foundations nowadays claim to be treatments, but this one delivers on that claim and feels like a creamy La Mer lotion going on. It is buildable without looking as if it is just sitting on the surface, it plays nice with the rest of my skincare and sunscreen, and it dries to a beautiful satin finish. Like CdP, it is pricey ($110) and so a good color match is essential. Lucky me–Ivory it was; Ivory it is ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Amanda Hollingsworth October 21, 2016 at 8:36 am

      I'm looking forward to trying the new La Mer and see what colour I match. Xx

    • Eileen October 21, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      Hi Amanda,

      The La Mer is definitely a dry-skinned beauty's dream. So many formulas for dry skin are too oily and have no staying power or they are heavy and occlusive. This one seems to be right on target with a formula that feels creamy yet breathable and that melds with the skin rather than creating a mask.

    • Amanda Hollingsworth October 21, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      I got swatched today…..I'm Naturel. Going to play with a sample for a few days but I expect it's going to be a yes! Xx

  • Clever Girl Review October 20, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    I love the shimmer shots, I'd love to see the brow gel in action!

  • Unknown October 20, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    Pity La Mer has a ton of fragrance and irritates my skin(.

  • Jan K October 21, 2016 at 4:37 am

    I love Tom Ford's new foundation. I'm shocked at some of the negative reviews some bloggers have written. Like you, I use a damp beauty blender. It still looks good about 9-10 hours after initial application. I recently purchased the new Spin Spin Sugar Shimmer Shot. It is beautiful. I apply it by lightly tapping it onto the high points of my face. It does not leave you looking like a disco ball. To me this collection is another home run for Tom Ford.

    • Eileen October 21, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      Hi Jan,

      I've had that experience, too, where a product I love has been panned by a blogger who didn't explore its possibilities ๐Ÿ™ Personally, I think there are entirely too many bloggers out there who don't really know what they're doing. They use a product incorrectly and then they blame the product for their poor result. Bloggers (like Sabrina ๐Ÿ™‚ ) who will try multiple ways of applying a product and then tell us how they got the best result are a true asset as are knowledgeable, properly trained SA's and MA's who learn application techniques that are product specific.

      As for the incomparable Spin Spin Sugar, isn't it just stunning? Straight out of the dispenser, it looks like molten pearl but then you can sheer it out or blend it to create any number of effects from daytime soft to evening glow to dramatic shine. I can easily imagine this one, like Fire Lust, becoming a cult classic.

  • Lizzy W October 24, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Is there anywhere to view the ingredients for these products? I've never bought Tom Ford but the Shimmer Shots and foundation/concealer look gorgeous!