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Tom Ford Beauty Spring 2017 – Shade and Illuminate Lips + Cheeks

February 10, 2017

Tom Ford Beauty Spring 2017 Shade and Illuminate Lips + Cheeks | The Beauty Look Book

For spring Tom Ford Beauty brings us two new colors of the Shade and Illuminate Cheeks ($80 for .49 oz) and six new lip duos called Shade and Illuminate Lips ($60 each for .12 oz). The cheek duos are very sheer, glowy and dewy looking while the lip duos have medium to full coverage pigment and a unique modern velvet matte cream finish. Paired together they make for a fresh kind of look for spring with options for those who want neutrals and also those who like more color.

The Shade and Illuminate Cheeks has never really been something that appealed to me mainly because of the dewy factor. I approach solid creams compacts with caution because they often get really messy inside the pans and also because I have normal combo skin. Most dewy pots and compacts are simply too dewy and glowy for my skin alone although I have used them as a nice base for powder blush. They help the color adhere better versus applying on dry powdered cheeks. My holy grail cream highlighters are the Edward Bess All Over Seduction compacts (available in 3 shades). I’ve been using them for many many years and they remain my favorite.

The two new Shade and Illuminate Cheeks are gorgeous in the pans. Sublimate has a soft berry with a soft pale pink glow. Scintillate has a pretty light peach with a light champagne glow. On the cheeks they give a barely there hint of glow and color. I do like them as a base for powder blushes but by themselves on the cheeks they almost disappear onto my medium-toned skin. If you want a little bit of glow to dab on top of powder or use underneath these are worth a look. If you need color I would recommend opting for the Tom Ford Powder Blush instead – it appears they’ve all been reformulated with a new more refined pearl finish and there are three new shades in Disclosure, Gratuitous and Inhibition (I ordered 2 and they are gorgeous!).

Tom Ford Beauty Shade Illuminate Cheeks Sublimate and Scintillate | The Beauty Look Book

Swatches compared to the SS16 Shade and Illuminate (review here) and Cream Cheek Color in Pink Sand (review here). The new Spring 2017 duos were swatched heavily so you can see the color, but once you blend them they pretty much sheer out to almost invisible.

Tom Ford Shade Illuminate Sublimate, Scintillate, SS16, Cream Blush Pink Sand | The Beauty Look Book

Beauty look below wearing:

The Shade and Illuminate Lip exceeded my expectations and every color is just amazing. These are duo compacts that have two shades and a little applicator brush. The applicators have a sponge tip and a brush tip – I tried both but really just prefer to use clean fingers to dab or a regular lip brush. Swatched on the arm and hand they almost melt to a high shine cream finish. On the lips they are more matte with a velvety cream texture. When I read these were contour duos I was really skeptical – it just seemed like a gimmicky way of being complicated and trying to make you feel like you need two colors instead of just one. After trying these I can really appreciate the versatility and design. You can wear each shade alone, but mixing them creates a better look in my opinion. I like to apply the darker shade first then dab the lighter one on top mixing the two for a creamy almost stained look.

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Lips Review | The Beauty Look Book

Color descriptions as I see them, they’re all creams, no shimmer:

  • Automatic has a super pale nude pink and a tan beige (think Blush Nude and Sable Smoke)
  • Impulse has a perfect nude pink and rose pink
  • Possession has a bright baby pink and a bright medium pink
  • Saboteur has a violet cream and stained berry plum
  • Nikita has two variations of red
  • Tantalize has a soft peach coral and bright coral

Tom Ford Beauty Shade and Illuminate Lips Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

I swatched all six individually and mixed so it was like swatching 18 lip products instead of 6. Due to time constraints I won’t be able to pull any comparisons for the next month. If you follow me on social you know I just had my wisdom teeth pulled (all 4). Swelling finally went down a little and I was able to get these up for those who shop online or who don’t test lip products at the counter (I’m with you there on avoiding germs). I have a few personal things going on right now so I’ll be restricted on time over the next month.

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Lips Automatic | The Beauty Look Book

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Lips Impulse | The Beauty Look Book

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Lips Possession | The Beauty Look Book

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Lips Saboteur | The Beauty Look Book

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Lips Nikita | The Beauty Look Book

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Lips Tantalize | The Beauty Look Book

My long-time readers know I love neutral lips, but I can’t help but really like Possession and Tantalize! I find it hard to wear bright pinks because many times they’re too cool, too bubblegum or have way too much blue. Possession has enough warmth that I can wear it without it making my olive complexion look off. Tantalize mixed is such a pretty coral especially for warmer months. My absolute favorite is Impulse though – it may look a bit boring to some but if that’s the case then I love boring. The deeper rose shade is really special.

Tom Ford Beauty Spring 2017 Shade and Illuminate Lips + Cheeks | The Beauty Look Book

As a long-time Tom Ford Beauty fanatic I’m really happy with the lip duos. The Shade and Illuminate Cheeks are nice but not must-haves. If you like products like the RMS Living Luminizer or RMS Mix Master then you’ll most likely love these as well. For me they’re a bit too dewy and if you have oily skin I would definitely say pass. If you want something fresh and glowy for the cheeks I’d recommend you opt for the Cream Cheek Color in Pink Sand, Cheek Color (any shade) or the Sheer Cheek Duo in Bicoastal instead.

You can find the Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Spring 2017 collection now online at Tom Ford, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Beautylish.

Have you checked these out yet? What did you think?

Spring 2017 Shade and Illuminate collection provided courtesy of Tom Ford Beauty for review.


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  • SJ Sellers February 10, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Sabrina – as always you produced an amazing review. I LOVE that you swatched each lip shade separately AND mixed. I always feel so much more comfortable buying online after viewing your posts. The lips shades are all so very, very pretty. Have a lovely weekend! xoxo SJ

    • BeautyLookBook February 13, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Hi SJ! Thanks for the input – glad the swatches help ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kiss & Make-up February 10, 2017 at 9:15 am

    The lip duos immediately caught my eye! Such lovely combinations! And the formula seems so nice.

    • BeautyLookBook February 13, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      The formula is really unique ๐Ÿ™‚

  • makeupsessions February 10, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Definitely getting the two neutral lip palettes. I was wondering about those cheek duos but I’m going to pass now. They look too sheer for my liking.

  • Eileen February 10, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Sabrina, you look like the poster child for just how beautiful a neutral look can be. I also want to thank you for the lip swatches that show the two colors blended together.

    • BeautyLookBook February 13, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      Eileen – thank you, you’re too kind ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Zmuka February 10, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Wow, I like it


  • Joni February 10, 2017 at 11:13 am

    oh my gosh, I just really want that darker shade in the impulse compact all by itself! it’s gorgeous! I love how you did your swatches, but I’m wondering what it would look like layered light then dark… or if that would just cancel the lighter shade out entirely. Hm. If I could order that darker shade in single form though, it would already be in my cart!!

    I’m intrigued by these three new blush shades you mentioned; I hadn’t heard anything about them! I’m slacking! Must do research immediately!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    p.s. feel better, wisdom teeth SUCK!

    • Swingtime February 10, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      I thought the same! I suppose I’d use the other shade for layering, but that deeper shade is the bomb.

    • BeautyLookBook February 13, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      I tried both – I don’t think it cancels as they mix together. They’re not THAT opaque that they cover up each other completely. It does create a slightly different look if you do dark then light vs light then dark.

  • Christina February 10, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Wow, these definitely look so much nicer than I thought they were going to look. I think they look the best layered, and it’s a shame I can’t get those colours on their own. I love the three shades you chose as well, especially impulse!

  • Casey February 10, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Nikita is gorg!

    • BeautyLookBook February 13, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks Casey! It surprised me how it looked once swatched ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Swingtime February 10, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Must. Have. Sublimate and Impulse.

    • BeautyLookBook February 13, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      LOL – I love Impulse!

  • Holly February 10, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Sabrina ~ thank you so much for this in-depth review. Your pictures and presentation are always excellent. I think I have to vote for the darker shade of Impulse … really perfect.
    Wisdom teeth … ice, ice, ice.

    • BeautyLookBook February 13, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      Thanks Holly! I agree the darker option in Impulse is just so pretty!

  • Sharon February 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Nice! you look amazing in the big picture, beautiful!!!!

    • BeautyLookBook February 13, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      Thank you Sharon – you’re so sweet!

  • Frances Kayleigh February 11, 2017 at 12:34 am

    Hmm these look so pretty but i’m not sure I would want to pay that much for a barely there glow! xx

    Frances Kayleigh | Beauty Fashion Lifestyle

    • BeautyLookBook February 13, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      The cheek duos are definitely “barely there” – I don’t even know if anyone can see the blush color on the face shot! LOL.

  • Elena February 12, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Thanks for the review Sabrina! I haven’t checked these out yet, but I like the idea of lipsticks in palettes and the Tom Ford colours are always special. I’d go for cheeks over lips normally, but Tantalize looks so tempting!

    • BeautyLookBook February 13, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Hi Elena! I agree Tom Ford Beauty is really special ๐Ÿ™‚ Especially for lip products!

  • nic February 14, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Now I must have at least one, but I want 3! I hope you feel better soon and all the personal issues get better as well. My endometriosis is literally trying to kill me and I have to get my uterus taken out. Sorry if TMI. I’m trying to justify buying 3 lipsticks at $68 a piece! Oh well, at least I can adopt! You take good care of yourself. Please keep us updated on your health and well being. It is more important than lipstick.