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Tom Ford Beauty Summer Soleil Collection

March 17, 2017

Tom Ford Beauty Summer Soleil | The Beauty Look Book

Last month I was lucky to get an early sneak preview of the Tom Ford Summer Soleil Collection in Los Angeles at Violet Grey. I went with my friend Rae from The RaeViewer and we were able to check out everything and get our makeup done by their National Artist Executive Allan Aponte (he’s amazingly talented). Both Rae and I are huge Tom Ford fans – we still remember the first time we each splurged on a Tom Ford lipstick, so being able to play with the new collection together was just the best. You can see a few sneak peeks of her makeover on her YouTube channel (I’m kinda proud of these clips because it was my first time filming someone!).

In today’s review I have the following new items to share with you:

For quick reference to those who want to know what else is in the collection, other items includes the Ultimate Bronzer in Terra, Fire Lust Skin Illuminator (repackaged in the same size as the Shimmer Shots), a Bronzing Gel and the Soleil Contouring Compact in a new shade Soleil Afterglow, Soleil Eye and Cheek Palette. Some of the Soleil Blanc items have been launched in more body product formats as well.

Tom Ford Beauty Summer Soleil Preview Violet Grey | The Beauty Look Book

Up first are the new Ultimate Bronzers which are the large size bronzers in a new formula. The Small Bronzing Powders have been repromoted and the colors/formula remains unchanged (swatched last year here). The larger ones come with an almost creamy texture that have a subtle luminosity and blend on the skin beautifully. I want to warn you first that they swatch on the arms and hand very orangey – but I promise on the face it looks amazing. On the skin it has a semi sheer finish but the pigment is enough to give the skin a warm slightly bronzed healthy look.

Tom Ford Ultimate Bronzers Gold Dust and Bronze Age | The Beauty Look Book

Here are the two new ones swatched compared to the original formula (which you can still find in the small size). Note that I swatched these with a heavy hand so you could see the color variation – on the face with a brush they apply a lot sheerer and look very natural.

Beauty Look Book and RaeViewer | Tom Ford Event

Both Rae and me after our makeovers. We both are wearing the bronzers in Gold Dust with the Reflects Gilt Highlighter. You can see below the bronzer doesn’t look orangey on us but rather warms up the complexion. Also as a side note her skin is always glowing in the most beautiful way!

There’s a new retractable brush called the Soleil Bronzing Brush made with synthetic material. We were told at the event that Tom Ford brushes are all going to be made with synthetic materials going forward. I’ve bought quite a few of the original ones which I love so I will do some investigating to compare the new to original launches. Given how well made this new one is I have high hopes they will continue to be just as good in quality. The Soleil Bronzing Brush has a tapered tip and comes in a beautiful white and gold packaging. I love how soft it feels – it almost feels like a kitten it’s so soft!

Tom Ford Summer Soleil Bronzing Brush | The Beauty Look Book

I’m pretty much excited about everything in this collection, but if I were to pick my two favorites it would be the cheek duos. There’s a Sheer Highlighting Duo in Reflects Gilt which has two variations of beautiful gold shimmer. It has the most incredible formula like a metallic cream to powder that almost has a wet sheen. It looks incredible on the skin and just the tiniest amount dabbed with a brush gives the skin an amazing glow. I saw it on several members of the Tom Ford team, one who has fair complexion and it looked like a blush on her. On me it’s a highlighter that can be easily layered. Pigment is smooth and flawless. It’s just so so pretty. For the cheeks there’s a new Sheer Cheek Duo called Paradise Lust. This is a more coral version compared to the previously launched Bi-Coastal. Paradise Lust has an iridescent champagne gold and a satiny coral. Mixed this is perfect for summer.

Tom Ford Summer Soleil Reflects Gilt and Paradise Lust | The Beauty Look Book

All three duos swatched side by side:

Tom Ford Summer Soleil Reflects Gilt, Paradise Lust and Bicoastal | The Beauty Look Book

Tom Ford Summer Soleil Reflects Gilt, Paradise Lust and Bicoastal | The Beauty Look Book

For the eyes there are two new Cream and Powder Duos called Young Adonis (silvery taupe) and Sun Worship (gold). Two colors have been repromoted in Golden Peach and Naked Bronze (both long-time favorites). If you scroll up to the photo above of me and Rae, I’m wearing Young Adonis on the eyes and Rae has Sun Worship (it might be hard to tell with the lighting in the studio). So many of you wanted to know if the cream in Young Adonis was a dupe for Platinum. I thought that was the case the minute I saw it but Allan confirmed it was lighter in color (a swatch below will show the difference). Sun Worship is a yellowy gold which looked so so pretty on Rae. I find it wearable on me too but if you don’t like yellow golds, I’d say skip this one.

Tom Ford Summer Soleil Young Adonis and Sun Worship | The Beauty Look Book

Tom Ford Summer Soleil Young Adonis and Sun Worship | The Beauty Look Book

Swatch comparisons of the cream sides to Tom Ford Opale and Platinum (review here) and the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize in Norma Jean and Marie Antoinette (review here).

Tom Ford Summer Soleil Young Adonis and Sun Worship Cream Comparisons | The Beauty Look Book

Last but not least are the Clutch-Sized Lip Balms. These are the same size as the Lips and Boys and are just the cutest! The balms are super comforting and come with a dome tip. All but two of the colors look really bright but since they are balms they give the lips that really pretty soft pop of color. I love sheer brights because they give the lips a nice glow but don’t look overdone. The texture is really smooth and they glide on the lips easily. Since they are balms they won’t last as long as a lipstick but they stay put in the sense that they won’t disappear within minutes. The day I went to the event in LA I took a flight right afterwards to meet my husband in Tuscon, AZ. He was driving the moving truck while I was at the event and we met up in Arizona. I had the balm applied around 11:30 am and it stayed put and did not budge for 6 hours. The only reason it came off was because I stopped at the airport for a snack because I forgot to eat that day with the travel and moving things on my mind.

Tom Ford Clutch Sized Lip Balms | The Beauty Look Book

Swatches applied straight from the tube:

  • L’Odisseaย  is a sheer peach
  • Neotropic is a pretty orange coral
  • Cruising is a cool sheer pink
  • Fathom is a cherry pink
  • Pure Shores is a pinkish red
  • La Piscine is a sheer plum

Tom Ford Clutch Sized Lip Balms | The Beauty Look Book

Below the colors can be intensified if you apply with a lip brush:

Tom Ford Clutch Sized Lip Balms | The Beauty Look Book

Swatched on bare lips straight from the tube. On me Fathom and Pure Shores almost look identical. It’s hard to tell the difference even in the tube. I cannot pick a favorite –ย  I love them all.

Tom Ford Clutch Sized Lip Balms | The Beauty Look Book

Tom Ford Summer Soleil | The Beauty Look Book

Tom Ford Beauty Summer Soleil | The Beauty Look Book

Bottom line lots to love to refresh your look. As a Tom Ford lover and long-time collector I was a bit worried there would be a lot of repeats or colors that looked the same. At first glance the theme and look is very similar to past launches, but if you give them a chance you’ll find there are actually quite a few new items that are different enough to justify adding to your collection. I love the cheek duos and the new bronzer formula is really good – but given that I have a LOT of bronzer I wouldn’t call them must-haves. A the same time I really like the formula and and they are very wearable. For the eyes I love Young Adonis – I’m a taupe-silvery eye shadow lover but Golden Peach and Naked Bronze are still my favorite out of all the eye duos. The lip balms are super fun – I think everyone needs at least one even though they are the splurge they really do a good job of adding hydration to the lips in a way that doesn’t feel thick or goopy.

My top picks: Reflects Gilt, Paradise Lust, Young Adonis and any one of the Clutch-Sized Lip Balms.

You should be able to find the collection at all Tom Ford Beauty counters now. Since I’ve moved I no longer have one close to me so I ordered the eye duos online at Sephora. You can also find Tom Ford Beauty at Violet Grey, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beautylish, Net-A-Porter and Tom Ford.

Many thanks to the Tom Ford team for inviting me to the preview! Summer Soleil collection provided courtesy for review with the exception of the Cream Powder Duos which were purchased by me.

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  • SJ Sellers

    ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!! every single one of the lip balm colors looks so **fresh** and gorgeous on you!

    i’m excited to try Reflects Gilt on the face and on the eyes! ๐Ÿ™‚

    thanks for the lovely swatches. so sad to hear you aren’t near a TF counter any more ๐Ÿ™

  • Mahima

    Omg your swatches are so beautiful. My name is calling Paradise Lust, but I’m not sure if I can justify the $92CAD price tag. D;

    • TraceyEB

      Mahima, Paradise Lust is lovely but it’s not going anywhere. Best to wait for a gift card event or discount to get that price down before purchase.

  • DB_Boston

    Bi-Coastal is simply stunning. I’m cool toned, and whenever I try to wear pink blushes, they pull all the pink out of my skin, and I look ridiculous. So jealous of all you ladies who can wear this gorgeous duo. All the colors look spectacular on you — especially, Pure Shores.

    • Aww thank you DB_Boston! Pink blush can definitely be tricky to pull off sometimes.

  • As usual with TF I am in awe of those lipsticks, the finish of them looks great too. I must admit though, I wasn’t sure on the white packaging at first!

    Annabel โ™ฅ

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  • TraceyEB

    Really appreciate your insightful and thorough review of Tom Ford’s 2017 Summer Soleil Collection (and to see you with Rae!). You have me reconsidering Reflects Guilt. It sounds like a different type of highlighter than we have seen in TF products. My only purchase to date has been Paradise Lust, which is beautiful.(I say “only”: because it came on the heels of buying 4 original formula Tom Ford blushes at the CCO to add to the one I owned.)

    • Hi Tracey – Reflects Gilt is definitely a different formula compared to what TF has launched in the past, it’s really quite beautiful!

  • Beautiful!! Can’t wait to check out this collection <3
    Kristin | BlondeisBeauty.com

  • Aviva A

    Thank you for always showing us the best in a gorgeous format! Gorgeous products! I’m now wondering if I should get the Chanel highlighter you just reviewed or paradise lust! I’m n20 in most foundations and don’t like glitter! Any suggestions?

  • Eileen

    I love your and Rae’s makeovers particularly because the MA didn’t use a cookie-cutter approach which is so often the case at events. Instead, the MA focused on your unique beauty and style. You both look lovely and ready for a day of sunshine. I’ll be taking a look at the balms this coming week and, except for L’Odissa, they look very promising. During the brighter, warmer weather I prefer the casual chic of good glosses and tinted balms.

    I was attracted to Young Adonis as soon as I saw the promo pics, but then I read another popular blogger who said it was Platinum and I dismissed it. Your side-by-side pictures; however, clearly show that it is not only lighter, but it is also different in tone. Is it different enough to warrant purchasing? In my opinion, yes. TF’s cream shadow is one of my all-time favorite formulas and so I welcome a new addition to my stash ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Eileen! Glad you liked the post and the makeovers ๐Ÿ™‚ As for Young Adonis vs Platinum, I would say they are close enough that you don’t need both. Although I already own Platinum and still bought Young Adonis, and as a TF lover I really like both.

      • Eileen

        My Platinum is over a year old. I once had a terrible eye infection caused by contaminated cosmetics and so I’m very diligent about tossing things once they’ve gone past their prime. So, Young Adonis it is! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kaja Elisabeth Budd Hytland

    I want everything! TF always has the most beautiful summer collections. Not sure if I’ll pick up anything yet, but I will definetly be stocking up on brushes, just in case the new synthetics aren’t as good. Also, would you recommend the old or new bronzers?

    • Hi Kaja! I would say if you are fair or light or even medium-light the original powder bronzers will be the best way to go. Even though the new Ultimate Bronzers are wearable I suspect for fair skin tones they will be too dark.

      If you’re medium to deep then go for the new ones ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lisa Adams

    It would be easier to count the few pieces I did NOT pick up from this collection. Excellent launch, fabulous pictures!

    • Hi Lisa – so happy you loved the collection too! Thanks for the kind comments ๐Ÿ™‚ I was really happy with the colors in this launch as well.

  • Oh those products looks so beautiful – love the design! Need to try them!
    xx Fiona THEDASHINGRIDER.com

  • This collection looks amazing! Especially the bronzers and the highlighter duos, reflects gilt is definitely one I need to try!

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  • Your balms look so much more pigmented than some that went to other bloggers. Oddly enough i’m loving Neotropic on pretty much everyone!

  • Missyrocks

    Very helpful