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Tom Ford Soleil 2021 Naked Pink Quad + Sunlit Rose Lip Balm

October 12, 2021

Tom Ford Soleil 2021 Naked Pink and Sunlit Rose

Tom Ford launched two new items in the Soleil lineup and I ordered the new Soleil Eye Color Quad in Naked Pink ($89) and Sunlit Rose Lip Balm ($58). I look forward to the Soleil eyeshadow palettes every year as I’m a huge fan of the pretty shimmers for this line. I ordered both from Nordstrom.

Soleil Eyeshadow Quad in Naked Pink

Tom Ford Soleil Naked Pink Eyeshadow Quad

The Soleil Eyeshadow Quad in Naked Pink has a mix of textures unlike the previous year’s First Frost which is all metallic (ie like Honeymoon, Nude Dip, Virgin Orchid etc.). This year’s Naked Pink has a soft shimmery cool pink champagne, a matte soft malted pink, a sparkle topper in a pale rose/mauve glitter and a medium shimmery rose. Pigment is medium soft in this one and on my medium tan skin tone colors look more subdued/natural. Texture is smooth and easy to blend and layer. If you’re looking for super strong pigment this might be too sheer for you. I really like the colors and quality but wish the pigment was a bit stronger/more visible. Still the semi-sheer pigment isn’t a deal breaker for me, I’d rate this a solid B+/A-. It’s one I will wear for the holiday season for a sparkle eye look and I really like it.

Tom Ford Soleil Naked Pink Eyeshadow Quad and Sunlit Rose swatches

A few swatch comparisons below to Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Sous Le Sable and Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk.

Tom Ford Sous Le Sable, Naked Pink and Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk

 

Look wearing:

Tom Ford Soleil Naked Pink Eyeshadow Quad and Sunlit Rose swatches

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Closer detail eye look below wearing the Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Naked Pink and different lip combo to add more color with Lip Color in Spanish Pink layered with the Lip Balm in Sunlit Rose.

Tom Ford naked pink eyeshadow and spanish pink lipstick

Soleil Lip Balm in Sunlit Rose

Tom Ford Soleil Lip Balm in Sunlit Rose

This year’s Soleil Lip Balm in Sunlit Rose also has an overspray on the bullet. Underneath is a soft pink glow. I really love how pretty it is on my arm but on my pigmented lips it looks really pale. Based on what I see on my hand swatch I expected it to look like Spanish Pink but with a glow. I suspect on most of you Sunlit Rose will look more true to tube versus what it looks like on me. I like the texture – it’s smooth and semi-thick, almost like a Tom Ford lipstick but smoother. It works nicely as a layering product with liner or over a lipstick. Not a must-have for me although the packaging and presentation is really pretty.

Tom Ford Beauty Naked Pink and Sunlit Rose

Swatched next to Tom Ford Balm Frost from 2020 (also reviewed/swatched here).

Tom Ford Balm Frost vs Sunlit Rose

 

Tom Ford Soleil 2021 Naked Pink and Sunlit Rose

Have you checked out the Tom Ford Soleil 2021 Naked Pink Quad + Sunlit Rose Lip Balm items? What did you think?

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New Tom Ford Beauty Launches at Nordstrom

September 15, 2021

Tom Ford Beauty Haul New Shade and Illuminate Concealer 3W0 and Blush Explicit Flush

I have a beauty haul roundup with some new launches from Nordstrom! Tom Ford Beauty recently launched some new products in the Shade and Illuminate lineup and new lip colors. I’ve been putting the new Concealer and Blush Duos to the test and have a closer look today.

Tom Ford Beauty Haul Nordstrom | The Beauty Look book

Shade and Illuminate Concealer

I’ve been a long-time fan of Tom Ford foundations and one of the best splurges I’ve made is the Shade and Illuminate Soft Radiance Foundation (I wear either 5.7 Dune or 6 Natural). Tom Ford launched a new concealer called the Shade and Illuminate Concealer ($90, currently exclusive to Nordstrom) and I ordered a couple shades in 3W0 Latte and 3W1 Golden.

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Concealer 3W0 Latte

It’s quite the splurge but I really like the super creamy opaque formula. I’ve found it has phenomenal coverage for under the eye and is crease-proof. Coverage is medium but buildable. It has some skincare elements infused to add a glow and smoothing effect. I prefer concealer to be slightly lighter than my skintone for brightening but try to keep it as close a match as possible.

With this formula I feel 3W0 Latte is a great match for me. There wasn’t any oxidizing or darkening so the color works perfect for me.

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Concealer 3W0 Latte

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Concealer 3W0 Latte

Swatched below compared to a few other favorites in the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Cle de Peau Concealer and Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion for color reference. If you’re similar to my skin tone and prefer a lighter shade for more brightening I’d recommend going lighter to the 2W0 Beige or 2N0 Creme.

Tom Ford Shade Illuminate Concealer vs NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Cle de Peau Concealer and Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion

Shade and Illuminate Blush

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Blush Duos

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Blush ($90) is a new formula of blush. There are currently four shades available at Nordstrom. These have a silky smooth texture with sheer to medium coverage. On my skin they have a satiny finish. Each duo has one matte and one shimmer shade but I found the shimmer to be very subtle (almost barely there). So if you love non-shimmer blushes these will be perfect for you!

These apply flawlessly on the skin. If you remember the original Tom Ford blushes they had a subtle micro pearl with a subtle sheen. These pull more on the matte side but have the same beautiful buildable soft texture. I swatched these with a heavy hand on the arm, but you’ll see in the face beauty looks below they look quite natural.

  • 02 Explicit Flush has a beige peach shimmer + coral matte
  • 03 Peach Poison has a matte peach + deeper brown with some gold shimmer
  • 04 Cherry Blaze has a soft pink + peachy coral with a slight shimmer
  • 05 Sundrunk has a pink beige matte and a soft rose pearl

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Blush swatches

Lip Color

I noticed a few new shades of Lip Color ($58) and decided to order 2 of them in Pink Charade and Neutral Party and love them both. Pink Charade is a neutral cool toned pink and Neutral Party is a medium neutral pink brown shade. Both are creams and have smooth full coverage.

Tom Ford Lip Color Pink Charade and Neutral Party

Tom Ford Lip Color Pink Charade and Neutral Party swatches

Gloss Luxe Moisturizing Lip Gloss

Last I have swatches of the four new Gloss Luxe Moisturizing Lip Glosses ($58 each). These run on the sheer side so they’ll add a soft wash of color. They feel really comfortable and hydrating. I find they work best layered over a pencil or lipstick.

  • 21 In the Buff is a pale sparkling champagne gold
  • 22 Sunrise Pink is a pretty pink rose (my favorite!)
  • 23 Bare Assed is a shimmery cool rose-plum with gold shimmer
  • 24 Honeyed Coral is a berry plum with gold shimmer

Tom Ford Gloss Luxe Moisturizing Lip Glosses

Gloss Luxe Moisturizing Lip Glosses swatches

Beauty looks below wearing:

Look 1: Shade and Illuminate Blush in Explicit Flush, Lip Color in Pink Charade + Gloss Luxe in In The Buff

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Blush in Explicit Flush, Lip Color in Pink Charade + Gloss Luxe in In The Buff

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Look 2: Shade and Illuminate Blush in Peach Poison, Gloss Luxe in Honeyed Coral

Shade and Illuminate Blush in Peach Poison, Gloss Luxe in Honeyed Coral

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Look 3: Shade and Illuminate Blush in Cherry Blaze, Gloss Luxe in Sunrise Pink

Shade and Illuminate Blush in Cherry Blaze, Gloss Luxe in Sunrise Pink

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Look 4: Shade and Illuminate Blush in Sundrunk, Gloss Luxe in Bare Assed

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Blush in Sundrunk, Gloss Luxe in Bare Assed

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Tom Ford Beauty Haul Nordstrom | The Beauty Lookbook

I’m really pleased with everything. The concealer is quite the splurge but performs exceptionally well. It has that same creamy feel as the formula from Laura Mercier and NARS but with better coverage. Out of the blushes my favorite is Cherry Blaze with Sundrunk in close second. I’ll have to play around with the lip colors more to see if they’re dupeable with other shades but I think Pink Charade is a nice neutral-cool pale pink. For the glosses I think Sunrise Pink is the perfect medium rose pink I’ve been looking for!

You can find all the items available now at Nordstrom. Have you checked out any of the new launches yet? They just added Byredo Makeup and Westman Atelier to Nordstrom too! I may splurge on one of the Byredo lip colors or balms soon.

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Many thanks to Nordstrom for partnering to sponsor this post. As always all opinions my own.

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Tom Ford First Frost Eye Color Quad + New Balm Frost

October 27, 2020

Tom Ford First Frost Eyeshadow Quad and Balm Frost | The Beauty Look Book

There are two new launches from Tom Ford Beauty and I have a look at the Tom Ford First Frost Eye Color Quad ($88) along with the limited-edition Balm Frost ($56). As a die-hard lover of Tom Ford I knew I had to have both and ordered them without hesitation from Nordstrom.

Tom Ford First Frost Eyeshadow Quad and Balm Frost | The Beauty Look Book

First Frost Soleil Eye Color Quad

Tom Ford First Frost Eyeshadow Quad | The Beauty Look Book

The Tom Ford First Frost Eyeshadow quad comes in the white and gold packaging and has that same pressed metallic formula as Nude Dip, Honeymoon, Body Heat etc. I will say that the current online stock images seem to be off for the First Frost palette as it is a cool-toned palette with pink and taupe while the stock images show something warmer with more peach and bronze tones.

First Frost has four smooth metallic shimmers. They’re easy to blend and layer. You can apply them with a wet brush for more intensity/shine but I prefer using a regular dry eyeshadow brush like the MAC 239S, Tom Ford 12 Eye Contour or Hourglass No 3 or No 12. Colors are a white pearl shimmer, medium rose pink that has a warm base but flashes a cool-pink and gold shimmer, a neutral-cool taupe brown with silver shimmer, deeper cool toned bronze.

On my medium-tan skin the colors look more contrasted with my skin and more cool-toned. If you’re lighter or warmer in complexion the colors will pull less pale/frosty and look more true to pan on your skin.

Tom Ford First Frost Eyeshadow Quad | The Beauty Look Book

Tom Ford First Frost Eyeshadow Quad swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Some comparison swatches to last year’s Soleil D’Hiver (reviewed here) and Nude Dip. The colors are in the similar color family to my eye. The main difference is in the undertone and depth of the colors.

Tom Ford Soleil D'Hiver, First Frost and Nude Dip

Beauty look below wearing:

Tom Ford First Frost Eyeshadow Quad

Tom Ford First Frost Eyeshadow Quad

Tom Ford Balm Frost

Tom Ford Frost Balm Soleil Neige | Sabrina The Beauty Look Book

Tom Ford Balm Frost Review Sabrina The Beauty Look Book

The Tom Ford Balm Frost this year has a sheer pink iridescent base coated with the prettiest dusting of sparkles on the exterior. It looks incredibly beautiful straight out of the box and has that perfect holiday feel. The sparkle is a top coat on the exterior but underneath you still have a pale iridescent shimmer that flashes silver, iridescent green, and pale gold.

On my arms vs lips it looks completely different. On the arm swatch below I see more white and gold. On my lips it is very sheer but the sparkles leave a pale pearlescent sheen. The color on my lips is almost white with a super soft pale pink glow.

Swatches below on the arm next to the Tom Ford Gloss Luxe in Crystalline, Tom Ford Balm Frost, Dior Lip Glow in Holo Pink (discontinued), Dior Lip Glow in Rose Gold, Fenty Gloss Bomb in Diamond Milk

Tom Ford Balm Frost swatch comparisons

I’m surprised how different this looks on everyone I’ve seen try this! I have a more pigmented natural lip, sometimes it’s more brown other times it’s more purple – so any sheer lip color will look different on you than it does on me. Also my natural lip shows through around the edges often. With this one I feel the frost/sparkle contrasts with my natural lip to give it a more frosted look. If you add a liner or lipstick underneath it doubles as a fun top coat.

Formula-wise it had minimal texture on the lips – I didn’t feel any texture from the sparkle. It has nice moisture but isn’t as hydrating like the Fresh Sugar Lip Balms or a lip oil. I think it’s fun and I love how beautiful it looks. For me it was worth the splurge although I the Soleil Lip Blush is more special with the pink tinge it gives the lips (the clear base with gold flecks). You can still find the Lip Blush individually or in a Soleil Lip Blush Eye Duo Set.

Tom Ford Soleil Neige Balm Frost

Tom Ford First Frost Eyeshadow Quad and Balm Frost | The Beauty Look Book

Overall love! Both were worth the splurge for me. I bought the Tom Ford First Frost Eyeshadow Quad and Balm Frost from Nordstrom. You can also find them at Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and all other Tom Ford Beauty retailers.

 

 

Have you tried these yet? What did you think?

 

 

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Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Face + Eye Palettes – Rose Cashmere + Red Harness

July 13, 2020

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Face Eye Palette Review

I finally got my hands on two of the Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Face Eye Palettes – they’ve been nearly impossible to find as they sold out quickly earlier in the year. They finally popped up online at Nordstrom last week and I ordered two of them in Intensity 0.5 Rose Cashmere and Intensity 1 Red Harness. Quick note that I’ve seen some color options sell out and restock online a few times. If you’ve had these on your radar and don’t see the color you want, check back online.

I just received my order in the mail so I have a first impressions review. I wanted to get up some quick swatches and thoughts for those who have been curious about them. I’ve also been testing out the Soleil Glow Tinted Moisturizer in Dune 5.7 and will have a more detailed look soon, but wanted to give you a quick preview here.

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Face Eye Palettes come in four shade options. At $155 each they are crazy jaw dropping expensive. Each palette has 4 eyeshadows, 1 highlighter and 1 contour powder. The eye colors are all shimmery and have a similar soft metallic pressed texture to the eyeshadow quads like Nude Dip and Honeymoon. Contour and highlighter powders are softer similar to the texture of the Sheer Cheek Duos (current one Lissome reviewed here) and not as intense/frosty as the Skin Illuminating Duos (all 3 swatched here in case you’re curious). Quality wise these are excellent – the texture is smooth, color is easy to build, pigment is medium. Lasting power is really good as the powders adhere well to the skin.

Rose Cashmere / Intensity 0.5

Tom Ford Shade Illuminate Palette Rose Cashmere Review

Intensity 0.5/Rose Cashmere is the lightest color palette option and also the most neutral. The highlighter is a pale yellow shimmer with a soft sheen and the contour powder is a soft tan satin. On my skin the highlighter looks yellow and the tan powder is just slightly darker than my skin tone. The four eyeshadows are like my dream palette with a pale metallic ivory champagne, satiny rose peach, a shimmery mauve tan and a shimmery deeper light tan/taupe. I think the colors make for a beautiful soft wash of color and glow but there aren’t enough shades for a complete eye look – you will still need to add a deeper color for liner or contouring.

Tom Ford Shade Illuminate Palette Rose Cashmere Review

Tom Ford Shade Illuminate Palette Rose Cashmere Swatches

Tom Ford Shade Illuminate Palette Rose Cashmere Look

Above wearing:

Normally I would add a blush for more color but I wanted to show just the palette on my medium/tan skin.

Red Harness / Intensity 1

Tom Ford Shade Illuminate Face Eye Palette Red Harness

Intensity 1/Red Harness surprised me – it’s warm but very wearable! There is more contrast with the eyeshadows in this palette for a more complete look. The eyeshadows include a shimmery pale cool moonlight, shimmery warm copper/orange, shimmering red/pink and a softwash metallic plum. The highlighter is a beautiful soft peachy shade with a hint of champagne and the contour is a cool medium brown.

Tom Ford Shade Illuminate Face Eye Palette Red Harness

Tom Ford Shade Illuminate Face Eye Palette Red Harness

Look below wearing Red Harness. Lip color is Tom Ford Lipstick in Spanish Pink with Gloss Luxe in Impulse on top.

Tom Ford Shade Illuminate Face Eye Palette Red Harness

Tom Ford Shade Illuminate Face Eye Palette Red Harness Makeup Look

Glow Tinted Moisturizer

Tom Ford Soleil Glow Tinted Moisturizer in Dune 5.7

Last is a quick look at the Soleil Glow Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15. The shade range isn’t as comprehensive as the foundations and they don’t have my usual shades Natural 6 or Sable 6.5. However in some of the formulas I can get by using Dune 5.7 and  since it’s a sheer finish I decided to try it. It’s visibly lighter than my skin tone when I swatch it on my hand or face but it did oxidize a full shade on my skin so it ended up working for me color-wise. The formula is a sheer finish. When blended it pretty much disappears into a natural glow. I wish I could give this a rave review – I’ve been a fan of many Tom Ford base formulas in the past. I can’t though. The Tinted Moisturizer in this formula is not special enough, unique or pigmented enough to make a noticeable difference on my skin. I do like how it gives a natural glow but I think the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer does the same thing for my skin for a more reasonable price – and I actually like the coverage better (review here). In the Tom Ford range I think the Soleil Glow Foundation is a much better option for the same glow, more coverage and a better shade selection.

Above are swatches of the Tom Ford Soleil Glow Tinted Moisturizer in Dune 5.7, Soleil Glow Foundation in Natural 6.0 and Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in 3N1 Sand.

That wraps up my Tom Ford haul review! I am still in a bit of sticker shock over the steep price tag of the Shade and Illuminate Palettes. I’ve splurged on many in the past and have loved most of the ones I’ve bought. I am happy with both of the palettes I hauled and will get a lot of use out of them. I have no regrets purchasing them – they perform really well and I love the soft washed glow they give. I don’t know that I can say they’re $155 worth it – but I do like them. I am trying to really love the Tinted Moisturizer and while I think it performs ok, I definitely don’t feel it’s worth the steep price.

You can find the Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Face and Eye Palettes at Nordstrom. I also hauled the Soleil Glow Tinted Moisturizer from Nordstrom as well.

 

Have you tried these yet? What did you think?

 

Lips Tom Ford Beauty

Tom Ford Ultra-Shine Lip Colors – New Shades

June 24, 2020

Tom Ford Ultra-Shine Lip Colors New Shades 2020

There are new shades of the Tom Ford Ultra-Shine Lip Colors ($55 each) and I hauled five of them sight unseen online. As a long-time Tom Ford lip lover I’m always excited to see new colors launch. The Ultra-Shine Lip Color formula is a super saturated glossy lipstick. These are one-swipe wonders on me with an emollient balmy almost gloss-like finish. I ordered based on the online stock swatches and have to say none of the ones I picked look anything like the stock photos. The undertone is spot on, but all the shades I picked are significantly lighter in color. I was expecting brighter vibrant colors but I still like all but one of the lipsticks I ordered.

Tom Ford Ultra-Shine Lip Colors New Shades 2020

Quick note that some of the shades aren’t available at all sites so you may have to do a bit of shopping around. I found the ones I wanted from Nordstrom and Sephora. All the colors are creams – meaning they have no shimmer.

  • L’Amant is a neutral nude pink
  • Veridique is a bright but lighter coral peach (also shown here)
  • Du Ciel is a pale blue based pink
  • La Notte is a medium pink rose in the tube, on my lips it pulls more pink-brown
  • L’Eclisse is a soft plum mauve

Swatches:

Tom Ford Ultra-Shine Lip Color swatches - new shades

Swatch comparisons:

Tom Ford Ultra-Shine Lip Color swatches vs Lip Colors

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Tom Ford Ultra-Shine Lip Colors New Shades 2020 Summer

Close ups + lip swatches of each color starting with L’Amant:

Tom Ford Ultra-Shine L'Amant

Tom Ford Ultra-Shine L'Amant

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Veridique

Tom Ford Ultra-Shine Veridique

Tom Ford Ultra-Shine Lipstick Veridique

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Du Ciel

Tom Ford Ultra-Shine Du Ciel

Tom Ford Ultra-Shine Du Ciel

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La Notte

Tom Ford Ultra-Shine La Notte

Tom Ford Ultra-Shine La Notte

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L’Eclisse

Tom Ford Ultra-Shine L'Eclisse

Tom Ford Ultra-Shine L'Eclisse

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Tom Ford Ultra-Shine Lip Colors New Shades 2020

My favorites are L’Amant, La Notte and Veridique. I applied them in the above swatch photos on bare lips but you can adjust the depth or tone with a slightly deeper lip pencil. The only shade I did not like was Du Ciel – blue based light pinks don’t really work on my complexion by themselves. Still the shade was smooth and I didn’t experience any streaking/patchy issues like I do with some paler lipsticks.

Based on a quick look at my existing Tom Ford lip stash I wouldn’t call any of the ones I hauled must-haves as I have a lot of colors in the same color family. I do think the quality of the Ultra-Shine Lip Color is excellent and true to Tom Ford’s typical standard. There are some fun shades for summer for an easy to wear look. I do really love the formula and think if you try one you won’t be disappointed with the quality and wear. In case you missed the last review a couple years ago, existing colors are swatched in my Summer 2018 post.

Part of me was looking forward to new bronzers and or cheek duos for summer but maybe all they planned was launched back in October for the Soleil Neige collection. I did order the new Soleil Summer Glow Tinted Moisturizer in Dune 5.7 but have not tried it yet. I will keep you posted as I put it to the test though!

Have you tried any of the new lip color launches this spring/summer? There were new shades of Lip Color and Lip Color Matte that launched too. I haven’t looked into those but if you’ve tried any, I would love to hear what you thought!

 

I hauled my Tom Ford Ultra-Shine Lip Colors from Nordstrom and Sephora. Also available at Tom Ford and Beautylish.

 

Eye Makeup Tom Ford Beauty

New Tom Ford Eye Color Quads

February 17, 2020

Tom Ford beauty new eyeshadow quads

I’m back with a Tom Ford Beauty post! By popular request I have a review and swatches of all five new Tom Ford Eye Color Quads in Arabesque, De La Creme, Mink Mirage, Sous Le Sable and Noir Fume ($88 each for .31/9 g). As a long-time Tom Ford Beauty lover I could not have been more excited about new palettes, especially since most of the new ones are neutrals! Unfortunately most of these are strong misses for me and not as stellar as the other quads in terms of pigment and color payoff. Still I think there are some nice wearable options good for everyday wear.

Top Row: De La Creme, Arabesque, Noir Fume
Bottom Row: Sous le Sable, Mink Mirage

Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quads De La Creme, Arabesque, Noir Fume, Sous le Sable, Mink Mirage

More thoughts on each palette below, ranked from best to worst based on my testing experience.

Mink Mirage

Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad Mink Mirage review

Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad Mink Mirage swatches

Mink Mirage is the best palette pigment-wise and it has all matte colors. I believe it’s replacing Cocoa Mirage which had some of the most boring colors ever but had amazing pigment and actually looked a lot better on the eyes than in the pan. Mink Mirage has a matte cream, a soft matte brown, a medium brown and smokey black. The powders in this one are easy to blend and perform flawlessly for a nice smokey neutral eye. It’s easy to wear for any occasion and quite versatile to take from day to night.

Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad MinK Mirage

Wearing:

  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Sand
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
  • Charlotte Tilbury Highlighter Wand in Peachgasm
  • Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Pillow Talk
  • Charlotte Tilbury Lip Collagen in Rosy Plump
  • Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Mink Mirage

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Noir Fume

Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad Noir Fume

Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad Noir Fume Swatches

Noir Fume is the next best one for a soft smokey taupe eye look. It doesn’t swatch the best on the arm but on the eyes it layers beautifully for an effortless smokey eye. There’s a soft sheer ivory which smooth and evens out the lids. Other colors include a sheer golden brown that almost has slight olive tones, a shimmery taupe and a cool deep taupe grey brown matte.

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De La Creme

Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad De La Creme

Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad De La Creme swatches

De La Creme has the prettiest color scheme out of all the new palettes in my opinion but colors don’t show up on my medium tan skin as well as I had hoped. If you’re light or fair I think it will show up better. It has a perfect warm champagne peach shimmer, a warm copper, a warm soft matte brown and a medium warm matte brown. If I layer heavily on top of a creamy emollient cream base color adheres better on my skin – but I have to pack/pat it on. Any blending causes the colors to sheer out and almost disappear onto the same soft brown wash. I wish this had the same texture as the Nude Dip/Honeymoon quads because I think the color would show up better on the skin.

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Sous le Sable

Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad Sous Le Sable

Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad Sous Le Sable swatches

Sous le Sable also has such a gorgeous color palette and it swatches beautifully on my arm, but on my eyes, it disappears into my skin and pigment is barely noticeable. I have to pack on the colors with a heavy hand to see any distinction between the bottom mattes. The shimmery rose is so SO pretty but doesn’t show up on my medium skin. The pale matte rose has decent pigment but the other three didn’t perform as I had hoped. This made my heart sink – the colors are what I had hoped Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk would look like (which gives me a horrible pink eye look). Tom Ford’s Sous le Sable has more brown undertones making the color scheme better – I just wish the colors would actually show up on my lids.

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Arabesque

Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad Arabesque

Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad Arabesque swatches

Arabesque is the worst of the five. I’m a huge fan of the glitter palettes because I think they make great toppers. I applied these in a patting motion on the lids and there is barely any color. Just sparkle in which case I feel the Golden Peach Cream Eye Duo or even the Golden Mink Quad are much better.

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Tom Ford Eye Color Quads, New Colors Review

Out of all five the only two I truly feel are worth the splurge are Mink Mirage and Noir Fume. The other three are definitely not worth the $88 price tag and are huge disappointments compared to other Tom Ford Quads I’ve tried.

I personally think the color scheme of the new launches are truly beautiful, but that’s where it ends for me. Pigment and color payoff are simply not there which is surprising and disappointing to me considering Tom Ford usually launches high quality products.

Have you tried any of the new quads? What did you think? Did they end up working for you or did you find them patchy/sheer? I bought mine from Nordstrom and Sephora. They’re also available at all Tom Ford Beauty counters now.

 

Highlighters

Luxury Highlighter Edit: Westman Atelier, La Mer + Tom Ford

October 29, 2019

Luxury Highlighters

I have a mini luxury highlighter edit today with some new to me formulas from Westman Atelier, La Mer and Tom Ford Beauty. I have swatches and makeup looks for all five colors in today’s roundup. At this point I have enough highlighters to last me multiple lifetimes! There are quite a few new launches out from many brands. I narrowed down my picks to the colors and formulas that interested me the most. For a quick roundup of my favorite existing ones to date, scroll down to the end and I’ll summarize my top picks compared to the new ones I tested.

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Westman Atelier Super Loaded Tint Highlight

Westman Atelier Super Loaded Tint

For months SO MANY of you have been begging me to review products from Westman Atelier. The packaging and rave reviews had me intrigued along with the small edited range. I held off for so long because I was hoping to see everything in person but decided to order the Super Loaded Tints ($75 each for 4 g/0.14 oz) in Peau de Peche and Peau de Soleil sight unseen because curiosity got the best of me and I could not be happier. I bought mine from Barney’s.

Westman Atelier Super Loaded Tint swatches

As everyone has mentioned about the line the packaging is exquisite. These come in a hefty mirrored compact that feels luxurious and special when you hold it. The highlighters are a lovely cream to powder finish that have the most lovely shimmer and glow with an easy to blend finish. They are both deeper than traditional champagne colored highlighters which I love. Peau de Peche is a multi-dimensional soft rosy bronze pearl on my skin and if you’re fair it will look more rosy/bronze. I love this on the cheek bones or eyes. It’s absolutely stunning and I cannot rave enough about it.

Westman Atelier Super Loaded Tint Peau de Peche

Westman Atelier Super Loaded Tint Peau de Peche Makeup Look

Above left wearing just the highlighter on the cheeks, on the right added MAC Peaches, full breakdown:

Peau de Soleil is a newer color that launched in the summer. I’m a sucker for anything bronze and this one has a golden bronze shimmer with visible yellow gold flecks. On my olive skin it pulls a little yellow with the sheen so I can’t wear it alone on my cheeks. I have to pair it with something pink or peach as a blush, but I ADORE this one on the eyes.

Westman Atelier Super Loaded Tint Peau de Soleil

Westman Atelier Super Loaded Tint Peau de Soleil

Lasting power is excellent. Finish is shimmery but make the skin look radiant. For application I’ve been using either my fingers, the MAC 133S brush or Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Brush. I’m seriously tempted to buy one of her brushes but I would rather save for another one of her makeup products like the foundation or bronzer.

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La Mer The Glow Highlighter

La Mer Glow Highlighter Holiday 2019

I’m 100% thrilled with the La Mer The Glow Highlighter ($105 for 5 g/0.17 oz). It took my breath away the second I spotted in store but with the $105 price tag I didn’t know if I’d have buyers remorse after. After playing with it I still don’t know that I think it’s worth the price but it is beautiful, I love it to bits and I have no regrets buying. It has a sheer smooth shimmery white cream on one side and a peachy pearlescent powder highlighter on the other. I love that it has a separator inside to protect the cream from powder debris. I could probably find something similar from MAC, Anastasia, Tarte etc. but I think the cream and powder formula is so good. The shimmer factor is perfect for me as well, it’s not too frosty and it’s not too sheer. If Tom Ford’s Shade and Illuminate products were the same as this La Mer cream I would 100% love it (for me the TF is too dewy).

La Mer Glow Highlighter Holiday 2019 review

 

I swatched it next to the Tom Ford Skin Illuminator in Moodlight which is probably my favorite. The colors are similar but not the same. Also the Tom Ford has a much higher sharper shimmer finish.

La Mer Glow Highlighter vs Tom Ford Moodlight swatches

La Mer Glow Highlighter Makeup Look

On the face, cream is just on the left photo, on the right I layered the powder on top:

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Tom Ford Glow Drops

Tom Ford Glow Drops Reflects Gilt and Glacial Rose

I already reviewed the Tom Ford Soleil Neige Collection a few days ago but wanted to give you a closer look at the product on the face. The Glow Drops in Reflects Gilt and Glacial Rose are sheer once blended so it’s hard for me to capture the true finish on camera. I applied both over Tom Ford Bronzer in Terra to hopefully give you an idea on the difference in sheen. If you want a natural highlight that isn’t glaring or too sharp these are really beautiful.

Tom Ford Glow Drops swatches

Tom Ford Soleil Neige makeup look

Above wearing:

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Overall thoughts are that I have 5 out of 5 that are winners. I purchased them all myself and I think the Westman Atelier Peau de Peche is the best one out of the colors I tried. I really love the La Mer Glow Highlighter but I don’t think the colors are really unique. I’m still really loving both of the Tom Ford Glow Drops. To date I would say my top 5 highlighters that have been previously released include the Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Duo in Moodlight, Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Indiscretion, Hourglass Vanish Flash Stick in any color, Fenty Killawatt Highlighter in Afternoon Snack/Mo Honey and MAC Mineralize Finish in Global Glow.

Have you tried any of the highlighter I reviewed today? What did you think? Do you have a favorite you keep reaching for right now? Are there any other holiday highlighters you want me to review? The new Chanel holiday review is coming soon and I’ll be in including that one for sure. Let me know in the comments!

 

 

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