My first Tom Ford cosmetic and when I opened the box it felt so chic!
Contours and highlights wonderfully, no complaints whatsoever with the quality. I only use with liquid foundations and stick to powder C&H for powder makeup.
I guess the ¬£55 puts me off when I'm using it I'm aware of that. Just like I am with my dolce and gabanna mirror - when I use it I'm scared in case I drop it! So that isn't fun :) I prob would buy it again, but just for personal use or VIPs. That said I've yet to find a cheaper creamy C&H compact alternative!
the packaging is very sleek and you can definitely tell there's a luxurious product housed inside. the colors are nice and complement each other and my skin tone well. the textures are creamy and blend well.
the bronzer/contour color can be built up and blended out well so any patchy application can be smoothed out. it has an almost grey undertone so it's great for a contour color. no orange cast to it at all.
the illuminator gives a very subtle glow to your skin. it mimics well moisturized skin. if you want a shimmery highlighter like nars' albatross, then this isn't for your.
my biggest peeve is that it's a dust magnet. i have no clue why but every time i use it there's always little fuzzies or particles that stick to the top. i'm baffled as to where they floated from, but they always pop up on the surface. it's soooo weird. this never happens with my other cream products. i feel like i'm wasting so much of product when i clean it. also, the case shows fingerprints.
This is a duo of a cream contour/bronzer and highlighter and it is beautiful! The texture of both products is so smooth and easy to blend and the pigmentation is perfect. The highlighter gives off the most natural and beautiful sheen and the bronzer blends so well that it is practically impossible to get that bronzer line no matter how much you put on. The stay power is very well even on someone like me who had oily/combo skin.
I searched high and low for a cream contour product, and this is the happy result. It is actually the only cream contour product I was able to find. Others must exist, but Iím not sure where. The reason Iím emphasizing the cream contour is that:
1) I have dry skin and rarely powder my face. I want a cream product, not a powder, so that I donít have to powder all over to make the effect seamless
2) I want to contour, not bronze. Contour products sculpt the shape of your face through shadow effects while bronzers achieve a simulated tan. Many bronzer products enhance this tan through highlight as the sun hits the high points of your face. Contour and bronzer are applied in different places and have different finishes inherently; tans and highlights are not shadows! I donít tan in places the sun donít shineÖ.
For those who want a cream contour, I recommend this product heartily. For those who want to appear bronzed, you will need a bronzing product. (Sorry about the rant, but it took over a year of talking to SA and makeup dorks and Google and YouTube to find this. I was constantly shown powders and bronzers.)
Packaging: The packaging is beautiful and sleek. However, I think I would prefer the creams to be packed deeper and less wide. I donít use this frequently and close it as soon as Iím done, but dust migrates to this. A smaller surface area would decrease the amount of lint I have to carefully pick off.
Contour: The contour is lovely. I was surprised when I opened it as it looked a lot more orange than I was expecting, but it appears like a shadow when applied. I donít have the Tom Ford brush. I use a Mac 190, a large paddle concealer brush (donít know make), or my finger. It builds up quite nicely. Iím not that skilled at blending, so I put a little on at a time until I feel itís enough. Iím quite pale (NW 10 or Chanel BR 12), so I donít need much.
Highlight: I think this highlighter is absolutely lovely. However, I donít use it very often. I have a few others that I use regularly, particularly Becca Skin Perfector because I think itís easy to dispense, mix with other products, and apply. Also Iím very pale, and Iím not big into highlighting in general. I think itís more effective on darker skin. I reflect enough light; I need dark spots to give me depth!
Effects on Skin: I have a terrible past with cream face cosmetics. I have gotten terrible acne from multiple cream foundations, but have been safe with cream blushes. I use this sparingly as I place it in problem areas. Itís a special occasion product. I have not had any problems thus far with blemishes.
Price: I think the price is a bit excessive for me, and I would hesitate to buy it again at my current income level. If I could buy the contour and highlight separately, I would definitely buy the contour. Maybe I will lose weight before I run out, and then Iíll not feel the need to skinny my face up. I marked that I would repurchase as it is lovely and the only cream contour I know of. It certainly beats any powder contour I have regardless of the powder price point!
WOW this has changed my life! I have dry skin, NC20 MUFE HD 120 and sometimes rough skin texture so I love cream products and I love the dewey natural perfect skin with a glow look and this definitely gives me that look. At first I was hesitant to purchase as it was so expensive and the Neiman Marcus' in my area did not carry the entire line so I had to buy it on a whim online. At first, I was not to fond of it because it looked scary and I didn't know how to apply it.
The Bronzer/Contour shade gives me a tanned glow complexion, I use it as a contour/bronzer and it really warms my face up! I use the MAC 168 brush to deposit and do my countour and then blend the harsh lines out with my beauty blender. Sometimes I set it with very little bronzer (Hoola).
The highlight shade is perfect! I apply this with my fingers and then blend out with the beauty blender as well. My skin looks so glowy and sun kissed with this. Im so glad I purchased it!
I love this! If you like Chanel Bronze Universel then you will like this too as it gives that same glow but the color is deff better than Chanel. Its more brown and natural, Chanel can be orange looking to use a contour so I use it as blush.
Is this product an essential? No. Is it super fun, great quality, and totally luxurious? Yes. Both creams perform extremely naturally- the highlight isn't a glitter bomb and gives a lovely subtle white glow. The bronzer part is so interesting- the color is some kind of grey/green/brown color, it has zero orange or shimmer. It truly looks like a shadow/contour and looks great on camera. I wore this to a wedding and the pictures turned out so well with this on. The finish is extremely dewy, so you will need to powder most likely. The packaging is heavy and glamorous, but of course. This was a total impulse purchase while on vacation but I absolutely don't regret it. Can't wait to actually get a full Tom Ford counter in my area.
Good product but I already had the Hourglass bronze/illuminate duo, which was less expensive, and it worked just as well as the TF. I recommend a contour/highlight product for your collection, but it doesn't necessarily have to be this one. I will say that the contour shade in this does have a slight grey/'shadowy' cast to it, making it appear slightly more natural. (Another good highlighter is the one from Edward Bess, called Sunlight - I think).
Like it as an extra as other reviewers have said and again as with all the packaging in this range it looks sleek, sexy and glamourously high end. However as with the other products ive tested in this range, of which I bought nearly all of it, I have to say it didnt blow me away.
Having see Youtube reviews of the same opinion I don't feel too mean sounding less than enthused, its handy, can be used to sculpt and quick, but can on oily skin be alittle too dewy I think and can slide off the skin over time wearing it dependent on conditions.
I think Chanel Bronze Soleil would do a similar job and although has not obviously 'shimmer' as such, i think i prefer the luminosity of the Chanel one. Although some people do not like shimmer I think it could possibly have been nice to have included one in the collection with a more bronzey polished gilded look so if you wanted that jet set ultra glamour catwalk look of cheekbones with a sexy bronze shimmer feel, you could have that option, especially for evening wear.
Nice concept but could be tweaked and not an every day essential. Equally i think a beautiful Tom Ford luxe bronzing powder would have been good as we all love a good bronzing powder that can be applied on the face and the neck / decolletage. These days I think bronzing powder is a staple in every sexy glamazons makeup bag and a Tom Ford one would be perfect. Maybe something they might do for the next collection, especially as I heard Estee Lauder have helped make the range.
I agree completely with the prior reviewer's assessment of this compact. It is a kind of a non essential fun extra, but if applied properly and well blended with a good brush, it really does make for some elegant contour. A little bit under the cheekbones, blended well (and it does blend easily with Tom's brush) adds dimension and drama to the face shape. The color is not too dark in Intensity One, even on my very fair skin and it doesn't look "dirty" like a lot of bronzers and contour products. The light highlighting part is fabulous because it brightens and illuminates but doesn't sparkle. Non glittery color works much better on my older skin (especially wrinkly skin areas under the eyes and around the cheekbones). Nice set especially for special occasions and glamourous evening looks.
Tom Ford Beauty's advertising images feature fierce faces with dramatic eyes, lips, cheeks as well as well strongly sculpted features. This kit would be essential in developing those glorious cheekbones, strong jawlines, and emphasizing the hollow on the sides of the foreheads.
First the esthetics. The compact is oblong and gleaming with the signature gold-toned trim, but the compact itself is very light. I would also think that for such an expensive, luxe product, they would have made the compact for hefty.
Now the product itself: I purchased the lighter shade, which is one, and in the palette, it looks pretty intimidatingly dark. I also purchased the brush that goes with the palette and it simplifies the application process, but I think any firm, wide brush will do a good job in applying the product. The cream countour and highlighters are silicony and very smooth. It looks dark and skunk stripey upon initial application, but with pretty minimal blending with brush and fingers, it was pretty easy to achieve a well blended look. The highlight part of the palette gives a very minimally glowy and understated effect. The overall effect is very subtle and not overdone at all. I think unless you had a really heavy hand, it would be difficult to overdo the contouring with the Tom Ford product.
I like the blendability better than using a powder and the lasting power is pretty good. Lasts most of a work day for me. I don't use this every day, since for me, being lazy, it adds additional minutes to my morning routine, but for a very polished face, I think the effort and effect is worth it.
I recommend the product. Very interesting addition to ones makeup arsenal, but it really gilds the lily as opposed to being a total makeup essential.