Tom Ford color cosmetics are not sold in The Bahamas and whenever I’m state-side I never manage to visit a counter. As much as I lamented not being to see, touch and feel before purchase, I decided to ask my mother to pick me up Tom Fords’ lipstick in Spanish Pink while she was in Vegas. I’d been putting off trying one of his original lipsticks for the longest because of the high cost but, as a makeup junkie, my curiosity finally got the best of me. Spanish Pink is one of his more popular shades and as I’ve never tried a lipstick from the regular line, I thought I’d start with one that is well liked. While she was at it, my Dear Mama, also picked me up something from the Tom Ford Soleil Collection for Summer 2016 as a surprise – the Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo. A very wonderful surprise indeed.
The Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo is part of Tom Ford’s Summer 2016 color collection. Admittedly, was lusting after this collection a bit – especially after it launched on Sephora. But I couldn’t quite bring myself to hit that checkout button. So, thank you mom.
Tom Ford says: Cheeks go both ways with Bicoastal, a pair of petal-perfect pinks that give a light-reflective finish to bronzed summer skin. A soft pink highlighter and a bold rose blush can be applied wet for a soft veil of color or dry for a sweeping pop of vibrancy. Use shades alone or together for long-lasting color that blends easily.
Upon opening the box and removing the compact for its white pouch, I was first struck by the weight – I’d expected it to be a little heavier. That being said, I can’t deny how beautiful it is. Something about white lacquer trimmed in gold makes me weak in the knees.
The powders in this compact are tightly packed but have a nice, soft texture. Despite being marketed a sheer product, they pack a decent pigment. What’s more, they can be applied wet though I’ve only ever used them dry. The “highlighter” part of the duo is light peachy-pink shimmer while the blush is a deeper rose pink satin. Depending on your skin tone, you may or may not be able to use the shimmer shade as a highlighter. I tend to either swirl the two shades together with a large fluffy blush or I apply the blush and use the highlighter as a topper. The result is a lovely, very natural looking pink-rose flush with hints of peach and a sheen finish. What’s really lovely about this formula is how it seems to melt into the skin. Very pricey, yes, and I don’t know if I would have dropped the cash for this myself, but I’m very happy to have it.
Tom Fords’ Soleil Collection for Summer 2016 is limited edition but you can still find the Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo at Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Harvey Nichols (it’s sold out on the Selfridges and Harrods websites), and similar retailers.
Tom Ford Spanish Pink is a light peachy-pink shade with a creamy satin finish. Prior to acquiring it my only other experience with Tom Ford lip products were the minis from Boys collection (Giacomo and Ian which I reviewed here) and a Sheer from the Summer 2015 collection (reviewed here). Those experiences didn’t leave me too impressed to be quite honest – which is what I’d expected to be from a luxury brand that’s as pricey as this is.
Before making a final judgement, however, I always said I would try one of his original lipsticks. The ones that started it all so to speak. And although Spanish Pink is a beautiful nude, I’m sad to say that my impression of the Tom Ford lipsticks remains pretty much the same – I expected more. What’s worse – this particular shade emphasized lip lines and applied patchy to me lips (I had the same problem with Ian from the Boys collection). It also pulls more peach than pink on me.
Most of you, especially those of you who are Tom Ford lipstick fans, are probably thinking patchy? Something must be wrong with your lips, girl. And I kind of agree with you. My lips are very strange. Formulas that other people love don’t always work for me. For example, the Estee Lauder Pure Envy Sculpting Lipsticks which are much adored also wear super patchy on me. And I’ve tried both the lighter and darker shades. I think I have a problem with very creamy formulas and the lighter the shade, the worse it is. My lips have a cream threshold. But there must be something else about the formula (i.e. ingredients) that is causing the lipstick to break apart on my lips. It happens with some of MAC’s creamsheen formulas but not with the NARS Audacious lipsticks which are quite creamy. I ought to do some research on this.
What’s your opinion of Tom Ford’s color cosmetics?
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