Jul 02 2016

Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo & Spanish Pink Lipstick Review


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.

Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo & Spanish Pink Lipstick Review

Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo & Spanish Pink Lipstick Review

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.

Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo
Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo & Spanish Pink Lipstick Review
Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo Review

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 Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo Review Swatches

From Left to Right: Highlight; Blush; Two Products Swirled Together (No Flash)

Tom Ford Bicoastal Sheer Cheek Duo Review Swatches

From Left to Right: Highlight; Blush; Two Products Swirled Together (Flash)


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.

Tom Ford Spanish Pink Lipstick Review

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.

Tom Ford Spanish Pink Lipstick Review Swatch
Tom Ford Spanish Pink Lipstick Review Lip Swatch


My mom purchased Tom Ford Spanish Pink at a boutique in Vegas but you can find at Sephora, Neiman MarcusHouse of Fraser, Nordstrom, Selfridges, John Lewis, and similar retailers.



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  1. Have yet to buy anything TF for myself and my mum certainly won’t be buying me any but that blusher duo is really pretty. I thought the shades would be way too light but your swatch showed me otherwise.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  2. *SWOON* Love it ALL.

  3. I am having issues with TF, though just the price. I just can’t seem to click that checkout button just like you. However they sound lovely.

    1. I think its difficult for many to hit that check out button when it comes to Tom Ford. Lol.

    • Alina Bostan on July 4, 2016 at 7:44 pm
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    I’ve been lusting after TF makeup for so long now, it really is the most luxurious out there in my opinion. I’ve actually wanted to save for a lippie for some time now, but will definitely look into another shade as this one sounds a bit disappointing x

    Beauty with charm

  4. I want to try so badly Tom Ford makeup, but its not easy to come by. Maybe I’ll pick up some next time I travel to Istanbul or something x

    Pink Frenzy

    • Sangeeta on July 11, 2016 at 1:31 pm
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    The lipstick shade is incredibly gorgeous.

  5. Your mom is the sweetest to have gotten you these! She knows your taste so well too!
    The lipstick colour is JUST what I would wear… I’ve not forked over the money for Tom Ford cosmetics just yet. I’ve read mixed reviews about the lipsticks just as you mentioned – the expectation is much higher for such an expensive product. But I would love it if my SO read this post and bought it for me though LMAO!

    1. I agree. My mom is the sweetest, hehe. Keeping my fingers crossed your SO happens to stumble upon this post, Lol. xo

  6. I have yet to try more than a lip gloss from Tom as its such an expensive line. Saying that, i really want to get my hands on his bronzer and this blush palette as it looks stunning! Xx

    Beauty Talk With Lauren

  7. How stunning is the cheek duo?! <3 the lipstick swatch looks so pretty too 🙂

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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