When I first saw the upcoming Fall 2015 collection from Tom Ford, I was a little underwhelmed. Even though I would never expect a 20-piece collection from Tom Ford, 4 cheek and eye shadows and a bunch of repromotes just aren’t very inspiring. That was until I realized that instead of 1 main launch, Tom Ford will be releasing something special every month from now until the holidays! For this month, the focus will be on the complexion, and there are 2 brand new products that I’m loving. Today, I will be reviewing the new Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Powder Duo in Moodlight.
Tom Ford Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder Duo comprises of 2 luminous powder highlighters. The top is a soft champagne with a luminous satin finish, and the bottom is a cool-toned bronze-peach with a foiled finish. Pigmentation of both is good, although the bronze-peach is much more pigmented and the champagne is slightly sheer.
It is important to understand the difference in finishes between the 2 shades because you wouldn’t necessarily want a highlighter that is too pigmented, on the other hand the stronger sheen of the darker shade renders that wonderful strobing effect that is so popular at the moment. Regardless of how you apply it though, Moodlight will reflect light where it is applied without giving off a garish flash or leave shimmers all over your face. The darker shade is best applied along the cheek bones for a healthy post-summer naturally-tanned look, and even though it is fairly pigmented, it blends in easily with your blusher without changing the color. At a recent press event, Patrick Eichler – Education Director of Tom Ford Beauty Asia Pacific, also showed us how we can apply the darker shade all over our eye lids (from lash line up to brow bone) as a base to create dimensions to the face, and it worked beautifully with the upcoming Eye & Cheek Shadow Ombres. The lighter shade should be applied wherever you’d normally place highlighters – nose ridge, forehead, above the cheek bones, etc.
It is perhaps worth noting that the Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Powder Duo is made using a slurry technology in which the powders are poured into the pans rather than pressed, which leaves the powders softer, smoother and much more blendable. They may also be used “wet” for stronger pigmentation if desired, not necessary for the face, but something to keep in mind for the body! Yes, these powders are lovely for the shoulders, décolletage, and even down the legs for that added glow. Simply take a big fluffy brush like the Tom Ford Bronzing brush, and sweep generously over both shades, and then dust away!
You’ve already seen me wear Moodlight last week here, but here’s another one that captures the effect on my cheeks excellently. I’m wearing Chanel Joues Contraste Caresse blush on my cheeks (reviewed here), and the color is emphasised by the bronze-peach shade in Moodlight.
And here’s another look from the front. The effect is very subtle, suitable for everyday wear. But you can see how my face looks more sculpted, the high points are brought into better focus even though I’m not using any contouring products here at all. Pardon the dark under eye circles… even the best concealers aren’t enough these days as I’m seriously hooked on Game of Thrones at the moment (very very late to the party I know!!!).
Now in case you still can’t decide, no worries because Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Powder Duo in Moodlight is permanent and not limited edition! It is currently soldout in Singapore (the 2nd shipment came and was snapped up), but put your name on the waitlist, and it’ll be back.
This post featured a product that was provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.