I’m not usually a big fan of cream cheek colors, as the tropical humidity here in Singapore usually fades and causes cream colors to slip off my cheeks. But when it comes to Tom Ford, I tend to give everything the benefit of the doubt. And so, I was happy to find that the Cream Cheek Color in Pink Sand did not disappoint!
Pink Sand is the very first cream cheek color by Tom Ford, and it is a medium, warm-toned pink filled with golden shimmers. These are really fine, micro-shimmers that are nearly invisible in the pan, but show up distinctly when applied to create a golden sheen on the skin.
I was apprehensive when I first swatched it, as it contained a fair bit of slip, and when I tried to swipe it with a finger on my arm it sheered out considerably.
When I posted my initial preliminary thoughts about the collection here, I had thought it might be reminiscent of the Illuminating Cheek Color in Blush Guilt [reviewed here] from Summer 2013. However, after wearing it for the first time yesterday, I am very happy to report that Pink Sand Cream Cheek Color is completely different and so much better! Unlike Chanel cream blushes, Tom Ford’s rendition is much softer in the pan such that it is easy to pick up with a brush [I used the Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush (02)] and it transfers easily onto the cheeks when I dab the brush on. Given it sheers out when stroked, I simply bounced the brush along my cheek bones and it created a beautiful glowy flush easily! Thereafter, it did not feel sticky at all, but regardless, I set it with a light dusting of Guerlain Meteorites so as not to dampen the glowy effect of the blush. The best part, was the blush lasted me all day without fading nor slipping!
As always, Tom Ford has released its 2 bronzing powders in a special limited edition white and gold casing for summer. I had not given these a second glance in previous years as they were huge monstrosities for someone like me who doesn’t use bronzer all over, but merely to contour. However, when I spied the minis this year, my interest was piqued!
Terra Bronzing Powder seems slightly darker than Gold Dust, but I personally feel it is much more wearable across a variety of skin tones as Gold Dust pulled a little orange on me. Terra is a muted, medium brown with a slight reddened-ash tone. I was initially worried about the undertones, as it did not feel as neutral as the Surratt Artistique Blush in Grisaille that has made it as my current daily staple.
The difference between the 2, is that Terra is a lot denser in the pan, and does not pick up as easily as Surratt so it is not easy to overdo. Even when I swirl my brush in the mini pan, I pick up just enough product to contour under my cheek bones and jaw. It adheres well to my liquid foundation, and blends itself out in a way that looks completely natural. Even though I was worried about the color, Terra turned out fabulously. It does appear a bit more golden than Grisaille, and would probably work better with a tan.
And here is how it all looks on me – Pink Sand on the cheeks and Lip Color Sheer in Sweet Spot on the lips!
A side profile to show you Terra in a figure ‘3’ extending from the temples down under my cheekbones, along the sides of the face and under my jaw.
Are you excited by the new Tom Ford Cream Cheek Color and mini Bronzing Powders? Alternatively, hop on over here for the review on those Cream & Powder Eye Colors, here for the review on the new Lip Color Sheers,and Eye & Cheek Palette in Pink Glow here!
This post featured products that were kindly provided by Estee Lauder Singapore for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.
Well, you just convinced me to put Terra on my wishlist. The swatches look like everything I’ve been searching for.
I’m glad the swatches helped! Terra is a lovely one for those summery tans, and the texture is lovely you can’t overdo this one. Enjoy!
I have Golden Dust, which is a little shimmery for my taste so as a result I never use it. I always thought Terra would be too dark for me but after reading this, I know I need it in my life.
Hi Sara, yes I find the notion of a shimmery bronzer a little odd… but that’s because I never wear bronzer all over but only for contour. Also, it pulls orange on me so that’s a no-no. You should try Terra if you like the texture of these TF bronzers. Personally, I’ll probably go back to my Surratt after summer is over as that shade is a little better suited for me.
Terra is definitely more flattering across skintones, but the Surratt one is even better. You look beautiful in these photos, Linda 🙂
Thank you Lily! I agree… i think Grisaille is more flattering for day-to-day. Although for those with a tan, Terra may be better.
Oh wow! What a lovely finish those blushes give, absolutely stunning and oh so flattering now in summer. And hearing that they survived the humidity and temperatures of Singapur is a good endorsement!
And yeah, I too find Terra to be more universally flattering 😉
yes, it’s pretty amazing if a cream anything survives the crazy humidity of the tropics! The trick to wearing Pink Sand is really to dab it on with a bouncy brush, it sheers out too much if you try to sweep it or use a finger!