May 9th, 2017

Tom Ford Summer 2017 Soleil Collection

If there’s 1 thing I’ve come to learn, it’s that Tom Ford never fails to put sexy into beauty.  The latest Soleil Collection for Summer 2017 comprises of a small but tightly curated color makeup designed to make traveling so much easier, and a Blanc Bath & Body line to make it seem like you’ve spent all day stretching out and soaking up the sun.

Tom Ford Soleil 2017 Summer Collection

Tom Ford’s latest Soleil Collection returns with many of the product formats that we had seen last year, but with new color variations.  These will replace last summer’s offerings, and be available for the entire year ahead.  The one thing is a completely new, is the cute Clutch-Sized Lip Balm.

Tom Ford Clutch-Sized Lip Balm

These 4 miniature lip offerings are the same size as the Tom Ford Lips & Boys, but in the Soleil white-gold casings.  Housed within is a completely new tinted lip balm that not only pampers the lips with moisture, they also pack a good dose of color for a jelly-like juicy pout. The small rounded-dome bullets are really cute and glide over the lips easily without much fear of smudging out of the lip lines.

Tom Ford Clutch-sized Lip Balm swatches

As can be expected with lip balms, these are definitely sheer, though Neotropic and Fathom boast more color than L’Odisea and Cruising.  I like that they don’t start to dry out after a couple of hours the way some tinted balms do on my lips, and at the same time, they don’t make my lips feel slick and slippery.  For a lip balm, these actually have fairly impressive lasting power, although they go away with eating, they do leave a pretty light stain behind.

Tom Ford Sun Worship Cream & Powder Eye Color

Returning this season is the double-deckered Cream & Powder Eye Shadow Duo.  There are 2 repromotes – Golden Peach and Naked Bronze [swatched here].  In addition, there are 2 new shades this season – Sun Worship and Young Adonis.

Tom Ford Sun Worship Cream & Powder Eye Color swatches

For some reason Sun Worship showed up much more bronze in the picture above, but it swatches out to be a cool gold.  The top layer of powdered eyeshadow is a gold glitter with a translucent base and is a great topper.  The cream eyeshadow in the jar below is a dense gold shade with highly reflective metallic finish.  The combination of the two gives greater opacity and even more shine, but does not change in terms of color.

Tom Ford Cream & Powder Eye Color - Sun Worship & Young Adonis

In contrast, Young Adonis seems cooler and more muted.

Tom Ford Young Adonis Cream & Powder Eye Color swatches

The top layer of Young Adonis is a muted pale bronze with some champagne gold glitters, and is quite sheer.  In contrast, the lower level cream shade is a medium-light bronze that has more red tones than the powdered shadow.  It also has a metallic finish though not as reflective as Sun Worship.  The combination of the two results in a shade that reminds me of Platinum from Holiday 2014 [reviewed here].

Tom Ford Soleil Contouring Compact

The big palette in the collection is a new color variation of the Soleil Contouring Compact – Soleil Afterglow.  This is a highlighter/blush/bronzer housed in a square-shaped palette.  Compared to last year’s Afternooner, this Soleil Afterglow is noticeably cooler and much pinker in tone.

Tom Ford Soleil Contouring Compacts - comparison swatches between Afternooner and Soleil Afterglow

On the other hand, I found Soleil Afterglow to be even more pigmented than Afternooner, and I would recommend a very light hand with both the blusher and bronzer, and blend blend blend!

Tom Ford Sheer Highlighting Duo Reflects Gilt

For those who prefer something more compact, the Sheer Cheek Duo returns this year with a new color variation – Paradise Lust, and a new Sheer Highlighting Duo – Reflects Gilt (shown above).  The formula is the same as last year’s Bicoastal [reviewed here], which is a designed to be used both wet and dry, and leaves a luminous finish.

Tom Ford Paradise Lust Sheer Cheek Duo

As you can see, both pull warm-ish.  Paradise Lust (on the right) is noticeably warmer and more coral than last year’s Bicoastal.

Tom Ford Paradise Lust & Reflects Gilt swatches

Again, I feel that Paradise Lust is more pigmented than last year’s Bicoastal, but if you already have plenty of coral blushes and cannot justify getting both of them, I suggest picking up Reflects Gilt instead.  One can never have enough highlighters in this day and age, and both shades are so pretty, I am tempted to wear them on my eyes too!

For fans of Tom Ford bronzers, the beloved cult classic has been reformulated this season.  I failed to capture a picture of them at the preview session I attended, but there is a noticeable bump in the pan, so the powder is not flush with the palette but slightly raised.  Cosmetics aside, the new Ultimate Bronzer now comes in a hybrid liquid and powder formula has a bouncy airy texture that stays on for up to 10 hours.  Available in the 3 usual shades – Gold Dust, Terra, Bronze Age.  And to accompany the new bronzers, Tom Ford has released a retractable Soleil Bronzing Brush.  This is a dense synthetic brush with a pointed rounded tip.

Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Bath & Body Line for Summer 2017

Apart from the color collection, Tom Ford has also added a few new pieces to the Soleil Blanc body line.  I am particularly loving Soleil Blanc All Over Body Spray.  This comes in an aerated spray can, and dispenses Soleil Blanc in a cloud that feels much lighter and as a result, less sweet.  This is perhaps my favourite way to wear Soleil Blanc by far!  Not shown here is a Body Oil which is colourless and shimmer-free, but hydrates the skin after all day tanning in the sun and smells faintly of Soleil Blanc.  For those who are averse to direct sun exposure, there is a Bronzing Gel (housed in a tube that is similar to the SPF shown above) that gives a healthy touch of color to mimic a few minutes out in the sun.  This can be used on the face or all over the body, and reminds me of last year’s Radiant Moisture Souffle.

Tom Ford Summer 2017 Soleil Collection makeup look

Here is a simple makeup look featuring Reflects Gilt used on the eyes, with the bronzer shade from Soleil Afterglow in the crease.  I also used Reflects Gilt on my cheeks to highlight, but the effect is lost to my camera.  On my lips is Neotropic, about 3 swipes without any primer or liner underneath.

Tom Ford Summer 2017 Soleil Collection makeup look

And here is another look featuring Sun Worship dabbed to the middle of my lids, on top of Platinum from Holiday 2014.  Cheeks feature all 3 shades of Soleil Afterglow – pink blush along the cheek bones from the apples to the hairline, highlighter higher up on the cheeks, and bronzer under the cheeks to sculpt.  On my lips I’m wearing Fathom lip balm, about 3 swipes without a primer or liner underneath.

Tom Ford Summer 2017 Soleil Collection will be launched in Singapore on 10 May.  As always, be sure to get there early to avoid disappointment!

xo Linda

This post featured some products (marked with *) that were generously provided for my consideration.  All other swatches were taken during the media preview.  Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.

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  • emmmilyyy

    Wow! I can’t believe how much later the Singapore launch is – I picked up most of the items on my wishlist several months ago, buying from overseas. I definitely think I could have skipped the Soleil Afterglow compact in hindsight…it’s definitely extremely pigmented like you said, Linda, and I found the bronzer very reddish…a bit of a misnomer calling it a “Contouring Compact” as warm shades like that are so unsuited to contouring.

    The Lip Balms are lovely – I definitely recommend skipping the less pigmented options and going for Neotropic and La Piscine, which I both love! Paradise Lust is surprisingly lovely. I found it much more unique than Bicoastal from last year. Reflects Gilt on the other hand is so incredibly warm and rather dark too. It’s beautiful but I can’t see it working on me!

    Will you be reviewing the Paradiso cream blush and eyeshadow duo? I absolutely love both of them, and was so happy to discover that the Paradiso cream shadow is different from Pink Haze/the cream shadow in Golden Peach (pretty much exactly the same as Pink Haze!)

    I’m not a huge fan of the new bronzer formula. I do hope that the old formula isn’t going to be dc-ed but it seems probable…a real shame as I think the old one was perfect! The new Terra is a fair bit warmer to my eye.

    The brushes are also worth picking up in the near future as it seems that TF is making a switch to synthetic hair. I finally gave in and bought the brushes I’d had on my wishlist forever and am so very pleased with them!

    You look lovely as always!

    • Hi Emily, thank you so much for your nice long comment! I’m actually really enjoying Reflects Gilt, both on the eyes as well as on the cheeks. I dust it on the tops of my cheeks using a very light squirrel brush, and it just gives that summery glow. I didn’t manage to pick up either of the Paradiso items unfortunately…. wished i did!!

  • Oh Tom Ford! Young Adonis is super and I just love Relects Gilt. This collection had to come out now that I’m in Greece and can’t get my hands on it and when I was in Londo I was under a spending ban lol! Let’s see for how long I can resist, think I might ask hubby to go have a look! x

    • I had the same problem! The collection officially launched when i was away, and I had to ask a friend to help me pick up Paradise Lust on my behalf. Let’s hope you manage to pick up some of the things!

  • Lily

    Do you think it’s time I finally picked up Golden Peach? Lol!

    • Get Paradiso cream eyeshadow Lily!!!


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