Last Summer, Tom Ford institutionalized the Soleil Collection as a recurring seasonal makeup range for the luxurious bohemian. Not one to be bound by natural climatic conditions, the Tom Ford woman travels the world in seek of sun and glamour. So when the rest of the world is celebrating white Christmas, Tom Ford brings us the Winter Soleil Collection! At the heart of the collection are 2 exquisite Eye & Cheek Palettes, conveniently labelled Warm & Cool… take a closer look with me today!
The new Tom Ford Winter Soleil Eye & Cheek Palettes are elegantly housed in a palm-sized palette that resembles a clutch, with white enamel and gold trims. Inside sits a generous-sized mirror, 4 eyeshadows, 1 blush and 1 highlighter. I am glad Tom Ford did not try to fit a brush inside, which would have diminished the aesthetics of the packaging and raised the cost further.
Fans of Tom Ford makeup will probably find the design of the eyeshadows familiar as they follow the best of Tom Ford Eye Quads. Each contain a gorgeous satin all-over shade, soft-matte darkening / smoky shade, 1-2 pale glitters and an optional pale shimmer shade. I had a really difficult time choosing between the warm and cool palettes, as they both look incredibly beautiful to me, and I can imagine using them time and time again. In the end, I went with the Cool Palette, and here is a closeup look at the palette:
The corresponding swatches are:
From left to right, the shades are:
At first sight, the eyeshadow section of the Winter Soleil Cool Palette resembled a cross between Seductive Rose and Silvered Topaz [reviewed here], but I was surprised it is quite unique and not as purple as it first appeared. I know taupe is universally well-liked, but it’s not often I find one that is special, and this one really impressed me. The eggplant shade blends out so beautifully, and the addition of violet micro-shimmers give it depth without being too obtrusive and blingy. The 2 glitter shades give us the option of layering up or taking things down a notch, and I love how Tom Ford glitters never look OTT and I don’t have to worry about fallout.
Let me just say upfront, that the pricing (SGD250 / USD155) gave me serious sticker shock; but if you consider a typical Tom Ford eye quad retails for SGD119/USD82 and the cheek duo from Summer 2016 was SGD119/USD78; the new Winter Soleil Palette is roughly the combination of the 2. I had a healthy dose of skepticism when I first dipped my brush into this palette, after all, this is not my first Tom Ford. But after trying all the recent Christmas and Fall 2016 palettes, I definitely noticed a difference in quality. Suffice to say, I am now on a mad hunt to get a hold of the other Warm palette!!
I managed to swatch this at a media preview,
Between the 2, I think the Warm palette is perhaps more dupeable. But if memory serves me well, the dark brown matte shade in the Warm palette felt smoother when swatching; and there are obviously less glitter shades. Whichever you choose to go with, rest assured that the resultant look will be elegant and chic, and like me, you’ll find it hard to switch to anything else after this!
The Tom Ford Winter Soleil 2016 Collection will be launching in Singapore (counters at TANGS Orchard and Raffles City Robinsons) on 1 December. Stocks of these Eye & Cheek Palettes are extremely limited, so better be there early to avoid disappointment!
This post featured a product that was generously provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.