Tom Ford is one of those brands that have me completely in awe. It seems to be focusing more on limited edition capsule collections rather than maintaining an extensive permanent range. And this model appears to be really working, because season after season, every piece in their new collection are snapped up faster than you can say “limited edition”. But for those of us who have been supporting the brand for some time, the inability to swatch the pieces in person before making a decision, the lack of breathing room to mull and consider the price adjustments (oh yes, have you realized they raised the prices recently?), is starting to get tiresome. Watching the thriving black market for Tom Ford limited editions, and seeing how normally sane people getting all riled up over challenges in obtaining a “backup”… makes me think that maybe it is time to draw a line in the sand and say enough is enough.
When I first spied images of Tom Ford Beauty’s FW2014 releases, I wasn’t moved at all. I thought for once my wallet is safe, as none of the items seemed interesting to me. But somehow I got caught up by the great hullabaloo, and tried to order them online from the US before they were slated to be launched here in Singapore (a whole month later than the rest of the world!). When that failed, I had already committed emotionally to buying them, so much so that I even booked myself a makeover with the local counter just to secure the “right to purchase”. In the end, one still got away from me. Trials and tribulations of a Tom Ford addict.
Having swatched them in person at last, and actually tried them out on my face (versus relying on somebody’s hand swatch), my favorite item from the FW2014 collection is (are) the Tom Ford Contouring Cheek Color Duo.
These are duo cheek color and highlighting powders in a palette that is the exact same shape and size as their regular Eye Color Quads or the Shade and Illuminate. Whilst I really did not like the cream texture of the Shade & Illuminate, and the regular Tom Ford bronzers are all way too dark and orange for me; I was very happy to find that both the Contouring Cheek Color Duos worked very well on me! The darker colored product works like a blusher, and is meant to be placed on and just under the cheek bone to sculpt. The lighter colored product is a highlighter that you can apply above the cheek bones and the higher points of the face to draw light.
The main point of contention seemed to be that the colors were somewhat unusual for blushers and/or bronzers. But the beauty in Tom Ford has always been its ability to bring unusual cheek colors to being, and these Contouring Cheek Color Duos are simply sublime. The textures are so soft they practically melt to the touch! They have a satin, soft shimmery finish that gives the skin a lovely luster without looking frosty or oily. Softcored (the one that got away) seems cooler, more raspberry on my skin; whereas Stroked is warmer and more coral. What I really love, is how I can get my cheeks and overall highlighting done with just 1 palette. God knows I skip highlighting most mornings simply because I couldn’t be bothered to pick up another palette. Now if only they can get a non-blushing bronzer in there too!
And, of course, there is that by-now-infamous Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Nude Dip. This is the palette that should have been in the Tom Ford permanent collection from the beginning, which is rather the surprise to me when it came out as a seasonal limited edition release. Nude Dip is a neutral palette, filled with everyday wearable colors that busy girls can just swipe a single color on their lids and go. I can understand why Tom Ford fans went crazy over this one, and even non- Tom Ford regulars wanted it. This is like Naked 3 all over again, except, much more luxe. And yes, limited edition has a certain cache to it. Even then, I’m really not a nude kind of gal, I like colors. The brighter and bolder, the better. But I really should have known better when it comes to Tom Ford.
The textures and richness of color are exceptional. If Orchid Haze was neutral, Nude Dip is the brighter and more shimmery sibling to the smokier Orchid Haze (reviewed here). It almost reminds me of Summer 2013’s In the Pink trio (reviewed here), except this is a quad and it lacks a glitter shade. On my lids, Nude Dip is much more forgiving than Orchid Haze, as the latter made me look somewhat aged and even more sleep deprived than I normally am; and the colors translates better than In The Pink.
And finally, there were 2 lipsticks in Tom Ford’s classic Lip Color formula.
Negligee is warmer, muted medium plum shade with a soft lustrous shine. Twist of Fate is brighter medium coral with a satin finish. Both had rich, opaque color at first swipe. I was surprised by these, as neither were very high up on my must-buy list, but once I tried Twist of Fate on my lips, I had to have it. It has a nice brightening effect to the overall combination of Nude Dip on eyes and Stroked on the cheeks.
And to bring it all together for you, here is how they look on me:
I contemplated breaking these up into 3 separate product reviews, but seeing how every other blogger has already covered these in depth, I thought I’d just cover it all in 1 post. Tom Ford Beauty’s FW2014 collection is understated, and took on an unexpectedly quiet tone compared to other brands (and particularly astonishing considering how bold the Summer 2014 palette was!). But sometimes it is nice to have something different, a breather before the shimmer and sparkle of Holiday collections ensnares us all. I am still desperately trying to hunt down the Contouring Cheek Duo in Softcored because I believe the combination of blush and highlighted in 1 palette is sheer genius. Nude Dip is a nice neutral palette for everyday wear (I have already created indentations in mine as I type this) but I probably wouldn’t buy this at insane mark-ups on evilbay, nor shorten my lifespan trying to get a backup. What about you?