Tom Ford Solar Exposure Eye & Cheek Palette

February 22, 2017

Tom Ford is hitting us hard and fast this year… it is still February the last I checked, and already pre-orders for the Summer 2017 collection have started!  Yet here in Singapore, we are still patiently waiting for Spring to launch.  I was not expecting to see another Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette so soon, barely 2 months after the sell out Cool and Warm palettes [see here], so I must really applaud the Tom Ford team for listening to their fans and giving us the perfect neutral palette – Solar Exposure!

Tom Ford Solar Exposure Eye & Cheek Palette

Tom Ford Solar Exposure is the 3rd clutch-sized Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette, and comes in the beautiful white enamel casing with golden trims.  I was recently reminded of the older square-ish palettes that Tom Ford used to release for their summer collections [this and this], and am so eternally grateful that they had switched over to this more compact design that is easier to hold in the hands, and much more convenient to travel with.  I spent 2 weeks in Europe last month, and found myself reaching for the Warm palette most of the time because it was just so easy to use!

Tom Ford Soleil Eye & Cheek palettes

However, much as I enjoyed the Warm palette and was able to make it work without too much effort, I did find the shades to be much too warm for my cooler skin tone.  In contrast, I personally preferred the Cool palette as the shades were more flattering.  The reason it did not sell out as quickly as the Warm palette was the high amount of shimmers contained in 3 out of the 4 eyeshadow shades.  Also, there was a huge bifurcation between the darkest and lighter shades that made it a little hard to dial back on the drama for everyday wear.

Tom Ford Solar Exposure Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette

In contrast, many saw Solar Exposure as the perfect marriage of its 2 predecessors, with less shimmer shades and a easier-to-wear range of neutral shades.  Here are some swatches for you to decide for yourself:

Tom Ford Solar Exposure swatches

From left to right, the shades are:

In general, I found the textures of Solar Exposure to be slightly drier and less buttery than what I’ve grown accustomed to at Tom Ford.  That did not affect the performance of the shades, nor the pigmentation, with the exception of the dark brown eyeshadow shade.  The overall effect is softer, more suited for day wear yet still capable of dialling up the drama as needed.

I think Solar Exposure is sufficiently different from both the Warm and Cool palettes to be distinct on its own.  However, I thought it resembled Nude Dip [reviewed here] in terms of the hues and resultant look on the eye, so I did a side-by-side swatch comparison:

Tom Ford Solar Exposure vs Nude Dip

There are some subtle differences in tone and depth of color, with Solar Exposure pulling even cooler than Nude Dip.  And of course Solar Exposure has 1 glitter shade that is slightly sheer whereas Nude Dip does not have any stand-alone glitter shade at all.  Regardless, there is enough similarity between the two that if you have one I don’t think you necessarily need the other.

Tom Ford Solar Exposure Eye Makeup Look

For this eye look, I started with the taupe all over my lid, followed by the dark brown on the outer corner blending inwards and upwards towards the crease.  Next I dabbed some of the glitter on the center of my lid, and popped the pale gold on the inner corner.  Finished with a bit of black liner [I used Noir Petrole] on the outer half of my upper and lower lash line for a bit more definition, and blended out the lower lash line with the dark brown shade from the palette.

Tom Ford Solar Exposure Full Makeup Look

I think the eyeshadow quad within Solar Exposure is very pretty and perfectly suited for those with a cooler skin tone.  It is so easy to use, the shade selection and range of finishes make the entire eye look really intuitive.  However, what makes Solar Exposure truly unique in my opinion is the combination of those eyeshadows with the gorgeous blush and highlighter.  The blush is slightly warmer toned but it works out to be a lovely natural flush that still manages to be brightening and pretty for spring.  The highlighter perfectly complements the blush and leaves a soft luminous effect on the skin and brings out my cheek bones in a soft and natural way.

Tom Ford Solar Exposure Eye & Cheek Palette is out in counters now.  Have you already checked it out?

xo Linda

This post featured a product that was generously provided for my consideration.  Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.

14 responses to “Tom Ford Solar Exposure Eye & Cheek Palette”

  1. Naya says:

    These palettes are so pretty! We only have two palettes here in Dubai, but both are oh-so pretty! I love the highlighters more than anything to be frank.

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Naya //

  2. Janine says:

    I like all 3 palettes they released but I do like the Solar Exposure the best when I see them all side by side! Very pretty and I swear, you pull off every shade so well! I just got Nude Dip last week but i haven’t tainted the palette yet with my brushes. I have to let it bake in a week or so on my dresser and then I take the new baby into production! =)

  3. Elena says:

    Was at the TF counter in Athens yesterday and these aren’t here yet :(. Thanks for the review and swatches, good to know it’s so similar to Nude Dip 🙂 x

  4. Alison says:

    All the Nude Dip inspired shadows. Looks lovely on you.

  5. Eileen says:

    Ooooooo. . . Aaaaaaaa . . . This is the one I’ve been eagerly awaiting. I have both the Warm and Cool palettes and have been delighted with them; especially for travel. Warm is all peachy sunshine goodness and Cool makes a decidedly pretty (and sexy 😉 ) in pink statement, but for something that is more neutral without being boring, Solar Exposure fills the bill. Normally, I go see the product in person before buying, but I’ve seen several swatch photos now so I will probably just order online. If it is anything like the other two palettes, it’s sure to be a winner. BTW, the colors suit you perfectly. You look so polished and glamorous. Lovely!

  6. fromSandyxo says:

    Lovely review! Thank you for the swatch comparison with Nude Dip Palette. Makes me feel better that I have missed out on Solar Exposure:)xo

    • silverkis says:

      Hi Sandy, i’m glad you found the swatch comparison useful! Much as I get carried away with LE items sometimes, this is quite a big ticket item, so we do need to think twice!

  7. Lily says:

    Is Nude Dip made permanent? Looks lovely! Saw the swatches again and I’m itching a little. LOL! This palette is gorgeous too… but too pricey for me 😅

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