Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Truth Is Like The Sun...


Summer has finally come to its expiration date. However, this is always an odd "in-between" phase for me because, technically, it's Fall, but it's still too bright, too green, too hot and too humid (temperatures in the low to mid 80's with humidity levels around 65-94%, basically, still Summer) to don anything Autumnal just yet.

As lovely as many of 2015's Summer Collections were, I put most of the collections I purchased aside, feeling they would be better suited for this in-between phase than worn during their intended scorching season. Actually, I do that with many seasonal collections; I buy them, separate them, and then categorize them by which ever season, I feel, they inspire me the most. Does anyone else do this, or am I alone on this one?

With the exception of some pieces, Tom Ford's 2015 Soleil Summer (along with Spring) Collection is one of those that felt more Fall than Summer...yes, I see where they were going, but no.

I've broken the Soleil Collection in half, and here is the first installment.

01 Naked Bronze. 

02 Black Oyster. 

03 Golden Peach. 

04 Midnight Sea. 

I love a duo packaged product. So, I was really interested in the two-tired Cream and Power Eye Color products. As nifty as the packaging is, and as beautiful as these double-decker eyeshadows are (bottom half: a metallic cream and the top: a sparkling, glitter powder), I do have one bone to pick with them. You see, I purchased all four as soon as they were released, and it wasn't until I got them that I noticed a similarity in shades to previous TF Creme Color For Eyes I own. It wasn't until I called the TF beauty counter, and confirmed that I did indeed own three of the four creme shadows in the duos...shame on me. Both Spice (the older sister) and Pink Haze (the Jane Brandy of the bunch), are in perfect condition, but what gets me the most is this inclusion of the Spring 2015 Creme shadow. It's too soon to repromote a shade that was just released last season, and in my humble opinion, when brands do that, it boarders on laziness and lack in ingenuity. Some of these will be appearing on an upcoming blog sale I will be hosting.

From left to right: 01 Naked Bronze, 02 Black Oyster. 

From left to right: 03 Golden Peach, 04 Midnight Sea. 

Both creme blusher and bronzers come in this cute, white compact sleeping bag. 


No matter what form it comes in, I'm all about the blush! The Cream Cheek Color in Pink Sand is a warm, pearlized peach-pink, filled with golden shimmer (basically, a pinker version of Nars' Orgasm in a cream formula). The formula has a slippery, emollient consistency, without being greasy or tacky. Pink sand is pigmented (although, I would have liked a little more pigmentation, but hey, that's just me being greedy), and has a gorgeous, luminous, sheen; we can skip the highlighter with Pink sand, but we're not gonna!


I have been wanting to get my hands on both of the Tom Ford Bronzing Powders since forever! But, I've been on this "limited Buy" on bronzers, and since bronzers are not popular in Japan, the Tom Ford Beauty counter here doesn't carry them; that has  made it easier to not break my "limited buy"policy. However, when these white lacquered, with gold accent compact minis came out, I felt justified in purchasing both of the Small Bronzing Powders. Ladies and gents, can I just say that these bronzers are AMAZING! They go on heavenly, giving the face a beautiful warmth and instant definition without must effort. Gold Dust is a warm, medium golden brown, with gold shimmer and a radiant sheen. Now, the Small Bronzing Powders contain .3 oz of product apposed to the .7 oz of the Large Bronzing Powders; and, I'm okay with the fact that, both small compacts combined fall short of one large compact. But, I have both shades, and many bronzers in my collection; therefore, it will make hitting pan all the easier...hopefully!


The first two Lip Color Sheers I'm going to show you are: 05 Sweet Spot and 09 Skinny Dip (my fav of the two). Sweet Spot is a bright, warm, medium, slightly pink-orange coral, and Skinny Dip is a bronzed, warm pinky-peach with gold shimmer (again, a bronzed lipstick version of Nars Orgasm). For having "sheer" in the name, The Lip Color Sheers are quite pigmented; with Sweet Spot having a shimmery cream finish were as Skinny Dip has a translucent shimmer. Both shades are comfortable on the lips, and wear for an average of 3 to 4 hours.

From left to right: Pink Sand, Gold Dust,  05 Sweet Spot, 09 Skinny Dip.


Look Breakdown:
Face:
Tom Ford Skin Illuminator in 01 Fire Lust (applied under foundation and as a highlighter).
Diorskin Nude Glow Hydrating Makeup in 031.
Tom Ford Bronzing Powder in 01 Gold Dust.
Tom Ford Cream Cheek Color in 01 Pink Sand.
Eyes:
B & C Browlash EX Water Strong W Eyebrow in Grey Brown.
MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC30.
By Terry Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer Brush in 2 Cream.
MAC Paint Pot in Utterly Becoming (eyeshadow base).
Tom Ford  Cream and Power Eye Color in 01 Naked Bronze:
The cream shadows applied on the lid, blended in the crease and lower lashline.
The powder shadow patted on the lid and lower lashline.
Tom Ford Eye Defining Pencil in 03 Metallic Mink.
Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Mystic Blacks Mascara in 01 Mysterious Black.
Lips:
Mac Lip Pencil in Stripdown.
Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer in 09 Skinny Dip.





Look Breakdown:
Face:
Tom Ford Skin Illuminator in 01 Fire Lust (applied under foundation and as a highlighter).
Diorskin Nude Glow Hydrating Makeup in 031.
Tom Ford Bronzing Powder in 01 Gold Dust.
Tom Ford Cream Cheek Color in 01 Pink Sand.
Eyes:
B & C Browlash EX Water Strong W Eyebrow in Grey Brown.
MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC30.
By Terry Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer Brush in 2 Cream.
MAC Paint Pot in Utterly Becoming (eyeshadow base).
Tom Ford  Cream and Power Eye Color in 03 Golden Peach:
The cream shadows applied on the lid, blended in the crease and lower lashline.
The powder shadow patted on the lid and lower lashline.
Tom Ford Eye Defining Pencil in 03 Metallic Mink.
Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Mystic Blacks Mascara in 01 Mysterious Black.
Lips:
Mac Lip Pencil in Stripdown.
Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer in 05 Sweet Spot.



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