As you all know I’ve started to branch out into the world of beauty and a couple of weeks ago I met with Tom Ford Beauty to discuss all things make-up…over pancakes, obviously. Although I knew Tom Ford had a beauty range I wasn’t all that familiar with it so it, other than hearing about the cult brow sculptor on the blogger grapevine, I didn’t know about the different products on offer so it was great to meet with them and really get to grips with the concept. This job, although super hard work, does have it’s perks and I was given a collection of products from the range to try out. If you follow me on Snapchat (ejstyle) then you will have seen that I also had a appointment at the Tom Ford counter in Selfridges to get the full experience from the brand. A big thank you goes out to Natalie on the counter who created a beautiful dewy skin, smokey eyed look for me and ran me through all the products she used.
I received quite a few tweets/snaps/comments from some of you asking for me to review the products that I’ve been shouting about on my social media channels, and when you guys ask for something, I like to give it to you 😉 This is NOT a sponsored post, I’ve just really enjoyed these products.
Traceless Perfecting Foundation
If dewy skin is your thing then this is the foundation for you! Now, please don’t confuse ‘dewy’ skin with greasy or oily skin, because this foundation by no means leaves your skin shiny, it simply brightens and leaves you with a glow. I’ve been wearing this every day for the last couple of weeks and I really will be hard fixed to find a foundation that suits my skin more than this one. Slightly unlucky timing as I thought I had found the perfect foundation in my January Beauty faves post, Estee Lauder Double Wear, but as I had mentioned it is a little heavy for my skin type but this Traceless Perfecting foundation is great for day to day wear. I was surprised when trying the Tom Fords products at how light they all feel, no caking, no build up, just light products which allow my skin to breathe. I’ve been using my Zoeva Silk Finish brush to apply this foundation and a little goes a long way. I’ve been using only 1 1/2 pumps per application, buffing it into my skin using circular motions. Plus it’s an absolute dream to blend!
Illuminating Translucent Powder
This is the perfect partner for the Traceless Perfecting foundation as it helps fix the base without taking away the glow. Again, this is a super lightweight powder so only a minimal dusting is required. It’s the perfect size for carrying in your handbag so you can touch up throughout the day and it even comes with a brush and a little dustbag to protect the super glossy, and very swanky casing.
I don’t know if it’s the formula of this blush that makes me so in love with it or the colour but either way I’ve been wearing it every day and I never really used to wear blush. I have the shade ‘Love Lust’ and for my complexion it is nothing other than perfect! It just adds a touch of colour to my cheeks which at this time of year where I’m suitably pale and pasty, is most welcome.
Cream Eye Shadow Pots
Along with applying false lashes another make-up applying weakness of mine is blending eyeshadow. Try as I might I just can’t get the hang of it. If it’s one shade which doesn’t require blending then I’m fine, so normally I just wear a wash of a neutral colour on my lids. Call it being lazy but I’ll do anything to avoid the inevitable disappointment that comes from my blending attempts. However, cream eye shadows are much easier to blend and this range of 8 metallic shades from the SS16 collection are perfect for creating a number of looks, whatever your colour palette. Natalie at the Tom Ford counter used all three shades I have here (listed at the bottom of the post) to create a neutral toned smokey eye on me. The cream texture means that you can skin the step of applying a primer because essentially it’s ‘built in’. You really don’t need to be liberal with these shadows, they are highly pigmented and the smallest amount of product will go a long way.
Eye Defining Pen
This double ended liquid liner pen is life! I was tempted to leave that review at that but I feel as though I should go into some detail as to why it is life. There are some people who can really master the liquid liner flick, whatever product they use, I’m not one of them. I’m the person that really needs the right product and a product that helps me out with the application process. It’s all about control when applying liquid liner, you don’t want any drag, it needs to be a fluid motion. There’s just something about the ergonomics of this pen that allow me to control it with ease and I’ve yet to have a #epicfail moment using it. There’s a fine tip on one end which is great for really creating the perfect flick, however you like it, and a slightly longer brush on the other end which I find sweeps across my lash line so effortlessly that I may as well not even be holding the pen. Not only is the application a doddle but this stuff last all day long. I even tested it without powdering and there was no eye-crease smudging throughout the day so this will be fab for when the weather gets warm & sticky. Normally with eye products that don’t budge you have the tricky task of removing them at the end of the day, but all I used was my Simple eye make up remover and it’s swept away with ease, no scrubbing required! If you want to start off your Tom Ford collection, start with this…you’ll never go back to any other liquid liner again!
High Definition Eye Liner
These new liners are from the SS16 collection and a core product to have in your make up bag. They are easy to apply and easy to smudge out/blend when creating a smokey eye. The tip is pretty slim so perfect for precision in tricky spots. The only thing I have to mention about these liners is that they are tricky to remove at the end of the day/night. But this for me is actually a pro rather than a con because they have excellent staying power which is perfect for Summer. I don’t know about you guys but I’m willing to spend a little extra time removing the liner if it means it’s perfectly in place when it’s on my face.
Ultra Length Mascara
This is just a good mascara. I feel like I can’t rave about it too much like some of the other products which I was blown away by but it ticks all the boxes that I look for in a mascara. No crumbling or caking, just the right consistency; not too thick and not too watery, the brush is great, it fans out the lashes and makes application pretty darn easy. What more could you look for in a mascara really? One thing I haven’t been able to test yet is it’s resistance to heat and high humidity, with it currently being bloody freezing here in Lodnon. I have a few trips to some warmer countries booked in my schedule before Summer so I will definitely take this with me to test in warmer climes. If it does what it claims then this really will be the mascara for me during our muggy summers in London!
Patent Finish Lip Colour
I’m not normally a lover of lipgloss because anything that acts as Velcro for hair to stick to is not a winner in my books. I’m also not normally a fan of colourful lips, I have a classic matte red lipstick and ample nude shades (all of which I try to convince myself are different in some way). That said, when I came to try these patent lip colours I was pleasantly surprised! They can be worn on their own (as pictured here) or over a lipstick, but if you’re wearing them alone you’ll still need to line your lips to prevent bleeding. The bonus for me is that the colour lasts all day but doesn’t dry out my lips. The spongy applicator tip is great for moving the product around but because my lips are are on the thin side it was a little big so I needed an additional lip brush just to get in the tricky areas, but it would be perfect if you have fuller lips.
First of all lets just admire that packaging, has a lipstick ever looked so good? That tiny stamped TF in the lippy itself makes me want to use them for display purposes only. Let’s face it these products look great on a dressing table and I’m all about that, there’s sheer happiness inside me when I look at my vanity and see products like this adorning it’s marble surface. I love a creamy textured lipstick something that feels like it’s taking care of my lips whilst making them look pretty is always a winner. Ingredients like soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil give them the creamy texture which allows for the smoothest application. Even with the Matte shade I have (Pink Tease, pictured above) it doesn’t dry out my lips, and I suffer from dry lips on a daily basis, so it’s great to be able to wear a lip colour which cares for them. I haven’t yet tried any of the nude shades, they’re next on my hit list, but I can say that thee pink shades are very pigmented so the colour that you see is the colour you get.
This is the product which I had heard amazing things about trying it out myself and I honestly couldn’t recommend a better brow product (and yes before you say it, I have tried Anastasia brow dip). As I’ve mentioned before my brows are tattooed but after applying foundation and powder they can look a little grey, also in between tattoo touch-ups they do need a little filling in places. The main pro of this handy tool is the shape of the nib which is angled so you can create brush strokes which resemble hairs, therefore looking much more natural than simply filling them in with powder. There’s a handy brow brush on the opposite end and a rather genius sharpening tool which helps keep that slanted nib as streamlined as possible. This is one product that I now cannot live without!
Eye Shadow Quad
Neutrals are my jam, especially when it comes to make up. The odd occasion might require a punchy lip colour or something more exotic on the eyes but I’m talking day to day here. As I mentioned above my blending skills are not the finest so I always hunt for products which make blending easier for me. This quad palette is perfect for me, I’ve been wearing the top right shade as a wash over my lids for a day look and adding in some of the darker shades into the crease for a smokey eye look for any evening events I’ve had. It’ a great palette to take out with you if you need a quick day to night update on your make up look and it does come with two double ended applicators, including a blending brush.
I’d love to hear from you guys, maybe you already have a favourite Tom Ford product? Or if you decide to buy anything I’ve been jabbering on about, let me know how you get on with it. And of course, if you have any questions please do leave them in the comments below and I will get back to you x
S H O P T H E P O S T
Cream Eye Shadows in ‘Copper’, ‘Sphinx’ and ‘Spice’ // £29
Eye Colour Quad Palette in ‘Cocoa Mirage’ // £64
High Definition Eye Liner in ‘Black’ and ‘Ebony’ // £30
Ultra Length Mascara in Raven // £35
Eye Defining Pen in ‘Deeper’ // £43
Brow Sculptor in ‘Taupe’ // £35