Tom Ford would like us all to take a vacation, in most luxurious style. The Summer Collection is small (my wallet thanks you Mr. Ford), but effective. The large (and extremely luxurious) palette covers face and eyes, the Illuminator (worth a backup) covers skin, and the illuminating sticks cover the entire face.
See how big that palette is? Armani should take note. If you’re going to release a face and eye palette and charge a small fortune for it… MAKE IT UNIQUE. Well… as unique as possible. I’d be lying if I said that this palette doesn’t remind me of a more elegant version of something that Michael Kors would do. It’s flat and wide and not day to day portable. But then, it’s not supposed to be. This is something you pull out of a one-of-a-kind bag on some remote island that can only be accessed by private jet.
That blush is corally-pink and shows up wonderfully on my warm skin tone. Ditto for the highlighter.
If you get nothing else from this collection, get the Skin Illuminator in Fire Lust. I’m so serious. Talk about a universal beautifer. I’ve put this on the high points of my face, on my entire face, mixed with foundation… you can’t really do anything WRONG with this illuminator. ‘Cept maybe eat it. Don’t eat it. You probably won’t glow from within.
The illuminating sticks in Solar Gold and Moonlight are not as good (or as bad) as they could be. They’re meant to enhance the face, including the lips… but honestly they’re just glorified shimmer sticks. They don’t work well for the face (sticky), and they’re a nice addition to lipsticks but certainly not a must have. You can get cheaper versions that are just as effective.
Overall, I like this collection. And with the exception of the sticks (overpriced and can honestly be skipped), Tom Ford did good with this one. The palette is actually awesome. A lot of seasonal palettes are great in presentation but short on performance. Not this one. It’s worth it. Use that blue for the crease or lashline (or buff it out with the shimmer and you’ll be a happy camper. And Fire Lust… OMG. I think I’m getting a backup.
Swatches to come. Ciao for now!