Well, my Tom Ford blush/highlight duos finally got here. I had to stalk the Fed Ex guy, but he finally stopped long enough to deliver my package.
By now you know that Stroked is on the left, and Softcore is on the right. I initially thought those highlighters were identical, but the one in Softcore looks to be a bit cooler and pink tinged. This might have everything to do with its proximity to the blush color; I’ve found that these blushes change depending on what you pair them with. Stroked can be coral, peach or even a bit pink. Sofcore can pull strong burgundy, red, or even brown. It all depends on the pressure and its proximity to surrounding colors on your face.
These are pretty true swatches. You have to use a light touch with both of these blushes. And only use the highlighters with the fluffiest brush, the lightest touch… or not at all. The shine factor is STRONG. OMG. I had to buff buff buff until I started to look normal again after the first few tries. The highlights also alter the finish of the blushes, and once it’s attached, that shine never goes away. I’d recommend using them alone a few times to get used to the intensity you want, then only adding the highlighter if you want. I cannot say this enough: A VERY LITTLE goes a very long way with these blushes. There is no need for a backup… you’ll have this thing forever.
I’m still experimenting with different color combinations. Believe me when I tell you that I used the lightest touch on earth to apply this color. This is a fantastic set… worth it if you can swing it. Color preference is up to you. At the moment, I really prefer Softcore. It’s matte, which makes it a lot more versatile.You can always add shimmer later if you choose.