Happy Monday! I hope you've had a wonderful weekend and happy holidays if you celebrate them. Today I'm reviewing a gorgeous highlighter from one of my favorite high end brands: Tom Ford. I remember when my friend hyped the Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Powder Duo duo last year, but at the time I wasn't too interested in another highlighter. The darker shade looked way too deep and intimidating for my skin tone, but after purchasing and falling in love with THREE's Shimmering Glow duo (review here) I knew I had to get the TF powder version...
SKIN ILLUMINATING POWDER DUO 01 MOODLIGHT
Unfortunately in Finland we only have a Tom Ford counter at the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport duty free, and they didn't have it in stock. The kindest SA informed me the duo wasn't a limited edition, and luckily I managed to find it in the Copenhagen Magasin department store during my trip last August. Originally Moodlight was a limited edition release for Fall 2015. The powder duo comes in a classic Tom Ford rectangular packaging with gold detailing, protected by a brown suede pouch. The two powders are embossed with cross-hatch pattern and TF initials. The embossings last nicely on the powder, even after several uses. The duo is fairly expensive ~67€/$70 but you get massive 12g/.42oz of product.
Tom Ford products are always exquisite, they simply don't look stunning but the packaging is sturdy and has some weight to it. The compact is secure although there is no a visible clasp or a magnet to keep the lid closed. I like it how the lid opens whole 180° degrees. The mirror is large like in all TF compacts, perfect for travel.
I use the white opal one for a subtle glow on top of the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and cupid's bow. On my light skin the copper one is too dark as a highlight, but I apply it as a blush topper for a bronzy glow or mix with the lighter shade. The lovely SA at Tom Ford showed me a way to bronze your face with the bronzy powder, but I think the look might be better suited for medium skin tones. On medium skins the white shade will appear as a more visible highlight, on deep skin tones the contrast will be more evident. I do think this palette will compliment a nice variety of skin tones and be almost universally flattering.
Look and Performance
The pigmentation of these powders is sheer (white) to medium (bronze), both buildable and visible on the skin. The powders are finely milled and nicely blendable as you would expect from Tom Ford. I simply love it how light hits these powders, giving a youthful sheen to the face without being frosty or having chunks of glitter. The colors seem to have a mix of pigments, both having peachy-pink undertones.
Needless to say, not both sides are created equally. Whereas the bronze copper shade is very pigmented and soft to touch, the white opal highlighter feels stiff with a very subtle payoff. I don't know if mine is a dud, but feels like the powder was pressed too hard. This wouldn't bother me if I didn't feel the need to almost rub my brush in to the pan and check if there's product on the brush. I do love the color and have nothing against more subtle highlighters, but I'm confused with hardness of the other powder. On medium to deep skin tones I think the light shade will be beautiful and more evident. Tom Ford powders still blend and adhere beautifully to the skin and last on me a long time without fading.
- A pale opalescent white with pinky undertones and very fine golden shimmer
- Light copper shade with a beautiful champagne sheen
The THREE Shimmering Glow Duo (review here) is a pinker and darker with more warm, coppery undertones compared to the Tom Ford. Whereas THREE is more glittery, the finish of Moodlight is more refined with a high sheen.
I don't want to say I'm disappointed because I paid a pretty penny for this product, but I wanted both sides to be as silky soft and pigmented as the copper shade. Otherwise I would claim this duo is a must have. The look of both powders is simply exquisite, sophisticated, subtle glow for any occasion. Despite the white powder being on the stiffer side it will still win many high end powders in comparison.
Have you tried Tom Ford highlighters or his other products?