Best of Tom Ford Beauty and a makeover by Tom Ford Specialist!

Tom Ford is one of my favorite luxury beauty brands, but I haven’t talked much about it on the blog as it was previously difficult to purchase to Finland. Now we have a gorgeous big Tom Ford counter at Helsinki Stockmann dept store and also available on the website. In today’s post I’m showing you my top Tom Ford beauty products and a makeover done by Noora, the Tom Ford Specialist at Stockmann!

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I was kindly invited to have a makeover the Stockmann Helsinki Tom Ford counter. I live quite near the Helsinki dept store and I haven’t had my makeup done many times professionally. Of course I said yes, Tom Ford being one of my favorite brands! Noora is very talented makeup artist and an expert in Tom Ford makeup and perfume. I was very happy to see her working with some of my old favorites as well as new products. That day I had two lipsticks with me for inspiration: Indian Rose (pinky nude) and Sonia (red). We chose Sonia as the lip color, keep eyes simple yet shimmery and glowing, perfected skin!

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List of the most important products we used:

Base: 02 PINK GLOW TONE UP and foundation new SOLEIL GLOW TONE UP FOUNDATION SPF 45 HYDRATING CUSHION COMPACT in the shade 2.0 BUFF. Usually I wear a lighter shade in Tom Ford foundations, but 2.0 BUFF did look good on my skin.

Cheeks: SHADE AND ILLUMINATE CHEEKS, shade SCINTILLATE topped with powder blush CHEEK COLOR, 01 FRANTIC PINK. Powder FACE ILLUMINATING POWDER in TRANSLUCENT and highlight with FACE SKIN ILLUMINATING POWDER in the shade 01 MOODLIGHT. Noora used both of the highlighter shades for giving me some bronzed, healthy glow on the cheeks. Loved her technique!

Eyes: Cream eyeshadow in SOLEIL CREAM AND POWDER EYE COLOR, 06 YOUNG ADONIS (both cream and the top coat glitter), EXTREME MASKARA in the shade RAVEN. FIBRE BROW Gel in the shade TAUPE.

Lips: LIPS AND GIRLS lipstick in the shade Sonja

Such a gorgeous makeup!! I asked a lot of questions from Noora and have been testing her techniques on myself this week. For example wearing the top coat glitter all over the eyes - beautiful. Previously I’ve been frugal with glitter, only using it on the outer corners of my eyes, but it looks simple yet stunning all over! I own the Shade and Illuminate in Moodlight, but have mostly just used the lighter shade. Now I’ve mixed the lighter and more tan highlighter shade, or used the darker color as a blush topper to warm up the look. I can still keep my “Snow White” look, but with just added warmth and healthy shine.

To get your makeup done by the Tom Ford Specialist, come to Stockmann Helsinki and shop for three products of choice! You can also ask for test application when you are choosing your shade etc.

Best of Tom Ford Beauty | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina
Best of Tom Ford Beauty | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina

Best of Tom Ford Ford Beauty Recommendations

According to Noora, the Tom Ford best-sellers are lipsticks, eyeshadow quads and foundations. I can see why, but today I’m sharing my personal favorites. Next I’ll list my personal top favorites or things that deserve a special mention. I try to keep this list short and sweet, so if I’m skipping a product it doesn’t mean I don’t love it.

Tom Ford TRACELESS FOUNDATION STICK

I wanted to try a foundation from Tom Ford and while the liquid foundation sample I tested was lovely, I felt I already had something similar. I opted for the stick foundation as it was a newer texture for me and unique in my makeup bag. It’s so quick and convenient to use, you can easily build more coverage where needed. Conceals redness and lasts for the whole day! I love to use this with my Sonia G Base One brush or other duo fibre stippling brush.

Cream Color For Eyes

I used to hate cream eyeshadows as my lids are hooded and everything tends to crease on me sooner or later - especially very emollient products. Please notice I do wear eyeshadow primer underneath everything. Tom Ford’s mousse-like eyeshadow creams apply effortlessly and set in place without feeling heavy or sticky. They don’t move around or gather in my crease. The cream shadows also set glitter top coats very nicely with little to no fallout and color selection is beautiful. My current favorites are Spice, Burnished Copper and Caviar.

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Cheek Color

Tom Ford has several blush options: “the baked gelee” formulas in the limited edition Soleil collection and traditional powder blushes. I love both, but I’ve noticed I gravitate more towards the baked formula as the colors layer beautifully and add a gorgeous sheen on the skin. The permanent powder blushes are mostly matte with an excellent shade selection that compliments both fair and dark skin tones. I rotate all of them! My favorite regular powder blush is Inhibition (nude).

Perfume

Bold, strong, elegant. Those are the first tree words that I would associate with Tom Ford’s perfumes. I wear them when I want to feel strong or romantic and don’t have the time to reapply perfume during the day. They last exceptionally well on my skin, you can catch a whiff on my clothes as well. His perfumes are on the heavier side but don’t feel suffocating in any way. My family also loves Tom Ford perfumes and body sprays, which are also very potent and long-lasting. My current favorite scent is Tobacco Vanille.

Have you tried Tom Ford beauty? What’s your favorite item? Thank you again for the Stockmann Helsinki Tom Ford counter for having me! x

SUQQU Urban Prism Eyeshadow Compact Review and Swatches

I think this is the second time SUQQU UK releases a limited edition 8-pan palette. The colors of the previous one from holidays 1 or 2 years ago didn’t speak to me, but my jaw dropped when I saw the teaser pictures of the new UK exclusive Urban Prism compact. The looks SUQQU’s makeup artists Jorge Balzaretti and Paul Holmberg have created using this are stunning, blended, chic and airy yet packed some punch with color choices. I was so excited for the reds and pinks so I marked my calendar with the release date.

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About SUQQU Urban Prism Eyeshadow Compact

The inspiration for this collection was a kaleidoscope, contrasting textures and colors to create wearable looks: natural and elegant, chic and smoky, trendy and edgy. The other items from this collection were a powder highlighter, bronzer, highlighting crayon and two lip crayons. As I’m typing this the SUQQU Urban Prism Eyeshadow Compact is still available on Selfridges and Harrods. It sold out quickly during the first launch, but I’ve noticed Selfridges tends to restock their site from time to time. £59 for 12.4g of product, 8 pans of eyeshadow and two small applicators. Made in Japan.

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Wearing SUQQU Urban Prism Eyeshadow Compact

I refer to this palette as the Urban Prism although the packaging says ‘Eyeshadow Compact 101’. I think this is one of the most fun, unique yet wearable palettes SUQQU has come out with since they revamped to Designing Color Eyes formula. This palette doesn’t have holes on the backside, so it’s not meant to be depotted. I hope the glue is strong enough to hold the shadows, it felt little loose when finger swatching.

I’ve been looking for a palette to do more colorful looks: either a has-it-all palette with neutrals for contouring the eyes or a full blown colorful palette. Sadly, these types palettes are difficult to put together shade range and formula-wise, which is the reason I have been putting off purchasing a Natasha Denona palette for example. They are often very cool or warm, not enough color variety (just 1 pop of color) or just hideously expensive. Not that £59 is cheap by any means, but SUQQU combines warms with more neutral shades of brown, cool pink, blue and yellow. Thanks to the careful color selection and mattes I can wear this palette on its own without reaching for brown neutrals.

I’m really happy to report that SUQQU is consistent with their quality. Only one or two quads have had a more chalky black, but overall you can feel safe when getting a SUQQU palette online. The shadows are smooth, buildable, finely milled and silky texture. The colors don’t skip on the eyelids and blend evenly. There’s some variety in textures with more mattes to satins and shimmers, but they all perform very well.

I’d like to call these SUQQU shadows nicely pigmented, but they’re certainly more on the buildable side vs many US based brands that put an emphasis on high pigmentatiod when swatches. SUQQU shadows give a nice veil of color without being sheer or see-thorough, you can layer and mix them as you wish without the result turning muddy. With my NARS Pro Prime eyeshadow primer these shadows wear ~8h on my hooded lids.

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SUQQU Urban Prism Eyeshadow Compact Swatches

Orange leaning peach with golden shimmer

Red tomato matte

Dark khaki with slightly greenish undertone

Champagne shimmer with glitter bits

Purple leaning pink shimmer

Orange tomato matte

Dark navy blue with black undertones

Matte yellow with a greenish hue

Look with SUQQU Urban Prism

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I was inspired by this look by Jorge Balzaretti. I had a lighter hand compared to the editorial pictures, but in real life the pinks and reds still popped out beautifully. I love the yellow in the inner corner, makes the look more interesting and playful in my opinion. I used MILK makeup’s gel liner in CEO on my waterline to get similar intensity to the look, but it’s not too visible as I’m looking down.

SUQQU UK Urban Prism Eyeshadow Compact Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
SUQQU UK Urban Prism Eyeshadow Compact Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Final thoughts

If you’re very color-shy I think you’re better off with 01 Yuushakuyaku (review) or other more muted SUQQU quad, but if you like to experiment - even with 1-2 shades at the time, I think Urban Prism is an excellent choice. I personally love this palette and have reached for it a ton. I think it’s going to be my go-to palette this summer thanks to the elegant vibrancy and wearing possibilities. Big recommendation!

SUQQU Shimmer Liquid Blush Swatches and Review

SUQQU is known and loved for their excellent powder formulas, including their Pure Color Blushes, which have a lovely gradient for dimensional, layered blush color. For Spring 2019 SUQQU released a new product type for the brand: Shimmering Liquid Blush. Today I’m reviewing the formula and three colors I have purchased. Enjoy!

*Products mentioned with asterisk(*) are gifted for consideration.

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About SUQQU Shimmering Liquid Blush

In the initial launch there were 3 permanent shades and two Limited Editions. For Summer 2019 SUQQU has released a highlighter in this formula, which I’m excited to try. The three permanent shades are a light peachy pink (judging by online pictures), an orchid pink and a juicy orange. The limited edition shades were purple and baby pink. The Shimmering Liquid Blush is advertised as giving a healthy, natural flush on the cheeks with moisturizing jojoba seed, olive fruit, macadamia seed and sunflower seed oils. 7.5ml for £26 on Selfridges. Made in Japan.

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Using SUQQU Shimmering Liquid Blush

These blushes come in a convenient pump packaging, but large the cap can be deceiving as the amount of blush is quite little (7.5ml). For reference, lip balms are often 10-15ml. It can be just me, but judging by the online images I expected to have 1/2-2/3 more blush liquid. You do need only little product, which is nice if you are considered how long one bottle is going to last. I doubt I will ever use up one.

I need about half a pump of the liquid blush for both cheeks, but this does depend on the color and your skin tone. I’ve noticed some pigmentation differences in the three shades I’ve purchased, but they do swatch in a similar way. Logically: the fairest shade doesn’t show much on my pale skin while the deepest color is very intense. The pale pink (LE) I need to layer for a noticeable blush, the orchid pink looks very saturated on me and the orange “just right”. I dab a couple of dots of the color on the apples of the cheeks and blend towards the ears.

Finger application is not my favorite technique as these don’t melt into your skin or diffuse when I try to swipe or tap with my middle and ring finger. Sometimes I reach for a duo fibre brush, but I think a wet beauty sponge is key for seamless application. I like to use a Beauty Blender* and bounce the blush on my cheeks, building up the intensity.

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The formula does feel lightly moisturizing, but doesn’t leave an oily film or feeling tacky. SUQQU’s style is to create nourishing formulas with nuanced colors that compliment even mature and super dry skin. Although it’s not suggested, I’ve tried the excess blush on my lips and it felt OK. For more longevity I set my face gently with a finishing powder such as Hourglass Diffused Light, Cosme Decorte or Lily Lolo* one. With this method the SUQQU Shimmering Liquid Blushes last +8 hours on my cheeks, which is pretty impressive.

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Swatches

02 TSUBAIMOMO - a raspberry orchid pink

03 MITSUKOUJI - a vibrant hot orange

102 TSUYASHISO (LE) - a pale baby pink

As I said these blushes do change their appearance on other skin tones, check out Beauty Professor’s swatches for example. We have pretty different lighting and skin tone, I recommend checking her blog if you enjoy SUQQU. 102 is doesn’t seem very opaque but if shows on medium (and up) skin tones, I think it’d be amazing. My favorite shade has been 102 Tsuyashiso and 02 Tsubaimomo mixed or 03 Mitsukouji on its own. The name does say ‘Shimmering’ but I don’t see any visible glitter, I think it means the veil-like finish of the blushes.

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Overall thoughts

I had a bit mixed feelings of these products as it took me trial and error to find the best application method. With fingers I disliked the result, but using a Beauty Blender made me enjoy these products. I was hoping the colors were more unique or wearable for every day (like rose and nude shades). Longevity is definitely the best aspect of these blushes, I like it how the colors are still distinguishable after several hours without looking like “clown cheeks”. Not my favorite product from SUQQU, but still a good one. I think ADDICTION (review here) still has my favorite liquid blush formula.

Have you tried SUQQU Shimmer Liquid Blushes or other liquid blushes?