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Tom Ford // Winter Soleil Collection

Tom Ford // Winter Soleil Collection

When this collection was announced, I was super excited for the Lip Foils, and less so about the Eye and Cheek Palettes. When I checked them out online, the shades didn't appeal to me in either palette, the cool nor the warm. But as time passed, I started to warm up to the Warm Palette (it's too early for puns, I know) and talked myself into purchasing it. 

I am beyond ecstatic about the Eye and Cheek Palette. First, the packaging does not disappoint. As with all Tom Ford products, I've come to expect top notch, luxurious, weighty, expensive-feeling packaging - all of which it is. My first thought when I saw the palette was how much it looked like a minaudiรจre and perfect for either a holiday party or traveling. And when I think about the $155 price tag, it is fairly inexpensive for a Tom Ford clutch! And, the packaging's color theme is the same as the Soleil Collection from the summer of white and gold.

With its magnetic closure, it is much easier to open and close than compacts that snap closed. I love the slight suction/whooshing sound it makes when it closes! Inside there is a mirror the width of the palette, four eyeshadows, a blush and a highlighter.

The eyeshadows are wonderful. Like all his eyeshadows, they're pigmented, soft with little-to-no fallout and extremely blendable. Playing with these shadows makes me want to stock up on all of his quads. And the blush is incredibly pigmented. So pigmented, that I would warn you not to go too heavy upon first try. But it blended out and up on my cheekbones beautifully and once I added the highlighter, it all melted onto the skin to perfection. Here is a close-up of the shadows and finger swatches onto my arm, with no primer:

Eyeshadows from Tom Ford Winter Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette in color Warm.

Eyeshadows from Tom Ford Winter Soleil Eye & Cheek Palette in color Warm.

Finger swatches, from L to R: 1, 2, 3, 4

Finger swatches, from L to R: 1, 2, 3, 4

The highlighter is absolutely gorgeous. I love the satiny sheen it gives me without being too shiny. It gave my cheekbones the perfect warmth and lit from above effect. It's ever so slightly golden with the slightest peach tint. To compare, I've finger-swatched it alongside some highlighters I thought were fairly close. It's tough to photograph them, but I hope you can see it well enough.

Above, from L to R:
- Tom Ford Highlighter from the Winter Soleil Eye and Cheek Palette in Warm
- Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight
- Kevyn Aucoin Neo Bronzer in Siena (leftmost in pan)
- Charlotte Tilbury Highlight from the Instant Look In A Palette in Seductive Beauty
- Viseart the second Highlight shade from the Highlight and Sculpt Palette

Above, from L to R:
- Tom Ford Highlighter from the Winter Soleil Eye and Cheek Palette in Warm
- Nars Hot Sand
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Bubbly from "That Glow" Glow Kit
- Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop
- Ofra Rodeo Drive Highlighter
- Ofra Beverly Hills Highlighter

The most comparable in texture are the Kevyn Aucoin and Charlotte Tilbury highlighters. They're all satiny soft, but not too soft like the Becca and Ofra highlighters. And in terms of shade I'd have to say that the Charlotte Tilbury Highlighter and Nars Hot Sand are the closest. The others are either too golden, much warmer or the finish is different.

As for the blush, I could only find a few close matches in shade, but none of them had similar pigmentation or texture.

Above, from L to R:
- Tom Ford Blush from the Winter Soleil Eye and Cheek Palette in Warm
- Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Blissful
- Nars Orgasm
- Marc Jacobs Air Blush in Lines & Last Night

Tarte's Blissful comes the closest in color, but the pigmentation is so much lighter. In the swatches above, I had to really work my finger into the pan a few times to get it to show up as much as the Tom Ford. And, Marc Jacob's Air Blush definitely felt silkier to the touch.

Lip Foils in Aperture (L) and Private Life (R)

Lip Foils in Aperture (L) and Private Life (R)

And like all Tom Ford lippies, I love these Lip Foils too. The metallic, pearly sheen is so much fun, and such a nice change from the matte lip. I went with the warmer, less pink shades Private Life and Aperture and now of course I feel like I need to pick up the other four colors.

Lip Foil in Private Life

Lip Foil in Private Life

Lip Foil in Aperture

Lip Foil in Aperture

Lip Foil in Private Life (L) and Aperture (R)

Lip Foil in Private Life (L) and Aperture (R)

The texture is very creamy and reminds me of the Ultra Rich Lip Color from the Soleil Collection that came out over the summer. And the metallic sheen is such a pretty not-too-foiled, not-too-pearly metallic finish. And because they're a cream, they're fairly opaque - not sheer. I think they're the perfect compliment to the Eye and Cheek Palette.

Here is my look using the entire palette, and the Aperture Lip Foil, shot with natural daylight and a ring light on 50% power.

I hope that helps you decide whether or not you need these for yourself. I'm excited to try out the cool palette and the other Lip Foils - have any of you gotten those? Any thoughts?

Purchase the Eye and Cheek Palette from Nordstrom here.

Purchase the Lip Foils from Nordstrom here.

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