Friday, April 4, 2014

Tom Ford Summer 2014 Color Collection Lip Shimmer in Solar Gold, Swatch & Review

As pieces of summer collections started to pop at counters around the world, Tom Ford's capsule collection which consists of one eyes and cheek compact and two lip (and cheek) shimmers came to everyone's attention. Last year's summer collection set the expectations very high as it must have been one of the best coordinated nude collection of all times with pretty individual items which delivered superb quality across the board.

Tom Ford Summer 2014 Color Collection Lip Shimmer in Solar Gold

Since I am collecting eye products of Tom Ford (you know my crazy Blog Series don't you?) for me it was clear that I would go for the Eye and Cheek Compact which is on its merry way to me at the moment. I was not sure what to expect from the Lip Sheers though. These are listed as Lip Shimmer but they have the same form as Lip & Cheek Stain in Tainted Love from Fall 2012 Collection, (which I think was another epic collection). Chic ivory package must have stolen my heart and curiosity must have gotten the best of me, so I ended up with Solar Gold, which I thought would have more color than Moon Light.


Tom Ford Summer 2014 Color Collection Lip Shimmer in Solar Gold







Looking at the swatch below, the first thing to understand is why they didn't call these as "Lip & Cheek Stain" because it does not have that much color to be a stain. Below swatch shows multiple layers which took many swipes. I have heard that in a review it is told that Solar Gold could be use as a subtle bronzer. I guess to be able to do that, you have to be very very pale. On me it adds a very subtle golden sheen and provides a nice golden shimmer (see the second swatch which is off focus to show that). Solar Gold makes a casual highlighter which you can just take with you and add a little bit of something to the top of your cheeks and dab on your lipstick for a wet look. But all comes with a price...


Swatches: Tom Ford Summer 2014 Color Collection Lip Shimmer in Solar Gold

As much as Solar Gold feel moisturising on the lips, it does feel sticky on my face. It does catch my hair too. You may also end up liking it though if you find yourself reaching for the highlighter part of Shade& Illuminate which has similar consistency.


Tom Ford Summer 2014 Color Collection Lip Shimmer in Solar Gold

I wish I could show you a face shot with this one but I doubt you can see it since the effect is very subtle on me (even on the lips). These are now available online (Saks, Selfridges etc.) as well as on Tom Ford Counters (Germany still has to wait a month or so) and retails for a steep £36.00 in UK, probably the price will be the same as their lipsticks in Germany (47€).

Final thoughts: Solar Gold is a very expensive lip balm for me. I would have rather invested that money to one of their regular lipsticks or Lip Color Sheers from Spring Collection. I didn't have time to review them here but I am currently loving Summer Fling and Sweet Spot.

Can you use cream highlighter? What do you think about sticky products on your cheeks?

17 comments:

  1. Hey Sara, ouch, I'm sorry to hear this is not a keeper for you! I have Becca Opal, which is not sticky on the cheeks. Still, I think I reach for powder highlighters more often! This is a great idea theoretically, because it can be applied without a brush. Although if the formula is sticky, I don't think I can put up with that!

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    1. Hi Sunny,
      I always wanted to try Becca, never found it in stock online, lol. Yes I am also a powder highlighter person, the others seems to fade away a little quicker on me.

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  2. So....... I just love the sparkles - but yes I think I can give this a miss!

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    1. Yes, the same here, I don't think it is worth the money.

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  3. I just got the whole collection today and love it! The compact is very pigmented!! I can't wait to see how you use it! Oh and I was one of the sad souls who missed fire lust last summer so I was sooooo excited they brought it back!!

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    1. I would love to hear what you think of the sticks. Do you like them?
      Yay for Fire lust! It sold out so quickly last year. Great opportunity for those who missed it!

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  4. Thanks for the honest review! The packaging and shimmery effect really are lovely, but I can see that they're not worth the steep Tom Ford price! His lipsticks definitely are, though! Have a nice weekend! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. I love his lippies, I have a few of them and use them regularly. I would have rather invested in a lipstick and see some effect lol.

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  5. I was thinking of purchasing these sticks altogether with the palette, but I ended up with the palette only. I'm in total love with it and it has one part that can be used as a highlighter. I think I expected a little bit more from these sticks and I agree with you, for that price I would rather buy a lipstick :/

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    1. Hi Irena,
      I think your decision was right to go with the palette, it looks stunning. I am waiting for mine and can't wait. I didn't know Selfridges ships so slow, it took them 4 days from order to shipping, ugh. I mean come on, many online stores ship things in like at most 2 days here!

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    2. I have to say, I never had a good experience with their delivery services. Sometimes I ordered item to be delivered next day and found out that it wasn't. Had to call the delivery company several times to finally get my order the following day... Many of the times I had an info that my order is 'out for a delivery' and was waiting for it and same thing happened the following day and few days later. To be able to actually get and talk to someone from customer services was a miracle. Now I just order from them if they have an exclusive and I really want to have that something :-) but otherwise I try not to. I'm sure you will like the palette too :D

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  6. Oh sorry Sara! I must admit that just looking at the bullet it looks like "been there done that" for me so this would difinitely not be my first TF purchase. :(

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    1. LOL, yes I was also like changing my mind about having this or not. Then I wanted to try just one of them and chose the one which looked more "pigmented" lol

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  7. Thank you so much for this review, Sara! I've been searching for swatches of this for ages! Sticky on the face? Ugh, that's a big no-no for me! And it doesn't seem to do much of anything besides adding shimmer to wherever you apply it. Definitely a miss for me. Now I want to see the review of the palette. :D

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    1. Hi Jaa,
      and I can't wait to see the close ups of that palette on your blog! Love your pics.
      Mine will be here hopefully in a few days and I will try to put up my review as soon as possible. Are you getting anything from this collection? Palette, right right?

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  8. oh dear, this was exactly what I thought when I first spied this on their promos.... an overpriced lip balm / gloss! And those rounded bullets are quite unsexy. Do they layer well, Sara?

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    1. LOL, yes, I knew it but someone had to try it I thought ;-)
      I doesn't layer all that well, above swatches are really like many many swipes...

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