Shade & Illuminate ($75) has become an iconic product in no time. My regular readers know that they have raved about it, and each time I've responded with, "I need to buy that." I didn't realize how badly I needed it until I had it in my hands.
The weekend before last, I found myself at the Saks Fifth Avenue Web site purchasing Le Métier de Beauté's On the Coast Kaleidoscope Eye Kit. Saks offers free shipping, but only with a purchase of $200 or more. I despise paying for shipping, particularly because I'm actually saving a company money by purchasing online - no commission to sales associates. I started browsing, and I thought about Eileen and many others who had advised me to buy Shade & Illuminate. So, you know the rest.
Now, it's mine in Intensity One, and I'm thrilled - much more so than I had expected. There is an Intensity Two for those with darker skin.
From Tom Ford's point of view, the first step to beauty is understanding
the architecture of your face and bringing balance and symmetry to your
features. This duet of highlighting and shading creams is designed to
make sculpting and contouring the face remarkably simple. The
super-sheer, light shade can be used to draw light onto the skin to
brighten and lift the face. The dark shade defines and contours bones
while staying invisible to the naked eye.
Want cheekbones? The next best thing to having them is creating them with these two creamy products. Use the brown shade to contour under your cheekbones. It adds definition. You need to apply it carefully and with a light hand, particularly if you have fair skin. Although it's fairly forgiving, make sure your skin is well-moisturized; otherwise this marvelous cream won't have enough slip to blend easily. I'd also recommend you use a synthetic brush to apply the shades. It works much better than fingertips.
I applied both shades very heavily with a sponge-tipped applicator for my swatch photos, which were taken in full sun. While the brown contouring shade may look dark on my arm, it isn't when applied properly.
You can purchase Shade & Illuminate at the limited retail sources that sell Tom Ford Beauty, including Saks, Bergdorf Goodman, and Neiman Marcus online, and select stores that have Tom Ford counters.
Photo at top courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman; other photos by Best Things in Beauty