Friday, April 26, 2013

Tom Ford Summer 2013 Beauty Collection Skin Illunimator in Fire Lust - Up Close and Personal

Tom Ford's limited-edition Skin Illuminator in Fire Lust ($65) was inspired by the look of skin bathed in summer evening light that creates an irresistible, translucent glow. Inspired and recreated, I think. Its peach-pink shade will flatter every skin tone while moisturizing and soothing the skin. Its highly micronized pearls diffuse light for a natural enhanced, sun-kissed look.

I took swatch photos in full, afternoon sun. I applied two swatches to my arm using a cream concealer brush. The stripe at the top of my arm was applied relatively heavily, and the larger shade shows it blended out, but not completely. I was worried about getting enough color for a photo. It's very sheer.

This golden peach shade gives my skin a beautiful gleam, a glow, just like that summer evening light that inspired its creator. The wonderful thing about this liquid illuminator is that you have full control over the intensity of the color. You can apply it to look like a blush that's lit from within. You can apply it lightly on the high points of your face to give them a glow, and you can use it above or below foundation. You can mix it with your foundation or moisturizer to add radiance with just a touch of color.

I selected swatch photos that were taken with different backgrounds and light intensities so that you could see Fire Lust's range of looks. I cannot praise it highly enough. Just think about all the superlatives you use for your favorite makeup and apply. I feel lightheaded when I search for the perfect word.

The collection was available at some locations early, such as the John Barrett Salon ((212) 872-2714), which has a Tom Ford boutique. It should be available at full Tom Ford Beauty counters this weekend. That means your favorite Neiman Marcus will have it. I believe Bergdorf Goodman is holding it for an event that starts Monday (which is a miss from my perspective). I purchased Fire Lust at Neiman Marcus. It has sold out already at the Neiman Marcus Web site, so don't let any grass grow under your feet. Purchase it now if you want it.

Photo at top courtesy of Neiman Marcus; other photos by Best Things in Beauty

21 comments:

Virginie said...

It looks a bit like Freesia from Aerin Lauder, less golden but in the same line, no?

Marina said...

Hi CG, is the Blush Guilt Illuminating Cheek Colour quite similar to the Illuminator?

Nida Moughal said...

Sad that we dont get Tom Ford in Pakistan.

Charleston Girl said...

Hi Virginie,

Not really. You have to see it in person. AERIN's product is much pinker.

Charleston Girl said...

Hi Marina,

No, it looks that way in photos, but I see strong differences.

Charleston Girl said...

Nida,

Do you have someone here who can buy and mail to you?

Ginger said...

Hi CG! This might sound like a silly question but how would you compare Armani's new summer bronzer palette (the one with the 3 eyeshadows) with the Tom Ford bronzer stick? I just bought the Armani one a few days ago and I'm wondering if I need the Tom Ford one as well or if they are too similar. Thanks so much, CG!!

Wwendalynne said...

This was my absolute dying to have item from this collection. As soon as I saw CG's swatches I could see it as a soft highlight used on cheekbone above blush. Perfect, perfect shade for a gorgeous summer look. Hope mine makes it safely here! pleasepleasepleaseplease. :)

Message for Nida Moughal:

Hello Nida!
You can try setting up an account with MyUS.com where you can have items which cannot be shipped outside of the US sent to a US address on your behalf. It's a valid address, essentially a post box with your name on it. They will ship the items to you worldwide. There are other companies in the USA which provide this service. I hope this helps. Sometimes it is definitely worth the extra expense. Good luck!

Allison said...

Hi :-) Thank You for sharing with us all the goods about Fire Lust!! I just knew I had to have it! I ordered that and Pink Lust thru Saks Fifth Avenue. Now, the strangest thing, is that I can't find the Illuminator when I look under Tom Ford, but clicking the link under the pictured items, will take you to Saks and the Illuminator. Not sure why, but thought I would share with you and the other beauty Lovers like me :-D Mine shipped today and dieing to get my paws on it :-)
Here's the Link:

http://www.fulltimeford.com/2013/04/25/buy-it-now-the-full-tom-ford-beauty-summer-2013-collection/

Hugs!!

Anonymous said...

hey charlestongirl!

how do you think this compares to the holiday ysl liquid highlighter in the tube i found that one really a dud.

Dawn said...

I am soooo glad that I ordered this last night because I'm sure this is going to sell out fast! If I would've been faster I could've got it from NM with free shipping but I waited and it was sold out online so I had to order from Saks and pay.shipping. But after seeing these swatches I definitely think it's going to be worth it. It looks absolutely stunning! Thanks for the gorgeous swatches CG.

Dawn said...

I had a hard time finding it as well so I just searched for 'Tom Ford skin illuminator' and there it was. :-) Odd it wasn't listed under all the other TF items.

Anonymous said...

I'm kicking myself for not ordering this!! - Zeynep

Charleston Girl said...

Zeynep, don't kick. NM has it in store. Call Enrique Valentino at (703) 761-1600, extension 3295. John Barrett does too. Call Dustin Lujan at the salon at (212) 872-2714.

Charleston Girl said...

Ginger, they are different colors. The Armani is more golden. See swatch here: http://bestthingsinbeauty.blogspot.com/2013/04/giorgio-armani-beauty-summer-2013-face.html.

Charleston Girl said...

Hi Wwendalynne, you reminded me of the days when I would get so excited, I imagined every possible thing that could go wrong before something happened. I've relaxed a bit since then. :)

Charleston Girl said...

Hi Allison,

I have had that problem before also - with department store sites. It has something to do with the way new collections are presented - and indexed. Go figure.

Charleston Girl said...

Anonymous,

I guess I didn't buy that.

Charleston Girl said...

Hi Dawn,

Better to pay shipping than miss out entirely. I knew these limited items would go quickly.

Anonymous said...

Thank you CG! - Zeynep

ifmakeupcouldtalk said...

I was wondering how does it last on the skin? Does it dry down or remain "wet" on the skin. Also how is the longevity? Many thanks in advance!