If I had to pick a favourite from the Tom Ford Summer Soleil collection it’d have to be Pink Glow. Besides the fact that it has all my favourite colours in there, I also love that it’s a perfectly curated mix that’s versatile and can be worn daily.
The palette comes with 3 eyeshadows and 2 blushes (no brushes are included here so you’ll have to use your own).
Left (eyeshadow), top to bottom,
A soft shimmery pink – well pigmented, finely milled eyeshadow that blends easily. On my medium complexion this looks more of a white with barely a hint of pink. Although I suspect on much fairer complexions this wouldn’t necessarily show up as an outright pink but more of a pearl white.
A sparkling dull gold – it’s the exact formula and quality of the regular glitter shadows (known as celestial powders) in Tom Ford palettes. I cross checked it with several of my other palettes and it performs the same. If you don’t already own a TF palette and are new to it’s glitter formula, the best way to apply these are patted on top of your eyelids with your fingers. This helps the glitter adhere to the lids better and minimise fallout. Overall the quality of these celestial powders are unmatched and are a wearable sophisticated glitter rather than a loud obnoxious one. They also wear well throughout the day with barely any fallout which is a mighty feat for a glitter!
A warm reddened plum with pink shimmer – this was the one shade I believe didn’t quite match the regular TF eyeshadow formula. When swatched it applied with slightly less intensity. I did attempt to deepen the look of it by layering, but it doesn’t necessarily build well either. I suggest using a cream shadow or a kohl pencil in a deep brown or burgundy to make this pop a bit more.
Right (blushes), top to bottom,
A dull rose gold – which was a complex mix of gold shimmer with a pink toned base (gold or pink heavy depending on the angle and different lighting). I really love this as a transition shade for the eyes. Mostly so as I find the light pink eyeshadow to be much too cool and light for my tanned complexion. This on the other hand really helps achieve a well blended, warmer look on the eyes which is far more summery! I’d also recommend this as a highlighter worn on top of the cheekbones for a more sculpted golden glow rather than wearing this alone as a blush.
A bright medium plum with pink micro shimmer – which was extremely pigmented and silky to the touch. The colour reminded me of Ravish, just brighter and more pink toned.
Here’re the swatches. Top to bottom we have the two blushes followed by the eyeshadows.
I find that using the entire palette one go gives you too much of a tonal look. Personally if I were to wear a plummy eyeshadow, I’d much rather pair it with an understated beige blush which won’t be competing with my eyes. And on the flip side, I’d wear the plum blush as a statement look complementing warm shimmery golden eyes created with this rose gold blush and the celestial eyeshadow.
Now onto some comparisons!
I pulled out my Tom Ford Burnished Amber palette which has similar warm reddened tones. When swatched side by side I find the formula of the Burnished Amber palette to be much more pigmented in comparison to this and as you can see, Pink Glow more on the cooler spectrum of things.
The palette in itself judged by colour scheme may not be the most unique. We see similar palettes on the market with that plummy golden combo. However to me what sets Tom Ford apart from everything else is quality. These eyeshadows are always long lasting even without a primer. I tested it out with one eye primed and one without to find they wear exactly the same. I saw no creasing and it lasted the entire day.
The blushes are equally lovely. Soft, finely milled and most of all long lasting!
Tone wise this palette isn’t overly warm and can be worn by fair, tan or deep complexions. I see it working well during summer as a go-to everyday sort of compact. Just add bronzer 🙂
If price isn’t a deciding factor, i’d recommend you pick one up. It’s a gorgeous, versatile product to own.
Lastly here’s an eye look I created with this palette. I used the rose gold blush at the crease, the plum shade on the lid with a little inner eye highlight using the light pink shade at the tear duct. I skipped eyeliner as I wanted to leave it looking fresh and summery and not too made up.
Here’s the completed face, I used the plum blush on the cheeks, finishing off this look with TF Rose Soleil lipstick.
Pink Glow comes with 13.5g of product retailing at SGD146.
Available end May at the Tangs Orchard Tom Ford Counter.
*Mine was a press sample sent for review.