Tom Ford’s Summer beauty edit for the Soleil Color Collection has made its debut and per usual, everything is absolutely stunning. Featuring the signature white and gold housing, the luxurious outfit introduces new formulas and items for the face, eyes and lips. I have four items to review today. This season around, the overall tone of the collection is based on neutral ground with pops of color and dedicates its focus heavily on the lips with colors that are perfect to transition from Winter to Spring to Summer. There is a new Soleil Contouring Compact, a Shade & Illuminate Glow Stick, and two new lip formulas which from each I have a shade to swatch for you. There are a few other items in the collection not featured here and includes a new Sheer Cheek Duo called Exotica Flora, two shades of Shade & Illuminate Eye Kohl Duo, and two new shades of Cream and Powder Eye Color. I was actually hoping to add new Cream and Powder Eye Color shades to my collection but while the powders are colors I’d totally wear, the cream bases respectively are a bold turquoise and emerald – not exactly my personal cup of tea.
Up first is the breathtaking new Soleil Contouring Compact in Nude Glow ($108 / 0.74 oz). The large mirrored face palette features three colors of highlighters and blush to create natural dimension with a soft, radiant finish. Texture for this is smooth and easy to build. It has a cream-like powder formula that makes blending a dream and produces an even application every single time. Pigment is medium but can be sheered out or layer for more color without emphasizing pores or skin’s natural texture. The colors include a mauve nude blush, a peach nude highlighter and a sultry dark nude. Overall this pulled neutral-warm on my skin. Lasting power is very good – staying put from early morning until mid- evening without fading or oxidizing.
Closeup image of the colors
Swatched on the arm
A new introduction and perhaps the star of the the Soleil Color Collection is the Shade & Illuminate Glow Stick in the color Sunstruck. This is a dual-ended blush & highlighter that provides a pop of bright coral on one side and a flawless rose gold on the other. I live for cream and liquid-based products during the Summer. Vegas experiences plenty of 110-125 degree days during the hot period and I can barely tolerate sunglasses on my face let alone powder makeup products, so creams and liquids are called into action to bring me sweet relief. The Shade & Illuminate Glow Stick is absolutely perfect with the easiest, most effortless application. Both ends have incredible pigmentation and the cream finishes have a natural, dewy glow that is not overly shiny to the point where they look oily but are just right. Although I am not able to test these through sweltering temps just yet, for now they stayed put really well throughout the day without flaw and wore for well over 7 hours. There was no sliding or moving around, colors stayed intact, and I had no issue with them disturbing the base products at any point.
Closeup image of the colors
Swatched on the arm
Next is the Ultra-Shine Lip Color which is a 3-1 glossy, creamy lip formula that combines the easy, one-stroke application of a lipstick, the high-shine finish of a lip gloss, and the rich emollient feel of a lip balm. I picked up the color Bare, which appears to be reformulated from the original Lip Color Shine line. There are 11 shades total available and at least three seem to be reformulated including Nubile and Willful. The formula is smooth, pigmented, very hydrating with a pretty nude pink tint. Coverage is pretty impressive and glossy with a strong shine finish. Lasting power is medium, wearing for about 4 hours staying put as long as you don’t come into contact with food or drinks. I don’t mind reapplying because it feels so nice on the lips.
One of the two new colors added to the Lip Color Sheer line is Nudiste. This is a stunning warm, shimmery nude. The Lip Color Sheers have this natural, lustrous sheen with pigment somewhere in between the regular Lip Colors (full cream coverage) and original Lip Color Shines (transparent yet still pigmented). The shimmery shades are more sheer in comparison to the creams within this line but the latter are not as glossy. I found pigment to be quite impressive for this one and despite being shimmery the color adhered well to the lips. Sometimes shimmery colors can deposit patchy or are no color and all shimmer but Nudiste applied evenly providing equal amounts of both. Wear time is quite good, the color lasted for about five hours until I had lunch.
Bare and Nudiste swatched side-by-side
Swatched on the lips. For skin tone reference, I am not wearing any foundation and am completely barefaced here. My skin tone is medium with pink undertones.
That wraps up my picks from the Tom Ford 2018 Summer Soleil Collection. There’s quite a bit to love and refresh your looks with for this upcoming Spring. As a hardcore and long-time Tom Ford lover/collector, at first glance the overall theme fell a little bit lackluster to me compared to past launches. I was hoping for a bit more complexion enhancers, like a new bronzer shade or another liquid illuminator since Firelust is such a staple in my collection. Also for the eyes I was hopeful he would either come with more colors for the Cream and Powder Eye Color line that did not solely involve super trendy colors but more long-term classics. Once I gave the new launch a chance I found pieces that I could justify adding to my collection. I love the Nude Glow Soleil Contouring Compact and the Shade & Illuminate Glow Stick I suspect will become my go-to all Summer season long. The Ultra-Shine Lip Colors are really nice as well – I think everyone should at least own one because they are an easy-to-swipe 3-1 lip formula that does a really good job of adding hydration, color and shine to the lips.
The Tom Ford 2018 Summer Soleil Collection should be available at all TF beauty counters by now. You can find the Tom Ford 2018 Summer Soleil Collection at Sephora, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Beautylish and Bergdorf Goodman.