Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Time For Glamour

So, it's finally here. Tom Ford Beauty in landing at Brown Thomas, Dublin on September 3rd so you'd better get ready for a glamour explosion!

Tom is undoubtedly the king of all that is groomed, polished and poised but his collection contains more than a strong nod to the Seventies;  more an absolute homage to the decade. Wasn't it called The Decade That Taste Forgot? Do we really want to be there again?
Just a thought...

Now, to give him his due, Tom Ford Beauty is a very beautiful collection of fairly classical makeup concepts. Nude and beige reign supreme although they are paired with some stunning smokey tones along with greens, purples and bronze palettes that will form a key (but expensive) role in any makeup kit. The eyeshadow palettes also come with two good real hair brushes which can actually be used as opposed to being thrown away as per my habit with tiny tools! The packaging is very luxe as you can see, deep mahogany brown and golds...so far, so Seventies.
One of the standout products for me is The Traceless foundation (€75) It is a creamy, silky liquid foundation that is beautiful to wear. I have been loving mine daily since I was very kindly given some a few weeks back. Tom has also made a stick foundation which usually makes me shudder in fear, but no - he has managed to create a silkier, more sheer version of this old school makeup staple. Similar enough to the Becca sticks but a little better.

Tom does lips and nails to perfection. Deep, deep pigments in gorgeous rich tones are well worth the investment. Even for the 'hey look at me, I'm wearing Tom Ford' factor when touching up on the train! Other great products are the Shade & Illuminate contouring kits which are creamy and silky rather than powdery and the Brow Sculptor - a fantastically clever brow pencil with a slanted tip and inbuilt sharpener.

His range of brushes are outstanding. Definitely the most luxurious hair I have ever felt in a makeup brush. All natural hair (badger & goat), they will be superb at distributing his colours on to the skin and you will be in raptures with the softness of them. Simply divine!
Price-wise, as you can imagine this line is at the top of the pyramid. It may be the most expensive makeup you will ever buy and I can see it on a lot of Christmas lists this year. But Tom is in the business of selling glamour...that is his forte and who am I to argue! It has been well documented that a bit of glamour keeps the spirits up in hard times. There is a thing called the Lipstick Index where it has been proven that beauty sales  increase in recessionary times and I'm sure you can all relate...can't afford to wear Tom Ford? His beautiful eyeshadows represent a portion of the glamorous life he is peddling via his own presence in all of his ad campaigns.
And don't worry, if you're not feeling his Seventies vibe, you can still create some stunning contemporary looks with the line. He said that Tom Ford Beauty is his interpretation of his memories from watching his mother get dressed and made up to go out...so he is perpetuating that theory of gay men perceiving their mothers to be the most glamorous creatures they have ever seen!

No harm, we are the benefactors at the end of the day with this gem of a range to tantalise us.
A little glamour goes a long way...


Veronica said...

My God the nails are like mine!

Aoife said...

Hi Ellie - do you know what the shade range is like in the foundations? Would there be anything as light as Mac NC15 or BB Porcelain?

Ellie Balfe said...

Hi Aoife,

I'm very pale and the shade I tried was perfect for me. I don't have the name of it as it was a press sample that was not in it's official packaging. As with all foundations though, try it out on the counter to test it.

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