Saturday, May 2, 2015

A Look at the Tom Ford Soleil Collection for Summer 2015

Hi everyone! I made a quick stop at my local Saks today to take a look at Tom Ford's new summer release. The assistants at this counter (Dadeland Mall, Miami) said that the limited-edition Eye & Cheek Palette went very quickly and most of the other items were close to being sold out as well. I ended up going home with one lipstick, Skinny Dip, and one of the new Cream & Powder Eye Colors, #01 Naked Bronze. There will be more detailed posts on these coming soon, but in the meantime I'd like to quickly share some of the photos I took at the counter with my phone. I'm sorry they are not the best quality, but hope they will be helpful if you are considering any of these items! 

Small Bronzing Powders: Gold Dusk and Terra ($65, permanent) and Shimmering Body Oil ($95)

The Cream & Powder Eye Colors are an interesting new concept from Tom Ford. I have long been a fan of Ford's cream shadows so naturally I was curious about these. I swatched all of them with the glittery powder shadow layered on top and it really gave a wonderful effect. The difference was most noticeable in the case of the darker shades--especially Midnight Sea, which was transformed most dramatically. With the Golden Peach and Naked Bronze shades the sparkle shadows are much closer in tone to the cream shadows, so there is not much of a contrast, although you will still get a lovely effect when the light catches the sparkles on your lids.   

Cream & Powder Eye Color, left to right: 03 Golden Peach 02 Black Oyster, 01 Naked Bronze, 04 Midnight Sea 
Cream & Powder Eye Color: 01 Naked Bronze and 04 Midnight Sea
Cream & Powder Eye Color: 03 Golden Peach and 02 Black Oyster

In-store swatches: Golden Peach, Black OysterMidnight Sea, and Naked Bronze  

  • Golden Peach is a mid-tone rose-gold cream shadow with a sheer peach sparkle powder. 
  • Black Oyster is a charcoal cream shadow with a sheer silver sparkle powder.
  • Midnight Sea is a dark brown with olive tones cream shadow with a sheer teal sparkle powder. 
  • Naked Bronze is a warm burnished bronze cream shadow, with a sheer gold sparkle powder. 
Comparison, left to right: Golden Peach (2015) and Pink Haze (2013) 

Golden Peach is a gorgeous item, but while swatching it in the store I kept thinking of how much it reminded me of another of Tom Ford's limited-edition cream shadows, Pink Haze, which I purchased back in the summer of 2013. I pulled it out as soon as I got home to compare to the swatch I had taken in the store (I am that weirdo that drives home from the mall with carefully guarded makeup swatches on her arm, haha).

Sure enough it seems to be almost identical--the main difference being, of course, that with Golden Peach you will also be getting the attached golden sparkle top coat. As much as I love the shade, I could not justify purchasing this new version since I do have quite a bit of Pink Haze left in the jar and can layer my own sparkle on top if I want to achieve the same look. However, for those of you who missed out on Pink Haze or would like a backup for your collection this is a great opportunity to get this limited-edition color, albeit at a higher price point, as the addition of the sparkle powder adds to the cost. The Cream & Powder Eye Colors will set you back $60 versus $42 for a cream shadow alone.

Swatches in sunlight: Golden Peach, Black Oyster, Midnight Sea, and Naked Bronze  
Apologies for the smudged swatch above--this photo was taken after I had gotten home from the mall! 

Cheek Color 01 Pink Sand 
Cheek Color 01 Pink Sand shown blended out

Pink Sand is the type of flattering peachy-pink shade I am always drawn to for spring and summer. It is a beautiful face-brightening warm pink with a slight golden sheen. For me, it is a must-have!

What are your thoughts on this collection? Has anything made it onto your wishlist? In a way, I am not sorry I did not have the chance to see the $95 Eye and Cheek Palette, because I would surely have been tempted and at that price my budget would definitely have suffered!

Overall, this collection offers some beautiful items. Ford's lip colors rarely disappoint, the cream/powder shadows are innovative, and the cream blush is lovely. On the other hand, I was slightly disappointed that some of the products are from prior releases, such as the lip colors Sweet Spot and Paradiso, and also that the bronzers included are permanent products. I've always thought it much more fun to have all new, never-before-seen items in seasonal collections. How about you?


  1. Thanks for all the swatches!!! I picked up Naked Bronze and I've worn it once so far. The cream shadow is SO amazingly pigmented! It's kinda hard not to overapply!

    I get what you mean by being slightly disappointed tho, These are pretty, but a lot of them were released before. I think it's a good chance for people who missed out (like me) to have a second chance, but for people who collect TF items religiously, they might indeed not need much.

    1. Hi Sunny, Naked Bronze was my pick too because I thought I would get more use out of it than the other shades. It is definitely very pigmented! :) Yes, this a great opportunity for people who missed out the first time to get some of these shades :)

  2. I think you are right, I would like it more if the cream eye shadows would be new colors. The collection is gorgeous nevertheless. Thanks for the swatches.

    1. Hi Sara, It is a great collection - I would love to have all of the shadows if my budget allowed! I just ordered the blush -- I think it's such a pretty shade :)

  3. Great swatches, I'm very tempted by the new cream blush but read somewhere it stayed tacky on the skin so that put me off a bit. I think I might pick up the two new lipstick shades though.

    1. Hi Clare, Thank you! :) Yes the blush does stay slightly tacky on the skin. It works OK for me because I have super-dry skin, but I can definitely see that quality being an issue for many people. I haven't tried the one lipstick I purchased yet (Skinny Dip), but am hoping it works out well - it seems to be a lot more sheer than last year's shades.

  4. The blush is soooooo pretty, though I definitely don't need it. I was debating the peach shadow set and now I know why- I wanted pink haze too! I didn't get it then so we'll see if I can resist it now. :D

    1. Hi, The blush is a pretty shade, but it's definitely a major splurge! Sometimes I hesitate to spend a lot on cream products because they tend to go bad much faster than powder products. I like to feel as if I am getting my money's worth lol :)


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