I really can’t explain how this happened. One minute I’m ordering the Becca X Chrissy Teigen palette and the next I’m throwing in a $108 Tom Ford Soleil palette. To make matters worse, a week later I also bought an $75 Charlotte Tilbury palette.
Let’s be clear, I’ve NEVER spent so much money on a single makeup product in my life. This is not a common occurrence. Again, not 100% sure how it happened.
But, when life gives you
lemons Tom Ford, you blog about it.
Since the Becca x Chrissy Teigen collab, the Tom Ford Soleil palette and the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette are all face palettes, I’m doing a little themed series reviewing all three. You can read my thoughts on the Becca X Chrissy palette here.
Let’s break down Tom Ford, shall we?
The Soleil palette is a bronzer, blush and highlighter trio in a cream-like powder formula with a matte and radiant finish. It retails for a whopping $108 at Sephora or Neiman Marcus. I should also mention that this is my first experience with Tom Ford products.
+ The packaging is of course beautiful. Everything about it screams $108. It even comes with its own fancy pouch.
+ The formula of the powders is really nice. Even though they are powders, they feel very rich and creamy and blend seamlessly.
+ There are two shades to choose from: The Afternooner and Soleil Afterglow. I went with Soleil Afterglow which is the darkest of the two. It’s probably too bright for my skin tone, but at least there is a lighter option (unlike with the Becca palette).
+ Again, pan proportions confuse me. I get that visually three pans of the same size are prettier. But, practically, why are they all the same size? One does not use the same amount of bronzer, blush and highlight.
+ The bronzer shade is WAY too warm/red toned for my preference. As in, I could probably use it as a blush instead of a bronzer.
+ The highlighter is on the very subtle side. If this is your thing, then it would be really nice. But, I prefer something more vibrant than this. The formula and shade actually remind me of the $6 Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighters.
+ This may be my fault for picking the darker of the two palette shades, but the blush shade is too bright for my taste. The tiniest little amount was enough and it’s not something I would wear every day.
+ There’s nothing special about this palette. None of the shades are anything special, and although the formula is nice, so is the formula of much less expensive products.
Again, so sad, but this is definitely a no-go for me. For $108 I expect to be blown away. But, instead I’m disappointed and completely underwhelmed. Other than the packaging, nothing in the colors or formulas make me think this is worth the insane amount of money it costs. Plus, because the bronzer is so warm toned, the blush is so bright and the highlighter is so underwhelming, I wouldn’t EVER use this. I returned it a week after I got it, that’s how disappointed I was.
A note: Part of me wonders whether my shade selection was part of the problem. They don’t carry these in store at my local Sephora so I never got a chance to compare. Perhaps if I’d gone for the lighter of the two, the bronzer wouldn’t have been too warm or the blush too bright. It wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t mention the possibility that my choice of shade impacted my thoughts. However, as it relates to the Soleil Afterglow, it’s definitely a fail for me.
Up next in my little face palette series? The Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette.