Flawless Finish: Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate (Intensity 1)

This review is a long time coming. I had ‘sample pots’ of these two cream products that lasted for nearly a year.  Now that they’re all used up, I decided to pony up for the actual retail product.

I chose Intensity 1 because it works best with my yellow undertones. Intensity 2 is darker, with a lot more red in it. The whole point of contour is to ‘trick’ the eye into thinking a shadow is there. That doesn’t work if you’re sporting reddish brown streaks under each cheekbone.

As you can see, the formula imitates the look and feel of ‘skin.’ Both the ‘shade’ and ‘illuminate’ is subtle. I’m particularly fond of the fact that the illuminator isn’t shimmery or glittery. And it’s not greasy. The formula adheres to the skin and stays put. Extremely oily skins will need powder to set, but a little of this product goes a long way. There’s no need to pile it on… so there’s less of a chance of it sliding off.

This is pricey… at $75 it’s definitely an investment. But if you think of it as actually getting ‘two’ products (imagine separate luxury contour and highlighter for about $40 a pop), then it makes a bit more sense.

Tom Ford Beauty is sold exclusively at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.

2 Replies to “Flawless Finish: Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate (Intensity 1)”

  1. A MA used this on me when I got a makeover and I liked it. It was shade 2 though. I planned this to be my next Tom Ford purchase. I will look at shade 1 when I pick it up to be sure. Thanks for the info.

  2. You're welcome! I think it's a great investment. Beware of the 'dust' factor… this product (because it's a cream) tends to get a bit dusty. Just shut the case as soon as you're done with it. I like Intensity 2 for darker shades… but on my skin it went red, and made it obvious that I was wearing contour.

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