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.