Monday, 19 October 2015

Tom Ford Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder


I know I am far from the only one who gets caught up in Limited Edition hype, which was certainly the cause of my purchase of the Tom Ford Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder. I had no need for yet another highlighter, but this one was selling like hotcakes and I couldn't resist! My desire to get my paws on it was further intensified after the order I placed through Nordstrom was cancelled. It later reappeared on Nordstrom.com, where it is still currently available, but by then I had already ordered it from Saks.


I ultimately regret ordering Moodlight from Saks, as they have an unforgiving return policy, especially compared to Nordstrom. Indeed, if I a) had ordered from Nordstrom and b) didn't live in the Balkans, I would return Moodlight. I just don't foresee getting a lot of use out of it and I find the top highlight shade to be quite disappointing.

The texture of the lighter top shade is really hard and I find it difficult to apply the product to my cheeks. I like a bold highlight, and with so many easy to use ones on the market (Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors and theBalm Mary Loumanizer come to mind), I'm not going to put a lot of effort into making this one work.

The darker bottom shade is much softer and does apply well, but it's not as versatile of a shade (on my skin tone at least). Still, I think I will try to make this work as either a blush topper or when I'm going for a glowing bronze look.

L to R: Bottom Shade sheered out, Bottom Shade swatched heavily, Top Shade swatched heavily,
Top Shade sheered out
The swatches above give a good indication of the texture of the two different shades: the darker shade (on the left) goes on smoothly and has a slightly creamy feel to it. In contrast, I had to go over the swatch of the lighter shade numerous times to make it visible, which ended up making it look a bit chalky and patchy. Ain't nobody got time for that, especially at a $80 price tag.

For that reason, I can only really recommend Moodlight if you are a die hard Tom Ford Beauty collector, or if you think the darker shade alone would justify the price tag for you. Otherwise, give this one a pass!

Have any of you tried out Moodlight? If so, have you found a way to make the top shade work for you? Please let me know below.

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