Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles
I love makeup classics. Makeup classics are products that have an elegant feel and look. Brands like CHANEL, YSL, Dior, Giorgio Armani, Estée Lauder/LANCOME, Kevyn Aucoin are what I consider to be classics. You know exactly what you’re going to get with that brand elegance and beautiful smooth clear skin and flawless makeup. And let’s talk about packaging that is sleek and clean yet edgy. Tom Ford Beauty is now added to my list of classics.
I’ve always admired Tom and his personal journey in this fashion and entertainment industry. And he surely gave the GUCCI brand new life and a new audience with his design collections. And now I consider his cosmetic line to join the ranks of “The Classics”. Tom Ford Beauty like Kevyn Aucoin Beaute are this generations classic elegant brands. Tom Ford is millennial dark, sexy and a bit daring. I think the brand defines what will be millennial classic. You know how a woman has to grow into looking just right wearing a pearl necklace, that’s what this brand feels like. The skin is light and luminous and no real sharp lines yet clean and simple. Much like his clothing line.
Can I tell you how much I LOVE THIS HIGHLIGHTING PEN!!!! I have never seen such a beautiful highlight with any brand so far. The highlighter comes in a clicker pen and is very similar to YSL’s Touché Eclat (which hands down is my favorite concealer next to NARS)…the colors I received were Citrine and Lavender Voile. Citrine is a yellow gold and Lavender Voile is a pinky lavender color both have a beautiful high shimmer. The product is lightweight in formula but has extreme long wear. Packaging is smart with this product in my opinion because you are able to directly apply to the skin with no mess and fuss. Most liquid highlighters come in a bottle with a pvc stick inside to apply the product. This skips that whole process and gives you what you want directly.
*This product definitely goes into my permanent Pro Makeup Kit for my clients!
Ultra Shine Lip Gloss comes in 10 colors from nude to a deep violet. This product has lovely colors and a medium glossy shine. The applicator is in a brush format whch I love so much more than a doefoot sponge applicator (I tend to dislike those kind of applicators because it tends to hold bacteria more and is stingy with product application). I chose to try out two colors that I deemed neutral Peach Absolute and Naked both colors are lovely BUT the drawback for me is the gummy sticky feel of the product. I will say the colors do have longer wear but truly I would use these over a regular lipstick as a highlight color. I personally didn’t like the feel of the product and would probably only use it for print more than video not because of the look but because of the feel.
Shade and Illuminate comes in 2 colors and is in a cream format. The cream is lightweight and can best be applied with a brush or fingers for best blending. These are a contour and highlight duo. When I first saw this I have to say I was unimpressed but after application i found I really liked it!!! I think this product is best when you’re using a liquid foundation and want a light dewy look to the skin. It simply makes the skin glow and gives a great contour.
*This product goes into the permanent Pro Makeup Kit for my clients.
The Skin Illuminting Powder Duo makes all other brands of highlighter BOW DOWN!!!!!!!!!!! UNREAL GLOW is all I can say or should I say SLAY!!! I’ve tried a few others and I have to say Ton Ford SLAYS!! YESSSSS!!!! This one quickly goes into my Pro Makeup Kit for all ETERNITY!! Yes don’t ever discontinue this product okay?
Both colors are highly pigmented and yes fits any skin tone and color. My only complaint is ….well…I have none! Just go out and get yours today but, be sure to leave some for me!!!
*This product definitely goes into the permanent Pro Makeup Kit for my clients (and me too).
Men’s Grooming with Tom Ford
Can I tell you how excited I was to get these Men’s Grooming products?! You’d think I’d be more excited about the products for women (which I was) but to know that men can now groom themselves at optimum levels is exciting to me!
With great grooming brands like BEVEL and Tom Ford the world is a much better groomed place!! So okay, I only have 3 items but boy have been impressed! I have the Hydrating Lip Balm, the Beard Oil (my absolute fave in this gifting in the original Neroli Portofino scent) and Bronzing Gel.
So far this mini collection can do just the trick alone. The Beard Oil is AMAZING! What shine on the facial hair and it’s more manageable because it’s softens the hair especially when you’re “training” your beard. And let’s face it it smells incredible!! I hate looking at these guys with these beards and wondering of it smells good?!
Here I have one of my actors who I’ve given a good grooming before he went out on set. Wow what a difference right?! His skin is healthy and clear looking and just check out his beard! No more dry chaffed lips either. I used all 3 products to achieve this look on him and he still looks natural.
The Bronzing Gel gave the right amount of warmth to the skin without looking strangely orange. Just warm and approachable. The gel is lightweight and mildly clean fresh scent. The Hydrating Lip Balm is transparent, light, not gummy or sticky and glossy. And most of all it doesn’t smell like camphor! It works immediately to hydrate so in winter months or extreme heat the guys will hold up fine on set.