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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tom Ford Contouring Cheek Color Duo in Stroked Review

Tom Ford Contouring Cheek Color Duo in Stroked

I have been blogging for just over three years now and in that time there has only been one blush that I have truly recommended and rated for contouring and that was Sleek Make Up Blush in Suede. Well I finally have one more blush to top that list and it is the Tom Ford Contouring Cheek Color Duo in Stroked. Admittedly it is much pricer than the Sleek Make Up offering but in Tom Ford's defence it does contain a blush/contouring powder as well as a separate highlighter all of which are fairly sizeable.

Tom Ford Contouring Cheek Color Duo in Stroked
Tom Ford Contouring Cheek Color Duo in Stroked
Tom Ford Contouring Cheek Color Duo in Stroked

I own a few Tom Ford blush palettes and the packaging is not only utterly beautiful (would you expect anything less) but beyond practical. A great size, it will comfortably fit into the palm of most hands (I have ridiculously small hands and it is approx the size of my palm), inside you will find two powders which are surprisingly large in size along with great sized mirror. As Mr Ford is all about luxury for the limited edition Autumn make-up collection all products come housed inside deep chocolate packaging complete with a matching velvet pouch. I've never felt so spoiled in all my life...well where make-up is involved at least.

Tom Ford Contouring Cheek Color Duo in Stroked
Tom Ford Contouring Cheek Color Duo in Stroked
Tom Ford Contouring Cheek Color Duo in Stroked

As part of the Tom Ford Autumn Make-Up collection there is two limited edition Contouring Cheek Duo's to choose from: Softcore and Stroked. Tom Ford Softcore features a more plum based yet red toned blush with a golden highlighter where as Stroked is more warm, terracotta based. In my opinion the blush in Stroked is a deep almost red based coral with warm hints of brown. It really is a stunning shade that is perfect for not only adding a flush of colour to the cheeks but due to the matte finish and over all shade of the blush it can be used to contour. Very clever and practical. The highlighting pan in this product is not to be overlooked either - a warm, strong golden based shimmering highlighting powder that will add radiance where ever it may be applied. This is one of the few blush duos that I consider to be universal, it should suit most complexions.

Tom Ford Contouring Cheek Color Duo in Stroked
Tom Ford Contouring Cheek Color Duo in Stroked
Tom Ford Contouring Cheek Color Duo in Stroked
Tom Ford Contouring Cheek Color Duo in Stroked

At £56 (which is £28 per powder in this duo) the first thing you want is quality, this is not a product that you will purchase on a whim and rightly so. In my opinion each powder within the duo is finely milled, silky soft to the touch, beautifully pigmented and easily diffused. Contouring if often easier said than done and I'm sure I am not the only one who has overdone it on occasion? Well as the blush within this duo is more of a natural shade that 99.9% of the bronzing powders out there it is more difficult to over apply. Even if you are a little heavy handed, you can grab a clean blush or powder brush and quickly blend out any harsh lines. The highlighter is right up my alley, it is noticeable one applied to the skin but not in obnoxious manner. It catches the light and gives the impression of healthy, glowing skin. There is not trace of glitter and this is one of the few highlighters that I own in which it is easily identified on the skin and yet doesn't draw attention to my enlarged pores. Yes this is a pricey duo to own but in my humble opinion one of those rare high end products that warrant a purchase.

Tom Ford Contouring Cheek Color Duo in Stroked £56 via Selefridges - link.

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23 comments:

  1. ahhh you keep tempting me with all these gorgeous tom ford products!

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  2. This looks so good! I may have to invest in one at some point

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  3. wow this look stunning :)

    emily xx

    emilycouture95.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Oh wow! That highlighter looks so different in the swatch than in the pan. Love the unexpected gold tone in it. Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. That palette looks absolutely incredible! The shades are stunning, especially the coloured highlighter. oh Tom Ford, you rock at beauty!

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  6. They look gorgeous! i wish I had the money to buy it... Thanks for the great post!

    Sugar Sweet Style

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  7. The color look gorgeous! I've got to try this :D
    xx
    http://shititsmidnight.blogspot.pt/

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  8. Looks lovely! I don't think I could part with £52 for it though!
    alicekatex ♥

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  9. OMG! I really want to buy a Tom Ford product but at the moment i just cannot afford it :( this makes me sad.
    Makeup and Skin Care Reviews

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  10. I need this so so bad! Will definitely be on my Christmas list! The matte is drawing me in! xx http://cottonandcandie.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. Maybe I'm getting old and cranky, but I can't understand why you would position a product at the highest price point, ensconce it in gloriously plush packaging, the finest color, ingredients and formula, and then call it something vaguely smarmy/sniggling as "Softcore". Honestly, I know that TF is known for his over the top sex adverts, but it's like they assigned the naming of the this product to a 14 year old boy. After all the time and investment that the brand sinks into the product, why would they give it a name that you are uncomfortable saying to a stranger when they ask what blush/lipstick/etc you're wearing? You miss a terrific opportunity to reinforce the luxury of your brand with an equally luxurious name.

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  13. Those colours are beauuuuddiful! Love a good contour!

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  14. I can't get over this gorgeous packaging and that highlight, wow!!

    CassandraMyee | NZ Beauty Blog

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  15. I have to agree with the highlighter being a lovely finish, the contour/bronzer is just a bit too deep for my skintone unfortunately :(
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. This is super stunning, but I never considered that a contour powder - I thought it was a blush and highlight duo.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  17. wow the colors are absolutely gorgeous, and tom ford can do no wrong with its packaging!! lovely post x

    Natalie / Salt & Sail

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  18. Ughhh this looks heavenly! I would never touch it, just put it on display!

    Teacup Journal x

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  19. This looks beautiful! I use the Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Palette most days and it is seriously divine. I personally find the cream highlighter within a little bit useless, but the bronzing cream is just stunning when applied on an angled eyeshadow brush and drawn under the cheekbone then buffed with a contour brush. I cannot recommend Tom Ford beauty enough :)

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  20. This is stunning!

    Stephanie
    http://missstephanieusher.blogspot.co.uk/
    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3436251
    xxxx

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  21. Tom Ford makeup always look like perfection. The quality and the packaging just screams take my money.

    Kah-Feh Yen

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  22. This looks stunning!

    http://shewhoisshort.blogspot.co.uk/

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  23. The packaging is so pretty to look at, I'd love to try out the highlighter, it looks divine. Might have to wait a while for a splurge but Tom Ford is on the list...

    http://gemandblueskies.blogspot.com

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