It's rare these days that a new beauty collection causes a literal stampede to the counters, let alone the launch of an entire make-up brand. However, when the delectable Tom Ford launched his cosmetics line in late 2011, the beauty community was chomping at the bit for more information. When promo pics and, later, product visuals started slowly seeping out of the Estée Lauder press offices, the beauty community seemed to heave a collective sigh. We were all in "The Love".
As expected, price points were set sky high and, if I'm honest, that's what turned me off buying anything for such a long time. I'm a huge fan of Tom Ford, the man and the brand but, I could not get on-board with shelling out €75 for an eyeshadow quad or similar for a foundation. No matter how pretty the packaging or how scrumptious its creator, I have to draw the line somewhere!
Long story short, I decided to wait it out and see what the verdict was from my trusty fellow bloggers. Other than the lipsticks, the ultimate standout product was the line's Cheek Colours (blushes to us mere mortals!). So, in the run-up to my birthday earlier this month, I decided to treat myself to one absolutely beautiful piece of kit.
I opted for the Cheek Colour in the shade Flush; a bright coral pink with some fuchsia undertones and gold microshimmer. This retails for €55 but, I ordered mine off the House of Fraser website for £45 and saved myself around €3 in the process. Better in my pocket than in Ford's, right?!
As you can, no doubt, see for yourself, the packaging is drop dead gorgeous! A weighty, glossy chocolate brown compact with a gold metal clasp bearing simply the name of the man himself, it is one of those products you secretly hope you'll have an excuse to whip out of your handbag in public (though, truth be told, you never do!).
While perhaps the most costly beauty item I own, brushes aside, you do get a lot of bang for your buck as the pan contains a massive 8g of product! That's not to say I condone such a high price point but, quantity is in its favour at least.
If sheer volume of product isn't enough to sway you then perhaps the fact that the blush is super duper pigmented will. You literally need only tap the brush off the pan to get enough product for a healthy "lit from within" glow. I've found that a duo fibre brush like the MAC 187 is best for providing a light sweep of colour that looks natural and luminous. Even if I were to use this blush on a daily basis, I doubt that I would get through the whole 8g in an entire year!
However, I'm not going to recommend this blush as a "must have". It's €55, a frivolous purchase that will bring joy every time you use it but, a frivolity nonetheless. It's a beautiful piece to have but, it really is up to each individual person whether they want to spend such a ridiculous amount on a blusher, because that's really all it is, fancy name or not!
While I love it, I doubt I will be investing much more in the Tom Ford cosmetics range for this very reason. I'd love a lipstick and will, perhaps, indulge if I have a bumper month in work or something but, after that, I couldn't bring myself to part with my hard earned cash no matter how amazing the product or breathtaking the packaging!
Pretty? Yes. Pricy? Yes. Worth it? Debatable...