Tom Ford Fire Lust Skin Illuminator Review

You Lust Some, You Lose Some: Tom Ford Fire Lust Skin Illuminator Review Photos Swatches

In Face Makeup, Tom Ford by Angie Canning

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Come spring/summer Tom Ford Beauty’s Soleil Collection dazzles with bronzed and glistening skin, shimmering lips and no-fuss products for eyes, cheeks and everything else in between so it’s safe to say that Tom currently has me wrapped around his finger.  In 2015 I decided to purchase a (actually my first) Tom Ford lipstick from the Soleil Collection which I was almost immediately drawn to when seeing the 2016 collection, however, something shimmering caught my eye so I went in with dreams of glistening goddess skin.  Did my dreams come true?  Much like the season premiere of Game of Thrones, things aren’t always what we expect them to be, so today let’s take a closer look at the beauty that is the Fire Lust Skin Illuminator from the collection and I’ll share my thoughts at the end:

Tom Ford Fire Lust Skin IlluminatorTom Ford “Fire Lust” Skin Illuminator

Doesn’t that just take your breath away?  Here’s what Tom Ford Beauty says of this summer jewel:

“Inspired by the look of skin bathed in summer evening light, this Illuminator creates an irresistible, translucent glow.  Its peach-pink shade flatters every skin tone while moisturizing and soothing skin, and its highly micronized pearls diffuse light for a naturally enhanced, sun-kissed look.  Apply the Illuminator all over the face on its own, or mixed with Tom Ford Traceless Foundation to achieve radiant and balanced skin.  The Illuminator can also be used as a highlighter under or over makeup.”

Tom Ford Fire Lust Skin Illuminator Closeup

A close up of the shimmering peachy-pink goodness!

Next I’ve got to show you swatches!  Wait for it….

Tom Ford Fire Lust Skin Illuminator Swatch on Light Skin

Tom Ford Fire Lust Illuminator swatches – heavy swatch on the left, blended into the skin on the right.

Ugh.  Yes.  Didn’t I warn you?  Literally so gorgeous!  

Now let’s jump into a few details.  Fire Lust is a liquid/creamy “illuminator” that is packaged in the signature Tom Ford Soleil Summer Collection white and gold.  The pump top dispenser makes it easy to work with and does a good job at dispensing a precise amount of product.  The bottle is glass and feels substantial in the hands.  The Illuminator itself is quite a bit more peachy than pink with warm gold reflects and micro glitter.  The product is a medium consistency liquid that blends into the skin on its own or it can be mixed with foundations.

In working with Fire Lust I attempted to mix it with several different foundations and discovered it blended the easiest and was more noticeable when mixing it with more moisturizing foundations such as MAC Mineralize Moisture foundation.  I also tried mixing it with more mattifying foundations such as Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation and Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation and while it mixed together well, once on the skin the product was invisible, as if I had not added Fire Lust at all into the mix.  Next I tried to use the product on top of my foundation to use as a traditional highlighter, using it on specific areas such as the top of my cheekbones, cupid’s bow, brow bone, etc. but when I did this it removed my face makeup, even though I attempted to pat it lightly on top.  I next tried to wear it on the skin before foundation.  In all instances when I would use Fire Lust my skin unfortunately would not look like I had used any of the product at all.  Even holding a blended in swatch on the back of my hand up to the light it looks no less “illuminated” than my bare skin.  Strange, right?  I am uncertain if the color itself disappears into my skin tone which leans warm, or if the product just sinks into my skin so it doesn’t have any illumination left.  I can only guess at this point.

Tom Ford Fire Lust Skin Illuminator Closeup

Overall, although I am in love with the gorgeous packaging, the look of it in the bottle (and on my vanity), and the swatches, ultimately I have to say Fire Lust certainly isn’t giving me any sizzling summer fantasies.  Even if the product is just meant to be soft and “illuminate” the skin, when it is $72 and it isn’t apparent that I’ve used it at all, that is what you’d call a bummer my friend.   Sadly, I’m going to have to cut Fire Lust loose – sorry Tom!

Although that was a bit of a bummer for me, I’ve still be yearning for that soft illuminated look lately so I’ve been reaching for my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light.  Although this illuminator is also subtle, I can easily control the amount I apply and I can layer it if I want more.  If I am in the mood for a peachy gold highlighter that is similar in color to the heavy swatch of Fire Lust above I’m reaching for my silky-smooth BECCA Cosmetics Champagne Pop which is still one of my favorites since it’s release.

Have you tried Tom Ford Fire Lust?  I’d love to hear your experience and if you have luck using it on your skin tone or skin type.  Have you selected any of the other pieces from the 2016 Soliel Collection from TF?  Please share below – I’d love to hear about it!

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