Tom Ford Blush Guilt & Brushed Amber Illuminating Cheek Colors Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Tom Ford Blush Guilt Illuminating Cheek Color
Tom Ford Blush Guilt Illuminating Cheek Color

Tom Ford Blush Guilt Illuminating Cheek Color ($58.00 for 1.0 oz.) is described as a “natural, radiant glow.” It’s a warm-toned, pink bronze with a glowing, illuminating sheen. Of the two shades for summer, this is the most dupable, as it doesn’t add a lot of color, just sheen. It’s not as warm-toned as the other illuminator, Fire Lust, which has a liquid consistency, and the form of this one makes it easier to apply in specific spots, rather than mixed with foundation or moisturizer.

Bronzed Amber ($58.00 for 1.0 oz.) is described as a “natural, bronzed glow.” It imparts a warm, bronzy sheen and barely-there shimmer to wherever it is applied. It only adds very slight warmth to my medium complexion, so I think it wouldn’t be too strong on pale complexions and then on deeper skin tones, it will be more of a gleam than added color.

The Illuminating Cheek Color is a solid, creamy stick of color designed to illuminate the skin. These reminded me of NARS’ The Multiples, though the texture of this formula is creamier, less waxy, and glides on better. It also seems to be more flattering against my skin (in terms of texture), because it blends out more readily and easily. I would guess that Orgasm would be somewhat similar to Blush Guilt (I think Orgasm might be a bit pinker), while Bronzed Amber would be somewhat similar to Palm Beach (you can see some really old group swatches of The Multiples here). I think these are sheerer, and designed to be that way given they’re illuminators, compared to some of the Multiple shades available (think more in the style of Copacabana).

The texture is emollient without being too slippery or slick, so it blends and spreads easily across the skin, while not becoming oily looking throughout the day.  Blush Guilt seemed to last (I was judging how glowy the area looked) for seven hours well but was mostly faded after nine hours.  Bronzed Amber wore slightly better and was visible well into the eighth hour but was half-gone by nine hours.  I think Bronzed Amber is more versatile, as it can add some color/definition (it’s not too warm-toned and not an orange-toned bronzer) as well as a sheen.

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Tom Ford Blush Guilt Illuminating Cheek Color
Tom Ford Blush Guilt Illuminating Cheek Color

Tom Ford Blush Guilt Illuminating Cheek Color
Tom Ford Blush Guilt Illuminating Cheek Color

Tom Ford Blush Guilt Illuminating Cheek Color
Tom Ford Blush Guilt Illuminating Cheek Color

Tom Ford Blush Guilt Illuminating Cheek Color
Tom Ford Blush Guilt Illuminating Cheek Color

Tom Ford Blush Guilt Illuminating Cheek Color
Tom Ford Blush Guilt Illuminating Cheek Color

Tom Ford Bronzed Amber Illuminating Cheek Color
Tom Ford Bronzed Amber Illuminating Cheek Color

Tom Ford Bronzed Amber Illuminating Cheek Color
Tom Ford Bronzed Amber Illuminating Cheek Color

Tom Ford Bronzed Amber Illuminating Cheek Color
Tom Ford Bronzed Amber Illuminating Cheek Color

Tom Ford Bronzed Amber Illuminating Cheek Color
Tom Ford Bronzed Amber Illuminating Cheek Color

Tom Ford Bronzed Amber Illuminating Cheek Color
Tom Ford Bronzed Amber Illuminating Cheek Color

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I picked up Blush Guilt and a swipe of it with a cream blush (I’ve been using LMdB’s Poppy) is the perfect, perfect simple effortless summer glow. It’s not a one-product swipe-and-go…it’s too sheer for that, even on pale old me!…but it’s like the sophisticated cousin of the NARS Orgasm Multiple. It just elevates a simple look. Totally worth the splurge to me, but it’s not for everyone!

I’m very pale (nw10-15) and I find that the colour does show up alot more on paler skins. On my skin the blush guilt can be worn as a subtle blush. No, you won’t get opaque colour with these but that’s not the point of this product. Subtle, sheeny, glowy – that’s what you get.

I bought the Guilt shade and should have stuck to just the illuminator. I was expecting the stick product to produce more colour and so this has ended up being rather redundant to me. I will have to work with it a bit more and see if I can come up with some other use because as a cheek colour, it’s too sheer for my taste. I certainly do not think I needed both. C’est la vie.

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