Tom Ford Fire Lust Skin Illuminator Review, Photos, Swatches

Tom Ford Fire Lust Skin Illuminator
Tom Ford Fire Lust Skin Illuminator

Tom Ford Fire Lust Skin Illuminator ($65.00 for 0.68 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering, peach-pink.” It’s a warm-toned, golden-shimmered coral-orange with a pearly sheen. This is an illuminator, not a blush, so if you’re more in the market for something with substantial coloring to work as a blush, try perusing the coral swatch gallery.

The formula is designed to mimic “the look of skin bathed in summer evening light.” And you’ll have to track it down in-store to find it, because it sold out online nearly instantly. The Skin Illuminator can be applied all over, mixed with foundation, or as a spot highlighter “under or over makeup.”  The consistency is lightweight, naturally dewy, and thin.  When I wore it all-over, it lasted all day long with whatever foundation I was wearing (it didn’t seem to reduce my foundation’s wear time or how it looked at the end of the day).  As a spot highlighter, it gave me a dewy finish wherever it was applied for eight hours.

I, personally, think it works best mixed with foundation or moisturizer. I’ve been wearing Giorgio Armani’s Maestro foundation a lot, and it doesn’t work well mixed with this (I think it has too much of a velvety texture from the silicones in it), but I loved it mixed with my tinted moisturizer or a more traditional liquid foundation like Make Up For Ever HD. If you want to wear it all-over and plan to still wear foundation, I recommend mixing the two together during application, because then the foundation doesn’t cover it. There’s a very subtle radiance that’s your-skin-but-better that doesn’t read shimmer, glitter, or pearl. Applied as a spot highlighter  it does create a glowy, dewy sheen, but it’s virtually colorless against my skin tone so it would be something better suited for really pale complexions.

The Beauty Look Book has a great comparison of this against NARS’ Orgasm Illuminator (which I don’t have), which seems to be pinker overall (but it is also $30.00 for 1.1 oz.), so it might be a more affordable (and accessible) alternative.

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Tom Ford Fire Lust Skin Illuminator
Tom Ford Fire Lust Skin Illuminator

Tom Ford Fire Lust Skin Illuminator
Tom Ford Fire Lust Skin Illuminator

Tom Ford Fire Lust Skin Illuminator
Tom Ford Fire Lust Skin Illuminator

Tom Ford Fire Lust Skin Illuminator
Tom Ford Fire Lust Skin Illuminator

Tom Ford Fire Lust Skin Illuminator
Tom Ford Fire Lust Skin Illuminator

Tom Ford Fire Lust Skin Illuminator
Tom Ford Fire Lust Skin Illuminator

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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How timely! Hubby’s on a business trip and he was able to snag one for me, he also got me Pink Haze, so yay! 😀 I’m planning to mix this with foundation, do you think it will work with Guerlian’s Lingerie de Peau, Christine?

Yes, I think it would! Maestro just has a very silicone-heavy feel, and I think that it doesn’t play as well with other liquids (even water).

Just the perfect amount of luminescence. What are you wearing on your lips? It looks shimmery with just a hint of colour. Perfection!

Nice but too pricey. I’ve got MAC Strobe cream, which I like, and Clarins’s skin illuminator or perfector or whatever it’s called that comes in a more pinky shade that works better for my colouring. But if Tom Ford’s stuff was readily available to me, I think I’d be sorely tempted.

Have you ever tried Strobe Liquid? I prefer it over Strobe Cream personally because it dries down better – Strobe Cream stays very creamy. Then again, I don’t mix these with foundation I place them over foundation and powder so Strobe Liquid just holds up better and dries to a nice finish 🙂

It is, and it costs £60! I wanted to go for it but we are getting the raw end of the deal here. The exchange isn’t 1:1! £60 and $65 are not the same :(.

Thank you! There are actually two sizes (10 mL and 30 (?) mL) and when I was at Selfridges the Tom Ford SA only told me the price for the 30 mL one.

Hi Kris, it is definitely £46 and there is only one size which is a 30ml bottle. The guys there are Italian so maybe his accent was the fault? When he said 46 he could have pronounced the 6 far more strongly than the “forty” part – they say “sixa” rather than six as they add an “a” to the end of everything, so it would have sounded like 60. sixa = sixty

I bet it would be lovely, actually, because it is very subtle! It would add a little warmth/glow but mostly glow.

I have this–and just adore it. It is similar in color to Orgasm–but the texture is absolutely divine–it’s not oily or greasy. It’s so silky smooth and just melts into your skin. And it’s not too dark–I’m super pale–and it just gives the most lovely glow. I love the whole Summer Collection. Pricey but worth it.

I totally get the TF collection this summer. The products are like an amazing version of a bronzed goddess look only toned down and suited for people with paler skin. All the products have cohesion and work well together for a very natural look. I picked this up as soon as it hit Neiman’s on-line and managed to nab one before it sold out. I wear this on top of foundation and blusher along the high planes of my face. I just stipple little bits of it on very carefully and it looks really really pretty. While I really enjoy Benefit High Beam or it’s powder counterpart by Chantecaille, this makes a nice warmed up change for summer… glowy without my face looking like a bad version of suntan barbie.

I’m a sucker for illuminators – I buy them all the time and can’t stop. I’ve been trying to cut back because I have far too many (I say this but I JUST picked up several MORE of the Armani Fluid Sheers LOL!) Does this have a fragrance? You know me and scents 😉 I can’t stand them! Renders a product worthless if the perfume is overpowering.

So I tried to smell it today, and I didn’t really get anything? Maybe a very, very subtle base scent of ingredients but no wafts of perfume or vanilla or anything like that.

I think there are cheaper, better options. (Armani fluid sheers, nars illuminators, benefit nail polish applicator ones, etc)

Speaking of fluid sheers, will you be reviewing the new shades Christine?

For any Aussies reading this you may know that to buy this item in Australia we are expected to pay $130.

For an EXACT dupe (according to Christine’s photos), check out FACE OF AUSTRALIA’s Illuminator for $15. In fact I bought a backup of this at Priceline recently for $10 in on of their sales.

I don’t own anything Tom Ford, I could not justify shelling out the money that line demands for products that wash off.


Very pretty, but I wouldn´t use it often, so I wouldn´t buy it even if it was accessible to me, what I really want is a TF lip product…

Christine, I’ve lately become a fan of mixing illuminators with my foundation, but found that I still have to powder afterward… and that kind of defeats the purpose. The two reasons why I still have to powder are: 1) I haven’t found a good cream contour yet and powder contour goes on patchy over liquid foundation 2) my nose is an oily mess.

Could you – or anyone else reading this – recommend me a good mattifying primer and cream contour, pls? I know Mac has a line of cream contours, but the colors look real odd to me. To note, I’m currently NC42, tanned Asian skin with moderate golden undertone. Thanks!

If I were this, I would look like a grease ball….too shiny….Even though I own some of TF brushes and the eyeshadows and blushes, I find TF colors to be very much like Estee Lauder.

I can’t find this anywhere. I went to 2 B&M stores and they looked at me like I was crazy when I asked for it. I did get the two cream eyeshadows.

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