Tom Ford Beauty Liquid Sun Soleil Glow Drops ($50.00 for 0.47 oz.) is a translucent base with fine white and silver pearl. Against my skin tone, the fine pearl catches the light so well that it almost looked like micro-glitter yet I couldn’t see individual particles so much as a sheen and a glimmer as the light reflected off of my skin. I did, occasionally, see almost pink pearl, though I’m not certain that it wasn’t just a trick of the light. The liquid highlighter had a thin, water-gel like texture–more water-like than a thicker, gel, but it had enough substance to it that it spread easily across my skin evenly and with good dispersion. It dried down and set to a more powder-like finish within 30 seconds of blending and spreading the product out on my cheek bones.
The liquid highlighter applied well to bare skin and gently patted on top of liquid foundation with fingertips or with a duo-fiber cheek brush. I preferred using a brush with this particular formula as it seemed to spread and blend out well but was more foolproof to avoid accidentally lifting up my foundation. It yielded a noticeable sheen to my skin with slight pearlescent; it was a light-to-moderate highlighter, so if you tend to find liquid highlighters too subtle, this might work for you but if you’re often looking for the most barely-there pearl, this will likely be too shimmery. When I mixed it in with foundation, it added all-over luminosity but medium coverage foundation kept it from veering into territory where I could actually see pearl all-over. On its own, the product stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me.
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$50.00/0.47 oz. - $106.38 Per Ounce
The formula is supposed to be "translucent" and to give a "soft-focused, diffused glow" whether mixed in with foundation or applied to the high points of the face. It has a watery, slightly gel-like consistency that's thinner but easily spread with a quick dry down that sets in place, so it doesn't break down too easily.
It was easier to use with a brush when applying it over a base for spot highlighting, whereas fingertips worked well when it was used over bare skin or when mixed with a foundation or moisturizer. The shimmer was fine but not so subtle that the effect got lost, particularly when used alone or with more medium-coverage products. The formula stayed on well for eight to nine hours on me. I didn't notice any scent while wet or dry.
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WaterAquaEau, Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Vp/Va Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Myristyl Alcohol, Beheneth-30, Glucose, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Fructose, Alanine, Aspartic Acid, Sucrose, Urea, Glyceryl Isostearate, Polysorbate 80, Glutamic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Tocopherol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Isohexadecane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hexylene Glycol, Carbomer, Tin Oxide, Sodium Stearate, Dextrin, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Carmine (Ci 75470)
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