TOM FORD X VIOLET GREY
When you get an invite to preview the new Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Collection at Violet Grey, you clear your calendar, and make sure nothing stands in your way of attending. First off, let's start with Violet Grey. If you don't know it, let me introduce you. It is the one (and top) place I love to go to for any of my beauty needs, and it is a major source of inspiration for me.
THE BEST IN BEAUTY
FROM THOSE WHO KNOW BEST
THE INDUSTRY’S BEAUTY EDIT began with our search for the best eyelash curler. For the answer, we asked Hollywood’s leading artists and stars to test every eyelash curler against our rigorous standards (the VIOLET CODE). They tested on movie sets, red carpets and in the back of Jack Nicholson’s limousine — and once we learned which curler would make our lashes curve and not crimp (Utowa, it’s from Japan), we moved on to mascara, lip stain, dry shampoo and everything else a girl needs in her cosmetic wardrobe. The result is a discerning curation of beauty products, tips and inspiration deemed essential by the industry experts who know best.
The VIOLET CODE is a testing process and set of standards by which our community of top makeup artists, hairstylists, estheticians, dermatologists, and celebrity influencers distinguish the finest beauty products in the world from the tens of thousands on the market. The result is a curation that is truly the best in beauty from those who know best.
I can literally scroll through their site all day long, paying special attention to the Violet Files. (GO THERE, and you will LOVE/HATE me later!!) Now let's move on to Tom Ford: a design genius and legend, that spares no details in anything that he does.
Tom Ford defines modern glamour. Trained formally as an architect, he designed for Gucci and YSL before launching the Tom Ford brand. His collections exemplify luxury and extraordinary attention to detail. He once said, “Beauty comes from revealing your most glamorous and inspirational self”, a fitting sentiment considering he counts ‘70s icons such as Bianca Jagger and Jerry Hall as his muses. Strong brows, dramatic eyes, defined cheekbones, and glossy full-color lips are all hallmarks of Tom Ford Beauty. Simply put, Mr. Ford believes more is more.
I don't even know where to begin..... other than owning a bit of TF is owning a bit of modern luxury and elegance. I die over every piece of his menswear, and dream of a man outfitted in it from head to toe. So the question always is, can a clothing designer really pull off and incredible makeup line? Well, if you are Tom Ford, then yes you can. He cares so much about the details, and it shows in every piece of makeup in his collection.
Specifically I previewed the new Soleil Collection, but snapped some pictures of some other heroes and loves from the line. I won't overwhelm you just today with two many things, other than letting you know to get excited for what's to come as I educate you and show you a lot of my favorites from this line. As you know, I touch a lot of makeup all day long, so when something is incredible, you need to know about it!
First impression words of the collection: soft, sheer, glowing, smooth, creamy, shimmery, delicious. It launches me straight into warm, breezy days, where your makeup has the perfect amount of warmth and glow to go with the sun. We crave this warmth, especially in winter, and incorporating elements of this into your makeup as early as springtime is highly recommended. Everything is creamy, soft, buildable, and will give you the perfect amount of chicness without looking like you tried at all.
These eye shadow duo's I DIE over! They come with a metallic cream shadow, AND a celestial powder eyeshadow. The colors are cohesive together, so you can create some beautiful texture and light bounce to your eye makeup.
Cream Illuminators and a bronzer that is so finely milled, you'd be surprised that it's a powder. These glide on so smoothly, and are suitable for all skin tones because you can build with them. Plus, the combination of gold + white on the packaging is SO chic.
These lip balms .....YES! They may look a little intense in the tube, but when you glide them onto your lips, they are the perfect amount of SHEER color. They also are a bit glossy, which is a big trend coming back this spring.
Here are some other eyeshadow favorites of mine: eye color quad eyeshadow palette, and the cream color for eyes. The quads come with four cohesive colors: some generally matte and some shimmery. They go on SO smooth, so you never have to worry about fall-out or your shadow not blending. The cream shadows can deliver a lot of gorgeous pigment, glide on easily, and LAST for hours. Once they are dry, they will not move. They are great for long days or events where you may encounter some heat. I am a big fan of cream shadows, and LOVE these.
The shade and illuminate palette is a cult favorite amongst the line. The texture of this product blends into the skin, and it's really simple to use. Another favorite is the Waterproof Foundation and Concealer. The finish is gorgeous, and again, is perfect for events or long days.
I promise I will go into more depth and detail about specific products in the very near future, but wanted to share my excitement of this new Soleil Collection and give you a nice introduction to both the amazing Violet Grey and incredible Tom Ford. Let me know if you have any personal favorites from either, and make sure to share with me in the comments below! Also, let me know if you have any questions about anything mentioned above! Xx