Contour Highlighter Tom Ford

Early Review: Tom Ford Moodlight Illuminating Duo

August 8, 2015

Tom Ford Moodlight 9bRecently, I ordered the Tom Ford Moodlight Illuminating Powder Duo ($80). This is made for me, and my preliminary thoughts are deep love for this. The Tom Ford Mood Light Duo is currently available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bergdorfs.

Tom Ford Moodlight 2

As readers of Simon Doonan has written, Tom Ford believes in “a moist lip and a dewy cheek.” His Moodlight delivers on the second part. It gives the most beautiful, natural-but-younger sheen on the cheek that’s so gorgeous in real life. You’ll notice that one is a highlight shade, and the other more in the realm of a contour. I know, I know, makeup artists insist that contours must, must, must be matte. Tom Ford doesn’t care. He believes in the dewy cheek.

Tom Ford Moodlight 3

  • The top shade reads white in the pan, but in truth it is more complex. There are subtle golden and pink undertones. This lighter shade is extremely finely milled. I looked at the Laura Mercier Candleglow palette at Sephora yesterday, but after using the Tom Ford Moodlight, I just couldn’t. Although there’s a significant price difference, the Tom Ford was so much more finely milled. This highlighter is subtle, much less glowy than the Becca Champagne Pop.
  • The lower shade is a shimmery taupe rose brown with subtle silver tones. Like the top shade, this deeper shade is complex and very finely milled. Both sort of melt into your skin and look amazing together. I use this deeper shade in my contour area, and blend it with the lighter shade on the upper cheek. Which now both look sophisticated and dewey. A sculpted dewy cheek.

Swatches are not going to do it justice, but I’m including them. These are heavy, which go frosty. I’ve been using softer brushes (including this Charlotte Tilbury) to apply, which results in a gorgeous look. There isn’t a hint of frost when properly applied, as Tom Ford intended. This duo is melt-in-your skin natural.

Tom ford moodlight swatch 4

Tom ford moodlight swatch 5
This duo is custom built for my coloring and aesthetic. Although I’ve heard epic things about Tom Ford’s contouring cream duo, I’m glad that I waited for this absolutely beautiful powder version. I love it. The Tom Ford Mood Light Duo is currently available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bergdorfs.

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  • Petunia August 8, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Oh My Stars! This is heavenly.

  • TrishB August 8, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Quick q’s: is this LE, and do you think it would work well on an extremely pasty pale skin tone? It looks absolutely lovely!

    • Amy August 8, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      I think it will look good on pale skin, and I don’t know if it is limited edition. I hope not, but I’ll have to check on that next week when I go to Neiman Marcus.

  • Zeynep August 8, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Mine was delivered earlier this week and I too am in love. I love the highlighter shade on Stroked, but this is gorgeous (and I’m kicking myself for not getting a back up of Stroked). I’m absolutely getting a backup of this duo!

    • Dinah August 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      Hello! What would you say is the difference between Moodlight and the Stroked highlighter? And if you mixed both Moodlight shades together, do you think you’d get a similar effect to the Stroked highlight? Thanks in advance!

      • Amy August 16, 2015 at 12:12 am

        To me, Stroked’s highlighter seems softer in the pan and picks up more easily on the brush. Going just by memory, the Stroked highlighter seems warmer to me (the Moodlight highlighter seems more white). My Stroked is on the East Coast currently, so I couldn’t do a side-by-side. I’m sorry, I wish I could be more help.

  • Lisa A August 9, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    I’ve been using this for a few days now. I am using the deeper shade a a suble contour cheek color with the lighter color on top. This look proved a little too glowy for work so a took down the shine easily witha light dust of my peau vierge powder onder my cheek bones. Lovely effect! Fantanstic purchase! This is sure to sell out quickly but I would not be at all surprised if it did not pop up for a re-promote. This is a classic!

  • Katie August 17, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Is the Moodlight different than the Moonlight version? Moonlight is the only shade I see at nordstrom.

    • Amy August 17, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      I believe that their webmaster has spelled the product name wrong. Unlike last year’s blush duo’s, this year brings us only Moodlight.

      • Katie August 17, 2015 at 6:34 pm

        Thank you Amy! Order placed 🙂

        • Amy August 17, 2015 at 11:27 pm

          Thank heavens. This is gorgeous. Absolutely love it.