Product Review | Tom Ford Soleil Flawless Glow Foundation
Product Review | Tom Ford Soleil Flawless Glow Foundation in Tawny 7.0 ($87, Macy's, Beautylish, Nordstrom)
Product Details (from Macy's website): Hydrating. Sheer. Anti-pollution. This fluid gel-serum foundation delivers weightless, even color with sheer to medium coverage. The oil-free, alcohol-free formula features a unique moisture complex of red fruit extracts including watermelon, lychee seed and apple. Together, they increase water held by skin's cells. The result is immediately supple and hydration-packed skin with a satin finish that glows without added shine. Fresh, healthy-looking skin is even in tone and protected with SPF against the effects of environmental damage from UV rays and pollution. "The first step to a beautiful face is smooth, flawless skin...either natural or perfected with seamless, undetectable coverage." - Tom Ford.
WHAT IT DOES:
Lightweight gel-serum foundation with sheer to medium coverage and a satin finish glows without adding shine
Gel-serum formula provides glowing hydration instantly and over time
Hydrates skin and protects it from UV rays and pollution
Buildable sheer to medium coverage with satin glow finish
Broad Spectrum SPF 30 protection
Made without SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, triclocarban
Less than 1% synthetic fragrances
Watermelon, lychee seed and apple to increase water held by skin's cells
Review: I haven't had much luck with Tom Ford foundations. I purchased the Traceless Foundation in 2018 and I loved it in the beginning. However, over time, the foundation did not work for me as it was very sticky during the summertime. While I also love the sheer/light coverage foundations, its $84 price point two years ago did not seem to justify repurchasing it (I did get mine during the Sephora Spring sale so it did get a discount). I was hesitant to try this foundation due to its price (and previous experience with the brand). but it was on sale for $43.50 at Macy's when I bought it back in August plus I had a gift card from Christmas and I ended up paying only $23.00 for everything with shipping included.
The packaging is luxurious, as most Tom Ford products are. The box is a shiny gold reflective material with white typography. The bottle is a beautiful frosted clear container with the Tom Ford brand written in gold. Instead of a pump, this has a dropper to dispense the product. The dropper though is kind of flimsy, it feels very plastic-y, which is not in line with its $87 retail price point. I've had the NYX Total Drop Foundation and even that had a better dropper and its a $13 foundation. That's the only physical/superficial complaint I have about this product.
I love that it is an oil-free and alcohol free foundation. I am always weary of serum foundations because some of the oil ingredients break me out, but I don't think this does that. On a side note, I was afraid this was causing minor breakouts on my skin; however, I believe it's the two mineral sunscreens that I've been using (never used them before) and also trying out the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation that has SPF 30 (that one does not contain mineral sunscreen) that's causing the breakouts.
This claims to have sheer to medium coverage but I feel it is more along the sheer to light coverage spectrum. Medium might be a stretch. I love the light and second feel skin of this foundation. I use a sponge for all of my foundation application and I'm surprised that it applied beautifully. I did not find the need to set this foundation (I don't really set my foundations with loose powder except for the Lawless Woke Up Like This foundation). It's beautiful foundation. It makes the skin look healthy and naturally radiant without making it feel or look oily at the end of the day.
The shade Tawny is a good shade but I feel like some brands; Tom Ford included and Chanel, cannot get the correct undertones. For its price point, I expect more. YSL, Charlotte Tilbury, Burberry, just to name a few, are far better on their shade range along with matching undertones. Keep in mind, this foundation also oxidizes slightly, but not into an orange shade. It just makes your skin tone darken a bit.
So, what's the verdict? I honestly love the foundation. It looks great on my skin, it's perfect for what I need it for on the day to day. However, it is very expensive. For the amount of coverage it provides, the price point it just a little too high. Now, if you have extra cash laying around, I recommend this foundation and try to get it on sale, too. I am curious to see if the new Morphe Skin Tint provides the same coverage. I know Tom Ford is a foundation and there is a difference between a foundation and a skin tint. But if it provides the same results, then maybe the Morphe one is a better option for all of our pockets.