Hello everyone! And happy Friday! I hope you’re all ready for the weekend. We had such a sunny Friday here; what a blessing! To start with, today it’s a month since I started rougenapples! Thanks to everyone who has dropped by so far, I’ve already met some beautiful people, from all over planet Earth, which is truly amazing! To add to that, today, I’m introducing a series of posts that will hopefully be helpful to my readers: The Foundation Series. This is basically what it implies: a set of reviews on, newly released or not, foundations which I’ve tested. As a foundation junkie, believe me, I’ve tried many and I’m still on the hunt for good, new ones. I’ve already reviewed the Armani Power Fabric Foundation, the Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue and the Estee Edit Skin Glowing Balm. Today, I wanted to speak to you about the Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation which I put to the test these last few days. A comparison and review of three different stick foundations will follow, hopefully, next week.
Attica is one of the biggest department stores in my country and oh, how lucky, I found myself there on when they had a 25% off all cosmetics! I noticed, some brands haven’t supplied the market here with their most recent releases, but some others have done. The Tom Ford counter was relatively quiet for once, so I thought this to be a great opportunity to try a couple of foundations. Quite unexpectedly (and I’ll tell you more next week in my stick foundation comparison post), I decided to go for the Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation in shade 4.5 (Ivory). A close to perfect match for me now.
a few words about the ToM ford traceless perfecting foundation
Why go for a stick would be the question. The make-up artist suggested that this would suit my needs more, even if I told her that I don’t really trust stick foundations. Insisting that I didn’t want a stick, we then went on to try the Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation which I’ve read and heard lots about. To my surprise, this looked very powdery on me!
I was quite disappointed to be honest, as this foundation not only gets great reviews, but it’s reputed to be fabulous and what I saw on my face was anything but traceless! Shopping for make-up in Athens on a sunny day is amazing, as any colour mismatch or textural issue immediately becomes obvious once you step outside. The Traceless Perfecting Foundation looks very powdery in the store and completely unnatural in the sun light on me. Let me remind you what my skin is like though:
my skin type
My skin is combination. I get oily on and around my T-zone during the day and I have a couple of drier areas on my face too. My major concern is spots. I have sensitive skin and many products can break me out, I think more than the average person. These break outs can give me marks that are very difficult to get rid of. I’m using some products that help me with my acne, but these tend to make my skin more dry, so combination to dry with spots describes my current situation. This can change and very much depends on not only the products I use, but also the weather and how much I’m travelling.
the Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation
After the Tom Ford make-up artist saw my reaction to the Traceless Perfecting Foundation, she suggested trying the stick to see whether I liked its finish at least. The marvellous thing about being on holiday is I have time! So, no reason not to go with her suggestion. And, guys, I loved the finish it gave me. I cannot explain how much! The colour match of 4.5 Ivory was really good (close to Bobbi Brown 4, Natural). It’s a yellow based shade. I’d like it to be even more yellow based to be honest, but let’s not beat around the bush! I tried some other foundations by other brands, on the same day, and no luck. It’s a good match in harsh sunlight, so I’m happy.
The finish is luminous. Not dewy, thankfully. Nicely luminous. It feels creamy and nourishing on my face. It successfully evens out my skin tone. I’d say it’s a medium coverage foundation. You can build it to full coverage but when I did that it felt heavier on my face. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a heavy-weight foundation at all. It’s light but not as lightweight as, say, Power Fabric, or Dior Forever. Saying that, it’s a stick foundation, so I was expecting it wouldn’t be the most lightweight of all. I’m happy it feels as light as it does on me, while offering me custom coverage to suit my needs. It’s super portable, super blendable and I also love it for that!
I hope that the pictures above give you some idea as to how this foundation currently works on me. These days, my eyes feel quite dry, so I have to use my glasses all the time. Although the foundation covered that red pimple well (see description in photo one) and it also covered some freckles, it did not cover the marks left from my glasses. But no problem there really, these disappeared later. This means, I quite like it as a concealer too. Some reviews say it’s quite heavy for the area under the eyes. For me, it’s ok. But I apply *just* enough and won’t attempt to layer it under my eyes. Less is more there.
There are only two question marks I have over this foundation. First, it does seem to concentrate in the dry areas around my spots, especially on my chin. If this is such a great foundation for drier skin types, why would it do that. And second, when I swipe it over my face it seems to emphasise my pores. Thankfully, I don’t have a problem with massive pores etc. and can smooth it out nicely. However, I can see ladies with bigger pores not loving this.
Here is what this foundation looked like after the rest of my make-up was finished:
That’s a simple make-up I did in 15 minutes before going down town. My blush and highlighter both applied wonderfully on top of this foundation.
How about longevity? Well, I refuse to powder my face in Greece. It’s too much make-up on a sunny day (my personal preference!), so I will report back on longevity with powder when I’m in London. Without powder, I get a bit shiny after 4 hours. The foundation also starts fading in my chin (and tip of the nose… sigh) around the four hour mark. Other than that, it lasts a good 6 hours before I need to touch up, if I blot once. I suspect with powder it will last longer. It’s not the most long wear foundation I’ve owned, but it’s definitely pretty good.
All in all, I like the Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation, I just wish it lasted a bit more on my chin and around those drier spots. I’ve worn it three days in a row now and it hasn’t broken me out either, which is a bonus for me! It’s a very expensive foundation – you pay £66 for 15g. It’s available in Selfridges and John Lewis. For swatches of all shades, have a look at the Beauty Professor’s site.
As mentioned earlier, I will make a post comparing three stick foundations, hopefully end of next week, so you can compare and contrast some of the options you have in the market, if you’re thinking about getting a stick foundation.
Is there another Tom Ford foundation you love and think I should try? Have you tried the Traceless Stick Foundation before? Any thoughts?
Enjoy your weekend and speak soon!