Stacey Banfield

Christchurch Based Makeup Artist & Blogger

Tom Ford Beauty – Why im obsessed !!

The beauty of my job is having an excuse to always try new products, and let me tell you i will literally find any excuse to make a purchase.. the most used one is “I need it for my kit”. I found myself doing this when my love for Tom Ford Beauty began, this was well over 4 years ago whilst on a trip in Hawaii. Although Tom Ford is a new face to the New Zealand market, I had already found a few favourite products that I just can’t get enough of.

Before we go any further let me just say Tom Ford is a more luxe brand, the packaging is absolutely stunning and the product formulas are worth every $$ you spend. So if you do appreciate paying a little more for something that will give you a beautiful experience every time you use it, than this is totally going to be a brand you too will fall in love with. Think of Tom Ford like the gift that just keeps on giving!

I know myself my Tom Ford obsession is far from over..

Let’s start with lips – When trying a new brand a good starting point always lies within their lip collection. For me I am an absolute lip junkie so it’s the first place I start, even though I literally always head towards the same colours! Tom Ford have just recently launched their Boys and Girls collection which has so many beautiful shades,combine that with their existing shades and it really is hard to choose – although two faves that Spring to mind are Blush Nude and Paradisco. From $58-$88

Now let’s talk eyes, every girl needs a mascara in her collection and I have actually fallen in love with my Ultra Length Mascara $82. There are three types of mascara within the TF line up and this particular style is the first I have tried. This is perfect if your looking for length and a super black formula that stays on all day. It doesn’t flake or fade which is a super big tick in my books!!

Once you have your lashes sorted its time to dress those lids! If your someone who wants an easy to use product that can be applied with your fingers, then the Soleil Double Decker Eyeshadow $78 is totally the product I would suggest for you. I have the shade 03 Golden Peach and it is honestly so beautiful.  The bottom layer is a metallic cream formula, whilst the top is a sparkling celestial powder that adds fun and intensity to your look.

If you wear shadow everyday, then your probably someone who would absolutely adore the Eye Color quads TF have on offer. I have the quad in shade 01 Golden Mink, these shades aren’t super pigmented but I actually prefer shadows that are buildable, this way you are in complete control of your look. The quads include a mix of shimmer and matte tones, with many colour options available $160

Every eye look needs brows to compliment and frame the face, it’s not only flattering but finishes the look perfectly. The one brow product I have tried from Tom Ford was the Brow Sculptor $82 in shade 02 Taupe. This was one of the very first TF products I brought while in Hawaii & I have to say this is probably one of the best brow products I have ever used. The thin tip allows you to create precise strokes, and with an inbuilt sharpener and comb end you really have everything you need in one product.

Now let’s talk base, Foundations, concealers, bronzers you name it Tom Ford have it. There are so many complexion products I am yet to try but the ones I have tried are incredible! The Shade & Illuminate duo $144 is designed to add dimension and shape to the face, allowing contouring to be made easy. The formula is super blendible with a natural look finish, this is a great product for your kit if your a makeup artist also!

Concealing is always important for me, especially around the eye area. As a little trick I tend not to take foundation right up under the eyes, this only emphasizes darkness and any creasing so I prefer to use a product a little lighter in formula like a concealer. The Tom Ford Concealing Pen $92 is not only fool proof but literally magic! I absolutely love this concealer it is amazing for under the eyes and any spot cover ups that you may need to do.

When it comes to foundations, I have recently been lucky enough to try two of the Tom Ford formulas. First and foremost if you love a full coverage that won’t move at all, the TF Waterproof Foundation/ Concealer $142 is totally what you need in your life. I have been seriously impressed by the coverage and wear time of this product over the last week or so I have been trialing it. I also love mixing it with my TF Skin Illuminator $115 for the ultimate jlo glow. This is also a beautiful product that can be worn alone or mixed with your daily foundation.

The other foundation I have tried is the Traceless Foundation Stick $142 in the shade 1.5 Cream. I don’t normally tend to like a stick foundation as I often find them drying or cakey looking on my skin, but this one has seriously changed my opinion. It can be worn sheer or easily built up to a medium or full long wearing coverage. What I love most is how hydrating and smooth the finish is, if your like me and tend to stay away from sticks, you need to give this a go I think you will be seriously surprised.

Limited Edition Gift Ideas 

Tom Ford have recently launched their Orchid Soleil collection, three beautiful products lacquered in the most incredible rose gold packaging. This collection is not only ultra feminine but would make an amazing gift for that special lady in your life. With a Fragrance, lipstick and highlight powder on offer you can’t really get it wrong.


Tom Ford definitely does Fragrance well, it’s no wonder when he first left working for Gucci that he designed his own line of scents.  I have never had anything quite so pure within my fragrance collection before, they really do have their own signature making them unlike anything else. I am a huge fan of the Soleil Blanc, I save it for super special occasions as it is so beautiful I never want it to run out.

“This particular scent is described as an addictive solar floral amber alive with seductive refinement and refreshing decadence. Tom Ford’s latest private blend creation unapologetically exudes the endless pursuit of sun and luxury that defines Tom Ford soleil.”

Fragrance is one of those things that’s so personal, I really do think it’s worth you heading in store to see which scent suits you best.


You can purchase Tom Ford products online and in store from Smith & Caughey’s or Ballantynes Department Store within New Zealand

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