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TOM FORD BEAUTY: Traceless Foundation Stick

Our Beauty Girl tests it out & shares first impressions

10 18 2011

With most beauty collections (color, skin care, hair care) there’s usually a hero product amongst the lot. It’s the one covetable item that we simply cannot get enough of. Perhaps it’s the depth or vibrancy of a hue that makes a newly launched nail lacquer an overnight sensation. Or maybe it’s the instant line-smoothing effect that catapults an age-defying night cream to standout status. Whatever the reason, hero products are universally loved and make my heart flutter.

TOM FORD Traceless Foundation Stick is my hero. While an essential beauty item for many women, I tend to shy away from all over foundation. Instead I generally focus on light touch ups that strategically blur my pesky little imperfections. With this approach in mind, I began a series of at-home trials with my big, new foundation stick. Available in twelve complexion mimicking tones, I was thrilled to find several shades to match my skin:

Praline: Perfect for under eye brightening

Warm Almond: My exact shade for face

Chestnut: The ideal darker shade for contouring and adding definition

After prepping with a foundation primer I applied the stick directly to my face. To test the coverage level I started with a single swipe directly over a recent blemish “situation”. The swipe test is crucial for ascertaining one-step coverage, and besides, I haven’t all day to build coverage. Perfection! The stick passed muster. With a single stroke of product, a generous layer of coverage was applied and my blemish vanished. For many women, this level of coverage is key because we rarely have loads of time to spend in front of the mirror (or on the NJTransit Midtown Direct train – guilty!) layering coverage. I actually prefer a foundation that offers quick coverage in the areas where I need it most. From there I can blend the coverage to a sheer finish in areas where I need less makeup.

In testing TOM FORD Traceless Foundation Stick, whether applied with or without primer, with a moist, egg-shaped foundation sponge or with my trusty, portable Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush (212 872 2541), the end result is natural and undetectable every time.

My finicky, acne-prone skin really appreciates that TOM FORD Traceless Foundation Stick is rich without suffocating. My skin feels hydrated and looks flawless. After a light dusting of translucent powder, the coverage lasts all day. Bye-bye midday touch-ups.

The versatility of TOM FORD Traceless Foundation Stick makes it perfect for every girl (& guy — Tom Ford himself wears it – true story). The oil-free formula beautifully achieves sheer, medium or full coverage. Dot it on to spot conceal blemishes. Use under eyes to swiftly diminish darkness. Swipe short stripes all over and blend for light coverage or apply liberally to camouflage pronounced imperfections.

TOM FORD Traceless Foundation Stick is my hero through and through.


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