Review: Tom Ford Illuminating Duo in Moodlight

Tom Ford beauty products are a relatively new addiction (yes – *ADDICTION*) for me – I started trying and purchasing his products in early April of this year, starting innocently enough I suppose. I was on the hunt for 2 great lipsticks: 1) something solid that I could wear every day, whether to my office day job or just on the weekend. 2) A great (blue based) red. With the help of a very friendly (and honest) sales associate, I settled on Pussycat for my everyday color, and Ruby Rush for my Red. She also set me up with some fragrance samples and I have been tumbling down the rabbit hole ever since.

For anyone who is a good little addict like me, and follows beauty news and message boards, the new Illuminating Duo in Moonlight – is a must have! As of this writing, the duo is still Limited Edition, but word is being spread that it will become a permanent fixture in the Tom Ford beauty line. I pre-ordered online through TF direct, but it never shipped out, so I wandered over to my local counter  and they had it in stock. The SA (who was *extremely* friendly, by the way), excitedly put it on me (I was wearing makeup already, which included bronzer but no highlighter) – it is definitely subtle and beautiful. However, as I began to play with it, I realized it is very buildable as well.

Swatches first on my (very white) skin – lighter color (Daylight) on the right, darker (Candlelight) on the left.


Daylight is extremely light and soft, making it difficult to capture on camera (even my DSLR). Candlelight is definitely a nice bronze shade if you have fairer skin, but is a the perfect highlighting shade for anyone who is darker. On me, Daylight gets applied to the very apples of my cheeks, bridge on my nose, and central forehead and chin. Candlelight is applied under my cheekbones and along the edges of my face.

Tom Ford, in my mind, has pretty much mastered the “adult” version of shimmer – and I absolutely LOVE shimmer! It’s visible in his lipstick and eyeshadows (<3 his Celestials), and it is most definitely visible in Moodlight. Previously, my go-to highligher was always Benefit’s Watt’s Up. As I have drier skin, the creamy formula was always preferred, and I enjoyed the blending/buffing tool attached to it. It is still a great option for me, and I still wear it, but I’ve been finding myself reaching for Moodlight most days the past couple of weeks! So much so that I opted to purchase a back up, just in case it didn’t make it to Permanent status.

Below, I’m wearing it with my “full” makeup.


Makeup Details:

Lancome Teint Visionnaire Foundation (plus concealer) / Stila Custom Color Blush in Self Adjusting Bronze / Tom Ford Illuminating Duo in Moodlight

Georgio Armani Eye Tint in Rose Ashes / Urban Decay Blitz (super gold from UD Vice Ltd palette) / MUFE ME-302 for liner (green from artist’s palette)


Tom Ford Stavros (not available online, but will be re-released in November/December) / NARS Pasiphae layered on top / UD Blitz on top of that (just a smidgen)

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