As someone who pays both monthly and annual dues to The Society of Chubby Cherub Cheeks, I always get a little hot and bothered when I bump into makeup designed to chisel cheeks, like Tom Ford’s two Contouring Cheek Color Duos ($77 each, eek!), which come complete with naughty names.
Softcore (the darker option) and Stroked (the lighter one) each come with two shades — a darker contouring powder and a lighter powder for highlighting.
I’m currently pretty stoked about Stroked…
I didn’t expect the darker contouring shade (in Stroked) to look so flat and matte, but when I opened the compact for the first time, I saw a warm peachy reddish shade.
Cool! It looked like a straight-up matte, so I was like, “Haaaay, gurl!” (because I really like matte contouring products).
But then, as I buffed and worked it into my skin, I started to see light reflecting particles of reddish pink pearl.
That’s when the mixed feelings started.
On the one hand, I love the rich peachy reddish color and how well it deepens that area just beneath the apples of my cheeks in such a radical retro ’80s way, but I can’t help thinking that a flat matte would’ve been a tad more effective.
To quote the text I just got from my XXL pores, “A matte finish would’ve been bomb!” And it may also have been more forgiving than the pearl, which tends to amplify any dips and depressions on my skin (although not dramatically).
As for the iridescent peachy golden highlighter, swoon! Très élégant. It reminds me a little of BECCA Opal, one of my all-time highlighting jams, with the major difference being Stroked’s finer powder, which consequently requires less buffing and blending.
Speaking of buffing and blending, proceed with caution when it comes to applying these powders, as they’re pigmented to the Nth degree. If you’re not careful, you’ll look like you’re channeling Pat Benatar in Love is a Battlefield, which depending on your point of view, could be a good or bad thing.
If Stroked arouses your interest, then you can caress it now at Tom Ford counters and online.
PRICE: $77 (holy four-letter words, Batman!)
AVAILABILITY: Available now online and at Tom Ford Beauty counters
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+/A-
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,