Stick Blushes With a Dewy Twist: The Tom Ford Illuminating Cheek Colors in Blush Guilt and Bronzed Amber

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Tom Ford Beauty Illuminating Cheek Color in Bronzed Amber

Oh, hai! It’s Tom Ford Beauty Illuminating Cheek Color in Bronzed Amber. I’m wearing it here on my cheeks atop MAC Face & Body Foundation.

I like makeup.

This probably comes as no surprise if you’ve been here before…but I’m particularly fond of blushes and highlighters that come in stick form.


Especially ones that leave my face looking all sweet and angelic, like I should be floating high above the earth on a bed of billowy clouds, sunlight dappling my skin, while a heavenly chorus sings, “Ahhhhhh!” The more people wondering if I had wings tucked beneath my blazer, the better. 🙂

Tom Ford’s two new summer 2013 Illuminating Cheek Colors ($58 each, OMG!) are the latest examples of this particular makeup weakness/obsession of mine.

Dewy, is that you?

Tom Ford Blush Guilt

Blush Guilt

Pinky peach Blush Guilt and Bronzed Amber represent TF’s take on cream stick blushes with an interesting twist. They give a sheer, glistening, almost wet look to cheeks.

Tom Ford Beauty Illuminating Cheek Color Bronzed Amber

Bronzed Amber

It’s as if the team in charge of the finish part of this equation went on a week-long spa trip to Canyon Ranch and never quite recovered, because when I wear either of these colors, I feel like I look like I haven’t got a care in the world…like my only concerns are whether I should have a hibiscus or a peppermint tea between my facial and my 120-minute shiatsu massage.

Seriously, my cheeks just glow. 🙂

The texture’s the balm!

Tom Ford Beauty Illuminating Cheek Color Swatches

Blush Guilt on the left and Bronzed Amber on the right

But the fun doesn’t stop there. Both blushes feel like a rich, hydrating face balm…that’s also slightly sticky, which might be a turnoff for some makeup lovers, but I dig it. I think it’s kind of different and neat.

Looks fab on bare skin or tinted moisturizer

Tom Ford Beauty Illuminating Cheek Color Blush Guilt

Blush Guilt

From what I’ve been able to tell with my combination dry/oily cheeks, these seem to work best on bare skin or on top of tinted moisturizer, and I’ve worn them a bunch of different ways — layered on top of full-coverage foundations with various formulas and finishes, and with lots of different powders — but I didn’t think they ever looked quite right unless I was wearing them on bare skin or with a tidbit of tinted moisturizer.

I’m not sure why. Maybe the wet-ish finish makes my skin look unnaturally smooth to my eye, or like I’m wearing too much product. I dunno…

For me, either worn without any other face makeup, or with skin prepped with primer or a bit of tinted moisturizer or liquid foundation, is the way to go.

I guess it makes sense considering the other pieces in Tom Ford’s summer collection and the relaxed vibe, sunlit shades and bronzed, summer skin. These blushes would probably appeal most to girls/guys who don’t like to wear a lot of face makeup in summer.

That said, this might be a sticking point if you want/need your stick blushes to work with a wide range of looks.

Have stick, will travel

Tom Ford Beauty Illuminating Cheek Color in hand

Now, when I plan to be out and about for a while, I’ll bring a stick along with me, just so I can touch up every 4-5 hours and maintain that dewy glow.


Best for…

Luxury makeup lovers who wear little to no foundation and like portable stick blushes and the look of dewy, barely-there color on their cheeks.

PRICE: $58
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Tom Ford counters (currently appears to be MIA online)
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B (pretty and pretty costly, and I wish I could wear these on top of foundation)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,





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  1. Danielle says:

    I’ve been loving cream blushes lately, so these definitely caught my attention.
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  2. Agata says:

    What’s on your lips? It looks awesome. And Happy Friday!

  3. Melissa says:

    That lipstick looks AMAZING on you!

  4. Wow those are both gorgeous. I love that they’re not too shimmery–they seem quite subtle. But I don’t think I could bring myself to pay that much for them because of the slightly sticky finish. I’m sure that would translate to about a half hour wear on my super oily cheeks :/
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  5. Gowthami says:

    what is on ur lips ?? yu luk osm 🙂
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  6. Jennifer says:

    They are soooo light and very expensive… Hmmm…

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