This Tom Ford Traceless Matte Foundation was sent to be by Influenster for the purpose of review. For the past week I have been wearing it as my foundation. I varied it with other products to see how it performed. most notably varied the primer I paired it with. While I have tried (and very much enjoyed) Tom Ford’s eyeshadow quads before this was my first face product from the brand.
According to the official Tom Ford website this foundation is…
HYDRATING. LONGWEAR. MEDIUM-FULL COVERAGE.
DEFY CONVENTIONS. TRACELESS SOFT MATTE FOUNDATION IS MATTE WITHOUT LOOKING FLAT, CAKEY, OR DRY. IT COMBINES SOFT-FOCUS MICROSPHERE POWDERS THAT BLUR IMPERFECTIONS WITH WEAR-EXTENDING PIGMENTS THAT PROVIDE MEDIUM TO FULL BUILDABLE COVERAGE. THE SOFT AND SILKY TEXTURE IS ULTRA-BLENDABLE AND DEFENDS AGAINST CAKING, PORING AND SETTLING. SKIN STILL LOOKS AND MOVES LIKE SKIN AND FEELS SMOOTHER OVER TIME, EVEN AFTER FOUNDATION HAS BEEN REMOVED.
HYDRATING AND LONGWEAR. THIS HIGH-PERFORMANCE FORMULA IS FORMULATED WITH HYALURONIC ACID TO HELP SUPPORT SKIN’S MOISTURE BARRIER AND ANTIOXIDANTS, VITAMIN C & E AND CAFFEINE. TREAT YOUR COMPLEXION TO ALL DAY ULTRA-COMFORTABLE LONGWEAR.
TOM FORD’S DEFINITION OF A MODERN MATTE FINISH FOUNDATION. 40 COLOR-TRUE SHADES FOR A TRACELESS, SOFT-FOCUS FINISH THAT LOOKS AND FEELS NATURAL AND FLAWLESS.
- ALL DAY WEAR
- TREATS SKIN TEXTURE OVER TIME – SKIN FEELS SMOOTHER OVER TIME, EVEN AFTER FOUNDATION IS REMOVED
- COLOR TRUE FOR 10 HOURS AND RESISTS FADING
- HUMIDITY AND SWEAT RESISTANT
- DERMATOLOGIST-TESTED; FOR ALL SKIN TYPES
- NON COMEDOGENIC
I think that to determine improvement of skin texture I would have to treat the foundation trial as I would a skin care trial and give it a full thirty days in order to check results. So I can’t speak to that claim. I will say that I found it to be non-cakey, in fact it melted into my skin really well and felt weightless while wearing it.
I used one pump which covered my face completely and provided a good medium coverage. I tend to be a medium coverage sort of person so I saw no reason to wear full coverage during the day. Last saturday I did play around trying to make it full coverage and I did achieve that, but I really don’t like wearing full coverage so I generally stuck with one pump. It is however buildable to full (It took three pumps to reach the density of full coverage.)
This week it hasn’t been terribly warm but it has been quite humid and I didn’t have issues with the humidity affecting the foundation. Most days I wear foundation for about eight hours. There was one day where I wore it for eleven hours, mostly to test the ten hour claim. After about five hours I needed to blot my t-zone with a light dusting of powder but it wasn’t a heavy shine, just a light one.
The one issue I had was with settling into lines around my mouth. When I used an illuminating or blurring primer, by the end of the day the foundation settled slightly into the lines around my mouth. If I used a pore filling primer and made sure those areas were covered, then I didn’t have any issues. I think that this is definitely a foundation where you might want to choose your primer carefully. The settling of the lines didn’t actually occur until after hour six. So if you wanted to use an illuminating primer with this foundation, just know you have a bit of a time limit. The two primers that I own that worked best with the foundation were the E.L.F. Poreless Putty Primer and the Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer. Both kept the lines from appearing.
Over all I was very impressed with the way this foundation performed. It has a serum like consistency so it is quite liquid when you dispense it and it applies easily to the skin. I like the soft matte as it isn’t a hard matte foundation so it has some glow to it. That is especially nice as I needed to wear a pore filling primer rather than an illuminating one. I enjoyed using this foundation and will continue to use it until the product is gone. In addition I will put it on my list of products that I would consider repurchasing. It is a higher end product (retail $88) but I have to say, I think it actually is worth it’s price tag.