Openings and Arrivals: Tom Ford Beauty at Nordstrom

Posted on February 01, 2014, 8:00 am
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Tom Ford Beauty blus in Frantic Pink

Frantic Pink blush in a lux box by Tom Ford Beauty

Designer Tom Ford has as impressive a resume as one can get. He has been the Creative Director for both Gucci and Saint Laurent, is an award-winning film producer and the creator of his own line of menswear, beauty, eyewear and accessories. His sense of what is beautiful on woman is legendary. He is the designer who has managed to “bring sexy back” in its most elegant and sensual form.

Having also created popular fragrances, in 2011 Ford extended his magic touch to the skin itself and now his beauty line is readily available in the Seattle area. Nordstrom recently opened their first Tom Ford Beauty counter at their Bellevue location and invited Vanguard Seattle to come see the full beauty line. Todd Davidson, West Coast Sales and Education Executive for Tom Ford, shared the philosophy of the Tom Ford Beauty line while he deftly executed a makeover on me. Packaging of the brand is understated luxury, just like the contents inside. Here are a few highlights for all of you makeup gurus.

Tom Ford Beauty's Illuminating Primer

Illuminating Primer by Tom Ford Beauty

The Intensive Infusion Concentrate was the most incredible serum, and I loved the Illuminating Primer, which gives skin the most incredible glow. Applied before foundation, they both do an excellent job of preparing your skin. And speaking of foundation, if you are still using sponges—toss them right this minute. Using the Tom Ford foundation brush with a tapping motion instead to a sweeping one, Davidson was able to create an even and natural finish on me.  The entire line of Tom Ford brushes are stellar and trained staff will demonstrate how to use any brush you are purchasing so you aren’t tossed into makeup limbo.

Tom Ford Beauty's Brow Sculptor in Blonde

Brow Sculptor by Tom Ford Beauty

The biggest surprise was the Shade & Illuminate Highlighter and Shader Duet—a combination of a dark and light cream shadow that are super sheer and subtly illuminate your bone structure. Liquid foundation shades have a matching Traceless Foundation Stick that is perfect for on-the-go girls. The lipsticks are truly among my favorite offerings from Tom Ford Beauty; the colors are rich and survive wine sips and smooched lips. I bought my first Tom Ford lipstick for a special birthday dinner and have been hooked ever since. For Spring 2014, there are eight new Sheer Lip Colors and four new Nail Lacquer shades that range from soft neutrals to brights.

The creativity and artistic expression of Tom Ford come through in this entire beauty line and it is great news for beauty lovers to have access to the highly pigmented colors that are used on the runways. The line keeps sensual color at the forefront, changing it up each season to keep the focus fresh and glamorous, just like Tom Ford, himself.

Lisa Cole is the fashion and style writer for Vanguard Seattle, and her work includes covering fashion news and events, runway shows and boutiques. She has her own fashion and lifestyle blog,, and is a member of Independent Fashion Bloggers and Fashion Group International.