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Tom Ford

Traceless Foundation SPF 15

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 82.00
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The first thing you're likely to notice about Tom Ford's Traceless Foundation SPF 15 is the price, a jaw-dropping $80, which leads to the question, "Is it worth it?" The answer: Absolutely not!

This liquid foundation starts off on the right foot, but things quickly go downhill from there. It blends easily and provides light to medium coverage that evens out skin tone. It's also emollient enough to feel moisturizing on dry skin, but doesn't have the heaviness of some moisturizing foundations - definitely a good thing!

Now for the major problems: This foundation never truly dries down, so your face looks shiny, almost greasy and damp, the whole time you're wearing it. The SPF 15 rating also leaves much to be desired - at $80, they could have offered at least an SPF 30, something that would benefit your skin far more than the fancy packaging.

This foundation also contains lavender, a potential skin irritant whose fragrance components can cause cell death, making this one to avoid. You can find foundations that provide adequate sun protection while also providing other skin-beneficial ingredients on our list of Best Foundations With Sunscreen.

Pros:
  • Blends easily, and evens out skin tone with light to medium coverage.
  • Feels moisturizing on dry skin.
Cons:
  • Finish is shiny, almost greasy, from start to finish.
  • Contains lavender, a potential skin irritant.
  • Has only an SPF 15 rating.
Jar Packaging: No
Active Ingredient: Octinoxate 2.20%. Inactive Ingredients: WaterAquaEau, Phenyl Trimethicone, Caprylyl Methicone, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Isohexadecane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isocetyl Alcohol, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Wheat Germ Glycerides, Sapindus Mukurossi Fruit Extract, Morinda Citrifolia Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Cholesterol, Caffeine, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Linoleic Acid, Lecithin, PEG-10 Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Laureth-7, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Sorbitan Stearate, Triethyl Citrate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Propylene Carbonate, Xanthan Gum, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Silica, Linalool, Chloroxylenol, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica].

Tom Ford is one of the world's hottest fashion designers. Coming to prominence in the mid-1990s, he became Creative Director at Gucci's fashion house, creating his own designer line in 2006 and five years later, followed in the footsteps of other high-fashion houses by launching a line of color cosmetics.

Housed in sleek black packaging with "Tom Ford" stamped in prominent gold-embossed lettering, the makeup certainly looks luxurious, and the pricing is definitely in the haute couture range. There are some great performers among Ford's small but well-edited makeup line, and were happy to say most of the products have minimal or no fragrance. There are a few exceptions which are noted in our individual reviews.

For more information about Tom Ford Beauty, visit www.tomford.com.

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