7 Tom Ford brushes, 5 more to go… A short review of the ones I own today
I admit, I love luxury.
Tom Ford says :
“My mission is to bring luxury back, expressed through my voice and my style. It is important to me to instill glamour, integrity, and sophistication in everything I do.”
Everything in these brushes feels luxurious, the packaging, the handles, the quality of the natural or the synthetic hair and the finish, but there’s a catch : the price. Their price starts at 35 Gbp for the cheapest brush up to 80 Gbp for the Bronzer brush.
The Tom Ford brush collection is made of 12 white bristle brushes, natural or synthetic depending on the brush, the handles seem to be made of the same material and color as his eyeshadow quads, blushes or the new lipsticks.
I have 7 Tom Ford brushes and I will be giving you some information on the ones I own today :
|Tom Ford Brush
||Full length||Hair length||Width of the
|02 Cream Foundation||15||2.5||2|
|11 Eye Shadow||17||1.5||1|
|12 Eye Shadow contour||16.3||0.8||0.8|
|13 Eye Shadow blend||17.3||1.8||0.6|
|14 Smoky Eye||16.5||1.0||0.4|
Table is in cm (cm x 0.39 = in)
I have always preferred brushes with white bristles, whatever the brand. They look dirty faster than black brushes but I have washed these many times and they always clean perfectly well and revert to the original color, no stains left behind at all.
I have tried to ask at the TF counters what hair they were made of, they always replied “natural hair”. What natural hair ? They could not tell me, at that time they had just launched… I had a very short look at their file since it was open on the counter and I read “goat” and “horse” but I am sorry I cannot tell you exactly which one since they could not confirm…
They are so incredibly soft, I guess that for the bronzer brush, they may have picked goat hair from the neck region since these are the softest, longest and thinner hair but this is only a guess…
- They are well-balanced and feel heavy.
- I did not experience any eyeshadow fall-out during application.
- They did not shed.
- Most of them are very densily packed.
- The hair are perfectly shaped, I just cannot find any flaws on the ones I have.
- They don’t have a funny smell.
- If they fall on a hard surface, I am not sure how they would react, my bronzer brush did and there is a very tiny chip on the handle, you cannot see it unless you look very close but they may be more fragile than any other Mac or Louise Young.
- The gold ferrule is exactly the same gold color as the Hakuhodo S100 series, but I don’t know if they are also made of brass-rolled 24-karat gold with clear coating…
They are protected with a small plastic brush guard that covers the bristles and also another full size plastic brush bag, they come in his typical TF boxes.
They are made in Japan, JAPAN is engraved on the back of all the brush handles.
Tom Ford Bronzer
This brush is a master piece. So soft that you will wonder how this is even possible. Heavy and well-balanced. Picks just the perfect amount of bronzer and the application feels like Heaven.
Before having this brush in my collection, I was using Mac 134 or the Louise Young. When I travel I use the LY, otherwise I use the TF on a daily basis.
Brushes are extremely expensive here in Switzerland, buying TF online for me is like buying a normal brush in a shop here. Depending on where you live it can be interesting to buy online rather than in a local shop unfortunately.
Tom Ford Cheek Brush
This is the picture of the TF Cheek brush you will see on the online shops of any Tom Ford distributor.
The site pictures it more pointed and mine as you can see is not that pointed at all.
It still does the job perfectly well, it’s also extremely soft and VERY dense, for very pigmented blushes I would not use this one for example. It’s flat , you could imagine holding it differently for thinner and more precise application of blush and since it’s very dense I also use it for foundation. The only similar brush I have is the Hakuhodo pictured below but the TF is more densily packed and firm.
Tom Ford Cream Foundation
Bigger than the Shu and great for cream contour or foundation. Very densily packed as well and extremely soft. I am always surprised that it reverts to it’s pure color after so many washes.
Tom Ford Eyeshadow
I love it for base eyeshadow, cream of powder. Really soft and picks just the right amount of product for a soft all-over application. Today, it has become my favorite for base eye shadow application. I like how it feels heavy and well-balanced, it gives me better control of the application.
Tom Ford Eyeshadow Contour
The Tom Ford 12 is shorter than the other two Mac similar brushes pictured here, the 239 and the 272, the TF is more densily packed, it allows more precision. It’s designed for the crease and the corner eye application, you can pack a lot of color on the tip of this brush and then draw a nice outer V for example before blending it.
Tom Ford Eyeshadow Blend
The first time I saw this brush at the TF counter, it had just been washed or cleaned, I don’t know why but it did not look great, it was a bit yellowish looking and I thought it would not age well, so I did not purchase it back then.
I just got this one very recently, that’s why it’s not included in my recent post on my favorite brushes, I did not have it yet. I just found my HG crease, packed densily to give a firm but soft application. It’s firmer than the Mac 217 and more precise. I have only washed it once since I got it… hopefully it will keep it’s original color and shape. Time will tell.
I use it to apply crease color and to blend but since I really like a very blended application, I will use the Hakuhudo B214 afterwards.
Tom Ford Smoky Eye
The TF is the softest of these 3, but the difference is not that noticeable…
It’s more firm and densily packed than the Sigma. Between the Mac and the TF the difference is not that obvious, if you have the Mac you sure don’t need the TF…
When I want to smoke the shadow underneath my eyes I will use the Hakuhodo G5520 since it’s even more precise and thin and I like to keep the smokey look under my eyes as thin as possible, but this TF will allow you to do that as well.
I just have way too many brushes and I don’t really need so many… I know…crazy.
I wash them regularly, once a week and it takes me 5 minutes.
I rinse them with lukewarm water, then I use very mild soap or baby shampoo to clean them and rinse them thoroughly.
I very gently press the bristles on to a towel to remove some of the excess water, I put them back to shape (as you can see in the picture below) and I lay them flat on a towel to dry. They dry very quickly, between 1 hour up to 4 hours for the biggest brush.
Once they are dry, I spray a tiny amount of alcohol on the bristles, I don’t know if this is safe, but I just can’t help myself. I am really scared of bacteria and I do this with all my brushes every time I clean them.
This is a picture of them still wet :
I don’t show you a picture before since they were really ugly dirty, you know how the Mac 239 can look so these would look the same.
The only reason why I don’t have them all is because of the price.
Even if these are very good quality brushes, I think there are still some more out there that I haven’t tried yet, but I will someday…
It’s a matter of taste and preference, I just love everything about these Tom Ford but I am not discussing the fact that you can achieve similar results with less expensive brushes… I just want to add that they are much denser, which means much more hair, and I guess we also have to pay that extra hair and extra work somehow…
Of course I recommend them but for such a price you should be able to see them in person before purchasing since they are so insanely expensive. If, like me, you live in a country were any make up brush is expensive, then just order these TF…
Hakuhodo will also launch some more brushes in the near future with white bristles, as soon as they will be available I will test them and will let you know what I think of them. I can’t wait !!
I forgot to mention that I use all these brushes, except the Bronzer, with cream blushes and cream eye shadows and that’s also why I love them so much. Unfortunately this means that I have to clean them more often in between each application but it’s just a matter of minutes and the result is totally worth it.