Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation...Swatches of All 15 Shades!

Tom Ford traceless perfecting foundation
Above: The freshly released Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation...long wearing, medium to full coverage and a natural finish...magnifique!
As a foundation devotee, I have been eagerly anticipating the release of the latest Tom Ford foundation formula, the Traceless Perfecting Foundation (currently available at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman).  Up until yesterday, I had only read online murmurings of this formula, which purports long wearing medium to full coverage with a natural finish and comes in a revolutionary airless pump.  Imagine my unfettered delight in discovering that Neiman Marcus Fashion Island (where I was commiserating with Sabrina of The Beauty Look Book for lunch + a beauty-drenched afternoon) had just received its shipment minutes prior to our arrival!  Of course, I picked up a bottle (enabling a comprehensive future review) and will share my initial impressions in this post.  

Above: The lovely Sabrina of The Beauty Look Book and me following our time at Neiman Marcus.
The more important element, however, is that I have swatches of ALL 15 shades in various lighting situations to share...since this was a spontaneous swatching session, I had to use my trusty iPhone instead of my esteemed Cannon Rebel but I am pleased with how the images came out nonetheless.  I hope you enjoy ; ) 

A quick rundown of my initial impressions:
  • The shades are both numbered and named, but, unlike the ordering of the original TF Traceless Liquid Foundation and TF Traceless Foundation Stick (fully swatched HERE), the numbers do not correspond with a "lightest to darkest" schema. 
  • Although there is some correlation between formulas (e.g., I wear #5 Natural in the stick--swatched and reviewed HERE; swatches of ALL shades of the stick HERE--and picked up #5 Natural in the Traceless Perfecting), it is not, in anyway, exact.  More on this towards the end of my post.
  • Texturally, the foundation is much more dense than the original Traceless SPF 15 formula and this viscosity yields significantly greater coverage (medium to full) that still looks very believable and not "made-up."
  • Once applied, the foundation takes on a natural matte finish...the skin looks incredibly perfected, yet entirely natural, with a single application.
  • I tested out its purported long-wearing capabilities today...it's sunny, 100+ degrees and extremely humid in Southern CA today and I am on hour #7 of wear as I type this.  My skin hasn't required a touchup (no sliding, creasing or pooling into pores) and looks only slightly glowy.  Impressive. 
  • Even though it is thicker in texture than the original Traceless formula, my skin still feels like it can breathe...the formula doesn't feel heavy or greasy whatsoever.
  • It has SPF 15 but doesn't appear to flash back in flash photography.
  • Overall, I am very pleased with this latest foundation incarnation...it provides much better coverage (for my preferences) than the original Traceless SPF 15 formula and more stalwart lasting power than the Foundation Stick (which was already fairly decent to begin with).  This formula is definitely an asset and sure to be a hit at Tom Ford counters...especially as individuals continue to battle sweaty, heated summertime complexions for the next couple of months!
Ingredients

Active Ingredients
octinoxate
titanium dioxide


Inactive Ingredients
water • dimethicone • cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 dimethicone • butylene glycol • glycerin • trimethylsiloxysilicate • disteardimonium hectorite • sodium chloride • polyglyceryl-3 diisostearate • sapindus mukurossi fruit extract • morinda citrifolia fruit extract • butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) • lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil • caffeine • dimethicone crosspolymer • methicone • stearic acid • glyceryl oleate • caesalpinia spinosa gum • tocopheryl acetate • tocopherol • lecithin • sodium dehydroacetate • ascorbyl palmitate • glyceryl stearate • citric acid • talc • alumina • disodium EDTA • linalool • phenoxyethanol • [+/- iron oxides (CI 77491) • iron oxides (CI 77492) • titanium dioxide (CI 77891) • iron oxides (CI 77499) • mica]


Official details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus:

For Tom Ford, A Flawless Complexion is the essential first step to a balanced and symmetrical face. This natural-finish, longwearing, humidity-resistant foundation hydrates and evens skin tone, creating a flawless, supple and pore-less canvas on which to sculpt the features. Its state-of-the-art formulation includes the skin-nourishing Tom Ford infusing complex to help smooth and renew skin and help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Buildable medium-to-full coverage SPF broad-spectrum sun protection shields skin from UVA/UVB damage.
1 fl. oz./30ml

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Let the shade descriptions (with their approximate correlating matches in the Traceless Foundation Stick) and swatching begin!  

Kindly scroll on for swatches and shade descriptions (including a closeup of #5 Natural--my personal match--in all three TF foundation formulas) as well as the Bottom Line...

Tom Ford traceless perfecting foundation swatches
Above: **Missing the "#7 Tawny" dot.  This is the only image with that oversight ; ) 
Shade Descriptions (in my experience):

#1 Cream: Very light neutral beige for skin in the N/NC/NW 15 range...the approximate match in the Traceless Foundation Stick is Alabaster.
#2 Ivory: Light neutral beige for skin in the N/NW 15-20 range...the approximate match in the Traceless Foundation Stick is Pale Dune.
#3 Fawn: Light yellow beige for skin in the N/NC 15-20 range...the approximate match in the Traceless Foundation Stick is Fawn.
#4 Bisque: Light neutral beige for skin in the N//NC/NW 20-25 range...the approximate match in the Traceless Foundation Stick is Bisque.
#5. Natural: Light to medium warm olive beige for skin in the N/NC 25-28 range...the approximate matches in the Traceless Foundation Stick are somewhere between Natural, Bisque and Sable.
#6 Sable: Medium warm beige for skin in the NC 30 range...the approximate match in the Traceless Foundation Stick are somewhere between Sable and Tawny.
#6.5 Rosewood: Light rosy beige for skin in the N/NW 20-23 range...the approximate match in the Traceless Foundation Stick is Fawn (though Fawn is a bit more on the yellow side).
#7 TawnyVery warm golden medium beige for skin in the NC 30-35 range...the approximate matches in the Traceless Foundation Stick are somewhere between Tawny and Caramel.
#8 Caramel: Neutral to peachy medium beige for skin in the N/NC/NW 30-35 range...the approximate matches in the Traceless Foundation Stick are somewhere between Tawny and Caramel.
#9 Sienna: Dark neutral beige for skin in the N/NC/NW 35-42 range...the approximate matches in the Traceless Foundation Stick are somewhere between Toffee and Praline
#11 Warm Almond: Dark neutral to warm beige for skin in the N/NC/NW 43-45 range...the approximate match in the Traceless Foundation Stick is Warm Almond.
#12 Chestnut: Darkest neutral beige for skin in the N/NC/Nw 45-50+ range...the approximate match in the Traceless Foundation Stick is Chestnut.

**#13, #14 and #15 are Asia-centric shades with Buff and Linen both being lighter than #1 Cream and #15 Bare Beige slipping into the lineup between #3 Fawn and #4 Bisque.

#13 Buff: Very fair neutral beige for skin in the N/NW 10 range...the approximate match in the Traceless Foundation Stick is Alabaster.  This is the lightest shade in the formula.
#14 Linen: Very fair yellow beige for skin in the NC 10 range...the approximate matches in the Traceless Foundation Stick are somewhere between Alabaster and Pale Dune (but closer to Pale Dune in undertone).
#15 Bare Beige: Light neutral to warm beige for skin in the N/NC/NW 20-23 range...the approximate matches in the Traceless Foundation Stick are somewhere between Fawn, Bisque and Natural.

Tom Ford traceless perfecting foundation swatches

Tom Ford traceless perfecting foundation swatches

Tom Ford traceless perfecting foundation swatches

Tom Ford traceless perfecting foundation swatches
Above: Also wearing a Blank NYC Denim Pencil Skirt and Jenni Kayne D'Orsay Flats.
Tom Ford traceless perfecting foundation swatches

Tom Ford traceless perfecting foundation swatches

Tom Ford traceless perfecting foundation swatches

Tom Ford traceless perfecting foundation swatches

Tom Ford traceless perfecting foundation swatches

Tom Ford traceless perfecting foundation swatches

Tom Ford traceless perfecting foundation swatches

And now for a brief visual break from swatches...

Above: Ahh...the beautiful Neiman Marcus, Fashion Island.
Above: The ever-patient Jethro dutifully waiting while I swatch outside of the store. 
Back to the swatches!

Because there is not a direct correlation between the same shade in the different formulas (though some similarities), I wanted to illustrate the differences with a sample shade, #5 Natural, that happens to be my best match in all three formulas throughout the year.  

Shade #5 Natural in the: 
  • Traceless Perfecting Foundation is approximately NC 25-28 upon dry down.  It leans very warm olive and is a perfect match for my summer skin.
  • Traceless Foundation SPF 15 is approximately NC 23-25 upon dry down.  It, too, leans very warm, but lacks the apparent depth of the Traceless Perfecting version of Natural.
  • Traceless Foundation Stick is approximately NC 20-25 upon dry down.  It more neutral and appears MUCH lighter than the Traceless Perfecting and slightly lighter than the original Traceless versions and is my perfect match in the winter and early spring months.  


Tom Ford traceless perfecting foundation swatches

Tom Ford traceless perfecting foundation swatches

Tom Ford traceless perfecting foundation swatches

And so concludes this host of swatches!

Above: At the end of my Fashion Island excursion...armed with bags aplenty and taking dinner home to my parents and husband ; )   That's "my" kind of cooking!  Also wearing a Topshop Crepe Swing Tank, Blank NYC Pencil Skirt and Jenni Kayne Leather D'Orsay Flats
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Bottom Line: I am beyond thankful that the timing worked out for me to enjoy a gorgeous day at Fashion Island with a dear friend AND have the chance to swatch this incredible new formula (currently available at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman).  Although, of course, more trial will be necessary before I can extend my final opinion on this foundation, I can confirm that upon wearing  it for the past seven hours (and it is excruciatingly warm and humid today), my skin looks ultra even, only slightly dewy and completely fresh (without a single touchup...I didn't even initially set this with powder).  In other words, this medium to full coverage wonder wears beautifully!  

More soon including new releases from Jouer, Hourglass and Cle de Peau as well as swatches of the new Tom Ford Concealing Pen (which I also got a chance to play with at length yesterday).  So excited for all I'm working on at Beauty Professor!  Whoever said summer was the "slow season" was dead wrong ;  )

Will YOU be trying this foundation? Thoughts? 

Hope your week is going well...xx,

--The Beauty Professor

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50 comments:

  1. Thank you So SO much for this!! You are the first to get out there and publish swatches and opinions!! I look forward to your feelings on the foundation after you have truly gotten to play with it. Also what you think about the concealer... And the sponge tip �� That has me a bit weary.
    Thanks again from all the folks who would have to drive 4-5 hours or catch a plane to be able to play with Tom Ford foundations, etc.
    ttfn, Charli

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    1. My pleasure, Charli! I felt so fortunate to be able to be at NM the day it arrived and wanted to get the swatches up as soon as possible for everyone ordering online!

      I did indeed swatch the concealer (images soon) and the texture and coverage is good...the sponge tip is flexible and seems to distribute the product well; I just didn't try any on my face ; )

      I so appreciate your kind feedback and hope you have a lovely rest of the week...xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  2. Thank you SO much for this, Ms BP! I am a long time reader, first time commenter, and would love to say THANK YOU for your detailed and brilliant swatches. I live in Australia, and as a result, shop online a lot. Your swatches make that process so much more enjoyable and certain.

    I adore the TF Traceless Liquid Foundation, so cannot try wait to try its matter, longer-lasting sister. We receive the TF prods much, much later than you American babes (we just received the Color Sheers last week!), so I'll have to trawl the internet to find a suitable TF source, because I can't wait for this one! Thanks again, we are very lucky to have you! x

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    1. Hello Georgia!

      I am happy to share these! Thank you for commenting and offering your sweet sentiments; it always makes my work feel worthwhile when I can help my readers with their online beauty procurements.

      This is definitely longer lasting and more coverage than the original TF Traceless and so perfect for warm weather!

      Have a beautiful day and please keep in touch...xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  3. Great post! Im an natural i tf stick. What color do you think suit me best? Looks like natural is a bit dark :-(

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    1. Thank you, Linda! I would suggest Fawn (on the lighter side), Bare Beige (neutral and similar in terms of tone..I will likely go to this in the colder months when I'm at my lightest) or Bisque (just a hint lighter and more neutral than the Traceless Perfecting Natural).

      I hope that helps!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  4. Dear Professor, thank you so much for this dissertation ;). There is no Tom Ford counter in this country and thanks to your swatches I correctly chose my shades in the Traceless Liquid (Tawny) and the Foundation Stick (Caramel, though could prob also have gone for Tawny) LOL! So if I read things correctly I should be Tawny in this line; I am deeply yellow in undertone. I shall wait and see whether anyone darker than you posts some swatches within the coming months; I shall only really reach for fuller coverage in the autumn anyway, but thanks to you I now know where to start!!! <3.

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    1. Hello Bella,

      My pleasure! I am so glad that my swatches could help you to find your perfect match! I think you will find a great match in Tawny in this formula well!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  5. I love the fact it has sooo many shades to choose from. Great to see TF did not forget coloured women. Your swatches are perfect as always, so helpful for us who wants to purchase through online!

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    1. There is a fantastic distribution of shades, Shireen...I feel the same way! There should definitely be a match of everyone in this formula!

      Thanks for your sweet words and talk soon...xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  6. Thank you so much for your extensive and detailed swatches, much appreciated! I enjoy your blog but I don't usually comment, however you put so much work into this I couldn't resist.

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    1. Happy to help, Viv! I so appreciate you sharing your comment this time ; )

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    1. Thank you, Wendy!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  8. thank you thank you thank you! love you and this blog!

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    1. My pleasure...thank YOU for your support!

      xo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  9. OH MY! I was just looking at this foundation online yesterday and it showed up at your blog today. THANK YOU! These swatches are very helpful indeed. And I look forward to your future foundation reviews.
    Enjoy your day.

    Rochie

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    1. Hi Rochie!

      I tried to get the swatches up as soon as I could ; ) Glad to hear that they are helpful!

      xoxo and enjoy your day as well,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. I use # 3 Fawn but you are right it is a bit more onto the yellow side which I prefer a bit warmer shade, so I think I am gonna try 6.5 rosewood. I will link this post in my blog ( non English version ), is it all right? It would help others for sure !

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    3. Hi Jamsusa!

      That sounds wise...yes, please feel free to link to this post from your blog. Thank you for asking!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  10. Thank you so much for posting these swatches! As a huge fan of the Traceless Foundation Stick, I've been so excited to try this foundation. I almost ordered it in the shade Cream--- thank goodness I was able to see that Buff was the lightest shade. You've saved me a return! Thank you for all that you do, I really appreciate it! Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Hello Francesca!

      Happy to oblige ; ) If you love the coverage of the Traceless Foundation Stick then I think you will enjoy this new formula as well! So glad that my swatches helped you to select your perfect match!

      Thank you for your support and friendship...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  11. LOL!!! You did it again!! You read my mind!! I was able to see these in person and was shocked to learn my previous match of Fawn wasn't my match anymore...I was able to wear Bare Beige and could have pulled off Natural, but once winter came I would have to go lighter again so I opted for Bare Beige...I'm waiting for mine to be delivered as they didn't have it in stock, I can't wait to properly test it and also to hear your thoughts! I can't say I'm not excited to see swatches of the new CdP Radiant foundation...I want to order so badly but I want to make sure I go with the right shade! Have an awesome day and thank you so much!!!

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    1. Hello Rebekah!

      Love it...we foundation lovers are likely hard-wired with luxury formula new release radar ; ) Did that make sense? I am so glad you were able to determine your match...I know I'll go down to Bare Beige once my summer skin lightens back up to a NC 23-25 or so. Ahh...working on the CdP Radiant review this weekend...be forewarned, it's an equally lovely formula!

      xoxo and have a beautiful day...talk soon,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Ohhhhhh my dear BP....you weren't kidding about the CdP. I'm supposed to be testing the TF$ this week at the request of tons of friends...but I keep cheating on it with the CdP foundation!! They are so equally beautiful, I don't think I could choose a favorite!

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    3. Indeed! Isn't it dreamy? I have been alternating between the CdP and TF for the past couple of weeks and both are staples on my vacation (though I will say that the TF has a slight a leg up on withstanding heat and humidity).

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  12. Thank you so much for sharing these swatches with everyone (and bless you for taking them and writing this wonderful overview). I hope you don't mind, but I linked to your post from a few posts on my own site as so many are asking for swatches, and I don't have access to them right now. Besides which, this post can essentially serve as the Traceless Perfecting Foundation Swatch Bible. Thanks again! (P.S. I was happy to hear that Bisque is essentially the same - mine should be delivered tomorrow!)

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    1. Hello!

      Thanks for all of the wonderful feedback...I don't mind at all that you've linked to this post and am glad that it will be a good companion to what you've already written about this foundation, making it helpful to Tom Ford lovers everywhere ; ) Can't wait to hear your thoughts on Bisque!

      xoxo and talk soon,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  13. Ohhhhhhhhhh now I need to order. Linen I bet. But I am not chomping at the bit for the concealer input and shades!!!

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    1. Hello Ame...I hope Linen works out for you!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  14. Wow! Thanks for swatching these so thoroughly. I really want to wear the original traceless foundation, but the Alabaster is too dark and too yellow. So if there is indeed a shade in the Traceless Perfecting formula that is lighter than Alabaster, I cannot wait to try it.

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    1. Hello Tatiana,

      Glad to hear that the swatches are helpful for you! I think you may find your perfect match in this formula since it has shades that are indeed lighter than Alabaster!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  15. Thank you so much for the swatches! I was contemplating buy this, but I hate buying online and blindly guessing what color to buy. Would you say that the 13 and 14 are more yellow than Fawn and Cream? They look like it in your swatches, but it can be hard to tell sometimes.

    I have the most difficult time finding foundation shades that match my super fair but yellow complexion. I usually wear By Terry Cover Expert in Creme Beige, but that is actually too dark and pink for me. :) To date, I haven't found a foundation that matches, maybe Hourglass's Immaculate in Porcelain, but that's a hair too light and too powdery looking on me.

    Based on your swatches, I think I might be Buff, Linen, or Fawn.

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    1. My pleasure, Christina!

      Yes, I would say that #14 is more yellow than Fawn and Cream and that #13 is similar...more in the neutral to yellow territory.

      I hope you find your perfect match in this formula...it is magnificent!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  16. Hi BP:)
    Was hoping you could give comparison of this to the CdP cream foundation. Wanting more natural to semi-matte finish, but very interested in the TF:)
    Enjoy your vacation
    XX ((HUGS))
    Shelly

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    1. Hi Shelly,

      Thanks for the question! I find that this is similar the CdP Cream Foundation (which I still adore); although, the TF holds up even better in heat and humidity than the CdP! Both are lovely options and have similar natural, semi-matte finishes. Since I have a full tube of the O20 in the CdP, I'll go back to that when my skin lightens up a bit, but for now, the TF Natural is a perfect fit for my summer skin.

      Hope that helps...xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  17. Dear BP,
    I could use Fawn, but it is too yellow. I would much prefer Bisque, but it is too dark. Would you advise me to get Bare Beige or Ivory (which looks kind of darker than Fawn in your swatches)?
    Thank you so much. Your advice is truly appreciated!
    Michaela

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    1. Hi Michaela,

      I would suggest Bare Beige as I think it fits right in the middle of the shades that don't work for you!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  18. Let me start of by saying, I LOVE LOVE your blog!
    I'm having trouble finding a color match foundation. I'm Asian with a really yellow undertone, I would say I'm NC-25. I've tried many foundation brands; Chanel, Armani, Bobbi brown etc.. Its yellow enough when i'm indoor but once I step outdoor, It's PINK! I even had people tell me it's pink or orange. Could you recommend a few foundations with a yellow undertone? and also I was hoping you could give comparison of this (Tom Ford) to the By Terry expert foundation. and also which one do you think has more of a yellow tone?


    Thank you! xoxo

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    1. Hello Cathy!

      Thank you ever so much!

      With regards to your question, I would suggest the Tom Ford in Bare Beige and the By Terry in #7 (on the lighter side of NC 25) and #8 (closer to NC 25-27). All three shades have yellowish undertones that don't turn pink!

      I hope that helps...xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  19. Thank you so much for these amazing swatches! I really don't know what I'd do without your blog. What shade do you think is comparable to By Terry Cover Expert 2/GA Luminous Silk 2? I'm usually the fairest shade in most foundations (around an N10-12) with neutral to slightly yellow undertones.

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    1. Great to hear from you and happy to help! I would suggest Buff or Linen!

      Hope that helps...xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Thank you! I ordered Buff, I'll let you know how it is!

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    3. Great, Jen...please do!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  20. Hi BP
    How would you say the shades 4 and 5 differ - is it just a matter of a lighter shade or is it slightly more yellow? I would be around a Mac NC 25 and I am a 5.5 in Armani luminous silk , Nars Tinted Moisturiser in Groenland - I am leaning towards the 4 - I'm about a 9 in the By Terry Densiless foundation and cover expert in summer months but these can tend to be a bit warm .?? Any direction would be great!

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    1. Hello! In response to your question, #4 Bisque is a touch lighter and more neutral than #5 Natural. I am NC 25-27 and #5 is still a good match for my skin but I might bump down to #4 once I get a bit lighter and spot on with a NC 25. If you think you are going to stay at a NC 25 (and not get any darker) then I would recommend the #4. Otherwise, if you think you'll get a tad darker, then the #5 should work.

      I hope that helps!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Thank u so much-I really appreciate your help!!I think 4 will b perfect from your comments.

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    3. My pleasure and glad to hear it!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  21. Dear Beauty Professor,
    Thanks for the great review. I purchased the new Tom Ford foundation in Barely Beige for my NW20-23 (neutral to pink undertone) skin tone. It seems a tad too yellow/orange in undertone for me , but the intensity level seems good. Would the Bisque perhaps lean more cool? For reference the YSL fusion shade in BR30 works well for my skin tone.
    Thanks for a great blog that I very much enjoy reading.

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    1. Hi Beth,

      Thanks for your question...the Bisque does lean a bit more neutral but it is definitely deeper in intensity than Barely Beige (closer to a B40 in the YSL than the B30 that you currently wear).

      I hope that helps...xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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