Tom Ford Translucent Finishing Powder Review

January 31, 2012

My quest for the perfect base makeup never seemed to end, until my most recent acquisition of the Tom Ford Translucent Finishing Powder that has really put my obsession to an end for now.  I was at the counter with my friend wanting to buy  another eyeshadow palette, and while she managed to get herself a beautiful new quad, I got sidetracked by the testers of the finishing powders. The minute I swiped my fingers across the powder, it was the silkiest and the finest powder I have ever touched. My desire for achieving the most flawless complexion intensified so I just became $100 poorer!


The packaging is tastefully plush – a sexy and masculine looking brown mirrored compact case with a gold magnetic closure embossed with Tom Ford.


I praised my love for the La Mer Loose Powder recently, on how incredibly light and silky fine the powder is. To me Tom Ford’s Translucent Finishing Powder is the compact version of it – it has an airy light and superfine texture that adheres to the skin like an invisible silky veil for a natural and luminous finish.  I have been using the powder to set my makeup every morning, and it gives a shine-free and soft-focus finish with a better coverage than loose powder but just as natural looking. The powder diffuses the light to blur out the imperfection, and although a lot of companies have done the revolutionary “light reflecting” technology in their compact foundations/powders,  Tom Ford is the only one that lived up to my expectation with such a lightweight texture of powder. It is also surprisingly long lasting and keeps my face shine-free for the whole day. Sometimes I use it to retouch my makeup throughout the day to freshen up, and it applies beautifully without caking up and looking blotchy. My only complaint is that the enclosed brush is a little prickly for my sensitive skin that has been spoiled by my Suqqu brushes lately.

I am using the shade Ivory Fawn which is the second lightest shade. I have also compared it with the lightest shade Alabaster Nude and they looked extremely similar in the pan! Even the SA was not able to tell the difference…Tom Ford Translucent Finishing Powder is available online here and here.

PS. I don’t have a swatch for you because it just disappears in the skin.

Updated with the Ingredient List:

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Elena January 31, 2012 at 1:47 pm



stephanie January 31, 2012 at 5:55 pm

gosh your reviews are so well written i wish i could write like you!


Reika February 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Thanks 🙂 Your reviews are light hearted and easy to comprehend, I love them too!


Jess January 31, 2012 at 6:15 pm

You know you just sold me this powder?

Guess what! My La Mer Face Powder came in today, and I just had to use it right away of course! And gosh… I’m totally blown away! It’s absolutely THE loose powder I have been looking for my whole life!

Now that you said that the Tom Ford Finishing Powder is like La Mer’s pressed version, I have to make sure to get my hands on it! Hm, I guess the lightest shade Alabaster Nude has a slightly different undertone to it than Ivory Fawn? Well, since I have very fair skin with a natural pink undertone, I need a more ‘yellow’ toned powder to neutralize.

Which one (Alabaster Nude or Ivory Fawn) looks more ‘yellow’ to you, Reika? Thanks for your review! <3


Reika February 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I am so glad to know that you have found THE powder Jess!! Look forward to your review 🙂
I think you should go for Ivory Fawn as it is slightly more yellow than Alabaster Nude.


Koala February 1, 2012 at 9:59 am

Thank you for the review! I was waiting for it since your ‘best base makeup’ post. Now I’ll have to wait until the next harrods 10percent week-end to get this beautiful powder….
Could you tell me if there’s shimmer in it? Or is it completely matte? How does it look in direct sun? Does it look completely natural looking?


Reika February 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm

It is not completely matte nor shimmery. The finish is translucent and luminous if you apply it with a powder brush. I assume you want to know whether I can see any shimmer in it under direct sun? No, it’s a matte powder. And it is the most natural looking pressed powder I have used!
Do you know how often does Harrods do the 10% off? Thx!


Koala February 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I’m happy to hear there’s no shimmer detectable, this powder will be mine!:)
As for the 10% we, I have no idea how often they do it, in january they did it twice during the sale, but before that it was in november if I remember well. So I’d assume they do one every 2~3 months.


Joyce September February 1, 2012 at 10:11 am

You got me slightly tempted there, but I DON’T NEED ANY MORE POWDER RIGHT NOW! Haha! Is the finish like La Mer’s Translucent, or with a tinge of color?


Reika February 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Haha I didn’t need anymore powder either, but I caved in anyway 😛
It is mostly translucent, with a tiny tinge of color, just like my La Mer in creme.


Sophia February 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm

whoa, okay, adding this to my “list” 🙂


Reika February 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Haha I want to know what else is on your “list”!


Sophia February 1, 2012 at 1:39 pm

even the brush that comes in the pan looks divine 🙂


Josie February 1, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Hi there, do you have an ingredient list for this product? I am intrigued!


Reika February 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Just updated my post with the ingredient list!


Koala February 1, 2012 at 11:32 pm

I, too, would like to know the ingredients list… Just out of curiosity


Jennifer February 5, 2012 at 11:24 am

Hi Rei!

I’ve heard so many bloggers raving about Tom Ford products, would love to try Tom Ford some day – hope it’ll land in HK soon! Meanwhile I’m looking into Edward Bess atm!


Kate March 27, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Hi, thanks for the review! have you used guerlain meteorites pressed powder? how is it compare to that? and does this control oil well? thanks 🙂


Reika March 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Hi kate, no I have only used the guerlain meteorites loose powder, but I would imagine the TF has a better coverage. This powder won’t mattify your face, but it doesn’t make your face greasy either. HIH!


Diana June 20, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Uhhh it does look really nice. Do you think it will work for dry skin? I’m looking for a pressed powder that don’t accentuate dry areas.


Reika June 23, 2013 at 3:56 am

Hi Diana, I have dry skin too, and I don’t have any problem with this powder.


Jennifer September 23, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Hi there,
Just wondering if you are familiar with Cle de Peau’s translucent pressed powder and how it compares to Tom Ford one?


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