Worth It: Tom Ford Soleil de Feu Spark Lip Balm

It’s giving golden hour energy.

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Welcome back to Worth It, our weekly seal of approval on noteworthy launches and bespoke collaborations in the worlds of beauty and fashion. If it's featured here, consider these investments worthwhile.

The Promise 

Every summer, like clockwork, Tom Ford releases a special-edition, summer-inspired line of beauty and fragrance. Every year, I’m blown away. This particular trip around the sun has been no exception—the brand’s Soleil de Feu (read: Blazing Sun) collection is the encapsulation of a beach sunset. No, really. It’s an ode to tropical summer nights, golden tones, and sunkissed skin. The Glow Highlighter in Oasis is stunning and the Eau de Parfum smells like the epitome of a five-star vacation, but the star of the collection, in my humble opinion, is the Spark Lip Balm. 

The glitter-flecked tinted balm was designed to mimic the shimmering reflection of a golden sunset on the clear ocean water. Available in Sunlight, which contains a golden shimmer, and Sun Spark, a rose-gold hue, the tinted lip balms are thought to be as aesthetically pleasing as they are nourishing. The product promises immediate shine, instant moisture, and a fuller-looking, smoother pout upon application, all without the inclusion of mineral oils, parabens, or silicones. Alas, I hoard lip balms like it’s my job (I mean, technically it is), so is a $60 Tom Ford one *really* worth it? My honest thoughts, ahead.

Why I’m Obsessed 

I have some pretty strong convictions about lip balms. Here goes: Hydration is a need not a want. Real hydration—none of this fleeting moisture. Pigment is a necessity. One-swipe-and-go energy, all the way. Results—those are very important. I want to be plumped. I want to be supple. I want my lips to look silky smooth. Sadly, my strong convictions have landed me in a stalemate. I’ve resorted to cocktailing an assortment of the best balms, lipsticks, and tints I could find in an effort to check all my non-negotiable boxes. 

Then this Tom Ford little guy came along. The packaging—absolutely gorgeous. No notes. The gold tube is incredibly chic, and doubles as a mini mirror ideal for application on the go. After a good few minutes of ogling at the exterior, I popped off the cap to reveal what’s quite possibly the prettiest lipstick I have seen in my beauty editor life. Physically, it looks like a lipstick bullet, albeit one that is flecked with itty-bitty gold glitter pigments. But upon swatching it on my hand, I instantly knew it firmly belonged to the balm category. It was hydrating and nourishing; the formula maintained its tacky texture well after I tried rubbing it into my skin. 

Sun Spark was definitely the more pigmented of the two, showing up with a dusty rose hue sprinkled with soft sparkles. Sunlight on the other hand, was more translucent, but loads more glittery. The magic formula, in my opinion, was to layer the duo. Sun Spark on the bottom, Sunlight on the top. 

With that tidbit of learned information, I took the balms straight to my lips. They felt just as, if not more nourishing, on my lips than my hand, provided subtle shine, a hint of sparkle, and an instant plumping effect without appearing goopy or feeling sticky. The color was perfect—just a slightly enhanced version of my natural lip tone that looked great solo or accompanying a full face of makeup. Both the pigment and the moisture lasted me hours. 

I’ll be honest: This Tom Ford lip balm checked every single one of my boxes. The pigment is perfect, the texture is dreamy, the hydration is unmatched. I reach for both shades on repeat and as a result, my lips have never, ever felt more hydrated. I’m already halfway done with the bullets—and I pinky promise I will be restocking both shades. They’re worth the splurge.

Samantha Holender
Beauty Editor

Samantha Holender is the Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she reports on the best new launches, dives into the science behind skincare, and shares the breakdown on the latest and greatest trends in the beauty space. She's studied up on every ingredient you'll find on INCI list and is constantly in search of the world's glowiest makeup products. Prior to joining the team, she worked as Us Weekly’s Beauty and Style Editor, where she stayed on the pulse of pop culture and broke down celebrity beauty routines, hair transformations, and red carpet looks. Her words have also appeared on Popsugar, Makeup.com, Skincare.com, Delish.com, and Philadelphia Wedding. Samantha also serves as a board member for the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). She first joined the organization in 2018, when she worked as an editorial intern at Food Network Magazine and Pioneer Woman Magazine. Samantha has a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. While at GWU, she was a founding member of the school’s HerCampus chapter and served as its President for four years. When she’s not deep in the beauty closet or swatching eyeshadows, you can find her obsessing over Real Housewives and all things Bravo. Keep up with her on Instagram @samholender.