Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer Review – Part 1
Value For Money10
The past week has been extremely productive – shopping wise that is.. Hehe.. I guess it’s never a good idea to deprive oneself of fundamental needs like shopping, eating, sleeping. I was meant to be on a strict makeup diet for 2 months, and it’s technically February now, so I’ve been pretty good for a month, I guess that’s ok right? All hell broke lose when I went out with Sophia to Sephora and bought a bunch of stuff. Click here to watch my haul video.
I have problematic lips that peel and dry up so easily that I need lip balm on perpetually all the time. After seeing Rae’s swatches and review on the new limited edition Tom Ford Lip Color Sheers, I knew I had to get them! The packaging is a beautiful white and gold, which is the old packaging of Tom Ford lipsticks. Looking at the history of limited edition Tom Fords making it’s way to Singapore, I didn’t want to risk missing out on these and had to order online from Selfridges. Selfridges was picked over Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom because it is much more straight forward (no 3rd party shipping required).
The Tom Ford Spring 2014 Color collection celebrates the return of warm weather with a wardrobe of hues ranging from shimmering neutrals to alluring brights. His lip color sheer brings a decadent mix of vitamins C and E, plus shea butter, to your lips to hydrate and moisturize while delivering you the perfect pop of color. The distinct lip color is packaged in a retro-chic case.
There are 8 exclusive colors in total in this collection. I had a hard time limiting myself to just two (P.S. after trying out these two, I placed another order for three more colors :x).
These are super luxe. I like how the lipsticks have “weight” which makes them really solid and are of a nice regular shape which makes photo-taking or decorating the vanity a breeze. The white packaging is definitely a standout among the usual black packaging lipsticks. The beautifully embossed “TF” on the lipstick is also so precise that you almost wouldn’t want to use the lipstick just to maintain it’s lovely pristine feel.
FIRECRACKER is a very intensely pigmented red-orange shade that applies very smoothly. I was surprised with the rich texture and pigmentation when this was meant to be part of a moisturising sheer range. This is a very beautiful bright orange with a strong red influence so it doesn’t lean too orangey which can be difficult to pull off on asian skin. I wore this for the first time when I filmed the Kate Somerville DermaQuench Liquid Lift review yesterday and was surprised at how well it lasted through the talking and eating after filming. It also leaves a nice even stain on the lips when the glossy parts wear off, just the way I like it. I would say this lipstick lasted a good 6-7 hours on me (including the stain).
PINK DUNE is a shimmery pink-beige which contains microscopic gold shimmers which glisten when worn on the lips, giving a beautiful iridescent duo chrome effect. It does not have the same pigmentation level as FIrecracker and is definitely fitting to be a part of a “sheer” lipstick collection. I was initially skeptical about wearing this shade, fearing that it might look frosty and dated. After swatching it, I was immediately in love. I was surprised that it doesn’t feel “sandy” as most glittering lipsticks do. It is also very moisturising and I have since worn it to work and loved it. It is a beautiful my lips but better type of color, one that can be worn with dramatic makeup or natural makeup without looking washed out.
Both lipsticks apply very smoothly, they are very moisturising and I was surprised that I could wear them both without lip balm. These feel a lot like lip conditioners, but with beautiful color that lasts throughout the day.
Price and how to order:
Ok… I’m not going to lie, these are pricey and definitely live up to it’s luxury branding. But hey! At least the formula is beautiful, and not forgetting that these are limited edition!
You can order them online either from Selfridges.com £36 each. If you are shipping internationally, there’s an additional VAT deduction of £6 per lipstick which more than makes up for the £25 shipping that you have to pay. The optimum amount to order would be about £140 where the amount of VAT deductions would be more than the shipping, making your shipping technically free. Best of all, the shipping is really speedy! I got my order in 3 days!!!
Alternatively, you can order from Neiman Marcus or Nordstrom but because they don’t allow international shipping for Tom Ford, you will have to use a 3rd party shipping service. Each lipstick cost USD49.
PS: Nordstrom doesn’t have Pink Dune and many colors are out of stock now but there will be new stock coming in later this month.
Overall, this will definitely become my most reached for holy grail lipsticks. They are easy to wear and conditions the lips so beautifully, which makes them the perfect choice for work. I have since ordered 3 more lipsticks so stay tuned for part 2 of the series.
Hope this has been helpful!