I am in the love category when it comes to Tom Ford. The Tom Ford years at Gucci are my favorite. I am hoping to score either a pair of TF sunglasses or fragrance since I don't see myself owning any of his apparel in this lifetime. I am still kicking myself for not seeing his first directed feature film, A Single Man (2009). So you can imagine how giddy I was when I learned he was going to release a lipstick line (Private Blends Lip Color) in conjunction with his fragrances. These originally launched last year.
So you can imagine my extreme giddiness when I discovered these were going to be sold at the Cosmetic Company Store that's across from my office for $31.50 vs. regular price - $45.
I was waiting for this moment. Look at this sexy lipstick case:
In my line up I really don't have a whole lot to compare this to so I was even happier that this shade is unique in my collection:
Chanel Rouge Allure - Romantic (warm pinkish rose)
TF - Moroccan Rouge (cool bluish rose)
Burberry - Prune (neutral reddish plum)
On my lips (NC42)
It goes on smooth, good amount of slip and when the formula set it's comfortable and not at all drying. There's not a real discerning scent - maybe a light vanilla if you sniff hard. The pigment lasts! I got through a good solid three almost 4 hours without having to reapply. Good, right?
Okay so this is where it goes wrong.
By the end of the day, I found color settling in lines around my lips accentuating the dry areas - you need super smooth lips for this - exfoliation is key! And I am sad to report that the next morning my lips were itchy and peeling. I almost want to give this another try just because it's a pretty badass lipstick and I love Tom Ford.
Then again maybe it's a good thing that lipsticks over the $35 range don't play well with my lips - ie. (Guerlain). My wallet doesn't seem to mind (nor my husband).
I am sad but I'm still looking forward to the arrival of Tom Ford's upcoming color collection this Fall. The lipstick may be a fail but I am willing to give the rest of his collection a shot!
|(photo from WWD.com)|
I will be practicing from now till then maintaining the sexy like Ms. Lara Stone captures below in Tom Ford's Beauty ad. I will need the confidence to pull off a bold eye and lip like this!