Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Is £35 too much for one lipstick, even if it is by Tom Ford?

When I first heard about Tom Ford's new lipstick line I'll admit I was not that excited. I had satisfied my lipstick cravings with Chanel's Coco Rouge and that was more than enough to keep me happy.

However, a few months down the line, curiosity got the better of me. I didn't know much about the products or the brand but I took a gamble and ordered Pure Pink online. When it arrived I was pleased with the white packaging, just because it is easier to tell it apart my Chanel and MAC lipsticks! However, £35 is not justified by packaging alone, for me the real test was the lipstick, the colour, how well it applied and how it felt on the lips.

I am happy to say (although my bank manager probably isn't) that the Tom Ford lipstick in Pure Pink passed all three with flying colours. The shade is one of those rare finds that once applied, lights up my face. Even if I am wearing no other makeup, one application of Pure Pink makes my skin look more radiant and my eyes brighter. It's makeup magic!

Even though it is a vivid shade, I didn't need to apply lip liner. It feels nice and creamy on the lips, I have very dry lips so this has been important. However, it isn't creamy in the sense that it slides around as with some other brands, it stays in place and envelops the lips making them feel comfortable. You probably realise by now that I really love these lipsticks!

After the success with Pure Pink, I got Cherry Lush and Pink Dusk. Cherry Lush is a vibrant cherry red that leans towards pink, but I think that this makes it more wearable than your average red. It is another shade on me that lights up my face. Pink Dusk is from the nudes and unfortunately it just doesn't work well with my skin tone. It's a great shade, a pinky nude, but it washes me out. I would need to wear heavy smokey eyes to even attempt to make it work.

 It has still not put me off trying out more shades from the range though, True Coral is on its way and I think Moroccan Rouge is definitely next on the list. I have swatched these but if you want to see how they look on the lips, Grace London at www.londonmakeupgirl.com has some great posts on the individual colours so you can see how they look in the context of the whole face.

Left to right: Tom Ford Lipsticks in Pure Pink, Pink Dusk & Cherry Lush

Left to right: swatches of Pure Pink, Pink Dusk & Cherry Lush
All I can say is I do think they are worth their price. For me, they far surpass any Chanel lipstick and they are the only ones that truly feel comfortable on my lips. Even though I own a lot of red and pink lipsticks, none come close to Pure Pink and Cherry Lush or even Pink Dusk. This may not be the case for other people but I would prefer to spend on one lipstick that I reach for all the time than 4 or 5 that I only wear every now and again.

Being such a big fan of the Tom Ford lipsticks, I can't wait to see what else is added to the range. There is a special Black Orchid Nail Varnish that was released yesterday but only as part of a £90 gift set. Hopefully, a nail varnish range may be in the offing.

Tom Ford Private Blend Lipsticks are available for £35 each at Selfridges and Harrods, both online and in store.


  1. I think the Pure Pink looks gorgeous, at least from the swatches and I saw it applied on LondonMUGirl's blog and it really seems to light up the face. I deffinitely wouldn't say no if, let's say my boyfriend wanted to give me one as a present :)

  2. It is a great colour, much better than I thought it would be. Drop some major hints to the boyfriend!

    Your nail varnishes were sent out today so hopefully they should be with you soon X

  3. Well, they look great and the packaging is very lovely too but I think my boyfriend would have a heart attack if he knew how much they cost :)

    Thank you for the nail polishes (and for your patience), I will let you know as soon as I get them, cannot wait! X Klara