Friday, 4 November 2011

Tom Ford Lipstick in Flamingo

It was my Birthday on Sunday and as Tom Ford makeup was on my list, one of the new lip colours, Flamingo, arrived in the post from my brother. This means he actually ventured into Selfridges Beauty Hall so I'm very impressed and obviously very grateful (I thought he might have a fit once he realised the price).

Tom Ford Lipstick in Flamingo - £36 (photo taken in very poor artificial light)
Many, including me, are upset that Pure Pink was not part of the new makeup collection and when I visited the Selfridges counter, the sales staff tried to convince me Flamingo was a good alternative. Personally I don't think it is, Violet Fatale is more similar, but I do still like it in its own right and thought a comparison post would be useful. If you want my impressions of the Tom Ford lipsticks, you can see one of my previous posts here, this one will just be focused on the colours.

Tom Ford Flamingo applied to the lips (photo taken in natural light)

Left to right: Tom Ford Violet Fatale, Tom Ford Pure Pink, Tom Ford Flamingo, Tom Ford True Coral

I would describe Flamingo as a mid-warm pink. I originally thought that it would be very similar to By Terry By Terrybly lipstick in Torrid Rose, but when the two are side by side, the By Terry looks almost cool in contrast. I was surprised at how close Tom Ford Pure Pink and Violet Fatale look but the nearest match in the Tom Ford line to Flamingo is actually True Coral. This reflects the warmth in the pink. I dug out MAC's Impassioned so you can see that comparison as well in the swatches.

Swatches left to right: Tom Ford Pure Pink layered over True Coral, MAC Impassioned, Tom Ford True Coral, By Terry Torrid Rose, Tom Ford Flamingo, Tom Ford Pure Pink, Tom Ford Violet Fatale
Swatches left to right: Tom Ford Pure Pink layered over True Coral, MAC Impassioned, Tom Ford True Coral, By Terry Torrid Rose, Tom Ford Flamingo, Tom Ford Pure Pink, Tom Ford Violet Fatale

Finally I tried a little experiment, layering two shades from the original Tom Ford lineup of just 12 lipsticks, to see if it created Flamingo. Pure Pink layered over True Coral is pretty much a perfect match so in short, if you already have those two shades, there is no need to buy Flamingo. I think it also gives the best impression of Flamingo's true colour, a mix of pink and orange. Overall, the quality is same as my other TF lipsticks, very high, and I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked this shade. It doesn't quite have the same impact as Pure Pink, Cherry Lush and Violet Fatale (my favourites), but it is still flattering. I tend to avoid warmer colours, particularly when it comes to pinks, but somehow Flamingo works for me.

I will try and do a full review and swatch comparison on Tom Ford Violet Fatale, Casablanca, Vanilla Suede, Black Orchid and Smoke Red in the forthcoming weeks. Unfortunately it is proving very good to take a decent picture as natural light seems in short supply at the moment!

4 comments:

  1. It costs HOW MUCH?!?! Don't get me wrong, it's lovely, but - it cost HOW MUCH?!?! :-) xx

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  2. Belated Happy Birthday lovely! Hope it was a good one. Lippie is gorgeous on you x

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  3. Love that colour! Just beautiful!! Oh, and happy birthday :)

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