Jan 23 2015

Tom Ford Boys: Lipsticks in Ian and Giacomo


I know I’m late on this one. The Tom Ford Lips and Boys collection was released back on 26th December, 2014…and anyone who planned to get one has probably done so already. However, even though these mini luxuries are limited edition, they are still available on Tom Ford’s website as well as retailers like Neiman Marcus (though the entire range of shades may not in stock). So…still relevant, I think, right?

Anyway, I picked up two. Let me preface this review by saying that these are the first Tom Ford cosmetics items that I have owned. Of course, I’ve been interested in the brand for a quite some time now.  The price tag (along with my limited access) has always held me back. I’m not sure about price tag thing actually…not meaning that I don’t think it’s expensive. But I have treated myself to pricier items, so as why I approached this brand differently, I cannot say.

Tom Ford Boys Lipstick Giacomo and Ian

Let’s be real, though, $50 USD for a lipstick seems pretty steep. When the Lips and Boys collection was released at $32 USD a pop, even for a smaller size, it was an easier pill to swallow. We don’t have a Tom Ford counter in The Bahamas and shipping options are limited. I ordered through a friend in the U.S. who brought them over for me. This explains the delay in posting/talking about them.

Anyway, the limited collection features 50 shades divided into ten “colour” families: nudes to browns, silvers to black, metallic, light pinks to mauve, pop pinks to roses, fuchsia to magenta, corals to oranges, reds, violets to orchid, and plums.

The the two shades I decided on are: Ian and Giacomo. (I wanted Patrick as well but it was OOS at the time of purchase).  Ian falls into the “light pinks to mauves” category, while Giacomo falls into the “pop pinks and roses” category.  I guess I was really feeling pink.


Tom Ford Boys Lipstick Ian


Tom Ford Boys Lipstick Giacomo



Ian is warm, very light pink with gold shimmer and a frost finish. Here is it swatched and on the lips:

Tom Ford Boys Ian Swatch

Tom Ford Boys Ian Lip Swatch

Tom Ford Boys Ian


I’m still not 100% sure about how I feel about the colour. Close up, it looks a little patchy and boring. From a normal viewing distance, however, it was surprisingly flattering on my complexion. As I’ve never tried the regular Tom Ford lipstick formula, I cannot speak to how it compares – but you can definitely feel the texture of the gold shimmers against your lips. Also, the overage is on the sheer side.

Giacomo is a pinky-coral with a slight hint of gold shimmer. Here is it swatched and on the lips:

Tom Ford Boys Giacomo Swatch


Tom Ford Boys Giacomo Lip Swatch

Tom Ford Boys Giacomo


Unlike Ian, the subtle shimmer particles in Giacomo are very fine and undetectable on the lips, resulting in more of an opalescence finish rather than a shimmery one. The formula is creamy, smooth and comfortable. It is decently pigmented with full coverage on the lips and did not feel at all drying.  The performance of Giacomo is what I imagine to be closer to the regular Tom Ford Lipstick line.

Based on the two Tom Ford Boys I picked up, I’m not sure how I feel about the brand. While the formula is definitely nice and the packaging and presentation are beautiful, these just haven’t wowed me. Maybe I need to test them out a little longer? Or try the original lipstick formula?


I’m very curious – what are your thoughts on the Tom Ford Boys? or Tom Ford’s makeup line in general?



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  1. You’re so lucky that you got Giacomo. It’s sold out here sadly. Looks so lovely on you.
    Ting | The Ting Thing

      • Kimmy on January 23, 2015 at 12:13 pm
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      Aww, thank you Ting. Giacomo is a beautiful shade – and my experience with it is the reason I’ll continue to consider other Tom Ford cosmetic products. I’m still thinking about Patrick which came back in stock on Neimans. 🙂

    • Silke Laura on January 23, 2015 at 7:45 am
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    I really liked Ian myself and swatched quite a few in London. But they’re just so small and I couldn’t get myself to spend the money on them! I didn’t think they were anything special compared to other lipsticks! Such a shame really, the packaging looks stunning! Hopefully you’ll love them even more after playing around with them longer 😉 x

      • Kimmy on January 23, 2015 at 12:16 pm
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      I would imagine that Ian would look quite lovely on your complexion. 🙂 I agree with you, though. Even though they are lovely lipsticks…I suppose I was expecting…something that gives it that je ne sais quoi. Hehe. I’ll play a little more. 🙂 x

  2. I like them both very much but Ian is just gorgeous to me! I’ve never owned anything from Tom Ford either. It’s in my wish list so I hope to try something soon. For now, I’m just happy you get to enjoy some of his gorgeous goodies! Thanks for sharing them with us girl!!!!
    Ps- hope u have a great weekend!!!!

      • Kimmy on January 27, 2015 at 10:39 am
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      Aww. Thanks hun. I hope you had a great weekend as well and that your week is going great so far! I think Ian would look lovely on you – pinks always do! 🙂 And, one day, when you get around to trying Tom Ford, I’d love to know what you think of the brand! 🙂

  3. I haven’t tried any products from Tom Ford, but these seem lovely! I like the darker shade a lot! Too bad they didn’t wow you though! 🙁

    Pink Frenzy

      • Kimmy on January 27, 2015 at 10:40 am
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      Giacomo is pretty nice. I think I’ll give the regular line a shot before I fully cement my thoughts. 🙂

    • kpsays on February 1, 2015 at 12:21 am
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    Love the shades you picked. I did purchase a full sized Tom Ford lipstick, and did a post on it. If you care to search for it on my blog, you’ll find my opinion is much like yours. I was not wow-ed. Yes, the packaging is LUXE and gorgeous. But the formula wasn’t anything extraordinary. Hence, I skipped the Boys. I am a sucker for packaging, but at this price point, I would expect more from the formula.

      • Kimmy on February 2, 2015 at 1:47 pm
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      I will definitely look up your review. I wish I’d seen it before, hehe. Now that you’ve said that about the regular formula, I’ll definitely avoid ordering online and consider it, perhaps, when I’m ever in proximity of a counter so that I can test the formula at little at least! Thank you. xo

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