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