TOM FORD Beauty: Bitter Bitch Nail Lacquer Review & Swatches

If someone were to ask me what my favorite beauty product is I would say nail polish, with lipstick coming in as a close second.  I think about nail polish the same way I think about shoes: they can make or break an outfit/look.  It doesn’t matter how beautifully made-up your face may be—if your nails look awful it will absolutely ruin the look.  Especially if you are a jewelry (ring!) addict like me.  In that case in particular manicured nails are always a must.

One of the most-buzzed about items in the new TOM FORD Beauty Collection is the Nail Lacquer.  The colors, which cover the full range of neutrals to brights, are beautifully saturated and high shine.  And with names like Bordeaux Lust, Naked and Carnal Red they certainly are attention grabbing.  There is one particular color, however, that seems to be garnering the most attention.

Meet Bitter Bitch:

The perfect Fall color, isn’t she?

At first glance, Bitter Bitch is a rich, chocolatey-brown nail lacquer with a red base.  It is a vampy, seductive shade that is already selling out everywhere.  Instant cult-classic, anyone?

But Bitter Bitch is complicated.  She isn’t a Chanel Vamp-wannabe.  She is much more than that.

She is a chameleon.

The formula is so saturated that, at times, Bitter Bitch seems almost black:

That is very different from how she looks in the bottle, no?

My photo on left/Stock photo on right

But you know what?  In natural light, she looks lighter.  Softer.  Not quite as bitter, perhaps?

The official description of the TOM FORD Beauty Nail Lacquer’s reads: “To Tom Ford every detail counts. This extra-amplified, gloss and shine nail lacquer, in a wardrobe of shades from alluring brights to chic neutrals, lets you express your mood and complete your look. Its groundbreaking, high-performance formula with bendable coating delivers high coverage and shine while staying color true throughout wear.”

Here is what I say.

The packaging is luxurious and decadent, just like the rest of the product line.

The brush is well made and designed to cover the nail beautifully.

The formula is highly saturated and glossy.  I only used two coats in this manicure… a third was absolutely NOT necessary.  The shine is evident in the photos above as well—I was getting a reflection in my nails whenever I tried to take close-up!

The finish isn’t glittery and there are no shimmer particles visible but, somehow, it shines.  As for wear, I have only had it on one day so I can’t tell you that yet.  But so far so good!

The bottom line: Light. Dark. Red. Chocolate.  It doesn’t matter—Bitter Bitch is absolutely stunning no matter the hue.

What do you think? Love it? Hate it? Want it?


TOM FORD Beauty Bitter Bitch Nail Lacquer ($30) is available now at your closest TOM FORD Beauty counter and online at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.


Credits: All images were taken by me except for stock photo via TOM FORD. Bitter Bitch was purchased by me.


9 comments… add one

  • Bere Parra Nov 11, 2011

    Definitely on my list now!!! I love having my nails done, and this color looks like a much needed addition to my nail polish collection!! I have the feeling it lasts a long time too. Hopefully I can get ahold of it, once the initial craziness calms down a little hehe! XX
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  • GRIT & GLAMOUR Nov 12, 2011

    What a wonderful review, B! Your mani and photos are superb. I can’t wait to try Bitter Bitch too, since I scored a bottle! Yay!
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  • Fashnlvr Nov 12, 2011

    I am absolutely loving this shade of nail polish. Now I am obsessed. I am getting a manicure done professionally today and wish I had this polish to take with me!! Love the review. I look forward to hearing how it wears!
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  • Heather Fonseca Nov 12, 2011

    Be sure to update us on how long it lasts! The color is yummy. I’d love to try it. Great review too.

    I went to Nordstroms this week but they don’t have the Tom Ford line of makeup so if I want to see it in person I’ll have to head to Neimon Marcus. Sigh.
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  • Kathleen N. Nov 16, 2011

    I want it. I want it so bad!
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  • Spoiled Kandee Dec 18, 2011

    I own Bitter Bitch by Tom Ford. I only use 1 coat and it looks like a reddish, marroon, brownish. 2 coats made it too brown for me but keeping it at 1 coat the red is overwhelming. I just love it.

  • maria Apr 8, 2012

    is bitter bitch similar to Viper?

  • Leah Aug 25, 2012

    Love the color! I have Tom Ford’s VIPER polish (which is a stunning black plum) and the wear is fantastic! It lasted 8 days without a chip! I will now be hoarding his polishes…Bitter Bitch is next. Thank you!!!!!

  • Mendy Nov 16, 2014

    Can you tell me where can I get the black and gold ring that you wore in the picture. They looked so cute!

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