TOM FORD Beauty: Lip Color Sheer Collection Review & Swatches

A few weeks ago I shared some information on the TOM FORD Beauty Spring 2014 Color Collection.  The highlight this season are undoubtedly the new Lip Color Conditioners (aka, the Lip Color Sheer Collection).

To recap, the “official” word on the Lip Color Sheers is as follows:

“This exclusive new Lip Color collection, featuring eight indispensable shades, is housed in Tom Ford’s iconic ivory and golden case. The semi-translucent formula, in a distinct beveled form, contains a blend of moisturizing ingredients, such as Vitamin C and E, shea butter, and other natural oils.

TOM FORD Beauty was kind enough to send me 6 of the 8 shades to try, and I was so impressed with the formula and color pay-off that I went and instantly purchased the remaining two colors (Firecracker and Incorrigible) on my own.

Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Pink Dune, Paradiso and Sweet Spot

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 Left to right: Pink Dune, Paradiso and Sweet Spot

Pink Dune is a beautiful, neutral beige that leans a tad pink on me, with the slightest hint of shimmer. This is one of the more sheer options in this release but it is buildable with a few swipes.  It’s great for a “your lips but better” look. The wear time for me is about 4 hours and the formula is nice and moisturizing.

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Paradiso is marketed as a watermelon pink shade though, in actuality, when applied it is a bit more muted than what I consider to be “watermelon pink”. That being said, it is a lovely true pink that doesn’t lean red or orange. It is as moisturizing as Pink Dune but this particular color is far from sheer. It is a highly pigmented lip conditioner that is in line with the Private Blend offerings. The wear time on this is approximately 6 – 8 hours because it transforms to a lovely stain.

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Sweet Spot is a great orange-coral  that is perfect for the transition from winter to spring.  This shade, like Paradiso, is quite pigmented and wears like a true lipstick with similar lasting power.

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In the Buff and Bitter Sweet

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In the Buff is one of my favorites from this release. I am always on the lookout for a great nude and this is a welcome addition to my collection. Like Pink Dune, In the Buff is a sheer Lip Conditioner that offers a gorgeous beige finish that finish with a touch of frost.  It’s great alone as a sheer wash of color on the lips or it can be worn over your favorite shade to add some dimension. Moisturizing with about a 4 hour lifespan on the lips.

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Bitter Sweet is surprisingly difficult to photograph!  A true shimmery chocolate plum, it tends to lean more red in photos than real life.  It is not as sheer as In the Buff and Pink Dune, but also not as pigmented as the other shades. If you have always wanted to try the dark lip look but were scared of the colors, this would be a great shade to start with. It’s sheer enough that it doesn’t overwhelm the face, but buildable and dark enough to add an air of intrigue.  It’s just as moisturizing as the rest of the collection and lasts for about 4 hours on me.

TOM FORD Beauty: Lip Color Sheer Collection Review & Swatches bitter Sweet

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Firecracker, Summer Fling, Incorrigible

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Firecracker is a stunning orange-red creme.  One thing TOM FORD Beauty always does well is reds, and this is no exception. Highly pigmented with just the right ratio of orange-to-red, Firecracker is sure to be a sell-out.  It applies very smooth, moisturizes your lips, and will fade to a lovely stain.  Staying power is about 8 hours for me.

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Summer Fling is among the sheer offerings in this release and is significantly lighter than Paradiso. It is a shimmery, light pink shade that leans peach on me.  This is another one that works well for the “your lips but better” look. Wear time is approximately 4 hours.

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Incorrigible is probably going to be the other sell-out for this collection.  It’s a beautiful, brilliant shade of fuschia with visible microshimmer in the bullet. I found this to be the most emollient of all of the shades and left my lips feeling wonderfully hydrated. The color is buildable and lasted between 6 – 8 hours with no problem.

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Swatches

Unfortunately, I did not have an opportunity to photograph individual swatches for these Lip Color Sheers, but hopefully this will give you a  good idea of what the individual shades are like:

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Left to right: In the Buff, Bitter Sweet, Pink Dune, Summer Fling, Sweet Spot, Firecracker, Paradiso and Incorrigible

What do you think?  Will you be purchasing any of the Lip Color Sheers?  Which are calling your name?

 

Image Credit: All images taken by me.

Disclosure: In the Buff, Bitter Sweet, Pink Dune, Summer Fling, Sweet Spot, and Paradiso were provided by TOM FORD Beauty PR for consideration. All opinions are my own.

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