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On Resisting Temptation
I normally wouldn’t have the guts to purchase this tube of lipstick had it not been given as a gift by my husband. I know I have irrational purchases every now and then, but this is one item where my self-control won over my magpie tendencies countless times. I. simply. don’t. need. a. $50. lipstick. So I resisted. I never gave in. Until now.
Tom Ford Crimson Noir
At first, this particular lipstick didn’t seem like my cup of red because it lacked the deep, almost-vampy looking shade I usually go for when it comes to the color. Crimson Noir — I find it quite a deceptive name, to be honest. I expected something darker and bloodier than this.
Who is Tom Ford?
But I put it to the test anyway and made it my mission to fathom the countless raves and almost-fanatical sentiments on this lipstick line by the the T-man (what, where did that come from). Speaking of T-man, for the longest time I’ve wondered how Tom Ford actually looks like. So I consistently made a mental note to search for him but invariably failed to follow through. A Google search led me to find the man behind the brand. And. Holy. Hot. Momma. From. Hell. That was not the Tom Ford I had in mind. I guess I was expecting more along the lines of Karl Lagerfeld. Not this sexy piece of ass that kinda reminds me of Jason Stath-yum. I think my perception of his makeup line just elevated into a whole other level. $50 lipstick? Gimme that. $60 eyeliner? Need it! Moving on… Wait what were we talking about before this?
The TF Packaging
I’m a fan of the Tom Ford lipstick packaging. The perfectly square shape with straight sharp edges must be my favorite among all lipstick packaging that exists. The roundness of the YSL rouge voluptes don’t interest me at all (probably why I don’t own even one lipstick from the range). The grey MAC bullet-shaped packaging called out to me more.
The Tom Ford tube is actually quite hefty compared to its counterpart luxury brands like Chanel, Dior, YSL but definitely not as heavy as a Guerlain Rouge G, those things weigh a ton. And like I said in my Guerlain L’Extrait review, I do like to feel the weight of my purchases… literally. If I were to pay a shitload of money on a tube of lipstick, I certainly won’t mind the heftiness at all. Heck, I even prefer it.
And one more thing I like — the top part with the TF logo can act as a mirror!
To be honest, I didn’t know what kind of formula to expect from this lipstick. Does its price carry with it an impenetrable force that resists any kind of smudging, bleeding and lip-drying?
Crimson Noir has an incredibly smooth texture that glides on the lips almost effortlessly. One swipe is pigmented enough to wear on its own but two swipes makes it a full-on deep red that I’m much comfortable wearing. It has a hint of pink, which I usually shy away from, but since I wear two layers anyway, the pink doesn’t really shine through. The finish is satin, so there is a bit of gloss in there that keeps it from being a full-on matte.
It surprisingly was not at all drying (which I was of course hoping for, but didn’t expect one bit as I have stubborn lips) — I was intently waiting for my lips to start peeling so I could write off the other shades I want in this money-robbing lipstick line. Sadly, it did not. You do feel the weight of the lipstick, though. It isn’t like the Chanel Rouge Allure Velvets that feel rather weightless on the lips.
As for staying power, it lasted a good 5 1/2 hours without any meals in between and left an even stain after a full one. It does have some minor transfer issues, but nothing a slight blotting doesn’t solve.
…nothing spectacular here, folks! If you’ve been dying to try out a Tom Ford lipstick, then I’m here to at least tone down your lemming. I don’t think you’re missing out on anything if you don’t have one of these. I much prefer the Guerlain L’Extrait formula than Tom Ford’s, to be completely honest. I do commend how it was not at all drying because for something quite exxy, that is a non-negotiable.
I even think it performs quite the same as a NARS Satin Lip Pencil (woops, don’t kill me Tom Ford fans!). I still have to try a Tom Ford matte formula so I can then put a period on this “preliminary conclusion”. But otherwise, nothing earth-shattering on this side of the lipstick world. I think I’m more excited about the packaging than the formula, which at least makes up for part of the price.
For those who’ve tried Tom Ford’s lipstick line, do share your thoughts. I’m open to violent reactions! 😉
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