Tom Ford Crimson Noir lipstick

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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. simplydon’t. need. a. $50. lipstick. So I resisted. I never gave in. Until now.
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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?
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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!
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The Lowdown

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.
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Final Thoughts

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! 😉
*Purchased it here by myself through GCASH-AMEX Virtual Pay
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  1. November 2, 2013 / 4:34 pm

    thank you for the honest review,Shari! I think I’d better save my money for the tom ford blushes or the eyeshadow quads maybe ;p
    you look gorgeous in red! it is such a staple shade that every woman ought to have 🙂
    it is so lovely that your husband bought you beauty stuffs. The last time I asked my bf to get me dry shampoo from the drugstore, he went home with a deodorant, really I’m not kidding T.T

    • November 4, 2013 / 9:06 pm

      I agree, Pam. Go for the quads! And thank you for the compliment, dear. I dont feel comfy in red actually but I think this one I can pass of at least.
      And HAHAHA at your boyfriend getting deodorant instead of dry shampoo – it’s the thought that counts at least, babe! Hehe.

  2. Raven
    November 2, 2013 / 4:57 pm

    Your review is so honest and straight to the point. I hate how some people are saying that TF lippies are the best just cuz they cost a LOT. You’ve really changed my mind about getting one for myself but unfortunately I will get one for my mother. lol. Crimson Noir looks very similar to Ronnie Red, a tad bit pinker though.

    • November 4, 2013 / 9:08 pm

      Raven! Your mom would love it, no doubt! 🙂 If I’d buy more of these, they’d be for mi madre, too. And yes — good eye! Ronnie Red does look similar! On my lips, the pink in Ronnie Red shines through more, though 🙂

  3. November 2, 2013 / 5:10 pm

    Agreeeee, I want to try a TF matte lipstick, too! I think limited edition siya though 🙁

    PS Viva Glam I! Wow!

    • Rae
      November 3, 2013 / 12:18 am

      Viva Glam I caught my attention more! 😀

      • November 4, 2013 / 9:09 pm

        My faaaave red lipstick color EVER. I will wear it till my lips peel the same color as it. LOL

    • November 4, 2013 / 9:11 pm

      Ohhh limited ed pala ang matte Tom Ford – haven’t even looked up the matte shades yet. Medyo not interested. I’m looking, no wait, ogling at Burberry Lip Velvet now. (no) thanks to you, woman! HAHA

  4. November 2, 2013 / 5:36 pm

    yay it looks so pretty on you!! what a nice husband. 🙂 I have this too, and maybe i need to compare with my nars satin lip pencil that i haven’t even used yet haha

    • November 4, 2013 / 9:10 pm

      Thanks, Joyce! I really do like the NARS Satin Lip pencils a lot. They are much lightweight than Tom Ford though and a tad less moisturizing.

  5. Jessica Choy
    November 2, 2013 / 8:11 pm

    You’re really really making me want one of those Tom Ford lippies! The color is gorgeous and the packaging is just beautiful ♥

    • November 4, 2013 / 9:11 pm

      Thanks, Jessica! I do think the packaging is beautiful too even if I dont think I’ll be buying any more of these 🙂

  6. November 2, 2013 / 10:39 pm

    Hey Shari, Crimson Noir looks stunning on you! I can understand your disappointment though. The thing is the formula isn’t very consistent across the line. I’ve tried 4 so far, and I like some and dislike others (some are more hydrating, some are more lightweight…). I’m so sorry to hear your first TF lippie isn’t a winner!

    • November 4, 2013 / 9:24 pm

      I see! I also own Sable Smoke, which is more moisturizing than Crimson Noir. I also adore the shade on me!! Thanks for the heads up on the inconsistencies, definitely made me consider other shades more. What have you tried that are on the better part of the TF spectrum?

      • November 4, 2013 / 10:49 pm

        I really like Cherry Lush and Diabolique (but it’s LE from last year). True Coral is disappointing because it is not at all hydrating despite the creamy texture!

  7. Rae
    November 3, 2013 / 12:17 am

    From the swatches, Mac Viva Glam I is prettier.

    • November 4, 2013 / 9:24 pm

      Definitely! It’s still my favorite shade of red. 🙂

  8. November 3, 2013 / 12:36 am

    Wow! I never thought Tom Ford Lipstick would be that expensive. I have always wanted to try it but after finding out about the price well… I wish my husband would just give me one. Lol! Anyway you look so pretty with it. Thanks for the review! I would probably just skip it.

    • November 4, 2013 / 9:25 pm

      Hi Rochelle!! Nice to hear from you! I agree. It would make for a great gift but I wouldn’t buy it myself either. Too steep!

  9. molly
    November 3, 2013 / 12:42 am

    i love the look of all the tom ford lipsticks, they are stunning! i would be scared to use them haha xxx

    • November 4, 2013 / 9:27 pm

      True! But I love using up makeup products so the beautiful packaging definitely doesn’t deter me from using this up.

  10. Coco
    November 3, 2013 / 4:34 am

    I might want a Tom Ford lipstick just because of the packaging 😐 lol

    • November 4, 2013 / 9:30 pm

      Hahaha Coco. I wouldnt be surprised if I bought another one just for the packaging, too.

  11. November 3, 2013 / 8:29 am

    Beautiful color! I don’t think I can get over the price though!

    • November 4, 2013 / 9:31 pm

      It is a beautiful red, but nothing other brands don’t have. 🙂

  12. November 3, 2013 / 10:07 am

    I have to say that color looks amazing on you! I always walk past the Tom Ford counter but try and avoid looking to much and getting tempted. I have a thing for luxury lipsticks!

    Great post <3

    • November 4, 2013 / 9:31 pm

      Do not give in to temptation, hehe 🙂

  13. Florencia Alarcón Rivero
    November 3, 2013 / 12:07 pm

    Can we just talk about how freaking hot is Tom Ford? Too bad he is gay.. I read about him on a magazine and gosh I love him already, he is such an elegant and organized human being!


    • November 4, 2013 / 9:31 pm

      Yes he’s gay but he’s a hot hot one!

  14. Ty Phang
    November 3, 2013 / 5:56 pm

    Such a beautiful lipstick!! The creator is hot too! The colour really suits you. 🙂

    • November 4, 2013 / 9:32 pm

      Thank you, Ty!!

  15. Kathryn Sarah
    November 3, 2013 / 6:07 pm

    I love the colour of this, and it looks really good on you! But I couldn’t bring myself to pay so much for a lipstick and if I were to go high end, I’d go with Chanel as their lipsticks are said to be incredible. Also, your photography is so good – really crisp and clear! 🙂

    Kathryn x

    • November 4, 2013 / 9:33 pm

      Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet is definitely a better formula in my opinion 🙂 More lightweight and easier on the pocket 🙂
      And thanks for the comment on my photography, kathryn! Appreciate it dear.

  16. November 4, 2013 / 9:49 am

    Haha not a fan of this lipstick formula either. Of course, I had to give in to my curiosity also. Ah! Great color, though. 🙂

    • November 4, 2013 / 9:34 pm

      Thanks, Carina! Kala ko we were seeing each other in person na during the Wink event pero saw on IG you’re out of the country pala. Hope to see you soon next time!!

      • November 5, 2013 / 9:44 pm

        I know, I was so sad!! Yeah sana nga e. 🙂 Gustong gusto ko pa naman makapunta sana doon!

  17. Donnarence Masilungan
    November 4, 2013 / 10:16 pm

    Red does look good on you Shari!!! This one is soo mahal ha! kaloka! Im happy with wet n wild stoplight red.. haha..

    • November 5, 2013 / 1:24 am

      Maganda ang Wet n Wild lipchooks, ha. I have a few rin! Wala ako Stoplight Red though. Will check that out! So happy I got to meet you in person na, Donna! Hope to see you again sometime soon 🙂

    • November 5, 2013 / 1:22 am

      Awww thank you Krystal! 🙂

  18. GummyVision
    November 5, 2013 / 6:03 am

    Ah ha! It’s nice to see I’m not the only one that wasn’t super impressed with the formula! I’ve tried a couple of colors now and besides the color not being great (of course that’s not the fault of the lipstick), but I also didn’t think the formula was as TDF as everyone else seems to think they are…ah well…many more lipstick fish in the sea 🙂 Thank you for the wonderful review!

  19. November 5, 2013 / 12:15 pm

    This looks awesome!!! Errr, I can be sucker for gorgeous red lip shades!

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