Tom’s Private Blend Lip Color Collection offers 12 shades, in three color groups. And Mr. Ford additionally recommends fragrance “pairings” (from his Private Blend Fragrance Collection) for each of the color groups. For Tom Ford devotees, what a way to immerse yourself in the Tom Ford experience.
The Private Blend lipsticks are $45 each, and will be sold in extremely limited distribution — only 30 stores in 14 countries (including certain locations of Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bergdorf Goodman in the U.S. — generally where you’ll find his perfumes).
Though the collection has already launched in Europe, the lipsticks are not for sale in the U.S. until June 1. Those stores which will be offering the lipsticks should have their testers in by now, and are most likely offering pre-sale. I heard reliable rumors that the lipsticks can be expected to be limited edition — these 12 will be released now, then (most likely) some will be discontinued, and other shades will be introduced. And knowing Mr. Ford, it’s probably the most popular shades that will be discontinued.
The Nude shades are Vanilla Suede (milky beige nude), Blush Nude (pale, slightly mauvey pink), Warm Sable (warmed, ever-so-slightly pinked leather), and Pink Dusk (a coolish everyday pink). The Nude fragrance pairings are White Musk, Musk Pure, Jasmine Musk, White Suede, Urban Musk, Eau de Cologne, Japon Noir, Neroli Portofino, and Azure Lime.
The Bold shades are Pure Pink (bright, cool pink), Ginger Fawn (searing orange), True Coral (my perfect poppy), and Cherry Lush (sexy, blue, cherry red). The Bold fragrance pairings are Oriental, Noir de Noir, Amber Absolute, Floral, Champaca Absolute, and Black Violet.
The Dramatic shades are Smoke Red (a deeper, muted blue red), Moroccan Rouge (sensual berry), Bruised Plum (deep plum), and Black Orchid (a plummy deep brown). The Dramatic fragrance pairings are Woods, Oud Wood, Tuscan Leather, Tobacco Vanille, Italian Cypress, Arabian Wood, and Bois Marocain.
For those of you who wear Tom Ford’s perfume, does your favorite scent match your favorite shade?