Makeup lovers and fashionistas have been all a-flutter over the launch of Tom Ford’s makeup line (yes, that’s him in the promotional photo). The line is HUGE, and already on counters in Europe — but it’s been a little slower to arrive in the U.S.
NeimanMarcus.com suggests we’ll see the full range of products on November 1st; my counter thinks they’ll have it by mid-October.
But one thing we can talk about now is the lipsticks. These are the same formula that Mr. Ford introduced a year and a half ago: full coverage, comfortable to wear, boldly pigmented, “soft matte,” reasonably long-wearing (on account of the pigment), and unscented. A few of the original colors are still around; others were discontinued to make room for new shades. The packaging is now brown-black (instead of white), and the price has gone up to $48 a lipstick.
Blush Nude was one of the original shades. It’s a light, warm, “clay” pink. Sable Smoke is deeper, a warm, nude, peach-beige-pink. Coco Ravish is a deeper, a warm, rosy brown. We are missing one shade: Deep Mink (apparently this particular color had some shipping problem, and may be missing from several counters). I suspect that Deep Mink would follow Coco Ravish.
Nude Vanille is pale, warm, cotton-candy pink. Spanish Pink is warm, sweetheart pink. Pink Dusk is another “keeper” from the original launch. It’s a slightly cooler, slightly mauvier pink than Spanish Pink. Indian Rose is a deeper, more vibrant, more mauvey pink. Pink Adobe is comparatively more muted, more beige (less pink, less violet). Casablanca is mauve-rose.
True Coral is another repromote from the first lipstick launch. It’s a really bright, saturated, warm, “hot red” pink. Wild Ginger is a searing, very orange orange-red. Scarlet Rouge is also a warm orange-red, but not as orange as Wild Ginger. Flamingo is aptly named, a bright flamingo pink. Cherry Lush was one of the original shades: a bright, juicy, cherry red (much more blue than Scarlet Rouge). Crimson Noir is a little lighter, slightly pinker, and a little warmer than Cherry Lush. It’s a vibrant red rose. Violet Fatale is purple-orchid magenta, a bold pink-purple. Black Orchid (another repromote) is black plum/sexy blackened red-brown.
What do you think, readers? Are you tempted?