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21 Apr 2014

Playtime with Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer

Tom Ford chose a slightly misleading naming convention for these products. I say this for one simple reason: Lip Color Sheer's are not actually that sheer. This just isn't the lip product that gives you a hint of colour - in some cases it's a great big burst of pigment. And I for one, am happy about this.

Who wants to spend $50 a pop on something that can be so easily replicated by a Revlon lip butter? No, these are worthy lipstick contenders and if you chose the right tone you will get something ultra-moisturising, reasonably long wearing, glossy and also super bright.

I received 4 of these (there are 8 in total) and did a little swoon at the packaging. I made my very first Tom Ford purchase back in the day of a lipstick in white casing (Vanilla Suede which I actually hated but nevermind :) and I love the fact that this has made a reappearance - albeit for a limited edition collection for Spring. This formula is slightly different from the regular line and comes infused with moisture-boosting ingredients like Vitamin C, E and Shea Butter.

I have dabbled with them over the last few days and slapped them on one after the other to show you how they look like on but here's the verdict:

Overall Pros
  • They are moisturising and despite the intensity of colour, they keep the lips in great shape. 
  • The last a fair few hours on - not at full colour obviously - but once the original application starts fading you are left with a lovely tint.
Overall Cons
  • The squoval shape of the lipstick really irks me because I cannot seem to apply the colour with ease. I always end up with a bit of a botched job when it comes to the brighter colours. For those you will need a lip brush. 
  • The price is probably a con - they are at the high end. I remember the days when £20 was a lot of money for a lipstick...now it's double that and increasing. *tut tut*

Onto the swatches...which are taken on a face absolutely covered in makeup. I totally piled it on and loved it :) 

Pink Dune - a glimmering pink-beige

I do like the way this looks on but out of all the ones I tried, this is the one that I would tell you to skip.

It gives a nice dimension to the lips - thanks to the gold that runs through it - but to me it looks very generic. It's the sort of colour that you could dupe with any number of drugstore brands. It's just not that special.

Sweet Spot - a muted coral

This was the colour that I was introduced to during my Tom Ford makeover and one that I would definitely recommend checking out.

It reminds me a little of MAC's Ravishing - although this is a little deeper. It's just one of those wearable and lifting colours that gives enough brightness to take the edge off a tired face. Realistically this is the shade I will probably use up first because the next two are for the brave!

Firecracker - a vibrant poppy (orange-red)

...and this is supposed to be a sheer colour? Woah!

As you can tell this is statement stuff and as a result is one that I both struggled to apply evenly (I blame the shape of the lipstick rather than my cack handed technique) but once on, really loved.

It's more red than MAC Morange, brighter than Bobbi Brown Sunset Orange and punchier than Revlon Audacious. It's a little bit special and probably the colour that lasted the longest - 3-4 hours of wear with a nice stain left behind.

Incorrigible - a fuschia pink

I think this is my favourite after Sweet Spot. I am a little bias towards these sorts of shades and it's definitely got that MAC Candy Yum Yum vibe to it. The difference here is that it's...you know...actually wearable! :)

What you see here is just one quick slick of the product and you get something pigmented, glossy and moisturising. The more medium/muted tone also helps make your teeth look white as opposed to yellow....an issue I have had with other fuschia's.


If I think about it the Lip Color Sheer's are a cross between the TF regular lipsticks and the Colour Shine's. They form that perfect hybrid, offering the best of both lines - great pigmentation (in most cases) coupled with a hydrating formula.

I would definitely recommend them but I would err on the side of the brights. I think here you get more value for money - a great shade, that offers a great finish in packaging that will make you feel like you can justify the splurge :)

Let me know what your favourite is and whether you have tried this formula?


  1. That blonder hair look really suits you! Love it.

  2. Pink Dune looks beautiful on you with your newly dyed hair!

    Love Beth | BethBlogsBeauty

  3. I loveeee the coral! It will be so beautiful in summer with a tan!

  4. They are beautiful, I would love to try the 'sweet spot' it looks really nice and natural.
    Lovely post.. might have to look into getting this soon


  5. Completely lusting over Firecracker, is it worth buying it if I already own wild ginger. Which fyi I havent been brave enough to wear. All colours look fabulous on you! xx


  6. Firecracker makes your eyes look... WOW!

  7. How does everything just look so good on you? oh my Fushia Pink is a gorgeous colour!



  8. DROOLING right now!! Absolutely gorgeous shades you picked out!

    xx Alyson

  9. Ridiculous price. Yes - packaging is amazing but really, overall just a rip-off.
    Beautiful colours but as you say - you can get these from much brands too!

    Anneli x

  10. Tom Ford makes some great lipstick. I love the intensity of the red color.

  11. These colors are absolutely amazing! I love the second one and the last one on you. Gorgeous!!

    <3, Pamela

  12. Absolutely love these colours. Great post.

    Jess x


  13. Oh my, I literally want all of the colours that you have now. They are so beautiful, and who can resist that packaging?! x


  14. Sweet Spot is probably my favourite of the four here! They're beautiful and they all really suit you. xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  15. They look so nice on you - especially firecracker. I think orange-red suits you the most, like Wild ginger :)

    Laura | Laurzrah xx

  16. Oh MY - they are gorgeous! These colors are a little (lot) brighter than I like to wear (Laura, you got me on the YSL Rouge Volupte #2 in your YouTube days!), but I might venture out of my comfort zone for these....

  17. Beautiful colours and I must say, those photos of you are stunning!!!! Loving your hair at the moment :)


  18. such a misleading name! They are hardly sheer but totally beautiful none the less


  19. Lovely colours.
    L x

  20. They look really beautiful! I am a huge fan of Tom Ford beauty products so will definitely need to give these babies a try xx


  21. All of the shades look amazing on you! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on these lip products.

  22. This was the first post on my Bloglovin feed this morning and I almost jumped out of bed and ran to Neiman Marcus in my pajamas! Thank goodness it was 7 am. These look super stunning, especially in that white packaging. I love them all on you, but Sweet Spot and Fire Cracker look amazing!
    XO Camey

  23. Oh my goodness - all the colours look so pretty on you! I especially adore the pinky-beige one - what would you recommend to dupe it?

  24. I LOVE the last two, and if I were going to buy one it'd definitely be one of the brighter shades. As you say, there's no point splurging on a lipstick that can easily be duped, it's got to be a 'special' colour that you absolutely love every time you wear it. I've got my eye on Incorrigible!

    Meg | www.meg-says.com

  25. The coral looks gorgeous on you Laura. Always love your honest reviews!
    Hugs xoxo

  26. Sweet Spot needs to be mine...that is all! :) and don't they just look so gorgeous?! Can't beat Tom Ford packaging :)



  27. They're all so pretty! I've yet to purchase a Tom Ford lipstick, there so many on my wish list that I just can't chose!


  28. Amazing colors! I love the third one (the red)!


  29. You write so well, i love reading your blog xo

  30. I love the look of 'sweet spot', sounds like my kind of lippy!

  31. oh god, I had completely ignored these thinking they were sheer. I'm dying for that Firecracker, it looks AMAZING on you

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  33. Been looking for a good long lasting red lip stick so firecrackers looking good

  34. Thanks for this. I really like what you've posted here and wish you the best of luck with this blog.. Vatika Tranquil Heights

  35. Gorgeous packaging, oh wow!! the Firecracker and Sweet Spot are so pretty! Gorgeous post. Can't wait for the day when I finally own a Tom Ford lippy!

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

  36. Wow! Such gorgeous shades and Firecracker really makes your eyes stand out!

  37. You're gorgeousss! And I loveeee the shades, such beautiful colors!