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 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:
- 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.
- 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?