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11 Dec 2014

Tom Ford Lips & Boys: Xavier, Patrick and Olivier

“I like the idea of lipsticks named after boys. Why commit to one when you can have several?” Tom Ford is so on my wavelength.

I read about the limited edition Lips & Boys collection and fell in love with the concept. It all sounded so appealing – the choice of 50 shades, the idea that they were smaller (and therefore more affordable) than their full-size counterparts and the fact that the brand had eschewed the typical feminine names and gone for a more masculine edge.

So I ordered three without really doing any research. Of course I did.

I would like to say that this was Tom Ford’s fault. You see that limited edition strictly applies in the case of this collection. Black Friday – 1 December provided US buyers with an opportunity for purchase and then Selfridges had a “one day only” flash sale on the 1 December.

I could have waited until the end of December for a less frantic release but I felt that LE pressure. I hit Selfridges, searched for swatches online – there were none – so ordered blind.

Say hello to Xavier, Patrick and Olivier.

Aren’t they pretty? Yes they are. Aren’t they tiny? YES THEY ARE.

I couldn’t even focus on the shades or the formula - the only thing I could do was scoff at the size: these are lipsticks crafted for the hands of a child. They are so, so tiny. 

See how it compares to a full-size lipstick....

I knew they were going to be small but when you finally get it in your hands and see £26 presented to you in the form of a micro-lipstick, you suddenly feel a little affronted.  Okay, so it’s probably a better entry-level cost for someone new to Tom Ford and I have read that in terms of weight these are better value but no, I still can’t get over it.

But onto the shades….

Xavier is Violet Fatale re-promoted and given a different name. 

I have always wanted to try the latter. It’s a mid-purple tone, not too vampy with a shot of pink to keep it bright and fun. Out of the shades I ordered I probably like this the most!

Patrick is difficult to describe. 

It’s coral but it’s also laced with pink. I can imagine this being a hugely popular shade because it’s such a pretty way to wear a bright. The formula is exactly what you get with Xavier – that rich, creamy and pigmented finish that feels very comfortable and almost weightless.

Olivier is a frosty pink-lavender and was the wild card. 

I thought this could go either way when I ordered it and sadly it went the wrong way. The frosty finish lacks the smoothness felt in the other two and it both feels and looks a bit cheap. I have absolutely no idea who this would look good on – it’s certainly not me!

As mentioned earlier these come back onto the market from 26 December, although I don't know when they will hit Dubai…probably in 2017 knowing the release times in this market.

Would I buy more? Agh…I want to say no but I also have to admit to feeling pangs for two colours: Ian and Alasdhair: the nude and the deep currant. I remain hideously sizeist on this one though so the likelihood of splurging £26 on a micro-lipstick seems unlikely. 

What do you think of this collection? 


  1. the patrick shade is gorgeous! love the packaging :)

    Rachel // Style Soup

    1. I'm totally in love with the packaging too! It's really pretty.

      Beth x

  2. I don't even know which one is choose, they are so pretty and petite x


  3. I didn't realize they would be so small! They aren't available here in Canada yet and I've been so anxious for the release. Xavier looks fabulous but now I'm thinking maybe I should just splurge for a full size Violet Fatale. You look amazing as always.

  4. yeah. totally over these before it even started. I love the name/marketing of it, though! Xavier looks really stunning on you. xx

  5. Xavier and Patrick look amazing! I want both now!!


  6. Totally agree on the size gripe! I am lucky enough (thanks hubby-I love u!) to have several of the full sized fords which ooze weight & luxury so the minis feel well abit rubbish in comparison! Yes it's approx £11 cheaper but really they should have come in at less than £26. As for the colours, I actually think Olivier looks fab...I got Peter & love the colour (Rose gold) but I'll be sticking to full size Ford...also don't like all the repromotes!

  7. These are too cute and I love how little they are! I really love the concept behind them, as well.


  8. So far I have purchased only one Tom Ford lipstick, I wanted to see what the hype was all about. These lippies are pretty expensive and I wanted to see on myself how good of a product they really are. I have opted for a nude color and to my surprise it's a really nice high quality product that lasts a while. I like that it does not dry out my lips. I love the packaging, I can see where the money is really going. :) Very elegant beauty product to fish out of your purse.

  9. Love the concept & the names! The colours you chose all look lovely, but I must admit to usually splurging on nail polish over lipstick :) xo

  10. Xavier and Patrick are both so flattering on you!! Can't believe how small the lipsticks are though.

    She Likes to Shop

  11. I actually think Olivier looks lovely on you! Maybe it's a tad frosty in real life but the shade itself looks beautiful. A literal GASP happened when I saw your pic of the small size against the full size. That's over AUD50 for I'd say, 10 applications? What on earth... ! Keen to hear your thoughts on the next 2 shades you're after and whether you think it's finally worth it! X

  12. I think the colors suit you well! I agree with your thoughts on frost though. I personally can't stand gritty textures on my lips, and frost finishes tend to look a little dated. I'll probably pass on this collection.

    Thanks for the great post!

  13. I adore the deep pink on you Laura, but I know what you mean...this really goes to prove that size matters!!!!!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  14. Xavier and Patrick are such gorgeous shades!
    Jodie // La Lune Song

  15. I actually don't mind them being so tiny. That way I don't feel as bad purchasing yet another lipstick without finishing another one first.
    From first impression I would have ordered Patrick, but seeing it on your lips, I fear it wouldn't suit me at all. You look lovely though!
    Xavier is the one I would choose from the three pictured above, but I will patiently wait for swatches and then maybe buy my first Tom Ford.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  16. Cannot believe that lipstick costs £26.. They're cute but they're the type of product that would be lost in the bottom of my handbag after the first use! I agree that Oliver is not a great match, love the other two though xx

  17. Xavier totally looks amazing on you.

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

  18. Oh my, I didn't realise how tiny these were until I saw the size comparison pic. Xavier and Patrick look gorge on you though!

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  19. I genuinely need all of these in my life!

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  21. Patrick is my favourite shade as it brightens up your entire face. Love it :) X


  22. The second (middle) color is my favorite on you!

    Maggie A

  23. The pacakging is just exquisite, I think the coral toned one is my favourite!! H xx