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Most of you have probably heard by now about the new epic collection of Tom Ford's new Lip Color collection called Lips & Boys which debuted last month. I apologize for the delay of this review but I didn't want to talk about something that you couldn't purchase yet. However, starting today, the collection is back online and will be available for 8 weeks only (while supplies last; meaning, run and grab it now!). I am separating my review into 2 parts. Part I today is all about pink, pink, and more pink. Part II will have more variety but there might still be a couple pinks mixed in. What can I say? I'm a pink lipstick girl at heart! :)
Packaging and size
Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lip Colors are miniature-sized lipsticks. Each tube contains 0.07 oz (2 g) of product and retails for US$32 versus 0.1 oz (3 g) of the full-size version that retails for US$50. The mini version features the same packaging as the full-size with the same luxurious, masculine, and weighty feel except they are just smaller. I have been loving all kinds of mini things lately so I was beyond delighted to learn that one of my favorite lipstick brands came out with a mini version! Mr Ford likes to call these “clutch-sized” instead of “mini”, though, and I think it actually does sound better that way.
These lipsticks also have the same signature sweet vanilla scent that we have all come to love. And if by any chance you are afraid that these little guys will break easily, well, in my experience they do not. I didn't feel that I needed to take extra care with them during application. I still apply them the very same way I would with the full-size and so far have not had any problems with the lipstick breaking off at all. :)
New, existing, re-promoted colors
The collection features a total of 50 shades; 35 are new and 15 are either existing colors re-named or previous release re-promoted. The colors are named “after the (male, err, boy) characters in Tom Ford's life“. How unique! The shades are grouped into 10 color families as follows.
Holden (Vanilla Suede renamed)
Beau (Blush Nude renamed; see review)
Henry (Warm Sable renamed)
William (Pink Dune re-promoted)
Cooper (Pure Pink re-promoted)
Adriano (True Coral renamed; see review)
Alejandro (Slander re-promoted)
Leonardo (Smoked Red re-promoted)
Xavier (Violet Fatale renamed)
Collin (Indian Rose renamed)
Cary (Casablanca renamed)
Didier (Moroccan Rouge re-promoted)
My selection of pinks for Part I is 21 Alexander, 26 Preston, 27 Justin, and 43 Pablo.
And here is how each color looks on me side-by-side.
Alexander and Preston
Alexander is a warm-toned pale pink. Preston is a very bright, cool-toned purple-tinged pink. The texture of both shades, while creamy, feels a bit thin and has quite a bit more slip than regular Tom Ford Lip Colors (which feel much smoother and creamier in comparison) and therefore has a tendency to go on streaky, fall into lip lines, cling on to dry patches, and leave an uneven finish especially if applied on bare lips (Alexander more so than Preston). Well-prepped lips (exfoliated and balmed) prior to application will help the product glide on and stay on better with a more uniformed finish.
Both feel very emollient, go on semi-opaque but can be built to opaque in a few passes. They spot a good amount of fine shimmer that becomes unnoticeable once on the lips. The shimmer leaves lips a soft luminous shine. The wear time is incredibly impressive for such a light color as I do get a good 4-5 hours of wears with only minor fading towards the end. They also leave a non-drying light pink stain that seems to just last and last! Crazy! I've never seen such extended wear from any light pink lipsticks in my collection before!
Application tip: both colors may seem a little too baby doll pink at first but if you apply them lightly in a thin layer and blend out with a fingertip, they will look much more wearable and natural.
Justin and Pablo
Justin is a bright fuchsia pink. Pablo is a magenta pink with a strong hint of purple. The texture of these two shades is much better than that of Alexander and Preston. They feel smooth and creamy and feature rich color payoff similar to the brand's original Lip Color formula. Justin has more shimmer than Pablo in the tube but once applied on the lips, they both appear shimmer-free. I do get a full coverage in one pass with both shades. The application is very dreamy as they glide on beautifully on the lips without emphasizing any lip imperfections. The luminous satin shine left by these two is much more apparent and also lasts longer than that of Alexander and Preston.
While the formula glides on much easier for these bolder shades, it is a little trickier to apply them with precision! On me, these two stain right away and if I slip outside the lip line, I will need a makeup remover to clean up (or concealer to cover up). The longevity is out-of-the-world crazy! By the time I get home from a 9-hour workday, 80% of the color is still intact! Towards the very end, though, my lips feel slightly dry which is probably due to such strong staining effect.
Overall, I love these Lips & Boys lipsticks! I love the idea. I love the execution. They are super adorable, clutch-friendly, all while providing amazing formula, color payoff, and wear time. I know to some, the US$32 price tag for a mini is still quite a bit of a stretch but if you are looking from the Tom Ford's side of view, I think it is pretty reasonable for a luxury makeup brand. With a mini size and a lower price, you are likely to feel more comfortable picking out a few extra shades that you wouldn't have otherwise purchased at a full price. It's a genius marketing in a way and actually one with a win-win situation! :)
Stay tuned for Part II (which includes Stavros, Collin, Julian, Jack, Flynn, and Micheal!). ;D