Another Tom Ford lipstick review. Are you surprised? ;D Naked Coral, Forbidden Pink (review), and Bare Peach (review) were previously Asia-exclusive shades but they are now available for purchase on the Tom Ford website (link down below)! I had wanted to buy Naked Coral for so long. I even made a trip to a Tom Ford counter when I visited Thailand back in May but it was out of stock at the time. I hope you can imagine my excitement when I saw it in stock online here! :D It is my favorite shade of the three so I am really glad to finally be able to lay my hand on one! :)
I suppose there is no need for the packaging review anymore since I must have talked about it about a thousand times already on HelloJaa! ^_^ But how about a short one-sentence version? Luxurious, immaculate, and a bit hefty, with a cap that snaps close with a satisfying click! ;)
Naked Coral has the signature sweet vanilla scent that lasts for a minute or so. I would describe the shade as a medium-toned shimmery coral with a hint of pink although the pink tone isn't very noticeable once the lipstick is applied on my lips! The amount of shimmer infused in the formula is sky-high but it doesn't render the application gritty in the least bit. I normally prefer a non-shimmery finish when it comes to lip products but I make an exception for Tom Ford shimmer. It is so ultra fine and makes my lips look full and plump with dimension sans giant chunks of sparkles! :)
But Naked Coral isn't quite as opaque as the other shades in the line-up. The texture is thinner with a bit of translucency and slipperiness (it's totally a word you guys!) so it doesn't apply quite as evenly as I am used to with the more opaque shades. I suppose it has something to do with the high shimmer content as well. It tends to emphasize lip lines and dry flakes just a bit, too, especially when you over apply. So, blotting slightly between layers is key to building the intensity! And as a finishing touch, simply pressing your lips together a few times for a smooth and streak-free finish!
I really like how Naked Coral looks on me. It's a nice and happy, easy-to-apply shade perfect for a day-to-day basis. It leaves a soft luminous sheen on the lips, too, but it doesn't last very long, about 2-3 hours at most before it sets to a semi-matte pinky coral stain that lasts for another 3-4 hours. Towards the end of wear it leaves my lips slightly drying but there is nothing a good lip balm can't fix!
And here is how it looks on me:
See how wearable the shade is? :D So this completes my ambition to own all three exclusive shades, except now they are not so exclusive anymore. LOL. Oh well! Sometimes I wonder why brands feel the need to release different shades in different continents? For base products such as concealer and foundation, I can kind of see the importance of having a tailored color selection based on demographic skin tones, but lipsticks? Hmm.
On another note, did you get a chance to buy the new Lips & Boys lipstick collection? I totally went crazy on Monday when the range launched on Nordstrom (I prefer buying from Nordstrom for their awesome return policy in case some of the colors didn't work out). I may have bought a few more shades that I originally planned to. *oops* But in my defense, it was incredibly hard to set a limit when there are 50 shades to choose from! My selection is heavy on the pink spectrum, though, since I am a pink lipstick kinda girl! Can't wait until they arrive! :D