Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! :) I have been really busy this week and haven't updated my blog as often as I would have liked. Balancing a full-time job and a beauty blog is one tough job! :) Since today is a special day, I thought I'd do a review of something special, too! And what could be more special than the new lipstick collection from Tom Ford called Lip Color Sheer!
The limited edition Lip Color Sheers are housed in luxury retro white and gold packaging. It's the original packaging of Tom Ford lipsticks before they replaced it with the current mahogany brown version. I personally like how the tip of the bullet was cut differently to a sharp edge so you can easily line your lips with it. There is a lovely vanilla scent to the lipstick — a signature scent of Tom Ford lip products. Lip Color Sheers contain Vitamin C and E and Shea Butter as nourishing ingredients to keep lips soft and hydrated during wear.
The collection features 8 brand new shades from nudes to (super) brights. I had a hard time choosing the colors but finally narrowed down to 04 Summer Fling and 07 Paradiso as they are more wearable than the rest and the pink shades are within my comfort zone. :)
Advertised as Lip Color “Sheers” but from online swatches, not all the colors in the collection are sheer. Summer Fling, yes. Paradiso, far from it. I wouldn't say they are as creamy and incredibly opaque as the original Lip Colors but they are definitely more creamy and pigmented than the Lip Color Shines. I think the new lineup was specifically formulated for those who love to wear something a little less than a full-on lipstick but a bit more than a tinted lip balm — something in the middle that would be perfect for everyday wear.
04 Summer Fling
Summer Fling is a shimmering yellow-toned pink with gold shimmer. The shimmer content is high and you can feel it on the lips during application. It is a beautiful, flattering shade of pink that would compliment any makeup look. It is so easy to wear and I don't think you even need a mirror for application! :) It is quite sheer but the opacity can easily be built up. When worn sheer, it still allows my natural lip color to shine through. When built, it becomes an opaque sheen of light pink. It also makes my lips look full and plump (I like!) with a soft, luminous shine.
Considering how light and shimmery it is, I'm surprised that I did not see it settling into lip lines or emphasizing any dry patches. The wear time is rather short, though, about 2-3 hours, but the gold shimmer stays on long after the color has faded. Now, I might be in the minority here, but I find Summer Fling to be quite drying after the color's gone. So much to the point that I have to top with a lip balm to relieve the dry feeling. My other fix is to apply it on top of a good, thick lip balm to help lips stay hydrated — a super easy and doable fix! :)
Paradiso is a really bright, warm-toned watermelon pink. It's really pigmented and becomes opaque with 2-3 passes. It glides on the lips much better (with a little slip) than Summer Fling because of its shimmer-free and incredibly creamy texture. I think Paradiso looks more flattering on me and I find it to brighten up my complexion a little, too. Paradiso also leaves lips a higher level of glossy shine especially when layered.
Similar to Summer Fling, Paradiso does not fall into lip lines or accentuate dry areas on the lips. The wear time is excellent! I do get at least 5-6 hours easily without re-application, and even through meals and drinks. When the color starts to fade, it fades evenly, leaving a lovely reddish soft stain on the lips. I don't find Paradiso to be drying at all even after the color has worn off so I think it's probably the shimmer in Summer Fling that causes dryness.
I'm still surprised that Summer Fling dries out my lips, considering all the good moisturizing ingredients in the formula. Perhaps it's the large shimmer particles that don't agree with me. The color is absolutely gorgeous, though, so I wouldn't mind having to work with it a little.
Lip Color Sheers come with a really high price tag. Justifiable or not depends on one's preference (and whether or not you are a die-hard fan of Tom Ford lipsticks!). I only purchase Tom Ford products on special occasions or when I want to treat myself to something really nice. Having tried all 3 formulas (Lip Color, Lip Color Shine, and Lip Color Sheer), I think my favorite has to still be the original Lip Color due to its exceptionally creamy texture and pigmentation. I definitely recommend the original if you are just starting. Having said that, the formula of the Lip Color Sheers has its own perks, too. Being more lightweight and still providing decent color payoff, I see it being a good alternative lip product to wear when the Spring/Summer comes. :)
What are your thoughts on Tom Ford lip products? What formula do you like?