In texture and in colour payoff, it’s perched between Tom Ford Lip Color (creamy and dense) and Tom Ford Lip Color Shine (lustrous and semi-translucent). Contrary to its name, its buildable nature actually offers almost-opaque coverage.
Here are my thoughts on the three press pieces I’ve been wearing:
02 Pink Dune – A bronzey peach, it has a glossy sheen that sets off its multi-coloured shimmer for a 3-dimensional effect. It’s my least favourite of the three, despite its prismatic quality; it’s too warm for my taste. It is perfect for sun-kissed skin, though. The sheerest of the three, it has a semi-translucence that’s enhanced by the shine.
03 Bittersweet – A chocolate with plum hints, it has subtle multi-coloured shimmer. It glimmers a little but has a more satin finish than the rest. My favourite of the three, the chic brown tone and depth are reminiscent of MAC Hyper, my first MAC lippy and plum-brown. It’s less grey than the latter and works well with my skin tone.
06 Incorrigible – A watermelon pink at first glance, it goes on like a fuchsia that veers on raspberry. It has striking multi-coloured shimmer that glistens in the light, giving it a reflective appearance. A visage-brightening pink, it’s my second favourite…I’m just not sure about the sparkles; they are too copious for my liking. Of the three, this one is the most pigmented and while not entirely indelible, leaves a gorgeous stain that can only be properly removed with a cleanser.
I know the swatches look a smidge different from my description but the photo was taken in direct sunlight which emphasises the shimmer and gives them a slightly warmer cast.
Made in Italy, they are formulated with shea butter and Vitamins C and E, and are infused with the brand’s signature vanilla fragrance (a fuller version of MAC’s vanilla whiff). All three last well from 4 to 6 hours – another surprising feature, given the name of the range.
When I first learnt about this new formula, I wasn’t drawn to it because it was mostly composed of crowd-friendly warm peachy/coral hues – I was tired of summery shades. The vivid pink did change my mind a little, its sparkle-blitz be damned. ;)
I’d pounce on more, if the brand ever expands the range to include plum, cherry and greyed-beige shades (my loves!). Not only do I enjoy the smooth comfort and pigmentation of these lipsticks, I also like the new packaging. With the same heft and bevelled cap that characterise Tom Ford lipsticks, they are dressed in ivory and gold, imbuing them with retro-chic elegance.
In Singapore, these limited edition lipsticks retail at S$70.