Makeup is makeup. No matter how much you dress it up and stick a cherry on the top, it all serves the same purpose (for me, making me less likely to horror young children). So what then possesses one to stride in and throw down enough notes to secure a well-made Zara purchase on a lipstick? Easy. Tom Ford. Two words that when whispered together in the same sentence as beauty have women falling a little weak at the knees, twitching to get their swatch on and loosen their purse strings that little bit more. It’s been two years since Ford turned his hand to makeup and the stand out success of his range has without question been his much coveted and ‘TF’ signatured lipsticks. Known for their rich pigment and ‘expensive car door’ smooth click close; for the first time since its launch he’s taking a new direction with lip colour and chartering into sheerer territories. I’m puckered up and ready to get on the case…
Welcome the newest addition to the luxe lipstick rank, Tom Ford’s Lip Colour Shines; a semi-transparent, high-shine veil of colour. Heading up the lucid lipstick pack, these cushion the lips with a balm-like texture while delivering an unexpectedly nice coat of colour. Nothing too opaque, but it packs a juicy finished pigmented punch. Offered in 10 shades, I’ve been toying with Insidious*, a rosy apricot from the romantic colour family, which is also occupied by a handful of petal pinks and peaches, if subtle is more your thing then there’s three that fall into the nude category or for a wash of bold but sheer colour see the duo that make up the vivid description. Longevity is never going to be a sheer lip products biggest feat, but the slightly thicker texture than usually seen in these types of formulas means they hang around for two hours or so before the delightful task of digging out of your bag and reapplying in front of a no doubt fully-absorbed audience needs to occur. A contender to the CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine people’s choice sheer lipstick winners crown? Most, definitely.
The Lip Colour Shine’s entered onto counters and online last week and one case of gossamer, glossy colour will set you back a cool £36. A naughty pouty treat for oneself? Oh yes, if your bank balance can stomach it.