Tom Ford has just launched a bunch of new liquid lip colours. I’ve seen them pop up on online but will only be launching in Singapore in March.
After testing them these few weeks i’m ready to share my thoughts. So far I received 3 shades to try, two from the matte finish range (10 shades in total) and one from the vinyl finish (a range of 10 as well).
The packaging is absolutely stunning. True to the Tom Ford aesthetic, these feel weighty & luxurious (made in glass, similar to the ones by Clé de Peau).
Jaguar – A vibrant peachy pink coral
Overpower – A bright neutral red with pink tones
Infuriate – A rich burgundy with a hint of plum
The matte Lip Lacquer Luxe is a highly pigmented formula. The two I tested, both Jaguar and Overpower were opaque in a single swipe. What I loved the most was they did not accentuate lip lines, instead set to a pretty soft focus effect for a saturated, high impact lip.
The flocked doe foot applicator tapers off to a blunt pointed tip which makes defining the lip contour easy. It only didn’t seem to work as well with the vinyl formula, (possibly due to the thicker consistency) and left an uneven edge that needed to be neatened up with a q-tip.
The vinyl finish is an amazingly rich formula. Hands down the most pigmented liquid lipstick i’ve ever come across. The texture is thicker which made it slightly harder to achieve a neat edge with the applicator as mentioned previously. Needless to say this formula is high maintenance. The only way to beat it was to apply the bare minimum without any excess product that could potentially move around. I’d even go a step further and line the lips for additional safety. These migrate over time.
Overall the vinyl looks beautiful and glossy on the lips, a statement lip to say the least, but SOO much work!
In terms of lasting power the mattes are pretty good, they are not budge proof, but relatively transfer resistant once set. Luckily they last well enough through a meal so touchups aren’t a must unless you are really particular. Happy to report these did not dry out my lips one bit. Always a plus when it comes to matte lipsticks.
With the vinyl finish I didn’t wear it an entire day to test, but during the time of testing it did get on my teeth, so i’m guessing this would most likely only survive regular drinking and not an entire meal?
I also like that these lipsticks aren’t hard to remove. I’ve had some mid range matte liquid lipsticks wear like glue! The hardest part is taking them off at the end of the day. The struggle!
Luckily the Tom Ford Lip Lacquers come off easily with Bioderma. Minimal staining on the mattes with a little bit more on the vinyl I tested. Possibly since it was a very deep shade.
Overall the Tom Ford Lip Lacquer Luxe has been the best matte liquid lipstick in terms of finish and comfort. The major winning point is that it doesn’t dry out my lips and make them peel.
Digging up a few shades for comparisons I picked from matte and cream formulas in my stash.
NARS Powermatte Flame from the latest CNY limited edition is an almost neon coral. More pink in comparison to Jaguar.
Chanel Seduisant is a slightly more pink coral, but less vibrant.
Chanel Libere is more warm in comparison to Overpower. less pigmented but similarly vibrant.
YSL No.12 is a true red, more matte on the lips but completely weightless.
Chanel Melancholia (Fall 2018) is a muted burgundy, less pigmentation to Infuriate and is a matte.
NARS Powermatte Warm Leatherette is lighter and more violet in comparison.
Givenchy Framboise Charmeuse is similar once worn. Less in intensity and gloss factor. But a lot easier to wear.
My all time favourite formula for matte liquid lipsticks so far has been the YSL Tatouage colours. They have an extensive shade range and I love them for their weightlessness. They do actually feel like nothing on the lips and don’t feel tacky which is something I hate when i’m wearing a liquid lipstick. Another plus, they are also transfer resistant and wear very well during the day.
Comparisons within the Tom Ford Liquid Lipstick formulas.
I pulled out some of the older Tom Ford releases for a quick comparison.
The Lip Lacquers and the Lip Lacquer Extreme that released last year are more matte and don’t transfer at all. They are more similar to the YSL Tatouage lipsticks.The Lip Lacquer Luxe feel almost hydrating when worn.
The Patent Finish Lip Colours from a few years back are a thinner formula that’s similar to the Lip Lacquer Luxe Vinyl, same high gloss effect yet a less opaque, and thinner consistency (they are more gloss than a liquid lipstick). Also the click pen version is not one of my favourite types of packaging.
The latest Winter Soleil release carried new Soleil Lip Lacquers in white packaging. They are a nourishing gloss formula, less pigment and thinner formula. Nothing like the Lip Lacquer Luxe.
I think the mattes are truly worth grabbing. Even just one. The colours are pretty and the red (Overpower) is possibly the most beautiful red I own (and I have a LOT of reds!).
Even though they are priced almost 50% higher than the average luxury lipstick, I highly recommend these if they are within your budget. Totally worth the splurge.
Pricing and Availability
Retailing at SGD 80, March onwards.
Find them at Takashimaya, Tangs, Robinsons Raffles City.