Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color ($45) in Crimson Noir (sent to me by PR) is a mid-tone neutral red. It’s not very warm nor is it very cool making it the type of red that looks good on virtually everyone.
My conundrum though with the three Tom Ford Lip Colors I’ve tried so far (Violet Fatale, Black Orchid, and now Crimson Noir) is that though they’re gorgeous colors and the cream with shine finish sort of rocks my socks, they don’t last long enough for me to comfortably spend $45 on them. To be fair, they don’t claim to be long-lasting but instead mention “Rare and exotic ingredients including soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil create an ultra-creamy texture with an incredibly smooth application“. That’s 100% true–the application definitely is smooth.
Out of the three, Black Orchid (see swatches and review here) was the most moisturizing on the lips and lasted the longest. Don’t get me wrong, I love pulling these out of my makeup bag because the packaging is quite posh, but I need longevity with my lip color. Crimson Noir didn’t even make it beyond the caramel macchiato I had about 45 minutes after I initially put the lipstick on.
See my review of Tom Ford Cheek Color in Flush here.
In comparison, YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipsticks ($30) provide the same cream with shine finish, are moisturizing, but they last all day even through my constant snacking. Though YSL Rouge Pur Couture is marketed as a long-wear lipstick while Tom Ford Lip Color is not.
Bottom line: Crimson Noir is an okay color, but I need longevity so I’d skip it. If you’re the type that likes having something from every line and you’re still interested in a Tom Ford lipstick, go for Black Orchid—though it looks dark, it shows up a little more berry toned on the lips plus the color looks good on an amazing range of skin tones.
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