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Monday, June 3, 2013

Tom Ford


Narcotic Rouge.  As though red lipstick wasn't addictive enough on its own, the inspiring and completely dashing Mr. Tom Ford had to go and raise the bar on lip addiction.

It's taken me over three years to finally, finally succumb to a Tom Ford lip product.  People are fairly divided on whether the formula is really that good, and isn't that other brand's lipstick just as good for a fraction of the price?  It's all a matter of opinion, but I think we can all agree that Mr. Ford raised the bar when it came to luxe lipsticks.  Some people might even say that after a decade of Lip Glass, Juicy Tubes, and Lip Glazes, he made lipstick cool again.

And how could you not be?  Picture pulling this divine, black-lacquered (or if you were lucky enough to hop onto the bandwagon during the bone white packaging, kudos!) case out of your clutch.  I've never been one to condone applying lipstick in public, but imagine yourself, casually leaning on a cocktail table, popping off the cap to expose a beautiful gold case.  Then the base twists up to reveal the most perfectly rich red.  It's just pink enough to add a pop of brightness, but the extremely high pigment will finish your lip look with just one swipe.  Then it disappears back into your bag as though it had never been.  That flash ebony, gold and scarlet will have people taking a second look.  Where did it come from?  Where did it go?

The colour is perfect for the summer.  It's different than my regular blue or orange-based reds -- this reminds me of my first MAC lipstick ever -- Brave Red.  I don't have that one to compare for you, but Narcotic Rouge starts off with a bright hot-pink base.  It's the ultimate Marilyn Monroe colour -- even the finish is glossy, just the way she liked it.

Tom Ford is available at Holt Renfrew for $55 CAD.

28 comments :

  1. It's so gorgeous I don't know if I would ever use it.

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  2. I have Diabolique and it's my favorite red! I have to admit I am not too impressed with True Coral though. As a result, I will wait before getting another one :)

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    1. That's so upsetting, it looks really pretty in the swatches! Diabolique is GORGEOUS.

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  3. Now that is a Red! Now if I was just brave enough to wear such a bold shade :)

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    1. Try it! It would be so beautiful on you!

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  4. This was one sensual review. Love to see a side by side review with Pirate Red.

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  5. I haven't succumbed yet... but this looks gorgeous :-)

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  6. I could stare at that pic all day long. F/ck me -- getting one when I get a new job!

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    1. Yes! I can't wait to see which one you get =)

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  7. love love love anything tom ford does. I really want to try black orchid, but maybe I will treat myself to it in the fall. For now I'm loving my Spanish Pink that I picked up last summer in NYC :D

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    1. I want to try Black Orchid as well! I'm looking for a nude colour from him as well, but I might turn to Burberry for my nudes. I'm also dying over that violet one!

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  8. Ok, normally I'd stay away from orange based reds, but if you love it so much...eeeeek - I need to go swatch this beautiful, gorgeous specimen!!!

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    1. This one's more pink than orange, I think it would be nice on you! I need to swatch ALL of them one day and just take a photo.

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  9. This lipstick looks so pretty ... I wish I could justify spending that much money though! Well, only because I don't wear lipstick that often :p

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    1. I have no doubt that this lipstick would make you wear lipstick more often =)

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  10. Your description in the third paragraph = awesome! haha Especially the last two sentences of it...ahhh makes me want to buy one now... :P

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    1. Thanks, Esther! I'm really enjoying using it!

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  11. Ooh so pretty! I'm not really one for lipstick and especially not red lipstick but you MADE me want this just so I could pull it out in public!! :P haha

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    1. Right?? Sometimes I feel the same way about Guerlain compacts!

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  12. what a reat color. Tom Ford lipstick have such gorgeous containers

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    1. The packaging is extremely luxe -- one of my favourite lipstick cases to date!

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  13. What a hot shade it is! I have never bought any Tom Ford lipstick as it is too expensive but it's on my wish list!

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    1. One day, when you find a colour you really love!

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  14. One day I'll own a Tom Ford lipstick, until then I'll just drool with envy over yours! Gorgeous shade x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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