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Tom Ford First Time & Black Dahlia Lip Color Matte

Tom Ford First Time (09) Lip Color Matte
Tom Ford First Time (09) Lip Color Matte

Tom Ford First Time (09) Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light-medium pinky-peach with a satin finish. This was a limited edition color, and likely the only way to find it is if your local store happens to still have one stashed away. As pretty as this color is, it was the type of finish that I feel is more unforgiving and definitely benefits from a full lip prep routine (the majority of shades in the formula didn’t feel that way). It lasts for five hours, but it pulls into lip lines after three and a half hours (you can even see how it seems more attracted to my lip lines upon initial application). The more velvety texture doesn’t cling, so you can smooth it out as you wear it, but it is a little drying. Colour Pop Button (P, $5.00) is warmer. Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is more beige. Bobbi Brown Pink Nectar (P, $26.00) is darker. NARS Julie (P, $32.00) is pinker, glossier. NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is pinker, glossier. NARS Descanso (LE, $25.00) is similar. MAC Runway Hit (LE, $16.00) is pinker, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tom Ford Black Dahlia (10) Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a cool-toned, burgundy with strong red tones and a semi-matte finish. It was semi-opaque and pulled into lip lines from the get-go. There was more slip in this shade than others in the range, but it wasn’t that emollient, even though it still seemed to have similar issues as many burgundies do. It lasted for six hours and left behind a stain, and it wasn’t drying (nor hydrating). I think this one needs to be applied with a lip brush and over a lip liner to perform well. This is also a limited edition shade, but it is still available at Neiman Marcus. Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $21.00) is more matte, cooler-toned, less red. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Sin (P, $16.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Matte First Time (09)
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Matte Black Dahlia (10)
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total

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Tom Ford Flame, Ruby Rush, Velvet Cherry Lip Color Matte

Tom Ford Flame (06) Lip Color Matte
Tom Ford Flame (06) Lip Color Matte

Tom Ford Flame (06) Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich pigmentation that covered the lips easily, while the consistency was lightweight, velvety, and glided on evenly. This shade wore well for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is a smidgen lighter. NARS Lana (P, $32.00) is glossier, lighter. Kat Von D Countess (P, $21.00) is more matte. MAC True Red (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is similar. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Tomango (LE, $16.00) is brighter, more matte. MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Lady Danger (P, $16.00) is more matte. Inglot #103 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tom Ford Ruby Rush (07) Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was excellent and yielded full coverage. It had a comfortable, lightweight texture that felt velvety and smooth so the color distributed evenly on the lips. On me, this shade lasted for over six hours and left a stain behind, though it was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Opera (LE, $16.00) is a smidgen lighter. MAC Stunner (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Kinky (LE, $16.00) is a touch darker. NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is glossier. MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. MAC Ruby Woo (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tom Ford Velvet Cherry (08) Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, reddish-brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had fairly opaque pigmentation, but this one seemed to have a little more translucency compared to other shades; I think if you had more naturally pigmented lips, that pigmentation might come through to a degree (e.g. pull out red tones in this if you had reddish lips). The formula had a little more slip, too, though it was comfortable to wear and applied evenly. It lasted for six hours on me, but I noticed slight settling of the color into lip lines after four and a half hours of wear. I didn’t find it drying, but it wasn’t hydrating either. NARS Sandra (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer. NARS Charlotte (P, $32.00) is glossier, cooler-toned. MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Studded Kiss (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $26.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. NARS Amsterdam (P, $26.00) is more muted. MAC Extended Play (DC, $18.00) is similar. MAC Diva (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Matte Flame (06)
Flame (06)
Flame (06)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Matte Ruby Rush (07)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Matte Velvet Cherry (08)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Tom Ford Pink Tease, Pussycat, Plum Lush Lip Color Matte

Tom Ford Pink Tease (03) Lip Color Matte
Tom Ford Pink Tease (03) Lip Color Matte

Tom Ford Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) debuted late last year, and there are six shades that are permanent to the Tom Ford range. They’re described as a “velvet matte” lipstick that delivers “richly pigmented hues.” They’re not an ultra-matte, so they are more forgiving, and the texture is lightweight, velvety, and creamy enough that there’s no dragging or tugging at the lips. You’ll notice that the edges of the lip color are rather crisp, and this can be hard to achieve without a lip brush with drier formulations. All three shades were easy to apply, richly pigmented, longer-wearing, and comfortable to wear. The formula is vanilla-scented but had no discernible taste.

Tom Ford Pink Tease (03) Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is light-medium pink with subtle, yellow undertones and a satin finish. it had rich, opaque pigmentation with a lightly creamy, glide-on consistency that felt smooth and went on evenly without sliding around. On me, this color wore well for four and a half hours and was slightly hydrating over time, but some of the color pulled into lip lines slightly after three and a half hours of wear. Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $26.00) is warmer, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pow (600) (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler-toned, more matte. Bite Beauty Sweety (LE, $24.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. MAC Please Me (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches
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Tom Ford Pussycat (04) Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is muted, pinky-plum with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had full color coverage that went on evenly and didn’t drag on the lips. This was more matte than Pink Tease, which may have been why it lasted for five hours. It wasn’t drying, but it wasn’t hydrating either. It seemed to be more a unique shade (partially due to the finish) relative to what I’ve personally tried over the years. MAC Nouvelle Vogue (LE, $16.00) is lighter, pinker. MAC Private Party (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tom Ford Plum Lush (05) Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is brightened, medium-dark raspberry pink with cool undertones and a satin-matte finish. It was intensely pigmented and covered lips beautifully. I thought this was a more matte texture that made my lips look smoother, which is harder to find. It wore well for six hours, left a stain behind, and was a smidgen hydrating. Chanel La Romanesque (50) (P, $34.00) is lighter, pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Cooper (LE, $32.00) is more fuchsia, bluer-based. Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is slightly darker. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Guerlain Provocative (863) (LE, $51.00) is redder. MAC Heaux (LE, $16.00) is darker, less pink. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Matte Pink Tease (03)
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Matte Pussycat (04)
Pussycat (04)
Pussycat (04)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Matte Plum Lush (05)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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MAC Barbecue, Oxblood, Tenor Voice, Victoriana Lipsticks

MAC Barbecue Lipstick
MAC Barbecue Lipstick

MAC Barbecue Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid orange red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. The color payoff was intense and yielded full color coverage that applied easily without dragging on the lips. It wore well for six hours, and while it wasn’t hydrating, it wasn’t drying either. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Oxblood Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light peachy nude [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, peachy-brown with a hint of pink with a semi-matte finish. It had good color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency so it glided on without tugging, but it didn’t slide around once on. It was comfortable to wear and was neither drying nor hydrating, and it lasted for almost five hours, which is a little longer than average for a mid-tone shade like this. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Tenor Voice Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “true classic red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a rich, brightened red with very subtle cool undertones–it’s almost neutral, but I think it leans a bit blue–with a matte finish. It had full color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly without trouble. It wore well for six hours and left behind a stain, and it wasn’t drying (though not hydrating either). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Victoriana Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone pink red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a slightly muted (relative to the rest, really) pinky-red with cool undertones and a matte finish. The consistency is lightly creamy, which made it apply evenly for smooth, even color application. It was intensely pigmented and lasted for six hours without being drying. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Lipstick Barbecue
Barbecue
Barbecue
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
MAC Lipstick Oxblood
Oxblood
Oxblood
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
MAC Lipstick Tenor Voice
Tenor Voice
Tenor Voice
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
MAC Lipstick Victoriana
Victoriana
Victoriana
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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MAC Opera Lipstick

MAC Opera Lipstick
MAC Opera Lipstick

MAC Opera Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dark red.” It’s a medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Stunner (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Kinky (LE, $16.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Fraise (P, $24.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Ruby Rush (07) (P, $50.00) is similar. NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is similar. Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is a smidgen darker. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is glossier. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is cooler-toned. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. Maybelline Very Cherry (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Ruby Woo (P, $16.00) is darker, more matte. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a richly pigmented shade that glides on easily without tugging, but it doesn’t have a lot of slip, so it stays in place once applied. The color wears like iron and lasts a full six hours and could have kept going. Though not hydrating, it wasn’t drying either, which made it comfortable to wear throughout the day. As it is a mostly matte red, it is more dupable than not, so you may want to check your stash to see what you have that’s similar. It’s a gorgeous red, to be sure, though! MAC’s lipstick formula is vanilla-scented with no discernia=ble taste.

There are four other limited edition (and one permanent shade, Sin, being repromoted) in the collection, which I hope to be able to purchase when they release. The collection releases January 29th online and February 5th at counters and stores.

MAC Lipstick Opera
Opera
Opera
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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NARS Liguria Sheer Lipstick

NARS Liguria Sheer Lipstick
NARS Liguria Sheer Lipstick

NARS Liguria Sheer Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “nude caramel.” It’s a soft, pumpkin peach-orange with very fine yellowed peach shimmer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Covet (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Sensual Sparks (LE, $16.00) is much sheerer and appears more muted as a result. NARS Floralies (P, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Sheer Mandarin (LE, $17.00) is brighter, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula didn’t feel like NARS’ Sheer Lipstick formula at all; it’s heavier with a thicker, creamier consistency with more of a satin-to-matte finish with fairly opaque color coverage. It seemed to have more in common with NARS’ regular lipstick formula (but not Audacious) than the Sheer Lipstick formula. The thicker consistency paired with subtle frost in it seemed to make it very prone to catching on any imperfections and made my lips look drier than they were (as they weren’t dry at all). It wore well for four hours, but it separated and pulled into lip lines and faded unevenly (left a bit of a ring of color behind). It was neither drying nor hydrating in my experience.

NARS Sheer Lipstick Liguria
Liguria

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