Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Tom Ford Pink Dusk Lipstick
Tom Ford Pink Dusk Lipstick

Tom Ford for Lipstick — Test #1

Tom Ford Pink Dusk Lip Color ($45.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a subtle, toned-down pink with a little fleshy nude to it. I wouldn’t describe it so much as a nude as I would a pale pink. I’d say it’s a rather neutral pink, too — in some light, it looks almost cool-toned, but if you turn your head, it turns warmer. It is a well-pigmented lipstick that looks opaque on lips without very little layering required.

Tom Ford’s Private Blend Lip Color collection are all vanilla scented and come in a white and gold square tube. It’s a very clean and elegant look, and the tube itself is weighty, so it feels more luxurious when you hold it in your hand. I like that the usage of the white paneling means no fingerprints, since that is a common problem when brands use more metallic/metal kind of packaging. The top and bottom are both “gold,” with the top having “Tom Ford” imprinted on it. It does click shut and stay closed well.

The formula itself is creamy and lightweight–it doesn’t feel slippery or nearly as creamy as YSL Rouge Voluptes, nor does it glide on as smoothly and effortlessly as Guerlain Rouge Gs. Tom Ford’s color range is full with twelve different shades ranging from nudes to deep plums. The textures of Tom Ford’s lipsticks are semi-matte–they’re not shimmery at all–and so they have a smidgen of sheen/glisten but overall, a much flatter finish.

Where Tom Ford excels is in the wear of his lipstick. These last for hours and hours, and depending on what you’re eating/drinking, may last through those as well. Without eating/drinking, I can easily get four to five hours of wear. I made it through a meal with the majority of the color intact, though the color looked nearly matte after the meal. It doesn’t cling and feel drying from the get-go nor when you go to remove it at the end of the day. These wear very well, and the darker shades do stain, which will give them even more wear. For a light shade such as Pink Dusk to last for five hours, it’s definitely a feat.

I love the rich, opaque color Tom Ford’s lipstick delivers, and I like that they’re comfortable to wear without being drying. Pink Dusk seems like a nice, universal shade that’s neither bold nor barely there that can be worn by all skin tones.

I will say that $45 is rather steep, and even for a designer brand like Tom Ford, it’s not where I would have pegged the price to come in at. I wish that, despite the high price tag, they would beef up the quantity — maybe 0.12 or 0.14 oz. — rather than a mere 0.10 oz. One tube should last you awhile, since you don’t need much for a single application and reapplication should be less frequent than your average lipstick, but the slightly below average quantity for a slightly above average price tag is worth noting.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you’re in the mood for a decadent luxury and prefer your lip color on the more matte side, Tom Ford’s range of twelve might interest you.

AVAILABILITY: Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus

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Tom Ford Pink Dusk Lipstick
Tom Ford Pink Dusk Lipstick

Tom Ford Pink Dusk Lipstick
Tom Ford Pink Dusk Lipstick

Tom Ford Pink Dusk Lipstick
Tom Ford Pink Dusk Lipstick

Tom Ford Pink Dusk Lipstick
Tom Ford Pink Dusk Lipstick

Tom Ford Lipstick
Tom Ford Lipstick

Tom Ford Lipstick
Tom Ford Lipstick

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118 thoughts on “Tom Ford Pink Dusk Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. maria

    love the packaging… it’s a nice and common pink, i guess. looks good on you though! (damn, from bright to nude everything looks fantastic on you lol)

  2. Cynthia

    I’d love to see a review from you on Vanilla Suede! Do you have that one? I am so tempted to buy it, but it’s so much money for a blind-buy.

  3. looks like ysl rouge volupté n#1! LOVE

    • Annie

      I actually have rouge volupte #1, but I’ve been really wanting this tom ford lipstick. Christine, how comparable are they?

      • I don’t think the formulas are similar at all. Rouge Volupte is very creamy, slippery, and thick – the Tom Ford lipsticks are none of these!

        • LiLi

          But would you say the colors are the same? I don’t mind a dif texture, but I just don’t want a color dupe…

          Thanks, Christine!
          -L.

  4. Emily

    I love it, but I don’t think I can shell out 45 dollars for one lipstick!

  5. It’s a gorgeous lipstick, but the one I reach for least out of the TF lipsticks I own (I do prefer a brighter lip.) I have to say, if any of mine had wonky labels on the bottom it would drive me insane – for $45 I expect the colour label to be perfectly aligned!

    These do last very well on the lips.

  6. Leea

    Ooh that looks like a lovely pink! I think this might be a lipstick I would like to acquire.
    But the price…. Not for me. Do you know if there’s a Mac dupe?

    • Some dupes –

      Chanel Ming – Glossier, pinker
      Guerlain Gabrielle – Slightly lighter, warmer
      Julie Hewett Simone – Less opaque
      Korres #13 Guava – Less pink
      MAC Kinda Sexy – Less pink

  7. The color looks abosolutely stunning on you!

  8. LuvJ

    So Christine, in your experience, did you prefer the Guerlain G’s over this? They are in the same price range.. so which is a better splurge?

    • No, I prefer Rouge Gs myself :) I like the color range & the texture better – but I like the subtle shimmer and glossiness of the Rouge Gs. I find that they’re very different formulas! Tom Ford’s seem to wear longer, though.

  9. That color reminds me of my beloved Pink Please lipstick buy Maybeline!
    It might remind me of it to much though, I wouldn’t spend $45, for a lipstick I could get in the same shade for $6 D:

  10. I love this color!!!!! It’s looks really nice on you Christine=)

  11. the colour is gorgeous and the packaging is luxe, but the price is a bit steep for me.

    but like the chanel rouge coco lipsticks, i think it’ll be worth it to own at least one. :)

  12. Kelli

    I wish I didn’t love these some much? Do you have any other shades of these you’re going to be reviewing? I’d love to Vanilla Suede or Black Orchid :) the lightest/darkest colors

  13. W

    The pricing is insane, and I think the packaging looks old ladyish.

  14. LH

    nice color, you look great C!

  15. Kara

    That’s a very pretty color but not for the price!! Anyone know of a MAC dupe? or something similiar?

  16. Tantawan

    Pink Dust looks gorgeous on you!

  17. raquel

    YES!!!! I prayed to all the stars in the sky for you to review the TF lip sticks, and now you have!!! *happy dance* :) I could tell by your last picture that you got pink dusk (duh), true coral and ?. I couldn’t make out the last shade (blush nude, perhaps?). I own true coral and I think I love it (I have to love it). Like you said, the price is pretty steep for how much you get, so I am trying to convince myself that these are keepers. Now I’ll probably not sleep, at all, until your other 2 reviews come up for these babies! :) Thanks for the very thorough review, as always!

  18. sara

    Are there any dupes for this? I love the color but I am in no way spending that much for a lipstick!

    • Here are a few possible dupes:

      Chanel Ming – Glossier, pinker
      Guerlain Gabrielle – Slightly lighter, warmer
      Julie Hewett Simone – Less opaque
      Korres #13 Guava – Less pink
      MAC Kinda Sexy – Less pink

  19. Missa

    omg that eyeliner looks amazin on u, really makes ur eyes pop !!! what is it ?

  20. Wow, I think it suits you well. Nice shade!

  21. Yujin

    oh my gosh….this color is absolutely stunning on you. I rarely comment, but I think this should be your everyday natural (but with a kick) lipstick!!!
    shame its limited edition and expensive :)

  22. Lea

    I am so obsessed with Tom Ford and these lipsticks will definitely go on my “splurge” list. For the times I think I deserve something nice. ;)

  23. Diane

    I love Tom Ford, and the color is nice – but at $45, he can keep it. The price tag just seems plain greedy.

    • Yeah – I found it hard to judge what would have been an appropriate price for Tom Ford… hard since he has no other makeup products to compare to.

  24. Shal

    I NEED this color, it looks so great on you! $45 is a little steep for me though. Can you think of any similar (and more affordable if possible).

    • Here are some dupes:

      Chanel Ming – Glossier, pinker
      Guerlain Gabrielle – Slightly lighter, warmer
      Julie Hewett Simone – Less opaque
      Korres #13 Guava – Less pink
      MAC Kinda Sexy – Less pink

  25. nikki

    its really pretty on you. but 45 is a little too steep for me

  26. baby in a corner

    Yeah! a review of these! I saw them in the department store and had a swatch and i love the range of colours. the lady must’ve known I wasn’t going to purchase cause i looked a mess – running around town all day – but she was still nice and let me look through them! the packaging is dee-vine! only thing, you think they’d have stuck the stickers on straight on your ones that are photographed above!

    this wouldn’t be my fav colour, i’d probably go for the fuschia but still pretty!

  27. Hend

    ah this shade is just amazing
    I got my TF lipsticks in Vanilla Suede and Pure pink
    and its formula is very beautiful
    but I really hate the packaging ,
    I dunno it looks dated and not as chic
    as his perfumes and his other products :(

  28. weebee

    This colour looks amazing on you!

  29. Haley

    Wow, I find this lipstick colour gorgeous. Do you find this a bit pinker to MAC Hue lipstick, Christine, or is it not in the same family as that at all?

  30. I splurge on Tom Ford Private Blends fragrances but I am not sure if I am loving these lipsticks for $45. I swatched them at Jefferies and found them super pigmented and nice… but not any nicer than let’s say Edward Bess or Rouge de G (both of which I adore and like a wayyyyyy lot more).

    • ps Christine can you please review Edward Bess stuff. Edward Bess was similar and started as lipsticks only. But I adore his stuff. The scent alone is to die for. Very good quality products and pigmentation. I would love to know your opinion on them.

  31. Melissa

    Can you think of any dupes for this color?

    • Here are some…

      Chanel Ming – Glossier, pinker
      Guerlain Gabrielle – Slightly lighter, warmer
      Julie Hewett Simone – Less opaque
      Korres #13 Guava – Less pink
      MAC Kinda Sexy – Less pink

  32. Mia

    Does anyone know where Tom Ford lipsticks can be found in Canada? Or not yet?

    • I’d check his website – that’s all I can think of.

    • Sara

      I just saw this review of TF. I have Pink Dusk, bought it in Harrods. Agree with Christine’s comments about long lasting wear. The colour is actually something I never thought I’d wear. I’m not lipstick person, I like glosses. But this one looks amazing day or night. Because of this one lipstick I’m willing to try more colours. :)

      To the poster who was wondering about availability in Canada. Holt Renfrew carries the lippies.
      I think they’re the only ones I’m afraid.

  33. nat

    Thanks for reviewing this! Can’t wait to see which other colors you got! I’ve been eyeing “True Coral” recently, but I’ll have to test it out once more to figure out if I really want to dish out $45!

  34. Nene

    What a marvellous shade! Christine, can you think of any dupe for this lipstick?

    • Try:

      Chanel Ming – Glossier, pinker
      Guerlain Gabrielle – Slightly lighter, warmer
      Julie Hewett Simone – Less opaque
      Korres #13 Guava – Less pink
      MAC Kinda Sexy – Less pink

  35. Josiane

    it suits you really well!

  36. its a beauty! at $45, no Thank you…

    but, thanks to u for the swatches..:)

  37. Brittany

    Looks amazing.

  38. Jenny04105

    This is a beautiful color, and I have definitely been hearing about how lovely the TF lipsticks are. But I really do not think I could spend $45 on a lipstick .. That is just too insane for me.

  39. Margot

    Oh Christine, this colour is THE perfect pink … i have been looking for such a pink for so long. Now I need to find a shop that sells Tom Ford in my area !!

  40. Girlygirl70

    Hi Christine,

    I’m actually really surprised that you didnt LOVE this formula, I dont have any of the ‘comparable’ ones but I love my Tom Ford I have the Pure Pink one and it is gorgeous color, great staying power and luxuriously creamy! i love mine, it is a bit to spend but if you like to treat yourself i’d definitely recommend! :)

  41. Kathy

    You look amazing in this! I have the same color and the price is overwhelming but I can’t be happier with the shade!

  42. Hannahbelle

    Sooo tempted to buy but I’m on a month long makeup ban haha. Do you have a tutorial up for this eye look though? I love it :)

  43. Sam

    Super beautiful but SUPER pricey. Do you happen to have any dupes in mind?

    • Here are a few

      Chanel Ming – Glossier, pinker
      Guerlain Gabrielle – Slightly lighter, warmer
      Julie Hewett Simone – Less opaque
      Korres #13 Guava – Less pink
      MAC Kinda Sexy – Less pink

  44. kim

    Are these limited edition? I heard he’s coming out with a beauty line but it hasn’t been confirmed whether or not it will include the private blend lip colors. I really hope not because I really want Pink Dusk!

  45. nicci

    I hope more shades are available soon…I have tried 3 so far that I thought I would like but didn’t come home w/any :-(

  46. Pretty color, gaudy packaging.

  47. Elysia

    wow, these are so pretty. I don’t think i’ll be able to shell out $45 for one though

  48. Lola

    Ooh, pretty! But for $45 they could have attempted to get the labels even. Sorry, OCD I guess.

  49. Andrea

    Yay! Can’t wait till you review True Coral :)
    I love these lipsticks, yes they are a decadent indulgence but I love them never the less.

  50. MoLo

    Hmmmmmmm, can anyone suggest a dupe for this?

    • Some dupes:

      Chanel Ming – Glossier, pinker
      Guerlain Gabrielle – Slightly lighter, warmer
      Julie Hewett Simone – Less opaque
      Korres #13 Guava – Less pink
      MAC Kinda Sexy – Less pink

  51. Melissa

    Do you know of any dupes for this color?

    • Here are a few:

      Chanel Ming – Glossier, pinker
      Guerlain Gabrielle – Slightly lighter, warmer
      Julie Hewett Simone – Less opaque
      Korres #13 Guava – Less pink
      MAC Kinda Sexy – Less pink

  52. Hilana

    I really, really love this colour. Thanks Jamie for telling me about Pink Please from Maybelline, since we actually do get that brand here in SA and I would love to have a colour similar to this one. Very nice. The kind of nude/pinky shade that would actually suit my skin colouring.

  53. Bernice

    Great review and it looks great on you :)

  54. nikki c

    are the lipsticks limited edition or will they remain part of his permanent line?
    i would love to try one but $45 is a bit much for me now
    maybe in the future?:]

  55. ak

    This lipstick has a great amount of opacity on you Christine, it really covers up your birthmark on your lip. Which is great so there’s more pigment for all the money you’re spending on it!

    What other colors dis you get that you can do reviews on?

  56. livnzoe

    most beautiful colout i’ve ever seen!

  57. nicole

    looks like MAC creme cup?

  58. Angie

    Do you think MAC has a close enough dupe for it? The color is really pretty, but no way I can afford $45 for a lipstick.

  59. Christine, off hand can you think of a slightly cheaper dupe for this color? It’s so pretty but like everyone else, $45 is too much for one lipstick.

    • Chanel Ming – Glossier, pinker
      Guerlain Gabrielle – Slightly lighter, warmer
      Julie Hewett Simone – Less opaque
      Korres #13 Guava – Less pink
      MAC Kinda Sexy – Less pink

  60. Lena

    This is such a gorgeous colour. If only it wasn’t $45…

  61. Lovely Linda

    I’ve been on the hunt for this color and no luck. :[

    but it looks very nice on you. :]

  62. Sylvia

    That is THE perfect nude on you!

  63. Love this lipstick, and love the formulation, i have the one in Moroccan Rouge, and was thinking of getting this one.
    Question, do you think Illamasqua lipstick in Test could be a dupe for it?

    x

  64. trang axtman

    i have vanilla suede,pink dusk,and nude blush.i am not to happy with the vanilla suede but i love my other two.do you know what nieman return policys are?

  65. amaryllis30

    Good to know, I was trying to find out if they were similar, because I love creme cup and that is the perfect pink for me. thank you! That will save me $48!