Monday, April 9th, 2012

Tom Ford Wet Violet Ultra Shine Lipgloss
Tom Ford Wet Violet Ultra Shine Lipgloss

Tom Ford Wet Violet Ultra Shine Lipgloss

Tom Ford Wet Violet Ultra shine Lipgloss ($45.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is a rich wine-berry with violet and pink shimmer. I couldn’t think of a perfect dupe for this exact hue, though I found some shades that are similar enough that they’re worth mentioning. MAC Color Saturation (because it recently debuted) is much, much lighter and appears more as a raspberry-pink. MAC Indigo Pink is pinker, redder, not as cool-toned or as berry. NARS Bougainville gives me a similar vibe, but the colors themselves are noticeably different–NARS’ shade is raspberry pink, not berry or purpled like Wet Violet. The closest shade I could think of was NARS Nana, which is redder and less purpled, but it has a similar vampy quality as well as similar application issues.

Tom Ford describes his gloss formula as being “high-shine” and “color-saturated.” He doesn’t mention any moisturizing benefits, just that the texture is “smooth and creamy.” It’s also noted that the gloss has a “high adherence,” which I assume is code for clings to lips better than your average gloss and, presumably, allows it to wear better/longer. The gloss is vanilla-scented but has no distinctive taste. It’s a sweet vanilla, less potent and not as sweet as MAC’s signature vanilla. Pleasing without being a confection of overblown sweetness.  It comes in a square tube with a brush-type applicator that doesn’t have any problems with random bristles being splayed out.

Wet Violet appears to be one of the deepest shades within the range of ten (I haven’t seen the range in person, so I can only make assumptions from the disappointing computer-generated swatches online), which means it is going to really push and test the limits of the overall quality and feel and look of the formula. Darker lipglosses are very difficult to master; they are naturally problematic, because you’re taking a very obvious, deep color and unless the gloss is opaque, there tends to be issues with color settling into lip lines (and being noticeable), evenness (which stands out, rather than disappears like it can with a lighter shade), and bleeding/feathering.

While the texture is undeniably lovely–soft, smooth, lightly tacky without being full-on sticky and thick (think MAC Lipglass), with a thicker feel that doesn’t end up feeling like goop–the color settles into lip lines and the color itself is tricky to apply evenly. The color coverage is semi-opaque; it adds plenty of color, but there’s enough translucency there that it enables a lot of your natural lip color to come through. This kind of gloss actually looks best on those with more pigmented lips!

Despite some of these drawbacks, Wet Violet wore for around five hours with most of the color intact, though the high-shine glossy finish had dwindled after three and a half hours. Tom Ford wasn’t able to overcome some tricky issues when working with really dark colors as glosses, and at this price tag, I had my fingers crossed. If you’re the type who only wears glosses over lipsticks, then it may still be worth checking out, as it will look much better over an opaque lipstick.

Overall, I can’t see myself shelling out the full $45 on this, but it makes me think of my favorite gloss of all-time (Cle de Peau #2), which is a whopping $55, but I adore it so much that it is still worth it to this day.  So perhaps not this shade but another shade, and if not for my wallet, for someone else’s wallet when the right color comes calling.  The formula seems good, as far as texture, feel, slip, and wear go, but it’s the color here that seems to take it down a peg with the color settling into lip lines.  I have a lighter shade I’ve yet to finish testing, so hopefully that one wears a bit better.

The Glossover

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Wet Violet

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Overall, I can't see myself shelling out the full $45 on this, but it makes me think of my favorite gloss of all-time (Cle de Peau #2), which is a whopping $55, but I adore it so much that it is still worth it to this day. So perhaps not this shade but another shade, and if not for my wallet, for someone else's wallet when the right color comes calling.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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Tom Ford Wet Violet Ultra Shine Lipgloss
Tom Ford Wet Violet Ultra Shine Lipgloss

Tom Ford Wet Violet Ultra Shine Lipgloss
Tom Ford Wet Violet Ultra Shine Lipgloss

Tom Ford Wet Violet Ultra Shine Lipgloss
Tom Ford Wet Violet Ultra Shine Lipgloss

Tom Ford Wet Violet Ultra Shine Lipgloss
Tom Ford Wet Violet Ultra Shine Lipgloss

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Saks, $45.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

MAC Color Saturation (because it recently debuted) is much, much lighter and appears more as a raspberry-pink. MAC Indigo Pink is pinker, redder, not as cool-toned or as berry. NARS Bougainville gives me a similar vibe, but the colors themselves are noticeably different--NARS' shade is raspberry pink, not berry or purpled like Wet Violet. The closest shade I could think of was NARS Nana, which is redder and less purpled, but it has a similar vampy quality as well as similar application issues.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio, Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal Kajal. On cheeks: NARS Gaiety.

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27 thoughts on “Tom Ford Wet Violet Ultra Shine Lipgloss Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Oh my. As a huge vampy lip fan AND a purple fan, my heart fluttered when I saw this. It’s unfortunate that even the best dark glosses seem to have these issues with evenness. Still beautiful, though…

  2. Avatar of Quinctia Quinctia

    It’s an interesting color. Not something I see myself ever wearing much…but if I came across a drugstore dupe, I might spring for that!

    • Avatar of Amy amy

      I don’t think this would be too hard to at least find something similar in a drugstore (I’m thinking L’oreal would likely have something). It may not be an exact dupe, but close. I’m a big fan of this sort of color, but I don’t think it’s unique enough to warrant a $45 price tag.

  3. Claire

    Oof… gorgeous color, shame that it’s patchy (and so expensive)

  4. Chelsea

    How does this remind you of Cle de Peau #2?

    • I’m confused – I explained in the post. Could you clarify your question?

    • Michelle

      I think Christine just means that it’s an expensive gloss and for the quality, she wouldn’t buy it again. But she would buy the Cle de peau #2 again, even at $55 because it’s worth it for her. She’s just using the glosses as a price-point comparison.

  5. Honeybumblebee

    too streaky and I had such high hopes…….

  6. Whoa. Hey there, gorgeous packaging. I’m John, nice to meet you. Want to grab coffe?

    Haha! And I agree that dark lipsticks are just easier to pull off formulation wise.

    • Avatar of artemis artemis

      true…milky glosses/lipsticks look so bad usually :( and i hate that the most cause i’m pale so the only lippies that look light/pale on me(nudes or pinks) are so pale that they have a bad texture :)) anyway, drugstores don’t even carry shades that light over here. revlon’s nudes are orange on pale skin hehe. MAC has only one (small) store in Romania and i heard the prices are way higher than the US ones…a mac lipstick is 14.50$=43.42 RON but they charge 80 RON(funny cause my country is extremely affected by this economic crisis and most people can only afford to pay taxes and buy food…while prices are higher than ever. no hope for a teen on a budget)…

    • Avatar of artemis artemis

      =) oh wow, i thought you were talking about dark lip products versus light ones :)) cause what you said applies to that too. seems like dark lipglosses are just as problematic as milky ones :( mediums look best when it comes to lipglosses it seems, especially reds :D

  7. Jo

    I don’t like the unevenness of the lip gloss and especially for $45.

  8. Avatar of Kafka Kafka

    Lovely colour, but, ultimately, I’m not a gloss girl and I’m too much of a cheapskate for Tom Ford products (though your review of his blushes tempted me). Totally OT, I love the NARS Gaiety on you.

  9. Avatar of Pamela Pamela

    This type of rich purple/plum looks great on you!

  10. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    Oh, that is gorgeous! And such pretty packaging. I can’t justify expensive glosses given how easily they bleed on me, but this is lovely on you. :D

  11. Avatar of Sharlie Sharlie Gugel

    I actually think this color is spot on beautiful for you Christine! It is such a compliment for your skin tone. If not this formula, then perhaps something similar. But definetly a color keeper for you!! Lovely!!

  12. Avatar of Amy Amy

    I only read this cuz I like reading your reviews, then I saw the arm swatch. And my heart just went and skipped a beat and my eyes bugged out a big xD

  13. Kathrina

    That’s a beautiful, sexy color. Still I wouldn’t spend that kind of money on a gloss, no matter great it looks.

  14. Avatar of artemis artemis

    gorgeous color, bad texture(settles:()

  15. Z

    I read that as NARS Boogerville. Much more amusing than the real name. :p I’m so over gloss that I won’t spend a buck on another one, much less $45. Lipstick, however…..

    Would be a huge pain in the butt for you to include what Foundations you’re wearing in your looks in the FAQ? Pretty please? :)

    Last thing: I wasn’t terribly interested in Gaiety until I saw it in a few of your full face looks included in product reviews. Damn that looks good on you! I’ve gotta get to a Sephora and swatch it in person.

  16. Suzanna

    This is very pretty on you, and I love your precision application, but I see what you mean about darker glosses. Still, the color really suits you.

  17. rebecca

    I love this colourrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr <3

  18. Liz Coltart

    I thought it said “ultra violet” lipgloss haha.

  19. Jenny Ewer

    Wet Violet is a cool name!

  20. Typhanie Willock

    Is it scented?