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Round-up: Tom Ford Lips & Boys Overview & Thoughts

With 50 shades, you’re bound to get a few misses, but by and large, about half of the collection was less impressive. I know that my “marker” is I’m looking for B+ or better, which left 17 of the 50 as performing B or less (or 34%). I think that while it was a good idea to breakdown the colors into color families, it would have been better to a) provide individual shade descriptions, or b) segment shades into “layering” or “sheer” categories.

Overall, it ended up feeling like a mixed bag, though there are certainly winners within the range. I think the idea and campaign were genius, and it is a nice way to try out Tom Ford’s often raved about formula without spending $50 a pop. Even better, the Lips & Boys miniature-sized shades are actually more for your money based on price per ounce, so it’s really win-win if there’s a shade you’ve had your eye on. You can view all swatches of these shades here in gallery format.

The limited edition Lips & Boys Collection officially (re)launches on the 26th, but you can place orders online at the following retailers now:

TEMPTALIA RECOMMENDED: Adriano (A+), Henry (A), Matthew (A), Michael (A), Stavros (A)
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Addison (A-), Cary (A), Collin (A-), Cooper (A), James (A), Julian (A), Patrick (A)
MOST UNIQUE: Casey (D-), Guillermo (A-), Gustavo (A-), Holden (C-), John (A), Kyril (D), Liam (B+), Luca (B), Michael (A), Peter (B-), Richard (A), Rory (D), Stavros (A), Tomas (B+)

Check out the report card + more comparisons!

Report Card

As: 26 | Bs: 15 | Cs: 6 | Ds: 3



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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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Thanks so much for getting your hands on these bad boys and reviewing them for us!! And thanks to your enabling, I’m buying my first Tom Ford item ever – Guillermo. I would buy more, but some of the colors that I liked didn’t review so well, so money “saved” 🙂

Christine, I purchased Stavros on your recommendation but I see here that it’s not made it to your unique list. Did you change your mind? Are there other dupes for Stavros besides the couple you mentioned in your review?

I listed dupes/similar shades for every single shade in their reviews – please check those for any shade you’re considering! 🙂

Great overview!! Your swatches really helped me. I have the same undertone as you do, so I can always tell by your lip swatches what a lipstick will look like on me, even though I am darker.
I seem to be the only person who doesn’t think that these are the same formula as the full sized lipsticks. To me, they are definitely thinner and a bit less moisturising. However, I love all seven that I bought :D!

I think they vary quite a bit – some are very similar (e.g. Richard, Cary, Collin, etc.) but some are sheerer or more emollient. I feel like the formula was fiddled with quite a bit to create 50 shades (to the point where I think TF should have developed a finish glossary!).

Thank you! 🙂

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