Tom Ford Bruised Plum Lip Color Review, Photos, Swatches

Tom Ford Bruised Plum Lip Color
Tom Ford Bruised Plum Lip Color

Tom Ford for Lipstick — Test #4

Tom Ford Bruised Plum Lip Color ($45.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a deep, reddened plum with subtle pink, fuchsia, and ruby micro-shimmer.  It goes on opaque, and it’s the most glistening/shimmering shade I’ve tried so far.  It does settle a bit into lip lines, but from a normal viewing distance, it’s really not noticeable.  This is a shade that stains very well and wears for four to five hours with a lingering stain for an additional two or so.  It’s vampy without being too blackened but not too much of a red shade either.  I can definitely see this being a perfect shade for fall.

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.

Come August, I might have more possible dupes to share, since that will kick off the Sultry Season (all about vampy lip colors!), but for now, MAC’s Hang Up is the closest I’ve found–it’s a little lighter, not as shimmery.  These are all the Tom Ford shades I have to share with you for now, but I hope it’s given you a nice introduction to the range.

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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

Tom Ford Bruised Plum Lip Color
Tom Ford Bruised Plum Lip Color

Tom Ford Bruised Plum Lip Color
Tom Ford Bruised Plum Lip Color

Tom Ford Bruised Plum Lip Color
Tom Ford Bruised Plum Lip Color

Tom Ford Bruised Plum Lip Color
Tom Ford Bruised Plum Lip Color

Tom Ford Bruised Plum Lip Color
Tom Ford Bruised Plum Lip Color

Tom Ford Bruised Plum Lip Color
Tom Ford Bruised Plum Lip Color

Tom Ford Bruised Plum Lip Color
Tom Ford Bruised Plum Lip Color

Tom Ford Bruised Plum Lip Color
Tom Ford Bruised Plum Lip Color

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Yea it’s crazy how they’re more expensive than Chanel. The most I’ve spent on a lipstick was $30 and it happens to be Chanel lipsticks. lol

Love the microshimmer and it makes your teeth looks EXTRA white. Great color for you. I love the packaging too. That said none of them has excited me enough to consider them worth the money, but it is neat just to be able to see them on.

I’ve thought about nothing else in the last 5 minutes since i read this! MMmmm daydream, but it would be crazy of me to buy it when there are other things i need more! Plus not sure it would look great cause i’m so pale, but maybe i could rock it!

I agree with the pricey-ness! Any dupes? I love this shade, it’s so gorgeous!

I really need to control myself though, with a baby parrot on the way, I can’t splurge as much….

Thanks for the swatch Christine! Looks like wine for the lips…By the way, will you be posting swatches of the MAC Dare to Wear collection soon? The launch is days away! 😀

tom ford’s lipsticks are really pretty. but i could never buy a $45 lipstick. i think the ysl rouge volupts are a stretch for me–i’ve only bought one. and they are ten less.

THIS is the color i’ve been looking for from this line. I said it a few times, but i’ve been seriously lemming these ridiculously expensive lipsticks and I know I want one nude and one bold color form him. This just may be the right kinda dark, bold lip i’ll purchase from this line.

I feel like if the price were lowered just a bit these would sell like crazy! The colors are lovely and the formula goes on beautifully. Shame really.

Ir’s beautiful, but I could never spend that much on a lipstick. I felt guilty spending $30 on a Lancome one (in Creme Framboise) a few months ago — even though I wear it just about every day — and usually will just get Revlon.

Of the three shades I have of these (Warm Sable, True Coral and this), Bruised Plum is my favorite. Thanks for the great posts Christine! If only you could magically make these cheaper 🙂

Thanks for rec. Hang up.I will check it out.
This color is very gorgeous, but $45 is a bit steep at this particular moment.
It looks really nice on you.

Love the colours in the collection, but hate the packaging – far too gaudy, and it looks like you’re always going to be in danger of cutting yourself on the edges.

Very elegant! I’m really curious to see how every Tom Ford’s intense lipstick’s looks like, specially the color named “Moroccan Rouge”. I think it’s a kind of rosy plum, very cute.

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