Tom Ford First Time & Black Dahlia Lip Color Matte Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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.

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Tom Ford First Time (09) 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

Tom Ford First Time (09) 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

Tom Ford First Time (09) 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

Tom Ford Black Dahlia (10) Lip Color Matte
Tom Ford Black Dahlia (10) Lip Color Matte

Tom Ford Black Dahlia (10) Lip Color Matte
Tom Ford Black Dahlia (10) Lip Color Matte

Tom Ford Black Dahlia (10) Lip Color Matte
Tom Ford Black Dahlia (10) Lip Color Matte

Tom Ford Black Dahlia (10) Lip Color Matte
Tom Ford Black Dahlia (10) Lip Color Matte

Tom Ford Black Dahlia (10) Lip Color Matte
Tom Ford Black Dahlia (10) Lip Color Matte

Tom Ford Black Dahlia (10) Lip Color Matte
Tom Ford Black Dahlia (10) Lip Color Matte

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Powder
On eyes:
  • Tom Ford Spice & Platinum Cream Color for Eyes

About the Reviewer

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 matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I feel the same about Black Dahlia … I need a lipliner to make it work … such a shame too because in the bullet it looks like such a gorgeous shade, but it needs work … and the lip prepping especially.

First Time just doesn’t seem to work with my coloring 🙁

Compared to the others, it’s so much more work! I consider my lips pretty “prepped” without actually committing to doing it right before, since I do lip swatches so infrequently (the removal of 20 lip products usually suffices as exfoliation, lol), and if I haven’t done any in a few days, I’ll use a lip scrub–but Black Dahlia definitely needs a liner (and lip brush) to look even.

Agreed! There are plenty of so-so performing shades like Black Dahlia, that one might as well pick up a lip pencil + lipstick for less than the price of one inferior lipstick in this case!

First Time looks very nice on you, but I can see what you mean by emphasizing lines. As for Black Dahlia, it seems really hard to get burgundy lipsticks right, and at this price point, the formula needs to be close an A but it’s not.

Thank you, Katherine!

Yes, burgundies can be tough and more often than not, really benefit from a lip pencil underneath! Guess we know that even at $50 it can’t be done with any consistency…

I bought black dahlia when it came out BC I love the color and usually have found I love tf lipstick formulas–but this one just sadly doesn’t wear as well. 🙁

The First Time lippie looks so pretty, I just wish I could pull off those kind of peachy nudes!

Tom Ford really tried it with the Black Dahlia though. So disappointing! I’ll stick to my original OCC Black Dahlia lip tar for now. 🙂

Black Dahlia is a difficult one, yet the shade is so darn pretty, is worth the effort. Prepping your lips is imperative, as well as remove any crazy dry patches on them, for this sucker clings on those like nothing else.
OCC Black Dahlia liner is great with this, same as any thin moisturizer previously to the application.

I cannot express in words how I am thrilled… I have been waiting for your review about FIRST TIME as soon as I saw your swatch on October 29th, 2014.
I madly fell in love with it. And I am jumping up for joy that is permanent!
Now your approval gave me confidence to get it!
Thank you, thank you, SO SO much, Christine! I have already stated to you that ALL merits of ALL my makeup purchases belong to YOU!
Will end by reiterating my profound gratitude !!!!!!!!!!

NOOOOOOOO Black Dahlia, why?? Such a beautiful color, but a C+ is unacceptable for a $50 lipstick.

(Also, why are we naming lip products after grisly murders of women?)

Normally I would be all over Black Dahlia (especially just between these two colours), but the unevenness is quite a shame for a brand like TF!

I love my black dahlia. It’s a little more difficult than pussycat (my other tom ford matte), but I still find it fairly easy to apply.

Do you remember what brushes you used to apply platinum and spice to your lids? I love them, but I always use my finger to apply. I’d like to try a brush that works well-I think it would give a different look.

I hate that Black Dahlia doesn’t apply or wear too well. I love the color but it’s too expensive to perform like this.

I wish they’d stop naming beauty or fashion stuff “black dahlia”. Although it is also a flower, it’s best known for being the name of a horrifying murder case, not something I’d want to remotely associate with a glamorous product. It baffles me that it appears over and over again as lipstick, perfume, or lingerie names. There are many other flower names to use that don’t have the same terrible associations.

That said, it is a beautiful color. A pity it didn’t perform well, but I can’t wear such dark burgundies myself anyway, they look black against my pale skin 🙁

I picked up Black Dahlia just before Christmas, after the MUA at my local TF counter used it when she did my makeup for a special occasion. Have to say I bought it straight away, something I rarely do – it applied really well for me, much better than, say, Sweet Spot – but that’s the luck of the draw sometimes I guess. I have friends who wear lip products that look amazing on them but drag, settle and generally look awful on me 🙂

Ah, such a pity with Black Dahlia. It actually looks like a beautiful colour. I think that vampy shades are hard to get right, I’ve found a lot of them are patchy and hard to get even!

First time is a very beautiful colour, and it looks amazing on you Christine!

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