Tom Ford Orchid Fatale & Red Corset Patent Finish Lip Colors Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Tom Ford Orchid Fatale Patent Finish Lip Color
Tom Ford Orchid Fatale Patent Finish Lip Color

Tom Ford Orchid Fatale Patent Finish Lip Color ($52.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a dark berry-red with cool undertones and faint fuchsia shimmer. It had semi-opaque coverage that went on fairly evenly, but I noticed some of the color pulled into lip lines. I don’t think it’s as noticeable as some other darker glosses have been, and I didn’t notice it at a normal viewing distance. The consistency was thin and water-like going on but thickened and felt more gel-like with moderate tackiness after half a minute. It wore well for eight and a half hours with the glossiness wearing away after five hours. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Fatale (P, $54.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented (95% similar). Jouer Bond (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Perpetual Holiday (P, $24.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). NARS Plato's (LE, $26.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Berry (-, $16.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). NARS Deviant (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Modern Drama (LE, $20.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Black Cherry (-, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte WCW (P, $20.00) is more muted, cooler (95% similar). NARS Chez Claude (LE, $26.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Lancome Molten Magenta (13) (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, more muted (85% similar). MAC Lust for Life (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Red Corset Patent Finish Lip Color ($52.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, plummy red with subtle, cool undertones and fine pearl. This was one of the more shimmery shades in the range. It had mostly opaque coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. It also seemed to be one of the easiest shades to apply from the applicator as it gave very crisp lines. On me, the glossy effect lasted for five and a half hours, while the color still went on and on; after eight hours, it was still going strong. MAC Peer Pressure (LE, $20.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Smart Aleck (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Red Corset (P, $54.00) is more pigmented (95% similar). MAC Utterly Tart (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cherry Lush (P, $54.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Suggestive (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Lust for Life (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC 10s Across Da Board (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Revlon Embellished (DC, $7.49) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Distinction (21) (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Right Up My Alley (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Black Ruby (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Baby's a Vamp (P, $19.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Cle de Peau Lempicka Red (18) (P, $48.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Dressed to the K9s (LE, $22.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Chanel Crazy Fuchsia (194) (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Rouge Grenat (826) (LE, $30.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Stolen Cherry (P, $54.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Tom Ford Patent Finish Lip Color ($52.00 for 0.07 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “lip stain with an ultra-glossy finish” that has “intense, vibrant color” and “long-lasting high shine.” The formula feels lightweight, almost watery, when initially applied but thickens and feels more like a moderately tacky gel after thirty to forty seconds. It had great staying power with the glossiness lasting for six hours and the color itself still going strong eight to ten hours later (after two meals and coffee)–by the end of the day, it has more of a natural sheen to it (like a lip stain) but looked even. I would forget that I was wearing it, which is a testament to how comfortable and hydrating it was throughout the day. The coverage is nearly opaque but has that slight translucency that you would expect to see in a lip stain. I didn’t experience feathering or bleeding on these two shades. It has a strong, vanilla cake scent–not your typical vanilla but something sweeter–and noticeably stronger than other Tom Ford lip products. The formula reminds me of products like YSL Glossy Stains, Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer but with a slightly thicker consistency. It’s a click-style product with a flocked, slanted applicator where the liquid color flows from. I’m not particularly fond of the applicator, though it is not rough or hard to use, but the flocking makes it harder to get really precise, clean edges (sometimes I felt like it gave a more jagged edge).

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Tom Ford Orchid Fatale Patent Finish Lip Color
Tom Ford Orchid Fatale Patent Finish Lip Color

Tom Ford Orchid Fatale Patent Finish Lip Color
Tom Ford Orchid Fatale Patent Finish Lip Color

Tom Ford Exposed Patent Finish Lip Color
Tom Ford Exposed Patent Finish Lip Color

Tom Ford Exposed Patent Finish Lip Color
Tom Ford Exposed Patent Finish Lip Color

Tom Ford Orchid Fatale Patent Finish Lip Color
Tom Ford Orchid Fatale Patent Finish Lip Color

Tom Ford Orchid Fatale Patent Finish Lip Color
Tom Ford Orchid Fatale Patent Finish Lip Color

Tom Ford Orchid Fatale Patent Finish Lip Color
Tom Ford Orchid Fatale Patent Finish Lip Color

Tom Ford Orchid Fatale Patent Finish Lip Color
Tom Ford Orchid Fatale Patent Finish Lip Color

Tom Ford Red Corset Patent Finish Lip Color
Tom Ford Red Corset Patent Finish Lip Color

Tom Ford Red Corset Patent Finish Lip Color
Tom Ford Red Corset Patent Finish Lip Color

Tom Ford Red Corset Patent Finish Lip Color
Tom Ford Red Corset Patent Finish Lip Color

Tom Ford Red Corset Patent Finish Lip Color
Tom Ford Red Corset Patent Finish Lip Color

Tom Ford Red Corset Patent Finish Lip Color
Tom Ford Red Corset Patent Finish Lip Color

Tom Ford Red Corset Patent Finish Lip Color
Tom Ford Red Corset Patent Finish Lip Color

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  • Guerlain Les Voilettes
  • MAC The Spring Flock Blush
  • Wet 'n' Wild Sun Ceremony Highlighting Powder
On eyes:
  • Tom Ford Disco Dust Eyeshadow Quad
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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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These are the two colors I’m considering and they both look so great on you I still can’t decide which one to choose!

Lol! Me too! I’m leaning towards red corset.. I think! 😉 Good luck Celia! They all remind me of Plum Lush to an extent, which is my favorite go to MLBB ESPECIALLY in winter, so the slight difference I’m trying hard to study in order to choose! ???

I’d love to see pictures of the various products at different stages of wear and it’d be great to see these at the 6 hour mark. Any chance you’d be willing to add something like that to future reviews?

Thanks for the suggestion! It’s probably unlikely as I shoot on different days – I try only to take photos 2 times a week. I’m usually in various states of disarray (different eyes/cheeks, nothing matches, no foundation). I look pretty hideous most days!

I chuckled when I read that. Blogging looks so glam, but there’s a lot of hard (and un-glam) work behind it. Thanks for all you do !

I know it’s a particularly jarring combo when even my husband is like, “Whoa, that’s intense.” Because over the decade we’ve been together, he has seen QUITE a few odd looks!

I’m sitting here trying to picture one eye done in purples, the other in greens, one cheek fuchsia, one orange and bright red lipstick! If that’s what it involves, then very high kudos to you, Christine, because of your dedication and hard work at giving your readers the 411 on such a vast array of products!

LOL I got a taste of it last year! I ordered 2 HE shadow quads with 30 day return policies, and by the time they came in the mail, within days of each other, I only had 12-14 days left to test. And my oily lids were eating the colors up, so I was trying all different combinations of primers, cream shadows, application methods (wet, dry, brush, foam applicators, fingers, etc). I was testing a quad every day. Then since I was running out of time……on the weekends at home, I was doing a “Temptalia” —wearing 8 different colors (4 on each eye) until I figured out a way to make them work. It was exhausting! Don’t think I’m going to make it as a beauty blogger LOL

Both are gorgeous! Neiman Marcus does this Beauty event. I have Orchid during that.They do nice GWP:) . I love Red Corset too. Are these thicker than the Armani Ecstasy Lacquer( I think that’s what they are called) .? You reviewed a few not long ago.

Thanks! Makes a big difference! I ordered Erotic yesterday. Its coming from Seattle though. So,ill wait over a week for it. But,I work with a SA there. Can’t wait to try these!

I think these are beautiful! I like the glossy finish, so for me this is a nice change from all the matte finishes we’ve seen so much of lately. I think I’m going to end up wanting a lot of these and have a hard time choosing which to try first!

I love really high-shine, more opaque color. I actually think the lip stain aspect of it works exceptionally well here, since the color really goes on and on.

If I didn’t have a no-buy on red lipsticks/glosses, I would grab Red Corset to try out. The color is gorgeous, and I’m tempted because I sip tea and water all day long, and this formula sounds like it will stick around

More doggie paaaaws! 🙂 They are sooooo glossy! I prefer a creamier finish myself, but I do like how these two look on you. And who knows, maybe a color will come along that I really love.

That does it! Your reviews are too good! I must try one of these! 🙂 Now to choose the color.. Subtle differences make this harder than it should be! Lol! Gorgeous as always. Thanks so much for reviewing all of these! I definitely saw and read what I needed to to confirm one purchase.

Glossy Stains aren’t drying for me, so they aren’t? But my experience is pretty different Glossy Stains from what I’m guessing yours is.

Orchid Fatale looks amazing! I love those deeper, vampy shades so much! But I’m not so sure that I can justify a $52 lip gloss. His perfume, absolutely YES. His eyeshadow quads, certainly yes for a few of them. Lips & Boys, oh heck yeah! But lip gloss? I’ll be looking into dupes.
Btw, both look really great on you!

Although very expensive, it sounds like it is worth it. Your results, lasting through 2 meals and a coffee, makes me want to take the plunge! Both shades are gorgeous

Christine, forgive me if this info is published on your blog, I did not find it. Can you tell me in this particular instance, how long would you say is the time lapse between you putting the gloss on and you snapping the picture? Thanks in advance.

It depends on the product. For this type of product, I wait a few minutes for it to thicken and set. For a liquid matte lipstick, I wait until it dries down, whether that’s 30 seconds or 5 minutes or 15 minutes.

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