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Tom Ford True Coral Lip Color Review, Photos, Swatches

Tom Ford True Coral Lipstick
Tom Ford True Coral Lipstick

Tom Ford for Lipstick — Test #3

Tom Ford True Coral Lip Color ($45.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a devilishly bright true coral.  It is as it is named!  It’s a vibrant coral that leans a little orange, but overall, it’s exactly what I envision coral being in its purest form.  Like the other shades I’ve reviewed so far, the color itself is rich and true-to-tube.  Just one layer and you get a very opaque look.  It also wears well throughout the day, giving me around four to five hours of wear and a bit of a lingering stain for another hour or so.

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.

The two closest, possible dupes I found were Illamasqua Mistress Intense Lipgloss (different finish) and MAC Vegas Volt Lipstick (lighter, less bright, more orange).

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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 True Coral Lipstick
Tom Ford True Coral Lipstick

Tom Ford True Coral Lipstick
Tom Ford True Coral Lipstick

Tom Ford True Coral Lipstick
Tom Ford True Coral Lipstick

Tom Ford True Coral Lipstick
Tom Ford True Coral Lipstick

Tom Ford Lipstick
Tom Ford Lipstick

Tom Ford Lipstick
Tom Ford Lipstick

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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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I love this color – it’s one of the 3 Tom Ford lipsticks I have. It looks a little more orange on you then me (I have more pigmented lips), but it is def. a very bright color.

Wow every single one of these lippys has been awesome, but they are sooooo over priced for what they are. Btw you are totally rockin this shade, lookin amazing!!!!

What a rich, gorgeouse color!
It’s so bad that Tom Ford’s lipsticks are so expensive. I’d bought all of them it they weren’t

Oh wow, Christine! This color looks so pretty! You wear brights very well!

True Coral looks like MAC Lady Danger and Morange had a super baby! The texture looks so juicy and lush! I have been trying to find a swatch of this shade for a while! Thank you!

I also tried getting this particular shade on Neiman Marcus online yesterday but it, along with Cherry Lush, has been back-ordered until the end of the month. Depsite the steep $45.00 USD pricetag, I guess these Private Blend lippies are super popular!

Ugh Christine, you make me want these sooo badly but I will never pay that much for a lipstick! At least I can admire them through your wonderful blog? 😛

I love these lipsticks! I was woundering how does the scent compare to mac? Scent is important to me (?) and I was woundering which you prefer? Thanks!

this is off topic but i was looking at the mac website and i noticed a couple of new pigments..neo orange,magenta madness, full force violet…maybe they arent new but its the first time ive seen them and i dont recall seeing them last time i went into a mac store…anyways have you tried any of these, are they available in mac stores???

Gorgeous color, but the price just isn’t right. I’ve had my eye on MAC Vegas Volt for a while, so I’ll just lie to my lips and tell them it is Tom Ford…

It’s part of branding – nothing by Tom Ford is cheap or affordable – that’s why we have high-end/luxury brands.

hi cristine….i have guerlain rouge g lipstick in #40(GIL) which is also coral..how is this Tom Ford’s true coral lipstick compare to guerlain’s #40 rouge lipstick?

that is incredibly beautiful. I remember when I heard Tom Ford’s lipsticks were $45 I thought, “That’s insane, why would anyone pay that, after all there are Chanels and YSLs for less!” but now, after I see this gorgeous lipstick on you – how smooth it looks, what rich color – I see that this lipstick may be worth the splurge. oh one day, when I’m no longer a student & have a job, I may buy one, thanks to your lovely post 😀

I’ll say that when you DO try a lipstick that’s $45-60 — you will notice certain, subtle differences. Whether they make it worth the price increase is up to each individual, but over time, I’ve definitely seen nuances between the different formulas.

I bought three of theme on Monday; Vanilla Suede, True Coral and Smoke Red. I think I’ll be going back for Pure Pink, Pink Dusk and maybe Cherry Lush next week!

This lipstick line looks gorgeous! I’d buy Pink Dusk in a heartbeat if it was $45. :O That’s a Chanel lipstick and a half! Tom Ford is fooling himself if he think his line is going to sell well with that price tag.

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