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I think the brand has a lot of great formulas that are fairly consistent from release to release, but they’ve definitely gotten to a point where they seem to repeat themselves often and have become less innovative over time.

— Christine

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I liked the idea of the brand for a long time. It was an extension of what he did with Gucci. Understated luxury.

I don’t have a lot of the products – just a handful.

What I don’t like – some of the advertising – it objectified women and I found some offensive. For a luxe/high-end brand, it’s a turnoff. Lately, the products really haven’t interested me. More of the same colours I don’t wear. The biggie – the cost and the ever-increasing prices. Feels like a bit of a gouge instead of investing in a good product. There are a lot of products out there that are just as good quality , at a significantly lower price. $70 for a lipstick is a lot. It would have to be special for me to purchase it. The 10-15% yearly fragrance and other products increase is mind-boggling and offensive. A few dollars’ increase, fine. The line is becoming unattainable for the average woman unless she buys only one or two items as a treat. Even wealthier women are eventually going to say ‘enough’ and stop buying the products. The brand seems to be cashing in on the name and perceived luxury without providing the goods to back it up.

Thank you for saying it all for me! Especially the last line.
I refuse. Something about buying from TF has always made me feel like I’d be a ‘sucker’ (a word newly in vogue) to buy anything. and that I’d be supporting what I’m against to give the brand any of my money.

That, of course should be no, not np.
I’m a sloppy typist, and it’s worse when I have a little dog standing on my lap. I should be thankful it’s not my bigger one though. 🙂

I don’t like the outrageous prices – sorry but they are absolutely outrageous and often, the quality makes those prices even more unacceptable. $73 for a lipstick and $115 for an e/s quad of questionable quality….not for me!

Love what I already have from him. Black Orchid is such a heady, unique fragrance that I love using during winter for going out. And the two shimmery lipsticks I have from him don’t give me that shriveled up 100 year old woman lips! I adore TF lipsticks for the unique shades, rich pigmentation and creamy formula.

Now for what I “dislike”, possibly intensely: changing up the eyeshadow formulas for the WORSE. Case in point; Honeymoon Quad. Waited YEARS to finally get mine, and it was nothing like I was expecting. Dry, patchy, poor reflectivity and pigmentation. I was heartbroken. Begrudgingly returned it. Then there’s his constant price increases….like, why? These products are already far beyond where they should be for what they are.

I love the fragrances which I think strike an amazing balance between making a strong impression and retaining incredible mass appeal. They’re all very heady and sensuous but still squeaky clean and unchallenging imo. For me an expensive frag shouldn’t be alienating unless it’s truly a piece of art. TF fragrances are designed to get a lot of wear and a lot of compliments.

The makeup isn’t my thing. I enjoy Tom’s affinity for 70s and 80s shimmer finishes but the one time I actually threw down for a lipstick (Boys and Girls Theo, I think, a pinky plum) I hated the formula. I still can’t justify getting rid of it because of the price, but I hate wearing it. It’s drying and sits in lines.

I have wanted to buy a few of lipsticks, but after hearing from multiple people that the lipsticks go *bad* in a year or so, I took them off my list. It’s one thing to be outrageously expensive, but to spoil so quickly? That’s offensive.

Pros: I love some of the Tom Ford fragrances and find they are priced fairly considering they are luxury fragrances. TF still releases some good performing, beautiful quads now and then.

Cons: Since both Charlotte Tilbury and Tom Ford stepped away from the brand, it has lost most of its innovation, cache, and elegance. Under the stewardship of Estee Lauder, it has suffered. The products no longer justify the price point. I have a high six figure income, but that doesn’t mean I want to throw money away just to get a case that has TF on it.

I don’t own much from TF. I like the blushes and lipsticks I have a lot. TF’s quality seems to be inconsistent, which considering how outrageously expensive the brand is, turns me off from trying more, or paying full price.

In my opinion, TF as a person is arrogant and far too political for my taste. While he is no longer involved in TF Cosmetics, the name itself turns me off. The expensive prices are My final criticism.

From Tom Ford I only have two cream and powder pot eyeshadows, Naked Bronze and Golden Peach, and I can really say I love them and use them a lot! I still remember the unbelievable hefty price I payed for them, like $60 each, and while I think it’s way too much for an eyeshadow, I have to admit they’re really beautiful. I use to apply them with my fingers in seconds and they stay all day without creasing. They’re really lovely and there’s a generous amount of product on each pot, so I hope they will last a long time. What I don’t like is the prices of their products, so I doubt I will buy anything else from that brand in the future.

Dislike: I find Tom Ford’s makeup to be;
Expensive
Too many limited editions, never to be repeated (like the Emerald Lust quad)
Sometimes the brand hits the mark, other times it does not.
The advertising is just plain bad taste too.

Like: Every now and again, the brand comes out with something fabulous – like Nude Dip, Emerald Lust and a few others.
Their fragrances are generally lovely – but again, too expensive for me.

The blushers the colour pigment amazing but far too expensive. I haven’t fallen in love with the new eyeshadow formulas. I admit that I tend to pounce when the older formulas went on sale at my local department store. I am in the UK/Ireland and grabbed the Soliel Violet Argent palette for under £30!! I do own a few lipsticks which again bought on sale, I do not think them worth the full rrp and would not pay that.

Pros- Currently I enjoy Tom Ford private blend with the smokiness and sultry essence.
Cons- 1. I really don’t think Tom Ford is priced fairly. Other then the older blushes and fragrances, nothing that I have tried, have completely blown me away. I find it meh and can’t understand the hype this brand gets. But everyone skin, preference, and taste are different, so if someone enjoys the brand I have nothing against them. I personally feel it just the name that gets the attention.
2. I absolutely detest his lipsticks. I don’t care how good the formula is or how unique the colour. I had to toss four of his Lipsticks within 8-12 months and that was $250 in the trash. It has left an incredibly bad taste in mouth and I will not spend a dollar on a product that does not even last one year !

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