FROM THE FRONT | Tom Ford Private Blend Lipsticks

THERE'S BEEN a lot of debate on the beauty blogs about whether Tom Ford’s £35 luxury Private Blend lipsticks, launched back in April, are worth it. So we decided to go and check them out for ourselves.


Wonderful old-school Hollywood glamour in off-white and gold trimming that, yes, feels good to pick-up and hold. Extremely pleasing to the eye and excellent for showing off – this is the kind of lipstick you want to nonchalantly pull out of your handbag in a fancy restaurant.


I applied four different colours with a brush. First a nude Pink Dusk that completely converted me to the concept of nude lip colour as it highlighted my natural lip shape and immediately gave me that ‘no-make-up-but-still-gorgeous’ look (think Gemma Arterton’s new thing). Second a bold red Cherry Lush, which looked surprisingly good and that all the Tom Ford PR girls were wearing and then the eye-catching True Coral, one of the top sellers and used in the ad campaign.


Last I tried a dark Moroccan Rouge, which turned out to be my favourite. The brush loaded up easily and despite not being a pro I managed to easily fill in my lips. I hadn’t done any lip priming with balm but the lipstick was creamy enough to smooth on evenly, one coat providing a uniform splash of colour. Three hours later the colour was still there.

I also got to check out the new Tom Ford Black Orchid Limited Edition collection which comprises of a dark Black Orchid lipstick, a glossy Black Orchid nail polish and pressed perfume (£90, available from Harvey Nichols from October 4th and Tom Ford Private Blend counters and Space NK from December 1). All divinely packaged in black. Two coats of the nail polish on short nails gave a strong autumn look and have lasted without chipping nearly four days, which is a record in my book.


So, yes, the Tom Ford products may be pricey but you are paying for quality, long-lasting products in luxe packaging. Every girl who loves her makeup deserves at least a taste of this.

Written by Julia Rebaudo for Check out Julia's new blog at Planet 707.