Monday, May 20, 2013

Tom Ford Cherry Lush Lip Color

The last, perhaps, in my random series on colors you might have missed features Tom Ford's Cherry Lush Lip Color ($48). For me, Cherry Lush came in a deluxe mini size as a gift with purchase. I'm so pale and feel so uncomfortable in dark lipstick colors, I could not have invested $48 in it - no matter how trendy red is.

To Tom Ford, who himself is a fashion icon, there is no more dramatic accessory than a perfect lip. It is the focus of the face, and it has the power to define a woman's whole look. Each Lip Color is Tom Ford's modern ideal of an essential makeup shade. Rare and exotic ingredients, including soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter, and chamomile flower oil, create an ultra-creamy texture with an incredibly smooth application. Specially treated color pigments are blended to deliver pure color with just the right balance of luminosity. The result is a creamy, luxurious lipstick with dramatic color.

I took swatch photos of this red shade in full, late-afternoon sunshine. The lush, opaque color displays the sexy glamour of red - cherry red, but red nonetheless.

This is a color one must apply precisely, and I'd advise a lip pencil to keep it in bounds, preventing bleeding. Make sure to put a clean finger in your mouth, purse your lips around it, and pull it out to remove excess color and avoid ending up with red teeth - a look that's far from sexy.

I can bring the color of Cherry Lush down by blotting it, treating it like a stain, and applying a light lip gloss over it. I'm not sure, given the number of lipstick I own, that I need to go to that much trouble to wear it, even if the color is gorgeous. It's long-lasting - the best reason I might find for bothering. If you can wear red, though, this is one of the prettiest I've seen in the last year.

Cherry Lush reminds me of an old friend who religiously followed her mother's advice. "No matter where you're going, never leave the house without lipstick." Marianne would have worn Cherry Lush.

You can find Tom Ford's Lip Color at Tom Ford counters, including the one at the John Barrett Salon in New York City, and online at stores where Tom Ford Beauty is sold.

Photo at top courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman; other photos by Best Things in Beauty

10 comments:

Virginie said...

This one is next to my collection!!!! Why do I love red lip pies so much????

Charleston Girl said...

If you can wear red, Virginie, flaunt it!

Dafne Ortiz said...

Hi Charlestongirl!!! I hope you are doing well. I dont usually wear reds but I do love my TF Chery lust...it is a perfect red!
I wish you a wonderful week!!!Greetings from Mexico!!!

Charleston Girl said...

Greetings, Dafne!

Lisa said...

I enjoy a bold lip and Cherry Lust has been part of my Tom Ford collection for awhile. It is a very "modern" red in my opinion. I love the feel and finish of his lipsticks. Thank you so much for the post!

lovethescents said...

Have it and love it!

Claire said...

Cherry Lush is the only TF lipstick I owned. I passed everything else. Glad I have it, though the color is not entirely unique.

STEPH said...

The shine is really nice

Paula said...

Its a very lovely red ! Thanks for sharing....

Leigh said...

I used to feel the same way about intense lipsticks because I'm also very pale (I wear Guerlain Terracotta 365 days a year and still look like I haven't been outside in a decade!), but I took the saying "fake it 'til you make it" to heart and now I simply adore a good bold lip! Cherry Lush is my go-to simple, chic red. I even picked up Flamingo and...my personal favorite...Violet Fatale. I think a statement lip on pale skin is just so stunning!