If you still consider a strong eye and strong lip combo "rebellious."
Up until recently I'd never really liked Tom Ford lipsticks. But guess what? I have now been converted to the way and the light of Tom Ford in all formulas--from cream to gloss to the newly released mattes.
There are plenty TF reds to choose from, but these four called out to me. Maybe because they remind me of my favorite pop stars.
For The Ariana Grande In Your Life
CONFESSION: I don’t “get” Ariana Grande. I think I’m too old, and looking at her ponytail always makes my head hurt. But any pop star worth her weight loves a good glossy true red like Lost Cherry. It’s sweet and simple but toes the line between virgin and sexpot (it's called Lost Cherry...), which is how they seem to be marketing Ariana. Basically, this gloss is perfect for a cute little pop tartlet. The color is surprisingly saturated for a gloss and it leans neither blue nor orange.
For The Taylor Swift At Your Holiday Table
Ruby Rush is the Taylor Swift of red lipsticks: A perfectly classic and always-appropriate true cherry red. There is nothing wrong with this lipstick--it is perfect, from its easy, creamy application to its comfortable wear. It’s like every song on 1989, except “Welcome to New York.”
For The Gwen Stefani On Your List
Crimson Noir is pure Gwen Stefani, with its Hollywood red shade and slight sheen. This is my favorite of the bunch. It’s a ruby red that works really well with my blue eyes. Unlike Ruby Rush and Velvet Cherry (below), it’s a classic Tom Ford cream and it feels heavenly on your lips. I can totally see Gwen reaching for it in lieu of her trademark bright crimson for a fancy night out.
For The Queen Bey Who Has Everything
Beyoncé would wear Velvet Cherry, a vampy deep wine red matte with a slight blue base. This is the most drying shade I tried, but it’s not uncomfortably matte. It’s both heart-stoppingly glamorous and fun and unique.
Products & Swatches
- Are you converted? Would you spend $50 on the gift of Tom Ford lipstick?
- Have you ever bought a lipstick just because it looked like a shade you saw a pop star (or any famous musician) wearing?
Photos by Emily Ruf.