on the lips: Tom Ford lipstick in Narcotic Rouge



OK, now that everyone knows how gorgeous this packaging is:



I cannot take it.

The formula of this Tom Ford lipstick is gorgeous, I think the most gorgeous, and I have tried many. [It is, admittedly, also the most expensive.]

Narcotic Rouge is matte, and limited edition. It is a stunning blue-toned red with a hint of raspberry. Not for the faint of heart. It is a sister shade to Cherry Lush, which would be the non-matte, slightly brighter sister. Extremely tough call which sister I would rather be. I kind of want Cherry Lush, too.

Learned that Tom Ford reps all over the globe have to wear Tom Ford apparel and a side part in their hair. Like a strange, disparate beauty army.

Wild Ginger was a close second after a marathon swatch session at Nieman Marcus. I reason that it will be the perfect summer indulgence. Going to have to do a whole post devoted to orange lipsticks, which are a weakness of mine.


acquisitions: Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate palette

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Intensity 01

I really like the way cream products blend naturally into the skin, and have been wanting a cream contour for a while. It’s great to hold off acquiring, so when you do finally go for it you get just what you want, and haven’t wasted your funds on stuff it turns out you don’t like. This also helps [me] to justify selecting an expensive option, as this certainly is.

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Intensity 01
Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Intensity 01

If I’m only going to have one contour cream, I’m glad this is the one. I like to mess around with creating/enhancing/transforming the architecture of my face. I have the palette in Intensity One, the lighter shade, and find it wonderfully natural and subtle. It’s quite transparent, and–great for makeup amateurs–hard to mess up, in a way. The highlight cream is similarly subtle. I do have other highlighters, cream and powder, and none are so finely milled and undetectable as this. When it comes to face products, undetectability is my main priority.

Chic packaging doesn’t hurt, either.

I feel like finding a paintbrush akin to the one designed to go with the palette [prohibitively expensive], and seeing how that applies.

Watch brilliant makeup artist Lisa Eldridge using it here in an androgynous look, which I am so going to try. And here it is being used for a sculpted Kate Moss look.