Friday, November 28, 2014

Tom Ford Lip Color Matte 10 Black Dahlia

I know I went overboard with these. I don't even know whether I liked the formula but you know how it is online. You can never just order one lipstick.

I honestly don't know why I suddenly decided that I just had to have the Tom Ford Color Matte lipsticks. I wasn't particularly impressed with my Indian Rose which I bought last year. Somehow seeing all the swatches posted by The RAEviewer just got me. I just love jewel shades don't you?

So yup, thats how I ended up with three.

I do love the luxe dark brown and gold casing. It feels hefty and clicks shut.

Left to right: Pussycat, Velvet Cherry and Black Dahlia
I am going to feature Black Dahlia first. This colour looks so way out of my comfort zone. But don't be fooled by how it looks in the tube.

On first swipe, it is a between a dark and medium plum shade and quite wearable. However the more you apply, the more opaque and darker it gets.

I paired Black Dahlia with Burberry's lip pencil in Bright Plum. It was love at first sight. I love how my lips popped.

The trick about wearing a dark plum shade is to make sure you put enough colour on your cheeks or else you look like goth girl.

I made sure I prepped my lips first by applying my Tatcha lip balm. This matte shade is unforgiving to less than perfect lips. Make sure your lips are not cracking or peeling, if not exfoliate first. I only applied this once. I realise that the more I apply, the darker my lips got. 

It lasted me the whole of 5 hours. It stayed intact through sips of water. I have not tried having a meal with this though. It feels creamy when applied and doesn't feel too heavy on my lips. It isn't moisturizing but it didn't damage my lips after wear either. Instead of a flat matte look, it had a little more dimension which makes it more wearable in my opinion.

I did a comparison of the few plum shades that I own.

Left to right: Tom Ford Black Dahlia, Guerlain Gigolo and Burberry Bright Plum

You can check out my review of Burberry Lip Color Bright Plum here and Guerlain Rouge G Gigolo here.

Do note that Guerlain and Burberry have a satin texture as opposed to Tom Ford's matte. I find Tom Ford's Black Dahlia a little fussy it terms of application. Your lips needs to be well prepped unlike Gigolo or Bright Plum which I can slick on any time. 

I am also wary of reapplying because I don't want my lipstick to get any darker than it is. 

At USD $50 I wish I could say it is the best lipstick ever but I can't. As much as I love the shade and how it looks on me, this lipstick takes a bit of work to apply. It applies smoothly and feels creamy but I just can't get past the fact that I can only apply it once. I'm going to try blotting and applying more lip balm before reapplication to see if that works. I let you know in an update.

This is a limited edition shade though so if you like plummy shades you might just want to get it before it disappears.

Ratings: 4 - lipsticks


  1. WOW! That color is stunning! It's like OCC lip tar in black dhalia but applied sheerly and a bit more red! Love how it looks on you and your complexion! I do need a red tone lipstick like this! I would wear it with a touch of bronze on the cheeks and some dark eyeliner!

    1. Sharlynn, may I suggest you check out Burberry's Bright Plum or the LE Oxblood, I think you are going to love those. Thanks for the suggestion on the bronzer and dark eyeliner, I'm going to try that.

  2. Hey Jacqueline, Black Dahlia looks so dang hot on you! I won't get to see this until next January, and to be honest I'm still on the fence. While I do like some of the shades, I'm not sure about the flaw-enhancing part. Although to be honest, I think literally every very matte lipstick does that!

  3. Hey Jacqueline, Black Dahlia looks so good on you!! I'm convinced that I can't wear dark plum lips without looking drag... they just clash horribly! But this is so good on you!


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