I already gave you a little sneak preview of how this looked in my red comparison post. I know it's taken a little while to write this review but red isn't something I wear everyday and I wanted chance to wear it a few times before giving you my thoughts.
Despite being a red, I find this particular colour and finish make it easy to wear on a more regular basis. There's something more muted about it than a more punchy red. Somehow the colour allows a bit of my natural lip colour to peep through without it being sheer. There is some sparkle which is visible on the bullet yet I cannot pick it out in either the swatch or on my lips but I think it contributes to the slightly glossy look.
This has average wear for me and whilst it isn't the most moisturising lipstick in my collection, it doesn't sap my lips of moisture like some pigmented colours. It has a nice creamy feel too. My husband was admiring the lipstick and he commented on the subtle fragrance. It's not a highly perfumed smell, in the way that I would describe a YSL lipstick, but there's a slightly sweet almost chocolaty smell to it. For me this just adds to the luxury.
I don't have a good picture of this in the context of my face, yet colourwise I think it's helpful to see how it looks. So, I hope you can overlook the otherwise naked face. I have a feeling this picture will be replaced very soon! I do think it gives a good representation of the colour though.
I don't suppose there's any way to write a review of a Tom Ford lipstick without broaching the subject of the cost. Tom Ford Private Blend lipsticks retail at £35. That's a lot of money for a lipstick by anybody's standards. I have to admit that I actually bought this particular lipstick from Ebay for just a bit over £20. I can't say that any one thing makes this lipstick worth £35. The formula and colour is very nice but not necessarily any more so than other lipsticks at the £22 mark. The overall attention to detail though does lend a more luxurious feel (the packaging, the smell, the TF detail on the bullet etc.) and I feel very special whenever I wear this.
The bottom line is, it is by no means a must have but if you're a lover of lipsticks and like a bit of luxury, I wouldn't discourage you from giving these a try. I am very happy that I have this and I feel there's still space for another Tom Ford lipstick in my life!