Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Perfect Red: Tom Ford's Wild Ginger Lipstick

For some time now I’ve been aware of the following surrounding Tom Ford’s lipsticks. The original item in his makeup line has a devoted group of fans, and given my love for all things Tom Ford (perfume, blush, the list goes on …) I knew that one of these beauties would be mine before long. I absolutely adore red lipsticks, so Laura’s (Buy Now Blog Later) mention of Wild Ginger made up my mind: this would have to be the lipstick.

Much has been said of Tom Ford’s packaging which I find vintage and subtly masculine (which I mentioned in my review of Flush). As many others have attested before me, the low snap made when this lipstick packaging is closed has the same sophistication of a luxury car door as it thuds shut. There’s no question that this is a high end, luxury lipstick and it has a price tag to back it up. At USD $48 a pop Tom Ford's lippies are certainly not your average lipstick ... nor are they priced for the faint of heart! While I’m willing to splurge that much from time to time (don't tell Mom), many will not and cannot invest that much in a lipstick. Quite frankly, this is the only downside to this product that I can conceive of … and given the fact that it’s a high end lipstick by definition I cannot say that it’s truly a disappointment.

Thanks to the dryness of my lips I often find myself carefully scrutinizing the texture of each lipstick I buy and test. Anything too dry is immensely uncomfortable to wear, but Tom Ford’s lipstick excels in comfort and is unsurprisingly incredible. As I apply the lipstick straight from the tube the texture is vaguely reminiscent of YSL’s Rouge Volupté lipsticks, but as the product settles in on my lips it adheres to my skin considerably better than the Volupté range. Wild Ginger is smooth, sits well on the lips and has a comparable wear time to any red lipstick (other than I stain I often find, as most do, that reds require more frequent application and high maintenance).

Above all else I’m struck by the vibrant color and pigmentation of Wild Ginger. YSL Le Orange should step aside--this orange based red has no equal as far as I’m concerned. The swatch below is one swipe of Wild Ginger! This lipstick applies evenly very quickly which actually proved to be a challenge as I applied the lipstick straight out of the tube. Wild Ginger glides on so well that the highly pigmented red suddenly ends up outside of the lip line due to my own lack of ability to control the emollient product. I find Wild Ginger responds best to a lip brush: it’s a bit high maintenance, but this technique allows for more precise application and a less immediately intense version of the shade which renders the color slightly more buildable.

To borrow a phrase from the French, "trop de blah blah." What do I really think? In a sentence: I truly feel that Wild Ginger is “my red.” I'm in love. At USD $48 I was practically looking for flaws ... but I can't find one. And just LOOK at that baby on my lips. I'm hooked on Tom Ford lipsticks, for better or worse! 

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer NC30
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer SC2
YSL Le Touche Éclat Shade 1
Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation 3.0
NARS Outlaw Powder Blush

MAC Eyebrow Pencil Lingering
NYX Jumbo Pencil Milk (on brow bone)
Illamasqua Havoc Precision Ink 
NARS Larger Than Life Liner Rue Bonaparte (waterline)
Fresh Supernova Mascara

Tom Ford Wild Ginger Lipstick

Though the price of Tom Ford lipsticks puts them out of the everyday price range I fully understand the cult following. The light as air texture, pigmentation and packaging make Wild Ginger lipstick a high end product in every sense of the word. What other colors do I need? 

*This item was provided by PR for consideration. The ideas and opinions expressed are my own. Do not hesitate to reference my policies in the event that you have any questions.