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You’d be definitely entitled to ask what in the world took me so long to write this review! But oh well, it is how it is!…

The Tom Ford Holiday 2014 Lip Colour Matte Lipsticks were launched mid Autumn this past year and if you ask me, they didn’t caused that much of a commotion in the beauty world… And that is so unfair because the quality of these lipsticks is definitely up to name they wear!

The entire collection is made of 8 gorgeous shades: Pink Tease, Pussycat, Plum Lush, Flame, Ruby Rush, Velvet Cherry, First Time, and Black Dahlia. Six out of the 8 shades are – thank goodness!, permanent and only 2 came as a Limited Edition: First Time and as expected, Black Dhalia.

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The formula is creamy, it is so soft and velvety that it feels almost cushiony when applied and it literally glides effortlessly on the lips. Almost all fully opaque in just one swipe they go on evenly without sliding around or gathering in the creases of the lips.

They probably are one of the most pigmented lipsticks in my entire lipstick wardrobe, and shades like the reds and the darker ones actually leave a discreet stain on the lips after fading. The fading is rather uniform, without any weird patches.

The finish is not the drying matte finish you might be used with and some of you actually might like. It is without a doubt a matte but a creamy matte with just the right balance of luminosity. This is possible because of the rare and exotic ingredients including Soja Seed Extract, Brazilian Murumuru Butter and Chamomilla Flower Oil. So no need to prepare your lips before applying them if you don’t have major lip issues.

They are pretty similar in terms of formula and finish to the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks I already reviewed here.

My picks are:

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#03 Pink Tease – a light to medium pink with warm undertones. It’s not too pale to wash you out and not too bright, it’s the perfect balance of pigment and undertones to make it an excellent everyday effortless colour, especially for very fair to fair complexions.

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#04 Pussycat – definitely a cooler, more muted pink than Pink Tease and it has the most beautiful plum undertones. It is a tinge more mauve than my lip colour and it is literally one of the best my-lips-but-better, everyday shade. It’s also my favorite next to Flame.

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#05 Plum Lush – the darkest from all the Tom Ford mattes I got. It has these gorgeous medium to dark raspberry hues mixed with cooler, blue undertones which makes it a great shade to wear in the colder months.

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#06 Flame. You might have seen Flame compared to my Chanel Rouge Coco #440 Arthur in this post here. The colour is similar: a bright,  medium to dark orange-red with warm undertones. Of course, the one that makes the difference between the two is the finish. Flame is a luminous matte when Chanel’s Arthur has a bright, glossy finish.

Here you have some hand swatches:

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They might not be everyone’s cup of cake in terms of formula or colour selection. But I highly recommend the Tom Ford Matte Lip Colours if you have been searching for a semi-matte formula suitable for dry and sensitive lips.

What do you think? Are you a fan of the semi-matte lipstick formula or you prefer the classic matte ( MAC-like ) formula?

See you soon, beautiful!

xx, Annie

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