Tom Ford Spring 2014 Lip Color Sheer

March 5, 2014

For Spring 2014, Tom Ford deigned to bestow on us a collection of 8 lipsticks and 4 nail polishes (what, that’s it?!??). These have yet to arrive in Singapore, but everybody seems to have already gotten them through the power of online shopping.



In a throwback to the early days, the new Tom Ford Lip Color Sheers are housed in chic white and gold casing. I am quite partial to the espresso casing, but these white ones scream feminine chic and are just begging for a permanent spot in my purse / vanity / office desk! Together with the Hourglass Ambient Light blushes, I decided to limit myself to 2, yes only 2 please! And with the help of online swatches and reviews, settled on Sweet Spot and Paradiso.

Tom Ford Lip Sheer Paradiso & Sweet Spot


Unlike the original Lip Color (full cream coverage) and the more recent Lip Color Shine (glossy), the new Lip Color Sheers are supposed to have the best of both worlds, i.e. creaminess of the Lip Colors, hydrating and luminous feel of the Shines. They are formulated with vitamins C and E, plus shea butter to keep the lips moisturized while delivering a pop of color.

I own quite a few of the original Lip Color lipsticks, but never fell deeply for them as I found them to be quite drying on my lips, and did not apply smoothly. When the Lip Color Shines were released, I found them better in terms of ease of application and comfort, but somewhat sheer. So I had rather high hopes for these Lip Color Sheers, made even more impossible by all the rave reviews out there.

True enough, these Lip Color Sheers feel creamier than the original Lip Color, but that differs between shades. Between the 2, Sweet Spot was clearly a whole lot creamier than Paradiso, which felt closer to the original formula.  In terms of opacity, Tom Ford wasn’t joking when naming these Lip Sheers.  Whilst Paradiso was sufficiently pigmented and buildable to opaque in 2-3 coats, Sweet Spot was clearly translucent and is at best semi-opaque.

Tom Ford Lip Sheer Paradiso swatch

Paradiso is a warm-toned medium pink, and is quite similar to Guerlain Attrape-Couer (swatched here) which is a little more salmon-red.  It felt much more matte than Sweet Spot and clung to every line and wrinkle on my lips, and made me crave for a good lip balm afterwards.

Tom Ford Lip Sheer Sweet Spot swatch


Sweet Spot is a warm-toned medium coral-orange with an iridescent pearlized finish. It has a nice balance of pink and beige in there to make it much less orange and more wearable on a wide variety of skin tones.  Creamier in texture than Paradiso, it wears slightly better on my lips, although in the swatch above, I had first applied a balm beforehand.  Also, you can see how my own lip is still showing up in patches despite having put on 3-4 coats here!

Clearly, I was very disappointed by how badly these Lip Color Sheers dried up my lips, and emphasized every line and wrinkle that I had not noticed with any other lipsticks before.  Also, I don’t understand why the texture and finish varied so much within the range.  The patchy translucency and limited buildability makes this more suited for casual wear than actual color.  Alternatively, I would top it off with a more pigmented gloss to make it work.  On a more positive note, these Lip Sheers do last a good 5 hours and leave a stain even with continuous sipping and drinking.

Despite the overwhelming number of devotees out there, I am still puzzling over the appeal of Tom Ford lipsticks. Beautiful packaging aside, there are certainly better formulas out there. What do you think?



15 responses to “Tom Ford Spring 2014 Lip Color Sheer”

  1. bubblymichelle says:

    An honest review among the sea of BS everyone seems to be spreading 🙂 I as another lover of TF lipsticks, don’t see too much trouble with the drying cos my lips are kinda moist most of the time.. but the colours, I definitely can’t pass up on 😛


  2. bellyhead says:

    This is why I don’t buy Tom Ford lipsticks anymore. For this price, I would expect a really divine formula and it really doesnt deliver.

  3. Sunny says:

    Hey girly, I will have to agree with you. I have only tried shades from the classic Lip Colors, but my main gripe is also there is no telling what the formula will be like! There are definitely some shades I like more than the others because they are more hydrating. I wish they were more consistent! So sorry to hear you’re not loving these!

    • silverkis says:

      Thanks Sunny babe! Which shades worked better for you from the main line? I have Spanish pink, true coral, black orchid and naked coral. They were all kinda meh to me.

  4. mjacqueline says:

    I don’t feel for TF lippies either, I have one but I’m not in awe with it, I can get better formulas for a cheaper price than TF. I was sorely tempted by this but I resisted.

  5. Shari says:

    YAY! Glad to have read these reviews because I’ve been pining for at least two of these – Sweet Spot being one of them. My wallet is definitely happy hearing the not-so-stellar formulation of these. Packaging is TDF but… I wont shell out for that! Not $49 at least. 😉 Thanks for the honesty, Linda!! I LOVE YOU! LOL

    • silverkis says:

      Hi Shari, thanks for reading! LOVE YOU LOTS TOO!! I’m a finnicky puppy as you know… even the regular TF lippies aren’t my faves… so…… perhaps give them a try in person if you can? If not… i’d say skip it.

  6. Hi Linda,
    I can’t agree more, those do dry up my lips too. There were reviews shouting out to Mr. Ford to make it permanent, I would say, no, please don’t bother!
    I have Summer Fling and found that one to be more hydrating than Paradiso. Recently I managed to snag Sweet Spot for half the price so couldn’t resist. For that one I have mixed feelings but best in shade but worst drying should be Paradiso.
    Anyway I tried to write in a forum that those dry on me, no one confirmed but when I talked to Chicscience, she also experienced drying. And you know what, on my lips nothing dries. I don’t even use a lip conditioner but I never needed one until now.
    Anyway, I am very tempted by Bitter Sweet but I might hold myself or instead get a regular lipstick from his range, which are phenomenal.
    Thanks very much for lovely swatches and your honest review.

    • silverkis says:

      Oh thank God for your feedback, Sara!! I thought I was the only mad woman out there who isn’t head over heels in love with these lipsticks! But actually, i don’t quite love the regular ones either… sure they have great pigmentation, but they just don’t have enough emollience to apply smoothly on my lips. Nothing dries my lips like TF lipsticks!

  7. Amria says:

    *_* sometimes I guess that it’s ok to not have enough money on paypal because I would seriously buy everything if I did.

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