Tom Ford Lips and Boys: Complete Swatches & Review

December 17, 2014

Ladies! Are you ready to ring in the new year! It’s going to be an exciting one… because we are starting with the global launch of Tom Ford Lips & Boys on 2 January 2015!!! This highly anticipated collection of 50 (yes FIFTY!!) lipsticks was initially only available on Black Friday in a special limited preview on tomford.com (which ships exclusively to US residents), and will be available beginning 26 December in select US retailers and Selfridges. Come January, it will be available in select international markets, Singapore being one of the lucky ones! This will not be a permanent release, but will be available for 8 weeks only, ending on 25 February.

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The Lips & Boys collection features Tom Ford’s signature lip colors made from rare ingredients such as Brazilian murumuru butter, soja seed extract and chamomilla flower oil. All of these luxurious mixes result in luscious textures and velvety smooth application. The use of specially worked pigments ensure unique color balanced with luminescence. In particular, there are some very unique shades and some never-before-seen pearl finishes. However, not all 50 shades are brand new, 14 are re-promotes of existing and previously released limited edition shades. I suspect there are at least 1 or 2 more that are re-promotes of some previously Asia-exclusive shades, although these are not confirmed in the official press materials.

Tom ford lips and boys full collection

The seductive new line are named after men that have inspired Tom Ford throughout his life including collaborators and intimate acquaintances. Addison was Ford’s first crush; Tomas is Ford’s nephew, and Rory is his best friend. Richard is Ford’s husband, and Alexander their two-year-old son, although they fondly call their son Jack which is also represented in the collection.

“Why commit to one when you can have several?” – Tom Ford

To aid us in our conquest, and knowing how fickle women may be, these Lips & Boys are in a clutch-friendly, deluxe mini-size (2.0gm at SGD50/USD32 vs. 3.0gm at SGD80/USD50). Personally I’m very fond of these mini sizes as they feel more comfortable in my hands and I don’t feel bad having too many of them sit around unused. On the other hand, I do advise caution when applying directly on the lips as I broke one off accidentally while swatching!

I got to preview the entire 50, and here is the entire universe of swatches! Enjoy!

Tom Ford Lips and Boys Nudes to Browns

Tom Ford Lips and Boys Nudes to Browns swatches

Nudes to Browns (from left to right):

Tom Ford Lips and Boys Silvers to Blacks

Tom Ford Lips and Boys Casey, Orlando, Stavros, Peter, Alasdhair swatches

Silvers to Black (left to right):

Tom Ford Lips and Boys Kyril, William, Sebastian, Omar, Blake swatches

Tom Ford Lips and Boys Kyril, William, Sebastian, Omar, Blake swatches

Metallics (left to right):

Tom Ford Lips and Boys Ian, Flynn, Addison, James, Richard

Tom Ford Lips and Boys Ian, Flynn, Addison, James, Richard swatches

Light Pinks to Mauves (light to right):

Tom Ford Lips and Boys Alexander, Patrick, Michael, John, Giacomo

Tom Ford Lips and Boys Alexander, Patrick, Michael, John, Giacomo swatches

Pop Pinks to Roses (left to right):

Tom Ford Lips and Boys Preston, Justin, Cooper, Jack, Francesco

Tom Ford Lips and Boys Preston, Justin, Cooper, Jack, Francesco swatches

Fuchsia to Magentas (left to right):

Tom Ford Lips and Boys Luca, Matthew, Adriano, Tomas, Rafael

Tom Ford Lips and Boys Luca, Matthew, Adriano, Tomas, Rafael swatches

Corals to Oranges (left to right):

Tom Ford Lips and Boys Rory, Diego, Alejandro, Luciano, Leonardo

Tom Ford Lips and Boys Rory, Diego, Alejandro, Luciano, Leonardo swatches

Reds (left to right):

Tom Ford Lips and Boys Olivier, Julian, Pablo, Xavier, Liam

Tom Ford Lips and Boys Olivier, Julian, Pablo, Xavier, Liam swatches

Violets to Orchid (left to right):

Tom Ford Lips and Boys Collin, Cary, Didier, Guillermo, Wes

Tom Ford Lips and Boys Collin, Cary, Didier, Guillermo, Wes swatches

Plums (left to right):

The finishes and level of opacity varies greatly across the entire collection.  Of the entire range, the reds, and some of the magentas and oranges have the creamiest finishes and strongest intensities and opacities.  There are a number of interesting shades that are unlikely to work on their own (e.g. Rory, Kyril, Casey) but offer lots of possibilities layered over another shade.  The Silvers and Blacks were the sheerest of the bunch, which may be intended to make their colors more everyday wearable.

If you were as caught up in the fever as I was, and cursing the fates for not being able to get hold of one of these boys during their initial launch, the silver lining in the cloud is, any 3 purchases at the stores will come packaged in a luxurious holder!

Tom Ford Lips and Boys box

Which of these bad boys have you got your eyes on?

xo Linda