Tom Ford Black Orchid is a legacy for the brand, and holds a special place in my heart… because it was Tom Ford’s first debut fragrance, and my very first purchase from the brand [read here]. Today, Tom Ford celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the iconic Black Orchid, and introduces a limited edition capsule collection of fragrances and makeup titled Tom Ford Orchid Collection.
The Tom Ford Orchid Collection centers around the Black Orchid Eau de Parfum and its softer sister Velvet Orchid. Everything is packaged in the iconic dark fluted casing with golden trims – black for the Black Orchid inspired pieces, and purple for the Velvet Orchid inspired ones. Apart from repromoting the existing fragrances, Tom Ford has created 2 unique Nightbloom Powders and Lip Colors, and today I’d like to show you Velvet Bloom Powder and Velvet Orchid Lip Color.
Tom Ford Velvet Bloom Powder is a luminous cool-toned light pink blush with plenty of silver micro-shimmers. Unlike the typical Tom Ford Cheek Color blushes [reviewed here], Velvet Bloom is not as pigmented nor does it have the sumptuous almost-creamy texture. Instead, it feels more like the Bronzing Powder [Terra reviewed here], which is stiff in the pan and lighter in pigmentation. Regardless, it is buildable; and even with the shimmers, blends out to a natural luminous glow. I prefer wearing it as a highlighter, topping off another blush underneath. To wear it on its own, I suggest using a dense goat-haired brush like the Tom Ford Cheek brush and dab on.
Along with Velvet Bloom, Tom Ford has also designed the Velvet Orchid Lip Color. This is a beautiful medium mauve-plum with iridescent lilac, silver and pink shimmers to cast a frosty sheen. It has one of the best smooth-creamy texture that I’ve encountered in a Tom Ford Lip Color, and is easily opaque in a single swipe. My lips tend to get easily irritated with shimmers, but these are so fine they do not bother me at all. It also has considerable longevity for a lip color that has as much slip as it does, surviving through my morning coffee without any fading off! This is a warm-toned color, but the shimmers cast a cooling tint to it, making this an easy-to-wear day-suitable shade for many skin tones.
Here are the swatches of Velvet Bloom & Velvet Orchid:
And to put things into context, here is a complete makeup look featuring Velvet Bloom on my cheeks and Velvet Orchid on my lips.
I usually have problems getting blushes to show up in my motd shots, and so it is unsurprising to me that Velvet Bloom is all but invisible here. But if you take a closer look, you will be able to see a pale pink flush at the sides of my cheek bones where I applied it. On darker skin tones, Velvet Bloom should show up better. For me, I like it as a blushilighter to top off another more pigmented blush on the apples of the cheeks for that glow. Velvet Orchid Lip Color is an elegant, everyday-wearable shade that still managed to remain interesting, and I highly recommend everyone to get it!
The Tom Ford Nightbloom Powders (Velvet Bloom & Black Bloom) retail for SGD114 each, and the Lip Colors (Velvet Orchid & Black Orchid) retail for SGD84 each. There is also a very special Perfume Lalique Edition made of pure black crystal designed by Lalique. Other items in the collection in crude a Black Orchid Hydrating Emulsion, Perfume Atomiser, and Solid Perfume. Check them out at TANGS Orchard and Robinsons Raffles City now!
This post featured products that were kindly provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.
Well, here I am again. Double checking Velvet Orchid. And Yes… I have come to realize I will buy it. Linda… I think you sell me all my lipsticks! LOL. No but seriously!
I’ve loved that lip shade from day one but every time I’ve been at a counter, they don’t have it to try. And most of the swatches I’ve seen have not been on gals with our skin tone, so I was never 100% on whether or not it would be too blah on me. And you know how it is, the interest moves on to newer shiny objects. But it looks so beautiful on you, I am tempted once again. I rarely wear nudes, but in its way this would be the perfect nude. Love it. The blush shade is too die for, wish it were more pigmented. As a highlighter, it would not get much use.
Alison, this is a really interesting shade… nude-ish as you rightly pointed out, but so much more edgy than just another plain old nude. It’s definitely one not to be missed, I really really like this one! The blush is pretty indeed… but more of a blushilighter than real color.
The lip color is divine! I bought a Chanel shade that you posted about that I fell in love with and now I’m eyeing this shade too. OMG, how do I stop?
Hahahaa…. we can never stop. Which Chanel shade did you fall in love with?
59!!! I think you have it on your profile picture!
I can see the blush on you, and it’s very pretty. The lip colour looks very wearable too. You know, I’m kinda glad TF is not available here. My impulse is to BUY and when I get my credit card bill, I faint. LOL!
I completely know the feeling! I’m grateful I get some of the pieces from PR, but what I don’t have, I just go out and buy without second thoughts. Because you know, *need*.