Definitely A Lipstick Lady



Buying a $52 Tom Ford lipstick at Holt Renfrew yesterday with gorgeous blogger Carolina (Closet Full of Nothing) sealed the deal: I'm no longer a gloss girl and officially a lipstick lady. Why else would I spend a seemingly crazy amount of money on one? After tweeting about the Tom Ford lip colours obsessively, lots of online swatch-ogling, and much careful deliberation, I decided on a deep wine/purple hue to round out my so-called "lipstick wardrobe."



Bruised Plum was the clear winner. Truthfully I was pretty indifferent toward plum shades until I saw some women wear them beautifully, prompting me to reconsider their possibilities. The colour is a deep plummy purple with a hint of red and a satiny finish--pure pout perfection and lovely for fall. The packaging is a luxe-looking rectangular prism of gilt and ivory which feels heavy and luxurious in-hand. And the formula? It's very moisturizing and pigmented with a light vanilla scent, and can last anywhere from 3-5 hours depending on what you're doing. (When I tried Bruised Plum on Tuesday, it only reached the 3-hour mark because I ordered the chicken wings during dinner with the boy.)

Thanks to Carolina for snapping this pic!


Speaking of lipstick wardrobes, building a mini collection of lipsticks for every occasion has been a fixation of mine ever since I read a featurette about it in the May issue of Glamour UK. Their version included 3 neutral/pink shades, which seemed like 2 too many. A coral, a light pink, a fuchsia, a red, and a purple are perfect for me.

From left to right: Chanel Rouge Allure in 'Exotic', Chanel Rouge Coco in 'Ruban Rose', Sephora Rouge Cream in 'Hot Tango', Stila Long Wear Lip Colour in 'Intriguing', and Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Colour in 'Bruised Plum'.


What are the lipstick shades and brands you love to wear? If you're still a gloss devotee, would you consider trying lipstick?

14 comments

  1. I love colour swatches in general but I esp love the way you displayed your lipstick "wardrobe" and included your newest addition. That bruised plum colour is gorgeous - good choice!

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  2. I tried with some lipstciks but I'm not a big fan of them. You have to be more focus on it..
    I always wear gloss with a bit of color.

    xxx
    - Laura

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  3. You look great in bright red lipstick! Unfortunately I do not. I am still looking for the perfect lipstick, but for now my lips remain naked.

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  4. I converted a while ago from gloss to lipstick as well (sometimes you have to mix the two though haha) The bruised plum is a great colour on you, I have a similar one and it's perfect to add a little drama to an outfit xoxo

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  5. Gorgeous new lipstick for your collection. I haven't yet mustered up enough courage to go that dark so I think I'll try a cheaper plum to experiment with.

    I like both lipsticks and glosses. I tend to wear gloss on tropical vacations and lipstick in the city.

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  6. I usually go easy on the lips cause I use such a heavy hand on my eyes. Also I stick out my tongue hen concentrating so that messes up the wear time :P. I usually do nothing but have lip balm in my purse (just nivea, no color). When I want to use lipstick I have a sandy MAC colour but I'm still looking for a neutral and/or a pink.

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  7. what a great colour for you! that's hilarious about the UK glamour - i was reading it today!!

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  8. I'm in the process of transitioning over to the lipstick side myself! Glosses just aren't doing it for me anymore, you picked a lovely shade!

    Ripped Nylon

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  9. I like lip balm and lip stick the most. I've gone of gloss for some reason. I used to blog at FabBlab, but this is my new blog: www.seren-dip-a-tea.blogspot.com. Please follow :D

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  10. When I first saw the price I thought you were crazy, but seeing it on you to explains it. You look sooooo gorgeous. Seriously. I'm a gloss girl and I'm thinking about switching over to lipstick now.

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  11. OMG, that Bruised Plum hue is so delish!

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  12. is it lead free and safe?

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  13. Vandana, I don't know if Tom Ford lipstick is lead-free. It's actually difficult to find information about lead content for most lipsticks. According to Wikipedia, "A study by US consumer group Campaign For Safe Cosmetics, in October 2007 found 60 percent of lipsticks tested contained trace amounts of lead, especially in red lipsticks. The levels of lead varied from 0.03 to 0.65 parts per million. One third of the lipsticks containing lead exceeded the 0.1ppm limit set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for lead in candy."

    That means 2/3 of lipsticks found to contain lead don't exceed the 0.1ppm limit. What's more, that's a limit set for food meant to be ingested internally; you're not supposed to eat lipstick. And I don't buy the belief that a woman eats 4 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime. The BeautyGeeks disproved that myth when they crunched the numbers to see how much lipstick a woman would really have to wear.

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