Tom Ford Beauty Violet Fatale Lipstick Calls for a Celebration

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tom ford beauty violet fatale lipstick

I’m a firm believer in the motivational might of makeup as a reward for a job well done, and drugstore mini-hauls after a hard day’s work are a favorite of mine, but sometimes, like after a really monumental achievement — graduation, a new job, reaching a long-term goal — you might want to go even bigger than that.


Big like Tom Ford Beauty’s pricey princess, Violet Fatale Lip Color ($48).

A vivid purplish pink, it makes me feel like a superhero version of myself — bolder, brighter, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!

Okay, well, maybe not that last one…but I do feel a lot better with it on. ๐Ÿ™‚

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tom ford beauty violet fatale lipstick

In what’s proving to be an annoying trend for the line, the price hurts, but for what it’s worth, I think it’s a lord of a lippie. As far as pigment and wear time, it lays the smack down on even the most opaque lipsticks in my collection. I had it on for six hours yesterday, through two big mugs of tea, an apple and a cup of fro-yo (red velvet and vanilla, NOM!), and it didn’t even budge. No bleeding beyond the edges of my lips. Not one iota.

As it fades over time, and it does fade (because nothing lasts forever…), it fades evenly, so that even after a meal, the color looks great.

Oh, and did I mention that it’s highly moisturizing, too?

If you don’t have a reason to celebrate yet, hang in there, and make a note to yourself to remember Violet Fatale when you do. Since it’s a permanent piece in the new Tom Ford Beauty line, it’s not going anywhere for a while.


PRICE: $48
AVAILABILITY: Coming soon to Neiman Marcus stores but available for pre-order online at and; available now at London’s Heathrow Airport, Terminals 3 and 5

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,




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  1. Jenn A. says:

    Gorgeous colour, that’s for sure! Don’t think I’m up for paying so much money for a lipstick though.
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  2. Sonya says:

    Beautiful color – exactly the kind I go for. I just wish it was a liiiiittle bit cheaper. Nearly $50 is a bit much for me…
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  3. Larie says:

    That is a beautiful color, especially for fall. I’m so tempted, but yikes, the price!

  4. Yelena says:

    that lipstick is gorgeous on u!

  5. Hmm. It’s gorgeous on you, Karen, but I wish the color translated more literally from the tube.

  6. Crystal says:

    It looks beautiful on you!
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  7. Carmela says:

    A+ from Karen? Even with the price tag? Definitely going in the “must have” list. But as you suggested, I might wait for a monumental event before pulling the trigger on this one.

    I particularly appreciate how it looks very wearable despite looking a tad scary in the tube.
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  8. Kaelin says:

    I think having this dark of a color definitely gives it diversity (sheering it out, layering, staining all that jazz), but I don’t think i could justify that price tag XD.

    Oh to have lovely things.
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  9. AK says:

    BEAUTIFUL! But OUCH on the pricetag. That will be a special occasion buy indeed. Thanks for posting!

  10. Chris25 says:

    Beautiful shade. Reminds me of NYX Chloe.

  11. Summer says:

    SOOOO gorgeous on you!!!

  12. Kim says:

    It’s perfect on you! And really, $48 is that bad for near perfection, right? ๐Ÿ™‚ It would be a bit bright for me, but I like everything else about it (wear time, even fade, moisturizing). I’m sure they have a color that would be perfect for me too!

    Definitely TGIF! Have a great weekend and knock ’em dead!

  13. gio says:

    Wow, that’s one expensive lipstick! It’d better be perfect for that price, although I don’t think I could ever spend that much on a lipstick. The color is gorgeous though!
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  14. LauraA says:

    Yowza, the price, yet the lippie seems to have wonderful pigment when applied and looks like it moisturizes as well as it feels. I also like how it is more purple-y from a distance, but pinker in the close-up.

    The color looks fabulous on you, Karen.

  15. TJ says:

    The color is AMAZEBALLS! It’s making me think of giving it for christmas (but only so that I can have a justification to get myself one – hee hee)

  16. Vonvon says:

    This is the lipstick that I am eyeing at!
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  17. Jessi says:

    This looks so great on you! It reminds me of the color of beet juice.
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  18. Naj says:

    That packaging is to die for! And the shade is something I think anyone can use. How awesome. And thank god it’s permanent, cause I know I won’t be getting it anytime soon(sadly).

  19. Lucie says:

    Looks so great on you! But rather similar to MAC Rebel, no? I would suggest Rebel to ladies and gentlemen that like the pinky-purple-y shade but not the price point. ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. weerah says:

    Looking so beautiful on you!
    Very nice!

  21. jennifer s says:

    hey Karen, will you be at the beauty social on saturday?
    i won a ticket and i would love to meet my fave beauty blogger ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Mariam says:

    Oh my GODDESS!!!! You look amazing with that lip colour! Love it.

  23. Glosslizard says:

    That’s a lovely color! I’d suggest Burberry’s No. 15, Bright Plum as a cheaper ($30) yet still luxury option. But I really do love the name, “Violet Fatale”! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Ruchita says:

    Gorgeous color! The tube itself is so pretty, I’d want to just keep it on display. Happy Friday!

  25. Nina says:

    that is the most wearable violet i have ever seen!!!

  26. Lori says:

    Tom Ford is lookin’ good on you, girl!

    PS. Kiss the the Tabbers for us here in LA! ;- )

  27. peach_ says:

    So pretty! I thought it’d apply like a dark plum, but I love how it turns into a berry color. I’d love to own a tube of TF!
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  28. ipudgybear says:

    I love Tom Ford lipsticks. I only buy it when I have a reason to treat myself. It looks great on you!

  29. Lauren says:

    Reminds me of MAC Rebel

  30. Julie says:

    You look Gorgeous with that color!!!

  31. Joseph Hinds says:

    I’m gonna have to get my hands on this soon. Love Tom Ford’s Beauty Line. The colour is fantastic on you too.

  32. This is such a beautiful shade and it looks amazing on you! Can’t wait to try these myself just need to choose the shade…
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  33. irini says:

    Karen! I want the deeds to this vest you are wearing,pretty please ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Ingrid says:

    love that first pic of you!

  35. Shruti S says:

    Hi Karen,

    I can’t seem to find this lipstick on either of those two website. Can you suggest another place?

  36. Tracey says:

    I love TF lipsticks-really beautiful shades

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