Is this jewelry, or is this makeup? — because sometimes with Tom Ford I just can’t tell!
Do wear it on my face, or do I dangle it from a chain and rock it as a statement necklace? I gotta hand it to Tommy-boy for nailing the whole luxury aesthetic. He’s got it down pat, especially when it comes to limited edition packaging.
Here’s a look at two of the lush and tasty (and expensive) purple and gold tidbits in Tom’s new Fall 2016 Orchid Collection.
The new nine-piece limited edition fall release (yup, fall!) just launched online July 1, and it arrives at Tom Ford counters this August. It’s inspired by Tom Ford’s Black Orchid Eau de Parfum, his first fragrance.
And fragrance plays a big part in the launch, as five of the nine pieces are perfumes, while the other four — two lipsticks and two blushes — are the goodies you can wear on your face.
The Tom Ford Fall 2016 Orchid Collection includes…
- Black Orchid Lip Color ($60)
- Velvet Orchid Lip Color ($60)
- Nightbloom Powder in Black Bloom ($80)
- Nightbloom Powder in Velvet Bloom ($80)
- Black Orchid Solid Perfume ($190)
- Velvet Orchid Solid Perfume ($190)
- Black Orchid Eau de Parfum ($115)
- Velvet Orchid Eau de Parfum ($115)
- Orchid Soleil Eau de Parfum ($120)
I’m a “smoky eye till I die” kinda gal, so I always look forward to the dramatic eye pencils, eyeshadows and all of that fun schtuff I’m used to seeing for fall. So I’m a little bummed that this release doesn’t include any eye makeup for me to lust after.
Strangely, neither of these two pieces here — pearlescent rosy plum Velvet Orchid Lip Color ($60) and sheer, cool-toned pink Nightbloom Powder in Velvet Bloom ($80) — give me that same visceral desire that I usually feel for Tom Ford’s products.
Like the Velvet Orchid Lip Color? Yeah, it has all the hallmarks of a dreamy TF lippy, with its deliciously even application throughout, in and around the curves of my lips (none of that patchy nonsense!), its fabulously lighter-than-air formula, and yeah, the color, which is something I can totally see myself wearing in fall, but I dunno… I guess I was hoping for more.
Same goes for the $80 Nightbloom Powder in Velvet Bloom. Yes, it blends like a dream, but it also looks super sheer on my cheeks.
Now, I don’t necessarily mind barely there cheek color (I’ve been into a natural look lately anyhow), but I still wish it packed more punchy drama.
I’m not sure… Maybe it’s because of the packaging. The dark plum and gold are so strikingly luxurious that I expected bolder colors inside.
Perhaps the other two items in the release commandeered most of the pigment…
These two remind me of something you might see from Aerin Beauty — subdued colors and finishes, smooth textures, easy-to-wear formulas and high price tags. If you’re an Aerin gal, these might whisper sweet nothings to you.
Now if I could just figure out a way to turn them into wearable jewelry (for me and Tabs! LOLZ).
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,