Tom Ford Lip Color in Pink Dusk vs Spanish Pink, Review and Swatches

December 19, 2011

I finally had the time to take some FOTD pictures wearing the Tom Ford Lip Colors. I know some of you are interested in knowing my thoughts on them – both the Pink Dusk and the Spanish Pink are probably the most coveted shades from his lipstick line so as a makeup enthusiast I have to have both. Though Pink Dusk was released as part of  his  previous lipstick line (the white tubes), it has been repackaged into the black tube now.


Tom Ford Lipstick retails for $65 in Australia, much more than what I would normally pay for a lipstick. Some of my favorite lipsticks such the Suqqu Creamy Glow and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine and Dior Serum de Rouge are around the $50 mark and they are superior. So judging by the price tag I expected Tom Ford lipsticks to be better. The packaging design is definitely more flashy and looks more expensive than the rest. It’s one of those lipsticks that steals the limelight –  as soon as you pull it out from the makeup purse there will be other girls ‘checking you out’ and trying to work out what is THAT lipstick?! The texture feels luxurious as well, as they are smooth, creamy and not as slippery as the Suqqu. The downside is that it feels heavier on the lips and less moisturizing compared to the Suqqu and Dior (both have a melting texture that keep your lips hydrated).  It offers full coverage with a single application. There is not much luminosity to the finish as with other lipsticks such as Suqqu or Chanel RCS. The sheen is kept subtle and I thought that it gave quite a sophisticated and grown up look. The lasting power of Tom Ford’s is the best as it lasts about 5 hours on me with minimum fading.

Differences between Pink Dusk and Spanish Pink :

Pink Dusk contains micro shimmers in the tube and Spanish pink has none. Spanish Pink looks slight more peachy than Pink Dusk. They are both slightly streaky on my lips, with the Spanish Pink being slightly more streaky than the other. However if I don’t compare them side by side, I won’t be able to tell the difference.

Left: Pink Dust Right: Spanish Pink


Pink Dusk on me is a neutral pink with a hint of rosey undertone. The shimmers are not noticeable on the lips.tom-ford-lip-color-pink-dusk-swatch tom-ford-lip-color-pink-dusk-swatch-1Overall Look:

tom-ford-lip-color-pink-dusk-swatch-fotd-1Spanish Pink shows up as true nudish peachy pink on me.


tom-ford-lip-color-spanish-pink-swatch-1Overall Look:

tom-ford-lip-color-spanish-pink-swatch-fotdSpanish Pink looks quite similiar to the YSL Rouge Pur 06 from the tube, but on the lips it appears darker and less glossy as it is much more opaque than the YSL.

Bottom Line: My weakness is pink lipsticks and as you may have known I have a huge collection of them, and Tom Ford just brought the pink lipsticks to a new level of sophistication and luxury. They are keepers but my HG are still the Suqqu Creamy Glow lipsticks.


{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

flyavsted December 19, 2011 at 11:47 am

I wish you updated every day!! hehe
You´re one of my absolute favorite blogs! What are you wearing on your eyes? Lovely!!


Reika December 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Thank you so much darl, you are SO sweet!! yes I have been flat out during the festive season, I hope I will update my blog more frequently after the xmas period.
I’m wearing the tom ford golden mink quad on my eyes 🙂


Maria December 19, 2011 at 12:47 pm

argh!!! i can’t see any difference :))))
they look good on you, but the price??? i think i skip this lipstick 🙂


Reika December 19, 2011 at 12:51 pm

yeh the difference is very subtle…


m.fay December 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm

thank you, thank you!
your reviews are always sooo informative and make shopping much easier!
I think I’m going with Pink Dusk, but I’m still on the hunt for a pretty pink like Pink Dusk that provides more moisture (the winter weather here has my lips so dry, they are peeling). I can’t get my hands on any of the Suqqu Creamy Glow lipsticks, so any other reccomendations for lipstick or gloss for major dose of moisture? Chanel Rouge Coco Shine doesn’t provide enough….but it’s a new favorite otherwise.

x, M.


Eugenia December 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Thank you so much for swatching these! I have been undecided over these exact same shades, and now I believe I finally have some direction. They both look absolutely dreamy on you and suit your skin tone so perfectly; I will probably follow in your footsteps and buy both as well!


Eugenia December 19, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Thank you so much for your kind words – I’m a huge fan of your blog, by the way! As to dry & peeling lips, I can totally relate to that: Canadian winters are quite severe and our weather at this time can draw every ounce of moisture right out of the body – not fun! For the record, we don’t have Suqqu products here, although I have heard so much about them and would love to try them out in person. I agree with you about the Rouge Coco Shine being too slippery (love Boy, but hate that it lasts less than some balms do), and the Rouge Coco can be a little stripping on the lips. The Rouge Allure line may be a good option, as it does offer quite a bit of moisture, but right now, I am totally loving my Giorgio Armani Beauty Rouge d’Armani in Beige #102 (although if it’s pink you’re after, perhaps Beige #103 might be better for you – don’t let the name “beige” mislead you). They are quite long lasting and have such a creamy feel on the lips (I really should get around to posting my review on this!) – let me know what you think!


m.fay December 19, 2011 at 11:40 pm

The Rouge d’Armani sounds like a great option. A creamy lipstick is what I am looking for! So if I want a pretty light pink I should go with 103? I have so many nude shades, looking for a girly pink, but nothing bright or bubblegum. Thanks!


Reika December 20, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I have Giorgio Armani rouge d’armani in 102, 103 and 105, lurve them all and yes you are right, my favorite is the 103!


Tiffany December 19, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Pink lippies are so pretty~ and the packaging is gorgeous. Both look lovely on you!


Elizabeth December 19, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Beautiful! I’m such a sucker for packaging and those are so elegant! The price is too much for me, especially if the quality isn’t blowing you away. They look lovely on you so it was money well spent for you. Speaking of gorgeous packing, have you tried Burberry beauty yet? I recently picked up a lip mist in feather pink and the packaging is just gorgeous- weighty, gunmetal with the tartan engraving. I love the quality too, lovely colour and super mousturizing. I have yet to try the shadows!

As usual, a well thought out review. Thanks Reika!


Reika December 20, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Yes!! I got a few lippies by Burberry but haven’t had the time to review them yet. My favorite shade is also the feather pink, cameo pink is lovely as well. Lol I’m such a pinkaholic!


Jamilla December 20, 2011 at 1:45 am

I agree with you that the Suqqu lippies RULE! However, I am very fond of my Tom Ford Pink Dusk and especially the Pink Adobe lipstick!


popblush December 20, 2011 at 6:31 am

Wow~ You are so pretty!!!!!!! <3 <3 <3


Dovey December 20, 2011 at 6:48 am

Completely gorgeous. Like you said, these might be the most beautiful shades in the collection. Thanks for going into detail in your review— it’s good to know I might be able to get by with just one of them—- if I ever take the plunge!


Jess December 20, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I have been wanting to get my hands on some Tom ford lipsticks for the longest of time actually! I’ve read lots of praise about it. Thank you for your review on it, Reika!

Both Pink Dusk and Spanish Rose are beautiful colors on you. Very high WANT factor now! :p


Eugenia December 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Hi Reika….I just want to add that I had an “oops” moment and I’m so embarrassed! I assumed that it was you that had responded to my earlier comment and stupidly didn’t look at the name – I’m so incredibly sorry about that; I honestly didn’t mean to inadvertently steal any of your thunder or anything. Let me clarify by saying that it is YOUR blog that I am a huge fan of, and I absolutely adore not only your reviews, but you lovely photos. I hope this atones for my earlier faux pas!


Esther December 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Hi Reika, thanks for this lovely post! I ordered 2 TF lipsticks (Pink Dusk & Sable Smoke) based on reviews by some bloggers and after seeing Pink Dusk on you, I think its a really pretty colour and I do not regret my decision. Hope to receive them soon! And just to let you know I really enjoy reading your blog! 🙂


stephanie December 20, 2011 at 10:13 pm

i so wish they had the TF lipsticks here.. xxx


tracey lundquist May 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm

just saw this… and i loved your review… i have to say i am NOT a pink girl or even a lipstick girl for the most part and i recently bout the TF Lipstick in Spanish Pink and just have to say it has made me fall in LOVE with lipstick… I have had my mother, sister and friends all try this color and still have yet to find someone it doesnt look AMAZING on… just wanted to share..


Linatha September 2, 2012 at 11:15 am

My weakness, like yours, is pink lipsticks. I have one Suqqu Creamy Glow lipstick in #4 Yamamomo, but the color is too warm of a pink for my cool-tone completion. Since your HG lippies are Suqqu’s, can you recommend a cool-tone pink or pinky nude one…like Tom Ford’s pink dusk?


Reika September 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Hi Linatha, the only cool-tone pink lipstick from suqqu would be 01 SAEBANA -> see my review here
Suqqu doesn’t have any pinky nude shades. The only close one (leans slightly peachy) would be the Suqqu creamy glow lipstick moist in 01 Haruoto which I will review soon.

Have you tried GA Rouge d’Armani sheer in 505? It’s the perfect pale cool tone pink. Otherwise Burberry’s feather pink, cameo pink, and tulip pink are great options too.

Hope it helps!


Lisa September 25, 2012 at 3:04 am

Hi can you tell me what eye shadow and blush you are wearing in your pictures. You look so pretty!!!


Reika September 25, 2012 at 11:22 am

Thank you so much Lisa! That post was done a long time (almost a year) ago….so I’m sorry that I really don’t remember what makeup I used in that fotd…


Cheryl May 15, 2013 at 8:01 am

Could you please tell me the name and brand of the blush you’re wearing? It’s so pretty with both lipsticks. Thanks!


Irene January 6, 2014 at 11:45 am

I need to have both hix abt the price.


Julie August 12, 2014 at 7:29 am

Hi Reika,
I just bought Spanish pink and I really love your review. I like the way you write and your pictures. Thanks for inspiring me. XoXo, Julie


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