Tom Ford Private Blend Lipstick Black Orchid Review and FOTD

November 27, 2012

Tom Ford’s Private Blend Lipstick Black Orchid is the one and only vampy lipstick that I have bought this season. It is a very bold and daring deep wine color with the most intense pigmentation – it’s one of those dramatic shades that gives you an attitude and a ‘bad-girl’ look, and makes you feel powerful!

Tom-Ford-Private-Blend-Lipstick-Black-Orchid-1I have expressed how I feel about Tom Ford’s lipsticks in my previous post, so I won’t repeat that again here. In short every inch of Tom Ford lipstick is totally luxurious and I just absolutely love them. From packaging to the most fashion-forward color selection, I cannot pick a single fault. I love the texture with most of the shades that I have tried, but I have some issues with this particular shade.

Black Orchid gives a satiny finish.  The texture feels the same as the others and it still glides on ultra smooth. Unfortunately it enhances every single dry patch/skin on my lips which I was not even aware of, so the finish looked very uneven on my lips. You may not be able to see this in my FOTD, but that’s because I had spent a great deal of time to make it work with a lip brush by applying a thin layer over and over until it looked reasonably even.  This lipstick will not work for me if it is directly applied from the tube. However, to be fair, I have experienced the same issue with vampy lipsticks of other high-end brands as well. The highly raved Chanel and YSL also added more dry lines to my lips than I thought.

In this FOTD, I am wearing the Tom Ford Black Orchid in full opaque layer. I probably applied 5 thins layers of it and I blotted my lips between each application. I am also wearing it as a blush (as suggested by Claire – check out her awesome blog here!) I applied the color on the back of my hand and mixed it with Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè so it turned into a cream blush. It goes on pink with a plummy undertone, and the Embryolisse Cream gives a lovely dewy finish.

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If you don’t feel comfortable wearing such a bold shade out (including me…), you can wear it as a lip stain. I have a FOTD showing this, and I paired it with a clear lip gloss to take away the dryness.

I bought mine at David Jones for a record high of AUD$65. It is available in the US here and here. Good news to the fellow Aussies – international delivery of Tom Ford makeup is now available at Harrods with 10% VAT deduction off the retail price.

 

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Lucie November 27, 2012 at 12:44 pm

This lipstick is stunning! I am just getting into Tom Ford makeup and so far so LUSH! Love your blog, you’re newest follower x

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Claire November 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Thank you Reika for mentioning me in your post, that means a lot to me :) Black Orchid looks stunning, I just love this colour! It’s interesting how the same colour on lips and cheeks make a nice harmonious look without looking too matchy-matchy (the colour changes a bit when mixed and sheered out). I think the only thing I don’t like that much is the smell, reminds me of MAC lipsticks and I don’t really like strong vanilla scents in lipsticks.

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Reika November 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm

My pleasure Claire! I truely enjoy reading your insightful blog since I found it :-)

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Emi at Project Swatch November 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm

This is so, so gorgeous on you!

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Mels November 27, 2012 at 5:03 pm

SO PRETTY! I have Black Orchid and have been loving it too. Btw, do you wear contacts and if you do, what is the brand? You’ve got such beautiful eyes! x

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Reika November 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Hi Mels, Yes I am wearing the Neo 4 tone colored lens :-)

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Jeslynj November 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm

It looks great on you! I’m gonna have to try Tom Ford lipsticks now ;-)

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Reika November 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Even though this one is drying, I still want more from Tom Ford!

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Makeup Remastered November 27, 2012 at 5:46 pm

This looks gorgeous on you- I have Black Orchid myself and it is spot on for the Vampy lip trend!

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Coco November 27, 2012 at 8:24 pm

What a gorgeous shade, would love to wear it to a party. xx

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Elisa November 27, 2012 at 10:01 pm

The color is gorgeous!! suits you very well :D

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Jen W November 27, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Gorgeous. I know what you mean by the lipstick emphasizing dry patches- I have Tom Ford lipstick in Bruised Plum and I can only really wear it when my lips are in good condition.

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Reika November 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm

You looked gorgeous in Bruised Plum Jen :-) Somehow I did not see this color while I was shopping at TF…

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Renee November 28, 2012 at 1:51 am

aww.. I like it more of a cheek stain on you. Personally, I can never pull this off without looking too “aunty”. Also Lisa Eldridge has done a video using Tom Ford Black Orchid too. She always makes makeup look so easy. xx

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Chel November 28, 2012 at 7:23 am

Best lipstick shade I saw on you ever!

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Walls November 28, 2012 at 7:29 am

You look beautiful, Reika! I love this shade on you. I have been thinking of getting a vampy shade of lipcolour, as I tend towards pinks and berries.

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Reika November 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm

You should totally try it! If you can rock berries, vampy shade should not be a problem for you!

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Megan November 28, 2012 at 8:33 am

Gorgeous colour, I’ve been dying to try one of the infamous Tom Ford lipsticks and this is a true statement colour. Love it!

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JoanneP December 10, 2012 at 1:47 am

This shade looks gorgeous on you. I agree that it takes patience to have even smooth finish, as it is for every dark vampy lipsticks. I need to try this again at the counter. Last time I swatched it, I remember it wasn’t deep enough for my skin tone. Great look!

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Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog December 17, 2012 at 5:12 am

The color looks very dark in the tube but it actually looks pretty on you.

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Cindy December 26, 2012 at 7:32 am

Reika, you look totally gorgeous in this FOTD! This is my favourite look that you have done and I have been reading your blog since the beginning! haha

Also your review is the only one that made me think “Need this. Buy this now.”

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