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Tom Ford // Orchid Collection

Tom Ford // Orchid Collection

I couldn't resist this small collection. When I got an email notification that you could pre-order on the Tom Ford site, I clicked right over and purchased the two lipsticks and one of the Nightbloom Powders. I would have purchased both powders, but the Velvet Bloom wasn't available - argh! I'm anxiously awaiting its arrival in stores so I can swatch it. But in the meantime, here are some swatches and thoughts--

 Tom Ford in Velvet Orchid

Tom Ford in Velvet Orchid

First up is the Lip Color in Velvet Orchid (59). It's incredibly soft, smooth, creamy and pigmented. The color comes off a little cooler on the skin than in the tube. It is one of the most perfectly mauve-y colors I've come across with a very strong lilac undertone. There is just the slightest hint of shimmer which gives more of a pearlescent sheen than anything glittery. It smells like the other lipsticks with a hint of cocoa that wears off quickly.

 Tom Ford Lip Color in Black Orchid

Tom Ford Lip Color in Black Orchid

The Black Orchid (18) Lip Color is still creamy, but not as creamy as the Velvet Orchid. And because it's such a dark purple color, it took a few more swipes to get it looking even. In the tube, I thought it would be a darker warmer purple with a lot of red, but it is a true orchid-like purple, closer to fuchsia and magenta. There are no shimmery bits in the Black Orchid so it's a true cream color.

 From L to R: Tom Ford Lip Color in Velvet Orchid, Black Orchid

From L to R: Tom Ford Lip Color in Velvet Orchid, Black Orchid

Both come in the special edition packaging with the gold trim and the ribbed panels and retail for $60 USD. They should be arriving mid to later this month to TF counters.

As for the Nightbloom Powder, I could only get my hands on the Black Bloom (01) colorway. I wore it out last night and I felt like it reminded me of another highlighter. I couldn't put my finger on it, so I decided to swatch some of my gold-toned highlighters today in the daylight to compare. 

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It is EXTREMELY close to Prosecco Pop - I would say the Prosecco Pop would qualify as a dupe. And I can't honestly say that either formula feels better. If anything the Tom Ford is a little more subtle... a little... teensy teensy bit. But they're very close. The Pat McGrath is similar, but gives off a different effect - not quite as smooth and is more reflective and dramatic. The others weren't very close - much whiter and brighter.

From L to R:

  • Pat McGrath / Fine Gold 003 Pigment / Skin Lab 003 - Nude
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills / Sunburst / Glow Kit - That Glow
  • Tom Ford / Black Bloom 01 / Nightbloom Powder
  • Charlotte Tilbury / Bar of Gold / Skin Gilding Highlighter
  • Becca x Jaclyn Hill / Prosecco Pop / Shimmering Skin Perfector - Pressed
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills / Summer / Glow Kit - Sun Dipped

It has no scent, which I was happy about. I was afraid everything in this collection would smell like one of the Orchid Perfumes. The packaging is the same size as the TF blushes and small bronzers. (Of course, I was hoping it would be the size of the larger palette.) I'd still like to try out the Velvet Bloom colorway, but at $80 USD a pop, I will definitely try it out before purchasing.

The packaging alone almost makes it worth the hefty price tag. I'm such a sucker for this ribbed black with gold accents. Fabuloso!

 Tom Ford Nightbloom Powder - Black Bloom (01) 

Tom Ford Nightbloom Powder - Black Bloom (01) 

 Tom Ford Nightbloom Powder - Black Bloom (01) 

Tom Ford Nightbloom Powder - Black Bloom (01) 

Personally, I'm glad I snatched up these beauties. These are perfect for you collectors out there. 

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