Tom Ford Beauty Black Cherry Nail Lacquer | Fall 2014

August 29, 2014

Tom Ford Beauty has released a new shade of nail lacquer in the fall collection called Black Cherry ($32 for 0.41 fl oz/12 ml, made in France). It’s a lush deep blackened cherry just like the name implies. The undertones are a deep purple with a very slight hint of red. I have mixed feelings about many of the original nail colors released by Tom Ford. Some of them like Viper, Pink Crush and Bordeaux Lust are extremely sheer requiring at least three coats for full even coverage. Others like Bitter B*tch, Ginger Fire, Indian Rose, Toasted Sugar and most of the newer releases have excellent coverage. I didn’t know what to expect with Black Cherry but am so happy it applies flawlessly with two coats. It’s a super dark vamp with a slight jelly finish but goes on the nail evenly without any issues. On me it’s almost a pure black. The plum base prevents it from looking too harsh but it’s still very very deep.

In sunlight at an angle you can see some of the plum undertones:

Swatched with two coats (it’s absolute perfection):

Tom Ford Rose Crush Lip Gloss, Indian Rose Lipstick, Nude Dip Eyeshadow Quad (sold out online, but still available in stores for a limited time, check Neiman Marcus Fashion Island or Beverly Hills)

Next to the black leather card case you can see the nail polish has a bit of plum undertone on the nails, but it’s still extremely dark:

Chanel card case, Wallet Clutch by Clare V.

Some nail polish comparisons to:

JINsoon Risque
Chanel Feu de Russie (discontinued)
Chanel Western Light (discontinued)
Chanel Strong (discontinued)

I’m 100% in love with this polish. I don’t think it will be everyone’s cup of tea since it is so dark and you can probably duplicate this easily with other shades. I couldn’t find anything in my collection quite like it, but most of my vamps have more red or plum versus black.

Tom Ford Black Cherry retails for $32. You can find it now at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Tom Ford and Harvey Nichols.

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  • OMG <3 <3 <3 I need it in my life <3 <3 <3
    WOW! Such an amazing shade

  • Jo

    I got mine in the mail yesterday and can't wait to get a manicure with it. I love it – I actually thought it would be more black than it turns out to be. Also nail polish related, net-a-porter has the new Smith & Cult nail polishes up today. I ordered three of them!

  • Wow that is soooo lush, I can't wait….I am collecting my Tom Ford Autumn goodies & 7 Christian Louboutin nail polishes on Monday. I won't be able to sleep on Sunday night for excitement. I so love a gothic colour like Black Cherry (32) for Autumn, like I have to have a red for Christmas. Although I don't thing any other red will ever top Rouge Louboutin for me! I have had Rouge Louboutin on my toes for three weeks now and not so much as a chip……although it does have Dior Gel Coat as as a top coat. I can not wait to get Black Cherry onto my fingernails and your pictures, as ever, make the product look incredible. Xx

    • I have to know which colors you chose from the Christian Louboutin nail collection! Did you see them in person?

    • I chose Bengali, Pluminette and Batignolles from the Pops, Very PrivΓ©, Sevillana and Khol from the Noirs and La Favorite and Tutulle from the Nudes. All chosen from the press release and sight unseen. If there are any I don't actually like when they arrive, improbable as that sounds, I will either ebay, gift or possibly put into storage until I collect a full set on brand new, unused. However as I am so smitten with the formula and performance of Rouge Louboutin I expect my love affair will continue! Xx

  • Oh Sabrina, you never fail to enable me ^^. I'm obsessed with black and white nail polishes lately and anything close to it. This looks so chic and yummy at the same time, glorious!

  • That looks great! Bitter Bitch is one of my favs and it looks like I'm going to love this one too πŸ™‚

  • Just bought my bottle this evening and cannot wait to try it on (only had my manicure done the other day so will wait a day or so!) Rouge Noir is my all time favourite polish and I live a dark gamy colour on short nails so this is right up my street. I only have a couple of TF polishes and all have been good formulas. Susan, London

  • Kristina aka cubicledweller

    So beautiful. As usual, your photos and swatches are just top notch! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Kristina! I started playing with a new camera today, so far very happy with it!

  • Wow this nail polish is incredible. The colour is just perfect!!
    Lots of love, xx


  • JINsoon Risque looks close – is it more purple than Black Cherry?

  • SOOOOO beautiful! The Jinsoon Risque looks fairly close… how would you say it differs?
    (your Chanel colors are super gorgeous too! I am super envious of your collection!)

    • Hi Liz and SJ Sellers, I added one more photo for comparisons. They are very close. The JINsoon is not quite as deep/black and shows more vamp. The Tom Ford has better coverage with two coats. Hope this helps!

  • wendy

    hi sabrina! could you please tell me the name of the tom ford lipstick and lipgloss you have in the picture with the nail polish? i'm assumng the eyeshadow is "nude dip". thankyou very much!!

  • So so beautiful!

    Sam xo sjmcdf

  • Sabrina, you were right. It's "absolute perfection."

  • Anonymous

    Great review as always. I wonder how it compares to YSL Prune Minimale. I had purchased the YSL polish after reading your review and it is darker and more plum than Rouge Noir.

  • This colour is so, so beautiful. Dark reds are my favourite shade.


  • That's such a chic color! I love it!

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  • You made me buy this ;).

  • Anonymous

    Was about to pick up Burberry's Elderberry until I saw this!

  • Beautiful color, there's something about really dark red polishes that just seems very classy to me. I get a headache whenever someone says "it's just black!" Like, hell no!

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  • Anonymous

    Dear Sabrina,
    Beautiful images as always! I was hoping you would consider updating your Chanel Tisse shadow post with an eye look for each quad you have — the one you did was really so lovely and so refined that I would (and I am sure I speak for many of your devoted readers) love to see how you utilize the more colorful quads into an everyday look — e.g. Venetien, though I sincerely would love to see how you use all the quads.

    That said, I am equally interested and anxiously awaiting your post and review and swatches (and hopefully some looks and who knows, perhaps a tutorial? πŸ™‚ ) on the Nude Dip. I cannot bring myself to purchase it as beautiful as it is since it does seem like there are many dupable colors in that quad (though I am painfully aware that the dupes will not likely be as buttery nor as handsomely packaged as the TF).

    Thank you, again, for this lovely post and escape!

  • Such a rich colour, is this available in the UK?

    • Released officially on September it's and available to order online from 29.08.2014. Sold at Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Harrods and HoF on Tom Ford Counters instore and online on those four……if there's any left. Xx

  • I've been wanting to buy Indian Rose for a while now and keep putting it off. That polish looks so pretty on you! Looks so smoooooth.

  • Wow Sabrina the new camera looks so amazing – I could tell the difference right away!