Tom Ford Fall 2012 Nail Lacquers: Minx and Dominatrix

August 30, 2012

This fall, Tom Ford has released two new shimmery metallic for nails: Minx, a complex metallic warm wine-brown, and Dominatrix, a medium-deep but bright metallic purple ($30 each, both limited-edition). My experiences with Tom Ford’s nail lacquers have been mixed. I have a few of the creams and some of the metallic from last spring (see review/swatches here) and felt the formula was just ok. Still, I decided to give the new shades from fall a try since the promotional photos looked stunning. I’m glad I did. The new polishes for fall are exquisite with excellent smooth coverage. The colors are edgy and dramatic but still wearable for every day. They are perfect for fall and unique compared to other releases we’ve seen this season.
Both shades are highly metallic and shimmery, but in a refined way. The texture is rather sheer and transparent with one coat, but the color goes on with full coverage when you add the second. I like that the colors are visibly shimmery but don’t show brush strokes or streak (like Chanel Attraction). I was particularly impressed by the high-shine finish that both of these polishes have (without a top coat).

Minx is a deep burgundy-wine-brown metallic. It’s quite unique in my collection. It has more brown and less wine compared to other vampy shades.

Dominatrix is an intense medium bright purple. Out of the purples I have it is most similar to Dolce and Gabbana’s Midnight, but the Tom Ford is deeper and more intense while the DG is a bit lighter and flashes blue shimmers. More photos and swatches below. Swatches are done with two coats.

Minx swatched with two coats, a gorgeous metallic wine/brown:

Dominatrix swatched with two coats, it’s a medium-purple with some brightness:

In terms of duplicates, I couldn’t find any in my collection. I don’t have Tom Ford’s Burnished Rouge to compare, but from seeing swatches elsewhere, I suspect that Minx is less red.
Comparisons swatched below, same set, two views: Tom Ford Minx, Tom Ford Dominatrix, Dior Silver Purple, Chanel Vendetta, Dior Shadow, OPI Dutch’Ya Just Love OPI?, Dolce and Gabbana Amethyst, Dolce and Gabbana Midnight, Dolce and Gabbana Royal, Dior Icone, OPI Holiday Glow, Dior Aztec Chocolate, Dior Apparat, Dolce and Gabbana Dahlia, Chanel Strong, Chanel Rouge Noir, Chanel Cosmic Violine, Tom Ford Burnt Topaz (most of these have been reviewed/swatched in the past, sorry I didn’t have time to link each color, but try the google search function on the sidebar)

I personally am really pleased with both shades. I do think they are must-haves for the season, even with the high price tag (which I wasn’t too keen about). I purchased both from Saks NY. The collection should be arriving in stores soon at select counters. As far as I know, both are limited-edition.

Have you checked out Tom Ford fall? Thoughts? (The fall blush review to follow soon.)

Given my new loves for these, I must go re-try my older shades. Perhaps it was the application method that I need to work on.

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  • Polished Pinay August 30, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    love your wheel!

  • Sunny August 30, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Ahh Dominatrix is so my thing! I own a bunch of purples but still 🙂

    • Sabrina August 31, 2012 at 12:19 am

      I know! I have so many variations of purples – but nothing quite like Dominatrix. I love it 🙂

  • Anahita August 30, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    I love your swatches. I also got the polishes, the plummy brown eyeshadow quad and the lip and cheek stain. I just received my package today from Bergdorf's so I haven't had a chance to play with it yet. Did you preorder the twinsets de Chanel from Tressa at Nordstrom? I emailed her on Sunday to place my order.

    • Sabrina August 31, 2012 at 12:19 am

      Thank you Anahita, I'd love to hear what you think of the Enchanted quad. I passed on it b/c I wanted to wait and see what others thought. I did preorder the Chanel FNO nail colors (and two of the lipsticks, but not all) 🙂 Today I just ordered Skyline too!

  • theglossarie.com August 30, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    yes please, minx! love.

  • Carrie August 31, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Minx is so pretty!

  • Anshita August 31, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Yes. I had to order skyline as well as blue aerien, apparition and destination. Hangs head in shame but you know I have no self control where Chanel is concerned

  • makeup magpie August 31, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Gah! What a beautiful nail wheel! Love these shades 🙂

  • Uyen Thy August 31, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Sabrina – I adore your blog! Your pictures are fantastic, what type of lighting do you use? I love how you use a simple white back drop. It really focuses on the product.

    -Uyen Thy

  • m.fay August 31, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Thanks for sharing these with us. I'm really loving the Dominatrix shade!

    I wanted to ask you…my CND shiny top coat always gets so thick and goopy towards the end of a bottle. Do you have any tips for thining it out? Does this ever happen to you?

    Thanks again,

  • chelsfofo August 31, 2012 at 1:19 am

    your nail wheels are always to die for and I super super appreciate you taking the time to label and post them!!!! 😀 thanks so much for all of the "labor" you do! lol Happy Labor Day weekend!!!! 😉

  • Dovey August 31, 2012 at 1:57 am

    What a wonderful wheel of plums, burgundies, and purples! I think of the two, I'm partial to Minx 🙂

  • lexi920 August 31, 2012 at 5:54 am

    Hi Sabrina!
    I have never tried TF polishes but that Dominatrix could get me to the counter. As if, I don't have enough purples in my collection!

  • [email protected] Fashion Blog Seattle August 31, 2012 at 6:40 am

    I had no idea Tom Ford sells nail polishes. Good to know. Both colors are beautiful.

  • Silvia Quirós August 31, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Love the tones, I haven´t try Tom Ford make-up but it looks amazing! thanks for sharing!

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample August 31, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I love both of these–so perfect for Fall!

  • Brooke @ Blushing Noir August 31, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    omg I love Minx! I have been lemming some new Tom Ford lately

  • Kate August 31, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Dominatrix is gorgeous.

    I can't wait for your review of the new blush.

  • Jo August 31, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Love both and think I will be getting both. Where are you preordering the Chanel twinsets and Skyline from? Thanks

  • Ra, UK August 31, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Opi Every Month is Oktoberfest would look good on that wheel! 🙂

  • Claire September 1, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Hi Sabrina, I love Minx, it looks so good on you. I'm looking forward for your review of Chanel FNO and Skyline.


  • karo September 1, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Nice but to expensiv…

  • Ana September 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Hi Sabrina, I just want to tell you that I love your blog and beautiful photos. I always check your reviews before buying a product. Thank you for your great work.

  • Rachael Michelle September 5, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I love Dominatrix! So pretty! I've been meaning to try Tom Ford polish ever since your last review of the holiday colors.

  • Lacy Nylons November 23, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    I have Tom Ford Dominatrix and I love it!!! 🙂

    I also love Tom Ford's Bitter Bitch which is perfect for fall/winter 🙂

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