Tom Ford Ginger Fire Nail Lacquer

March 6, 2013

Tom Ford Ginger Fire Nail Lacquer is my nail pick for the week. It’s a luscious vibrant tangerine with subtle shimmer. I feel like I have summer on my fingers with this shade. It’s the perfect amount of bright, orange and red mixed together. Ginger Fire retails at $30 for 0.41 fl oz/12 ml and is available online at Nordstroms, Neimans, Saks and select counters. I purchased mine from Neiman Marcus Fashion Island in store.
To date I’ve purchased several Tom Ford Nail Lacquers and my feelings are mixed. The regular line consists of sheers and creams, most of which are on the sheerer side, requiring three coats. I haven’t been a huge fan of the creams mainly because they require three coats for full coverage and also don’t last long on me (chips occur on day 3 with major tip-wear). I’ve found that the limited-edition releases (metallics) wear much better in terms of pigment, coverage and lasting power. Ginger Fire seems to last like the metallics from Tom Ford’s beauty line. I only started to see tip wear on day 4 and only one finger had chipping by the evening. With two coats there is still a slight transparent look. You can still see the whites of the nails underneath. I think a third coat would cover the nail fully. Still the color is gorgeous. I love that the shimmer shows up on the nail if you look closely. It’s not quite as invisible as Chanel’s can be.

Swatched with two coats, this was on day two of my manicure:

I love the color, the formula is almost as good as Chanel/Dior/OPI, but not quite (in my book). The price is quite steep and although it may be difficult to get to a Tom Ford counter, I think more stores carry the nail polish and lipsticks versus the full lineup. The nail polishes may be easier to find. Given the fact that this costs $30 and has a semi-sheer formula, I can’t say that I’m 100% in love. Perhaps I need to experiment with different base and top coats to make it last longer. (I’ve been using Deborah Lippmann’s base coat and Rescue Beauty Lounge’s top coat.)
This past weekend I wasn’t able to do comparisons. I would say this is most similar to Chanel Holiday, except the Chanel is more reddish, while the Tom Ford is clearly tangerine.
Have you tried Tom Ford’s nail lacquers? Thoughts?

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  • Teri March 6, 2013 at 3:30 am

    I was looking at the TF nail polishes at the counter today and while they look stunning I still can't get past the price point. It's really good to know that the metallics seem to work better! I actually really like Ginger Fire (uh oh!), the shimmers are really gorgeous and weirdly enough I can't think of a dupe right now. I love how it seems to be more vibrant on the nails vs the bottle! ^^

  • Chris El @ MyFashionTrendencies March 6, 2013 at 4:36 am

    This looks amazing on your skin!

  • Dovey March 6, 2013 at 4:51 am

    Hi Sabrina, What a 'blazing' color! Ginger Fire certainly lives up to its name 🙂

  • K March 6, 2013 at 5:02 am

    Gorgeous ! Sometimes I should thank God I don't have access to Tom Ford in Canada ;p



  • DSK Steph March 6, 2013 at 6:25 am

    One word: firery!

  • Paige March 6, 2013 at 6:42 am

    I have just started trying Tom Ford's eye shadow quad but I haven't tried Tom Ford's nail polishes yet. And judging from your review, I don't think I want to. Ginger Fire is indeed a pretty color suitable for summer. However, Chanel Holiday is similar enough that I don't feel the need to go buy Tom Ford's.

    Sabrina, I've been wondering how long do Chanel polishes last on your nails? I have heard Chanel's reputation for chipping very easily. For me, I usually get about 2 days before my nails start chipping. However, I do love their colors and I've been experimenting ways to make them last longer. I find that additionally using a base coat between each layer of polish and the top coat produces a longer lasting manicure (so the layering is: base coat + color + base coat + color + base coat + top coat). Last Tuesday I painted my nails with Eastern Light and so far I have no chipping but only minor tip wear. I regularly use DL rehydrating base coat and Dior top coat. I know it's a lot of work but if you are willing to try, it might work for your Tom Ford manicure too(?)

  • karo March 6, 2013 at 7:22 am

    OMG such a wonderful color! Love it ❤

  • aucupariabrumalis March 6, 2013 at 8:59 am

    wow, what a beautiful shade, so vibrant! Can't wait to get some TF nail polishes, they seem to have some very interesting colours! / Claire

  • Sunny March 6, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I haven't tried any Tom Ford nail polishes yet, though I did just get True Coral yesterday! Absolutely cannot wait to play with it! Ginger Fire looks very similar to Guerlain Nahema (they're launching a permanent line of nail polishes and most of them are named after the existing lipsticks), but Nahema contains no shimmer!

  • 2lookandbehappy.com March 6, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    I've never tried Tom Ford nail polishes but, after this review and pictures, I definitely wanna try Ginger Fire 🙂

  • Lou March 6, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Such a gorgeous colour! I would love trying Tom Ford products, they all looks so good!


  • makeup magpie March 6, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    So vibrant – love it : ) I like the way Tom Ford does subtle shimmer.

  • Georgia: On My Mind March 6, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    It's such a shame you don't get on with the TF formula, I personally find them one of the absolute best in terms of wear and coverage. Two coats is sufficient for opaque coverage and I get around 5 days with minimum tip wear.
    I have looked at this colour every time I have been to the counter but the shimmer puts me off x

  • Georgia: On My Mind March 6, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    It's such a shame you don't get on with the TF formula, I personally find them one of the absolute best in terms of wear and coverage. Two coats is sufficient for opaque coverage and I get around 5 days with minimum tip wear.
    I have looked at this colour every time I have been to the counter but the shimmer puts me off x

    • Connie in SoCal May 7, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      I agree! I am amazed by how long the TF polish lasts. I don't get any chipping and my manicure lasts over a week. Right now I have the red color and it has been on about ten days. I start with OPI base cost, two costs of TF polish, the OPI top coat. No problems. I have never needed three coats, two are more than enough and I think one is almost enough. I think the polish is a good value considering the quality. I have also tried the pink and will buy more next time I am out shopping. I don't like Chanel at all. just my personal opinion!

  • [email protected] March 7, 2013 at 12:32 am

    What a hot color!

  • lizchewy March 7, 2013 at 7:10 am

    This is a gorgeous color but I would expect much better quality for the price. This color looks really nice against your skin tone~


  • Beauty Fashion Skin Care Blog - Girlie Blog Seattle March 7, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Tom Ford has polish now? NICE!

    Good color. I think this will work for a hot date. Don't you think?

  • Vicki March 9, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Swoon *** what a pretty colour. I am in love with this polish.

  • Audrey C March 31, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    I love that color. Looks good for second day only two coats. I have problems with my nailpolish chipping on the second day.

    • Connie in SoCal May 7, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Do you use a base coat and top coat? Also, try to get the polish on the tips of your nails if you aren't doing that already. I like OPI for base and top cost. Good luck!

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