Tom Ford Lip Color Sheers | Summer Fling, In the Buff, Sweet Spot, Paradiso and Pink Dune

February 4, 2014

I ordered a couple Tom Ford Lip Color Sheers ($49 each for .1 oz/3g) online last week and then picked up several more shades at the Neiman Marcus counter in San Francisco (see swatches of all the new shades here). These new beauties from Tom Ford are called “Lip Color Sheers” although I would say they are really not all that sheer. Pigment is somewhere in between the Regular Lipsticks (full cream coverage) and the Lip Color Shines (see-thru but still pigmented and glossy). The Lip Color Sheers have this lovely natural sheen and impressive pigment. The shimmery shades are a bit more sheer while the creams are more pigmented. although they are not quite glossy. I found lasting power to be quite good. The lip colors adhered well to the lips and faded nicely after several hours of wear. I tested In the Buff yesterday afternoon and it lasted from noon until the time I ate later that afternoon at around 5:00 pm.

The colors left to right: Summer Fling, In the Buff, Sweet Spot, Paradiso and Pink Dune

Summer Fling is a soft light pink with gold shimmer. The shimmer isn’t super visible on the lips although you can still tell it’s a shimmer. This one has impressive coverage if you swipe back and forth on the lips a few times. It layers quite well. I found Summer Fling to have a glossy finish.

In the Buff is a pale seashell nude shimmer. It’s what I wanted Blush Nude to look like on me (that one is like concealer lips for me). In the Buff has just enough shimmer and color to not wash me out completely. Pink Dune is similar but darker and has more of a swirly peachy pink shimmer to it. This one is also a lovely shade. Both these two are my top picks.

Sweet Spot is a brighter coral peach. It has a bit of shimmer but to me looks more like a cream on the lips. You can blend and sheer it out for lighter color but it’s still quite bright.

Paradiso is a hot pink. It’s a medium pink in the tube and swatched on the hands. On my lips the color really adheres to the lip and brightens up with a bit of layering. This one surprised me at how pigmented it is.

For the ingredient-conscious I managed to photograph the ingredient listings on the box before I tossed them (click to enlarge).

I’m a huge Tom Ford Beauty fan. Anyone who has tried his lipsticks can vouch that they are indeed best in class. They are a luxurious splurge and in my opinion – there’s just nothing you can compare. Still $50ish is still very difficult to justify for a lipstick. The spring/summer collection offers some gorgeous fresh shades for spring, all of which need no additional tweaking or added definition. I found the colors perfect as is, straight from the tube. The formula is long lasting and pigment is flawless. Given the number of bright options that have been released, you can definitely find a similar color from MAC or NARS. I’ll try to pull some comparisons later this week once the sun returns. 
Tom Ford Lip Color Sheers are $49 each. The Spring/Summer shades are currently listed all as limited-edition. My top picks are the lightest shades in Summer Fling, In the Buff and Pink Dune. I can’t always pull off those gorgeous nudes or pales, and these are suitable with no extra work needed. Be sure to check out Makeup Magpie for her updated lip swatches.

They are available at Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman now.

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  • Rads February 4, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Ooh these look lovely on you! My favorite would have to be Paradiso, though I am quite sure that's a little too bright a pink for my skin tone 😀

  • Dovey February 4, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Hi Sabrina,

    All the Tom Ford Lip Color Sheers shown here look beautiful on you! I think Pink Dune is my favorite when worn — the golden shimmer adds such a unique finish!

  • Yasmin February 4, 2014 at 2:32 am

    Thank you so much for this! I'll have to order blind and you just made the decision a whole lo easier 🙂

  • glambunctious February 4, 2014 at 3:30 am

    Thank you for the gorgeous pictures (STANDARD!) and the thoughtful reviews! My wallet might have a fling with Summer Fling. 😉

  • Amber Hunter February 4, 2014 at 3:37 am

    I think summer fling is definitely my favorite! They're out of my budget right now but they look absolutely gorgeous for everyday. Thanks for your swatches!
    Lovely Notions

  • Kara Cottrell February 4, 2014 at 4:20 am

    sweet spot looks like the perfect coral!

  • Eileen February 4, 2014 at 4:24 am

    Great post, Sabina. As I mentioned in the comment section the other day, I bought Summer Fling and Paradisio. I love them both and think TF has come up with a great formula. As you mentioned, it sits between TF's classic and the shine in regards to pigmentation and longevity and that makes it perfect for this time of year as we begin to transition from winter's opaque shades to summer's sheer shades. I wore both shades all last week and even the glitter strewn Summer Fling didn't irritate my lips. In fact, both colors left my lips feeling smoother and softer long after the color was gone. Winner!

  • Sunny February 4, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Hey Sabrina, I'm more or less sure Summer Fling is the type of shade that will wind up being an everyday favorite, but I also adore Paradiso! I thought I'd like Sweet Spot the most, but I think it will also pull orange on me so maybe not 😉

  • Ellie February 4, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Gorgeous! Summer Fling and Sweet Spot are calling my name! Thank you for all the fantastic swatches – as always!

  • Marina(Makeup4all) February 4, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Summer Fling is gorgeous!

  • Kyllie February 4, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Me encanta el tono Paradiso, es precioso!! Una pena que sean tan caros en Europa 🙁

    Kyllie | Make Up Fragrances

  • SJ Sellers February 4, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Love love love! I bought In The Buff, Summer Fling, and Paradiso for myself. When I went to Bergdorf to buy them, I thought Pink Dusk would be the one I wanted most — it is soooo pretty in the tube and very pretty on you. But on my face it completely washed me out somehow – didn't agree with my skin tones. And even though In The Buff is very similar, it looked much better on me than Pink Dusk. I love your swatches!!

  • Kica February 4, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    I REALLY like Sweet Spot. It looks gorgeous.

  • Rebekah Jessop February 4, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I love Sweet Spot and Paradiso. So pretty. x

    Love From RHJ

  • claudiafoxblog February 4, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    These look amazing! x

  • Anonymous February 4, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful review! I got same shades except sweet spot – to orange for my taste. Did you get any nail polishes from this collection?

  • Kristina February 5, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Great photos! I bought In the Buff and Pink Dune…I think I'd like Summer Fling. Many of the spring TF polishes and lipstick colors are now sold out on nordstrom site, but I saw them just go up on saks site.

  • makeup magpie February 7, 2014 at 2:44 am

    They all look lovely on you! I'll have to go back and try on Pink Dune when it arrives at my local counter. Paradiso is such a bright and cheerful shade of pink. 🙂 Thanks for the link 🙂

  • Caitlin February 9, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I got Pink Dune and have been wearing it nonstop. You may have tempted me into Summer Fling. Beautiful pictures!

    Caitlin Confidential

  • bella February 10, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    They all look gorgeous on you!

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