Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Orchid Lip Color and Orchid Soleil Eau de Parfum

September 10, 2016

I reviewed the a few items from the Tom Ford Orchid Collection last month and today I have two more to share thoughts on which includes the Velvet Orchid Lip Color ($53) and Orchid Soleil Eau de Parfum ($82 to $168). If you recall from my last post I was waiting for the pink highlighter powder in Velvet Bloom to arrive before posting this particular review. Turns out they had a mix up on the website and shipped the wrong color with my order. I went to the store to exchange and it was actually a good thing that I went in store to try it. I’ve read mixed reviews about pink option and the one I tested in store was very sheer with non-existent pigment. It looked chalky with a hard stiff texture and barely any color showed up as I swiped it with a finger and also a brush that was a tester at the counter. As much as I adore Tom Ford cheek products, I decided to pass.

Up first is one of the limited-edition lip colors that comes packaged in a deep violet embossed packaging. Size is the same as the regular lip colors – only the exterior is different. I opted for the lighter option which is called Velvet Orchid. It’s a plum pink with silvery shimmer. It’s medium to full coverage and falls somewhere in between medium to bold in color. It’s not quite dramatic or deep enough to be bold but it’s still not a neutral. The shimmer is visible on my lips but it’s a pretty kind. 

Below it’s swatched on bare lips. It pulls neutral to cool on me. With the flash the silvery shimmer shows up more than without a flash.


Swatch comparisons below:

  • Tom Ford Lip Color in So Vain (review here)
  • Tom Ford Lip Color in Negligee (review here)
  • Tom Ford Lips and Boys in Daniel and Malik (posted here)
  • Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Bond Girl (on lips here)
  • Chanel Rouge Coco in Suzanne (review here)
  • Dior Addict Hydra-Gel Core Mirror Shine in Sophisticated (on lips here)

It’s a lovely color for fall that pulls mauve, plum and pink all at the same time. If you have the Lips and Boys in Daniel I do think it’s similar enough that you can skip. So Vain is warmer with a bit less shimmer.

Up next is the Orchid Soleil Eau de Parfum. I bought the 30 ml version which is a Sephora exclusive (other sizes can be found at all other Tom Ford retailers). I ordered this one without testing it and I must admit the beautiful rose gold packaging was calling my name as soon as it popped up. It’s a warm cashmere floral but it has notes that makes me think of licorice and root beer. Once I had those two in my head I just couldn’t get them out and all I can think of is food when I wear this. I will say this one is just not really my cup of tea. I asked my husband what he thought. He usually likes Tom Ford fragrances on me. His response, “not my favorite, but I don’t hate it.” I feel the same.
  • Top notes: bitter orange, tuberose, cypress, peppercorns
  • Middle notes: lily, spider lily, black orchid, clove
  • Base notes: cashmeran, patchouli, vetiver, ambroxan, sylkolide, vanilla, chestnut cream

I’m still working my way through testing a few new scents that have launched this fall. I hope to review them soon for those curious. I will say that so far I’m head over heels in love with Louis Vuitton Parfums Apogée and Matiere Noire along with the Replica Filters.

Bottom line, both nice to have, but given the comparisons for the lips, I don’t think Velvet Orchid is a must, especially if you own So Vain or Daniel. There are little differences that make them different enough to justify though so if it’s your kind of color I’d say go for it. After all I have dozens of the same neutral pink for lips but will never stop getting excited about new ones that launch. Perfume is so personal I think Orchid Soleil is hit or miss. If you like warm florals with a bit of spice you may want to give this a spritz at the store. For me I’m glad I bought the smallest version so it wasn’t as expensive of a mistake as buying the larger sizes.

I found the 30 ml Orchid Soleil at Sephora. The rest of the Orchid Collection including the Velvet Orchid Lipstick, Black Orchid Lipstick and Nightbloom Powders are available exclusively in the US at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Tom Ford. At this time I believe the lipstick and powders are limited-edition.

Have you tried these yet? I will have reviews of the new Lip Contour Duos and the AW16 collection up as soon as I can! First impressions are very good and I can’t wait to share them with you.

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  • Kristin September 10, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    OMG love this blog post!! Those swatches are seriously beautiful.

    • Sabrina September 22, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      Thank you Kristin!

  • Deb September 10, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Thank you for the review Sabrina. I so wanted this lip color when sneak peeks started showing up. The color itself is just perfect and exactly what I was looking for for fall. But alas, the shimmer is a deal breaker for me. I know shimmer in lippies is so popular but I absolutely hate looking in a mirror to do a touch up and seeing shimmer has somehow traveled outside of my lip lines. I so wish TF would give options for no shimmer. Oh well, the hunt continues. Have a great weekend!

    • Sabrina September 22, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      Oh I totally hear you on the shimmer! There's a fine line between what I'll wear and what's too shimmery so I totally get that!

      Hopefully this year for Lips and Boys there will be a non-shimmer mauve! Fingers crossed!

  • Anonymous September 10, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    I have Velvet Orchid and it's a lovely color. I have the pink powder and haven't had any problems picking up product. The inconsistency I've read is interesting. I wonder if they had batch issues after the first sell out. I passed on the perfume; as much as I like spicy scents I'm not fond of florals. The duos and the runway shadows are beautiful – love!

    • Sabrina September 22, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Glad you found a good batch for the pink powder!

  • Grace Campbell September 10, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Wow stunning!

    Grace x

  • Anonymous September 11, 2016 at 3:07 am

    Yes, be careful with the Velvet Bloom pink highlighter. I saw 2 You Tubers who complained they couldn't get any color out of it, and the Tom Ford website won't accept any returns. I also swatched it in store, and rubbed as hard as I could, but nothing! I might as well been rubbing plastic. So there are QC issues, as others didn't have the problem. I also swatched the Gold highlighter in store (Black Bloom), and it showed up completely champagne beige on my arms, no yellow whatsoever, and many bloggers and customers were complaining it was too yellow. I have the Velvet Orchid lipstick, and it's really pretty color -it's not 100% opaque, so will look a little different on everyone, but on me, it's a muted mix of plum/mauve/rose/brown, very hard to dupe b/c of the color and shimmer. I also have Tom Ford Daniel, and that one pulls a lot pinker and frostier on my not-so-pigmented lips, but it's in the same color family (Katherine T.)

    • Sabrina September 22, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      Hi Katherine! Interesting about the powder. I would have liked to find a good one but I'm so stocked on blushes it wasn't a huge loss to me passing on hit.

      Thanks for the thoughts on the TF Daniel comparison!

  • Anonymous September 11, 2016 at 3:59 am

    I love that lipstick color. It looks fab on you. By the way, today I tried a sample of Bumble&Bumble Surf shampoo and conditioner and really like my hair after using it. Thanks for the recommendation.

    • Sabrina September 22, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      Yay! So glad you love the shampoo/conditioner! It's so good!

  • Gail September 11, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks Sabrina. I love the lipstick. Will you be reviewing the AW16 eyeshadow duo as well? I'd be interested in seeing your swatch comparisons of AW16 vs Nude Dip. For me your swatches are the most accurate ones out there!

    • Sabrina September 22, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      Hi Gail – I'm so behind on comments by now I've already posted the review on the AW16 and Nude Dip. Trying to be better about answering comments/questions in a more timely manner and failing miserably! Sorry!

  • michelle September 12, 2016 at 12:11 am

    I love this color lipstick so much I just ordered another one at Neiman Marcus, Stanford.
    It's just beautiful on fair skin/dark haired gals like myself!

    I had to hide my first tube as my daughter discovered it and found out the Nordstrom will not have the two colors of the lipstick, and I was worried it would travel back to the Great White North (Canada), with her!! Thanks for all your timely and fun to read reviews!

    • Sabrina September 22, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      LOL! Your daughter has REALLY good taste!!!

  • sophiesmakeupblog September 12, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Beautiful photos! Orchid looks like such a pretty shade!

    Sophie x | SophiesMakeupBlog

    • Sabrina September 22, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      Thank you Sophie!

  • Shelly Parker September 12, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    I was so wanting the lip color but didn't want to spend the $! I have Daniel from the Lips & Boys collection so thank you for pointing out how similar they are!

    • Sabrina September 22, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      I can justify both but I'm a huge Tom Ford lipstick fan!

  • bronzer bunny September 22, 2016 at 1:13 am

    I love that lipstick packaging! And the color looks nice even with shimmer. Might have to grab this one, hmmm!

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