Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Tom Ford A/W 2012 - Ingenue and Temptress

I got a look at Tom Ford's new colour collections for autumn last night, and after the interest shown on Twitter I thought I had better do a post sharpish. There are two colour "stories" - Temptress, which is all about greens, teals, vampy cerise pinks, drama, sexiness etc. Then Ingenue, which is your smouldering nudes and hint-of-a-tint type stuff.

Standouts include the two new palettes (Enchanted, neutrals, and Emerald Lust, greens and teals) which are made in a new wet/dry formula, and have the usual range of finishes, from sheen to sparkle. Both are stupendously pigmented and buttery. Ingenue just has the edge for me, but I'm on a taupe kick at the moment so my judgement may be cloudy.

Also worth keeping an eye out for is this mind-meltingly bright blush from Temptress, called Narcissist. "Almost-shocking pink", says the press release, but I'd say they could lose the "almost". There's an ultra-pigmented cerise lipstick too, called Aphrodisiac. Rawr.

On the Ingenue side, there are two interesting new product formats. A lip and cheek balm/stain called Tainted Love, which comes on like a standard TF lipstick but has a rounded tip for easier on-cheek doodling. It's very sheer and moisturising, and leaves behind a warm rosy stain. There's also a wine-red gel eyeliner called Plum Absolute. I only swatched this with a fingertip, not a brush, but it seemed surprisingly subtle and sheer.

Price-wise, the palettes are the same price as the permanent-line Tom Ford palettes, £65. Sixty-five smackers is quite wallet-battering, but if you think about it like 4 high-end single eyeshadows it might just be justifiable. If you squint a bit. You know what I mean.

Here are some terrible-quality phone camera swatches, in iffy light. I'm really sorry:

I don't have prices for the other bits, but am waiting on more info and the collection's (gorgeous) promo image from TF's press office, so will update this post when I do.


  1. Thank you for the swatches. I really love the look of the brush, it's gorgeous!

  2. Tainted Love looks gorgeous, can't wait to get my mitts on it.

  3. So out of my price bracket, but those teals and pinks! Love!

  4. They look fantastic! £65 for 4 is like £16 per eye shadown - I'm sold on that teal one

  5. That nude palette! I felt actual palpitations. I think I would hate myself a little bit for paying that though!


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