So much hysteria over a lipstick! But you can kind of see why Tom Ford’s Lips And Boys collection of 50 minature lippies is causing a storm. Ford does make exceedingly good lipsticks and these tap into our desire for teeny trinkets while also being rather practical (yep, I totally fell for the marketing schpiel – whoops). Plus, each one is named after a man Ford has known (Alexander is named after his two-year-old son, fyi).
As Ford puts it, handbag real estate is at a premium at night time. There really is no place for a chunky lipstick in today’s micro clutch, so these fulfill the need for weeny makeup to match the weeny jewelled minaudiere. “People carry teeny-tiny little bags today, and are trying to fit their iPhone, money and a key,” he told WWD. “I think the idea of a small bag is modern, and you need to be able to fit a lipstick into that small space. It seems that there’s a trend these days to miniaturise things.”
The lipsticks arrive in the US on November 28th at 12:01am on Tomford.com. In the UK, Selfridges is first in line with a one day flash sale selling the mini-me lipsticks on 1st December. You can sign up here. But will you? If you’re not caught up in the pre-Christmas frenzy, then there’s also the chance to buy on Tom Ford counters from 26th December. (Hmmm, is Boxing day the new Christmas eve for shopaholics, I wonder?) But remember, they will be limited edition so I can’t see them hanging around for long.
If you prefer the traditional type of Tom Ford lipstick, this season sees a new matte lipstick released from his popular line of vitamin-enriched lip products (below). As expected, the colour palette is stunning, with glamorous berry and red shades as well as the default pinky nudes for the smokey-eye-pale-lip brigade. The Tom Ford Lip Color Matte collection (£37) comes in eight shades with a rich, satin-matte finish (I tried and loved Ruby Rush, a pigment-packed deep red). It’s available at Harvey Nichols, Harrods and John Lewis.
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