As a lover of dark and vampy lipsticks, this has been on my wishlist ever since it came out. I've read a lot of good reviews about Tom Ford Lip Color and was pretty excited once I got my hands on this baby.
First off, the packaging is gorgeous - fit for a luxury brand. It is a bit on the heavy side but you can also tell how sturdy it is when you hold it.
The color is darker on the tube compared to when applied. Both, however, can come across as intimidating especially if you are used to lighter shades. Let me assure you this is still very much wearable. In fact, Lisa Eldridge made a video on how to wear one lipstick in different ways and she featured Black Orchid.
When wearing this particular shade, there is one thing to keep in mind: Scrub your lips! Any flaky or dry areas will be accentuated when this is worn. Lip balm alone won't solve this problem.
Another thing I noticed that I wasn't too thrilled about is that this takes extra effort when applying because it tends to go on uneven.
Although it feels soft on the lips, it is less moisturizing compared to Chanel Rouge Allure or Guerlain Rouge Automatique's formula. In my case, once the color faded, I noticed slight peeling and dryness. But its not as bad as MAC's Runaway Red (which aside from the peeling made my lips feel raw).
Another thing that disappointed me was the wear time. I get a lot of mileage from Chanel, Guerlain and even Revlon! But with Tom Ford, I noticed fading within two hours and I had to constantly reapply throughout the day.
Since this is the first Tom Ford Lip Color I've tried, I can't tell for sure if all these issues are just with this specific color or if the entire line is formulated this way.
Bottomline? You have to really want and love this shade to have it because aside from that, it's just too much work for a lipstick.
Will I try Tom Ford Lip Color again? Possibly. But I will definitely go for a lighter shade to compare if it will perform better than Black Orchid.