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Yes, you’re not seeing wrong. This is an actual blog post.* From moi. Because, you guys, I FINALLY HAVE A TOM FORD LIPSTICK OF MY VERY OWN!!! That’s definitely worth blogging about. So, behold: Tom Ford Matte Lipstick in Ruby Rush.

Tom Ford Matte Lipstick in Ruby Rush
It’s SO HARD to mess up that monogram…ie, use it!!

I’ve long wanted to add one to my collection. Two things held me back. (I mean, besides for the price, ouch.) One is that, for some reason, I felt like if I was going to get one, it had to be a RED, but there wasn’t really a real red in the collection. They were either too orange or too pink. Second was the formula. You know I like my lipsticks on the matte side. Even though everyone seems to ADORE the TF formula, I wasn’t sure I’d be a convert.

Enter the new Matte Collection. And bestill my heart!! (And hide my wallet!)

I had a hard time narrowing down a color. Part of me wanted to get Velvet Cherry, a darker, more maroon-y red. But the heart wants what the heart wants, and Ruby Rush seemed to be a true red, and it had to be mine.

See, here’s the honest truth. I think that I have found my perfect red. I just can’t wear it! On 3 or 4 different occasions, I’ve seen a red lipstick that made my heart stop. When I asked the blogger/Instagrammer/tweeter which one it was, the answer was always the same: MAC Ruby Woo. But…but…but…IT’S SO DRY!!! I even tried again to wear it, and it was so dry, the layers of LIPSTICK peeled off my lips! It’s so unfair!! So, I need to keep looking.

So… Do I like it? No. I freaking love it.

Tom Ford Matte Lipstick in Ruby Rush First of all, the formula. It’s matte, but it’s not Sahara dry. It’s not flat, flat matte. It goes on smooth and wears BEAUTIFULLY and weightlessly. Seriously. I put it on in the morning, ate breakfast, ate a snack, and checked in the early afternoon, and it had only worn away from the very inside of my lips. With my lips together, it still looked PERFECT. Seriously. I just touched up that area and that was it. If I had been going out after work instead of going home, I would have reapplied over the whole mouth, but it wasn’t necessary just for the subway. And it was still on at 10:00 when I ate dinner (I know, I know). Well, it was pretty greasy, so it did come off, but I was left with a nice stain. Overall, really impressive wear. And best of all, my lips never felt even a little dry.

Tom Ford Matte Lipstick in Ruby Rush Now, as for the color, this is only because I’m a red lipstick junkie, but I wish this was a tiny bit more…oomphy. Maybe a touch more blue or a touch more RED. When I looked at myself in the mirror during the day, this didn’t seem to pop. It was a wearable, everyday red. Again, this is just because I wear red lipstick so much that I can say that a red lipstick seems like an everyday red. If you’re not a red lipstick person, this will have PLENTY of oomph. However, I do often wear my reds over NARS Dragon Girl pencil, so maybe that will give it the extra pop I crave. (This perception of mine does not translate to the photos. So maybe I’m just dreaming it?)

Tom Ford Matte Lipstick in Ruby Rush Out of curiosity, I swatched it along with other reds I wear a lot (and one more affordable option—I know, me and my luxury brand tendencies are not for everyone).

Tom Ford Matte Lipstick in Ruby Rush
L-R: Revlon Really Red Matte Lipstick, YSL Rouge Pur Couture the Mats Rouge Rock, Tom Ford Matte Lipstick Ruby Rush, MAC Ruby Woo, MAC Russian Red. Botton: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Dragon Girl

Can you see what I mean about Ruby Woo? It’s just…so…RED. Ruby Rush and Rouge Rock (which I normally wear over Dragon Girl and it’s my go-to va-va-voom red) look a little…pinker? Russian Red is clearly darker, and Really Red is more warm. Dragon Girl, my actual everyday red (I wear it so often, actually) is much pinker. It’s like fruit punch.

But overall I’m quite happy. Quite.

So much so, I may or may not have the limited edition Black Dahlia on it’s way to me as well…whoops…

Tom Ford Matte Lipstick in Ruby Rush
WHATEVER! Wearing Real Madrid’s dragon kit, can do whatever I want. No fucks given.


*On that note, I will endeavor to try to post at least once a week moving forward. This should be doable.

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12 comments on “Tom Ford Matte Lipstick in Ruby Rush – The Search for the Perfect Red”

  1. As usual, looking lovely.

    I have, um, two Tom Ford lipsticks. I only paid for one, though. Long story–and no, it doesn't involve stealing. Anyway, the colors I have are soft everyday colors (everyday for NORMAL people 😉 ), and I love the texture of them, but the smell, not so much. They smell like the way lipsticks smell when you find them in the bottom of some drawer or bag after a couple of years. You know that Stale Lipstick smell I'm talking about? Yeah, that.

    Do the new matte ones smell like that?

    Also, TF are the initials of my first names, so these lipsticks always look like they're meant for me.

    • Thank you!! <3 Hahaha, suuuuuure, you didn't steal it. 😉 But, ugh, THE CRAYON SMELL!! I HATE that!!<em> I just went and sniffed, and no discernible scent at all, actually! To be fair, I am a bit curious/lusting after True Coral from the regular line… Which colors do you have, you lucky lady? 🙂

      • Woops, forgot to answer.

        The colors I have, you wouldn't be caught dead in 😉

        Bought Casablanca a few years ago. I didn't notice the strong smell then, but I didn't use the lipstick for a long time and then I noticed the smell when I went back to it a few months later. I went into Saks and said that I think it went bad, so they told me to take a new one. So I took India Rose…and then realized when I got home that it actually smells horrible to begin with. So now I have two yucky smelling Tom Ford lipsticks.

        • Actually, Casablanca looks lovely! I don't have very pigmented lips, so pure nudes look awful on me. A nude-ish pink with a bit more pigment is more my speed. Too bad about the smell, though… (Also, I'm sure I'd wind up going for True Coral or Crimson Noir, instead. :p )

  2. OMG this looks absolutely gorgeous on you!!! So exciting!!! I did a preorder for Ruby Rush and Plum Lush for a gwp event so I have to wait a week until I can get my hands on them…so I was really stoked to read your great review and now I really, really can't wait!! LOL 😛 Very good to have you back and posting…and hey at whatever pace, we'll be here 🙂 xoxo Gummy
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    • Heyyyyyyyy girl!!! Ahhhhhhhh I can't wait until you get it!! Before I bought it, I was googling for reviews and saw none, so since I went and bought it in person, I figured I needed to do the public service and put one up. 😉 My Black Dahlia came today, and now I can't wait to try that one. If it's as good, I'm going to be in trouble. I already can't wait for more colors to be added to this line. (A coral, like True Coral, please!!) I saw Plum Lush in person, and it was so, so pretty. I can't wait to see your review!! I know you're going to love them. 🙂

      And thank you a million times over for your sweet words and your support!! I love my blogger friends. 🙂 xoxo

    • I mean, it's not like I haven't been buying or wearing lipstick, I just haven't had time or energy to post about it! But thanks for the enthusiasm. 🙂 And the compliment!

      I actually own MAC Red—it was used on me for my office holiday party in 2007 and I bought it. I just went back and looked at photos and it's nice. I mean, I don't know if it's nicer than others. But I should dig it out again and see.

      (Trying on doesn't cost anything. Hey, you can stop at Macy's in the morning on your way in and have it be your lipstick for the day. 😉 )

  3. Look at you posting again! Since I'm a Burt's Bees girl (you know this), I just wanted to say how excited I am that you're going to be blogging again! Go you!

    • Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves, but I'm going to really try! 😉 And you know I know you're a Burt's Bees girl, and I wouldn't have you any other way. <3

  4. I confess I have a few TFs, lately I fell for Russian Red though. It's crazy going from TF to MAC, but hey, it's all Lauder, so why not try it. I have 11 reds, organic to waaaay too expensive, but I am also looking for the perfect red. Mine is Kanebo 09 Tsuyabeni – but: It is rather creamy and slightly greasy, which makes is it a bit hard to wear at work, where I cannot touch it up during lunch or meetings (well, WHY NOT?!!!! )

    So I thought some TF will come my way… some day… maybe… And now it did! You know how much they are in Germany? 47 Euro. No iscount, nowhere. A Chanel is 33 officially, but available at 26, 27.

    So. I will send you the bill. :-*
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    • Ha! Well, Tom Ford is $50 in the US, so I would say we're about even. 😉 Russian Red is a classic. I just don't adore the MAC formula anymore, sigh.

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