Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color ‘Bruised Plum’ and ‘Cherry Lush’: review and swatches

Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Colour Bruised Plum (left) Cherry Lush (right)

Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Colour Bruised Plum (left) Cherry Lush (right)


Is there anything that Tom Ford can’t do? Within a year of his critically acclaimed and so-stylish-it-hurts feature film ‘A Single Man’, Mr Ford  launches his line of lipsticks that would rival the luxury and cult status of Chanel and Guerlain lip products.

I was fortunate enough to be given a chance to review two of the twelve lipsticks from the Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Colour range.


Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Colour Bruised Plum (left) Cherry Lush (right)

Tom Ford lipstick packaging Bruised Plum (left) Cherry Lush (right)



Everything about the Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Colors reminds you that you are holding a luxury item. The weight of the lipstick in your palm, the stylish gold and ivory, the sophisticated and satisfying ‘click’ when you replace the cap, and of course the TF embossed onto the lipstick itself.

Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Colour Bruised Plum (left) Cherry Lush (right)

Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Colour Bruised Plum (left) Cherry Lush (right)


Tom Ford Private Blend Lipstick Bruised Plum (left) Cherry Lush (right)

Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Colour Bruised Plum (left) Cherry Lush (right)



Bruised Plum- A cool toned plum- merlot colour.  The colour deepens significantly with a second layer.

Cherry Lush- Cool toned red which leans towards fuschia. I’ve noticed that with one layer the colour appears more fuschia, and with the second layer it warms up a little, becoming more of a cool toned red.

For swatches and rest of the review, keep reading after the jump!

Pigmentation and wear time

Both lipsticks have vibrant, saturated colour, and about 80% opacity on the first swipe.

The wear time is impressive for these lippies- I’ll easily get 5-6 hrs out of it (this is probably the longest I get out of any lipstick), and the colour clings on even after a meal

note: like many long wearing lip products these lipstick stain like crazy, and I have noticed the stain after cleansing my face in the shower, and even the morning after! Thankfully, the colour of both Bruised Plum and Cherry Lush are absolutely beautiful as a stain.


Both Bruised Plum and Cherry Lush have a satin finish, with a subtle glossiness. They apply like silk on my dry lips and wear comfortably for hours without drying.

In my opinion, dark vampy lipstick colours really test the formulation of the lipstick-  if the formulation isn’t good, you end up with really unattractive lip lines and obvious patches of uneven wear after a little while.  Tom Ford Bruised Plum is worth every cent for how beautifully it wears, even hours later.

lip swatch- Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Colour 'Cherry Lush'

lip swatch- Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Colour 'Cherry Lush' (no lip liner)


lip swatch- Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Colour 'Bruised Plum'

lip swatch- Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Colour 'Bruised Plum' (no liner)


To provide some colour context, I swatched Tom Ford ‘Bruised Plum’ next to my other favourite dark lipstick- Chanel Rouge Coco ‘Rouge Noir’; and I swatched Tom Ford ‘Cherry Lush’ next to a true red – Chanel Rouge Coco ‘Gabrielle’

Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Colour 'Bruised Plum', Chanel Rouge Coco 'Rouge Noir', Tom Ford 'Cherry Lush', Chanel Rouge Coco 'Gabrielle' swatches comparison

From left- TF 'Bruised Plum', Chanel Rouge Coco 'Rouge Noir', TF 'Cherry Lush', Chanel Rouge Coco 'Gabrielle' swatches


wearing Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Colour 'Bruised Plum' FOTD

wearing Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Colour 'Bruised Plum'


wearing Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Colour 'Cherry Lush'

wearing Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Colour 'Cherry Lush'


I can see this becoming another unmanageable addiction- I really want to get my paws on the Tom Ford Private Blend Lipstick in ‘Smoke Red’ and ‘True Coral’, and I am counting down the days until the new Tom Ford Beauty range is launched!

For more info on Tom Ford products, go to For those who are interested, Karla Sugar has some excellent swatches of the entire range.

Price- AU$65 in Australia, US$45 in the US.

Availability- In Australia,  Tom Ford lipstick is only available at the Tom Ford counter at selected David Jones; US readers can find Tom Ford lipstick at selected Saks Fifth Ave, Neiman Marcus, and Bergdorf Goodmans stores.

note: these products were provided by PR for consideration.

Posted by on Jun 27th, 2011 in Lipstick, Reviews, Swatches | 37comments

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37 Responses to “Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color ‘Bruised Plum’ and ‘Cherry Lush’: review and swatches”

  1. Jamilla Camel says:

    Really striking shades! When you see the colours, you just know it’s Tom Ford!

  2. […] I adore vampy lip colours, and Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color in ‘Bruised Plum’ is one of my favourites. The colour is rich and deep; and the texture is perfection. I reviewed and swatched it some time ago here . […]

  3. […] that he picked Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color in Cherry Lush (reviewed and swatched originally here), since I never thought this shade suited me well. Interesting! The two runner’s up […]

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