2:11AM, a conversation took place in my head after processing the FOTDs.
“Hmm weird. Why do you look so sad in these pictures?”
“I’m not sad! I’m actually smizing!”
“Why don’t you just smile like what you do in most of the FOTDs?”
“Because I want to look cool.”
“Why do you want to look cool?”
“Because I have a TOM FORD lip color on and it’s called Diabolique, now stop talking to me!”
This conversation teaches us three things: a) don’t process photos at 2AM and b) when I don’t make an effort to look happy and friendly, I look borderline upset and c) Tom Ford Diabolique Lip Color is utterly transforming!
Tom Ford Diabolique Lip Color is one of the Jasmine Rouge Lip Color and Eau de Parfum collection. This limited collection contains 4 lip colors which are inspired by the decadent spiced-floral notes of the perfume, and they have either a satin matte or pearlized finish.
I am going to say this up front: from the price tag to the packaging and quality, everything about Tom Ford Diabolique is the embodiment of luxury. The packaging is square and brown (the color reminds me of tortoise shell) with gold lining and ends. The surface holds prints, but since it’s not reflective it doesn’t look as obvious. It is not incredibly hefty, but it does have presence. Nobody can mistake this as something that is not pure luxury!
(Note: this is a preview piece that I have, so the label looks different)
(I love the TF engraved on the bullet)
Diabolique is a matte red with some blue and raspberry mixed in, which makes it an incredibly brightening shade for my skin tone. It’s almost a raspberry, but on my lips it’s still more red. It has a faint vanilla smell (think MAC lipsticks). Texture-wise it’s not very emollient (since it really is quite matte. It’s not even the type of matte that comes with much of a creamy sheen), but the good thing is the color seems to latch onto the lips at the merest contact, so I don’t experience dragging. For a finish like this, you’ve got to give it to Diabolique for not emphasizing lip lines! Also, my pout looks much fuller with it on.
(Top: one pass. Bottom: built up. Doubt anyone can tell the difference!)
Diabolique doesn’t cling onto dry bits in a nasty way, but still because of how strong the color is and the matte finish, I would suggest you prep your lips properly before putting it on. Since application flaws could be rather obvious, I would recommend using a lip brush. The good news though, is that it’s incredibly long-lasting. I want to be able to quote exactly how long it lasted on me but I can’t, as it went on for 10 hours! There was very little color transfer when I drank, and it was still going strong after a meal. I kept drinking over the 10 hours, but by the time I gave up testing just how long-lasting it is, there was still some color (more than a stain) on my lips!
The only tricky thing about Diabolique is that after you eat, you might want to quickly check if it has migrated a little around the corners of your mouth. It’s really not bad, but keep this in mind if you want the line to stay crisp and perfect!
Removing this isn’t easy breezy, but after some cleansing oil and patience, it would come off completely. Mind you, it’s my pet peeve to have leftover lipstick when I go to bed, so I was VERY relieved to find out Diabolique doesn’t have that problem!
Some more of my “smizing” experiment:
I really don’t know what crossed my mind here (probably something like: I’m getting hungry…) but I like how dramatically pensive it turned out:
Bottom line: Tom Ford Diabolique is probably not everyone’s definition of an everyday color, but you know how people talk about their power reds? I think Diabolique is a prime example of that! I see myself sporting it for a soirée, a cocktail party, or a dinner date. There is something beautifully empowering about this one!
Have you tried any of the Tom Ford Lip Colors? Is Diabolique something that might interest you? What’s your power red?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx
PS: Diabolique is already available (for pre-order or purchase) on American websites, and will be available in Belgium sometime in November.