One Coral to Rule Them All? Tom Ford True Coral Lip Color

Tom Ford True Coral FOTD

For a coral fiend, Tom Ford True Coral Lip Color seems like the ultimate lipstick to own. Coral is pink and orange, so when it comes to lipsticks it’s almost always going to be more orange, more pink, and sometimes even more red. Can Tom Ford True Coral (it goes for 45 euros here in Belgium) really balance all the components out and be the one coral to rule them all?

Tom Ford Lip Color packaging

True Coral is my second Tom Ford Lip Color (the first one, Diabolique, remains my power red). The packaging is hefty and luxurious with an androgynous appeal. TF is engraved on both the bullet and the top of the casing.

TF True Coral label

Tom Ford Lip Colors contain 3 grams (0.1 oz) of product, which is slightly less than most luxury lipsticks (they tend to contain 3.4 grams/0.12 oz).

TF True Coral

From my experience, corals tend to look more orange on me than someone whose skin tone about the same in terms of foundation, and I was expecting True Coral to be the same.

Tom Ford True Coral closeup

Left: one pass. Right: built up.

Tom Ford True Coral swatch

Well, I guess when Tom Ford calls this true coral, it IS a true coral! Whether it’s on my arm or lips, I see a great balance of orange and pink. It is really really hard for me to say whether it has more orange or pink in it. I went through my stash of corals, and the only one that is similar enough to even show you a comparison of is Chanel La Favorite Rouge Allure Velvet:

Left: Chanel La Favorite Rouge Allure Velvet. Right: Tom Ford True Coral Lip Color

Chanel La Favorite, Tom Ford True Coral comparison

Except for the obviously different finish, they are fairly close in terms of color. I see a touch more pink in La Favorite but they are close.

TF lipstick True Coral

True Coral is creamier with more slip if I compare it with Diabolique. Because of that, I find it easier to apply. I need to apply Diabolique with a lip brush (that thing is pure pigment in a stick, so if you aren’t 100% precise things go south very fast), but with True Coral I can do it straight from the tube. It glides on easily and evenly, and it also wears off evenly. It can survive several drinks, but is mostly gone after a meal. It does leave a stain that hangs around pretty much until I remove it. I’d say it wears for around 5 hours.

My only complaint about True Coral is it’s not as moisturizing as I thought it would be. With the creamy consistency and creamy sheen, I expected it to be moderately hydrating. However, my lips pretty much stay the same after wearing it the whole day. It is definitely not drying (the day I tested it out my lips didn’t wake up to be as soft and supple as they could be, so if this is drying I would definitely feel it), but for a lipstick with creamy finish I have definitely tried formulas that are much more moisturizing.

Here is a couple more pictures with True Coral on my lips:

TF True Coral FOTD

Tom Ford True Coral

Bottom line: Color-wise, Tom Ford True Coral Lip Color is probably enough to get the coral fiends going. It still depends on your skin tone how it will look on you, but on myself I don’t really see it as being more of an orange or pink coral. It is easy to apply, wears well, and leaves an even stain. I do wish it were more moisturizing since it is quite creamy, but it keeps my lips in the same state (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing).

Have you tried Tom Ford True Coral or any Tom Ford Lip Color? If so, what is in your stash? I was this close to splurging on Narcotic Rouge (one of the limited edition shades from last winter), but I waited too long and now I’m bitten by the coral bug again!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

  • Ruby

    Sunny, you got it!!! This shade looks great on you. :)

    • Sunny

      YES I GOT IT!!! Thanks Ruby! I think most coral fiends will love this one (at leas the color)!

  • Tiffany

    GORGEOUS. I want something (anything!) from the Tom Ford makeup line but since it’s not exactly the most affordable, I definitely need to do my research and think it through before taking the plunge, but their lipsticks have always been on my radar. This post just solidifies that! True Coral looks amazing on you, but for that price, I’d definitely like to see it be a bit more moisturizing. Great post, Sunny :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks, Tiffany! I know what you mean! I seldom buy anything on impulse, not even something cheap because I don’t want it to go to waste afterwards. I’ll show you many more corals in the coming weeks, so stay tuned! Maybe one of them will be an all-around winner!

  • jasmine

    T.T so pretty, but I wish this was more affordable!

    • Sunny

      Yeah I know. It’ll be a while before I think about another one!

  • Carina

    I have Flamingo and I love it! Thanks for including that swatch comparison with La Favorite. I already have that, so it’s a pass for me this time. I have my eye on a few more TF shades, though.

    • Sunny

      Hey Carina, you’re welcome! I’m glad it helps! It’s the only one in my stash that is similar enough.

  • beauties

    I honestly think this is the best coral I’ve seen on you!

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks Eva! I’m so happy to hear that!

  • Kelly

    I haven’t tried any Tom Ford products since they’re so expensive. That colour look great on you. I wish I could pull off colours like that but orange shades always make my teeth look very yellow.

    • Sunny

      Hey Kelly! True, coral is probably not the most teeth-brightening color. I’d so love to try a Tom Ford blush, but they remain painfully unavailable here!

  • Lily (@ChloeAsh)

    I love this shade on you :-) It brightens your complexion very well. Truth be told, I get confused by that word coral. LOL!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Lily! Well I had to Wikipedia for a good definition LOL

  • L

    Corals look lovely on you!I love the formula to TF lippies, they never fail to disappoint mm i think my favorite one in my stash is cherry lush but crimson noir is definitely on my wish list 😛

    • Sunny

      Thanks L! I’m relatively sure I’ll want more in the future, but maybe I’ll try one of the new sheer ones first!

  • Kiss & Make-up

    You had me at coral… :-) And the pictures only confirm the total awesomeness of this lipstick!

    • Sunny

      Haha if you like coral stay tuned! All the way till probably September you’ll be seeing them here and there for sure!

  • Kimberly

    Pretty color!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Kimberly!

  • Meryl @ Memoiselle

    Sunny, you never fail to look GORGEOUS I don’t have any Tom Ford lipstick products yet because it’s so pricey. However if I would buy a TF lipstick, I’d get Spanish Pink. I do feel that TF product is very creamy but I’m not sure about the moisturizing part though.

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks Meryl! I’m surprised you don’t own a TF lipstick, because you seem to own everything else! I think Diabolique is an exception when it comes to the texture, but it doesn’t dry my lips out either. True Coral is a bit surprising because it IS creamy, and I assumed it’d be moisturizing but it’s not!

  • Rabbit

    This lipstick looks beautiful, but I think it is not my colour. Looks very good on you!

    • Sunny

      Thanks girl! I know that corals are naturally easier to wear for warmer-toned people, so I understand!

  • Redhotjillypeppers

    I LOVE coral shades ! Maybe I should save up for this one, it looks so pretty.

    • Sunny

      Yaaay glad to hear you’re a coral fiend as well! I have some more corals to show you soon, so stay tuned for those!

  • Nic @Strawbry_Blonde

    Very gorgeous Sunny – reminds me of Limited Edition Clinique Runway Coral, a fave of mine!


    • Sunny

      Thanks Nic! I can’t believe you tipped me off about that LE lipstick though! Just found your photos and you look sooooo nice with that color!

  • Chris

    Corals! I am starting to get into corals now, probably because I have exhausted red so much. :) I am going to try Wet n Wild Coraline, since it’s inexpensive and I can ease myself into the shade range.

    • Sunny

      Good for you, Chris! Keep me posted about how Coraline works for ya!

  • Larie

    This one is pretty! But I have difficulties with coral so I probably wouldn’t splurge on one, haha.

    • Sunny

      Thanks Larie! I really don’t think coral will be a bad color for you, so you should experiment! Maybe coral pink will work? 😉

  • Rainy Days & Lattes

    This is the prettiest coral I have ever seen! =D I don’t wear corals much but this one is the perfect blend of juicy goodness and nice color payoff =D

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks Jen!

  • Teri

    This is just a perfect coral on you Sunny! probably one of my favourites! Good to know how its close to le Favorite because I love than one too!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Teri! I bet you’ll love it too! La Favorite is really just a tiny bit pinker!

  • Taylor

    Woweee! This coral is just stunning! I’m dying to try a Tom Ford lipstick, so many lovely shades

    • Sunny

      Thanks Taylor! You should pick one up to try. Something that you love and will wear often. That will help ease the pain of the price tag 😉

  • Catherine (@bcrueltyfree)

    Looks lovely on you! I find that for whatever reason, my lips have a tendency to turn so many colors into coral… whether they are actually coral in the tube or not. You’re right, this is a very true coral-coral, I actually don’t see too many corals like this. Usually they have a lot more orange

    • Sunny

      OK now I’m officially jealous! My lips don’t turn everything into coral LOL

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    So perfect on you!! I love it! It is a true coral! I think of coral under the sea when I think of coral shades-brighter more tropical shades. I think lighter ones are more peachy. This one is beautiful!

    • Sunny

      Thanks, Tracy! I think the term coral comes from the coral under the sea, but even then there is definitely more than one color.

  • Liz

    It looks amazing on you! No doubt, the colour is gorgeous, but I feel like it’s also totally dupable. In fact, I’m going for that Chanel you compared this with the next time I buy a luxury coral. :)

    • Sunny

      Haha yeah I have a real soft spot for La Favorite! If you get it I hope you’ll like it!

  • Jacqueline

    I only own TF in Indian Rose and even though I like the colour I am not in love with the formula, it feels too heavy as a lipstick. True Coral looks gorgeous though but it it were me I’d probably choose the Chanel over TF.

    • Sunny

      I actually don’t mind a bit of “weight.” I’m weird like that! The finishes of the lipsticks are different, so if you REALLY like coral you might still want both 😉

  • Eli

    TF’slipsticks are on my “sooo out of budget” list, but this one is a must, I think…

    Great blog!

    • Sunny

      Thanks for the compliment, Eli! I think for lipsticks in this price range, it makes sense to find a shade that you really love and will wear often!