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December 22, 2012

Bold & Dark Lips: Tom Ford Black Orchid & NARS Volga Lipsticks


Hi hi!  Today I have two bold and dark lipsticks to show you.  I have been really into bold lippies lately, I would try all sorts of reds (I personally find reds more wearable than a bright bright fuschia pink on myself), and now it is about time to venture into the deep end, the dark aubergine colored lipsticks. 

Behold the first one, the iconic TOM FORD Black Orchid, seen on many celebs, beauty magazines and beauty blogs (click here and here).

Unfortunately it is not part of the collection we have here in Singapore, but I found mine at the Tom Ford counter at the Times Square Lane Crawford in Hong Kong.  They had 2 pieces left (no testers, I couldn't even swatch it) and I grabbed both, one of which I already sold to my gf. 

This is my second TOM FORD lipstick... and my first in the revised black casing.  If you see in the first picture, the lipstick contains some subtle shimmer bits, which isn't really visible when you apply it on your lips. 
The texture of Black Orchid is really smooth and creamy, and it glides on your lips.  I personally prefer to apply it straight from the tube. 

Click here to see Lisa Eldridge demonstrates the wearing of this surprisingly wearable lipstick at least 4 different ways - as a stain, as a class lipstick, as blush, and with a gloss over.  

Next, we have NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Volga.  I haven't heard many people talk about Volga.  It is very matte, and is a very deep aubergine shade.  I had bought mine during the NARS opening in Tangs, it retails for S$38.  It is a really blackened purple shade.  I haven't got to swatching it til now.  

And here are two of the lipsticks: very different in terms of finish - and color too. 

Volga is more plummy, while Black Orchid is a deep red. 

I will also be showing you how you can wear a bold dark liplook without looking too stark/ harsh/ goth like in my LOTD pics. 

swatches on my lips - pardon the slight dryness on my lips!  I probably should have exfoliated my lips before taking these pictures - another tip for wearing bold lip colors. 

And how it looks like overall on my face - 

Some tips on how to wear dark lipsticks: 

1. I had blended the edges of the lipsticks with a cotton stick so it looks less harsh. 

2. I really much prefer a softer look to wearing these lipsticks - hence no lipbrush, no lip pencil to line my lips.  If you need to define the shape of your mouth, go ahead and use a lipbrush to outline your lips.. but I don't need to.. hence I just prefer to slap it on. 

3. Blot away first layer, and apply a second coat. 

4. Have some color on your face/ cheeks - this will balance out the dark lips - some eye definition will work too, though I won't advise going for a full on matchy eyeshadow combo.  I just went for my usual defined neutral smokey eyes, but kept the lashes natural. 

5. Be confident and rock it while you are out, even if it is out to a casual dinner/ lunch or running errands.  Dark lips are not for special ocassions. 

a close up 

and Black Orchid:  It is really not as scary dark as I had thought.  This is about two layers.  

Click here to see makeup artist Mary Greenwell use Black Orchid on a very fair skinned model - and check out her application method.. Very easy, not intimidating at all. 

All products used in this LOTD: 

Face - Ettusais Mineral White BB cream, Guerlain Papure liquid foundation, Chanel Ultra Fine loose powder, Laura Mercier Concealer

Eyes - NARS Primer, Gorgeous Palette, Ardel 120 lashes, Lancome Liner Plume Noir

Cheeks - All Guerlain -- Terracotta bronzer, Meteorites Blanc de Pearle, Blush Duo Pink Punk 

Hope this has been helpful, and thank you for reading!

posted by

NARS Volga looks unique but I prefer the TF Black Orchid on you! :)

posted by

love it!!!

posted by

I also prefer TF Black Orchid on you. love the swatches.

posted by

Omgosh Black Orchid really looks beautiful! Like a true intense berry-stain-ish color.

posted by

you are pretty jacquelinelluxe and your son is adorable

posted by

Tangs orchard should carry Black Orchid! Its a lovely berry shade!

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My name is Sophia, and I am in my early 30s. I am from Singapore and I am the sole writer of this blog.

About this Blog

I started this blog in 2006, I like to use a wide range of brands though I seem to have a growing preference for higher-end brands in recent years. I also like to share interesting things I have come across about makeup and beauty.

Currently The Makeup Blogette receives 39,000 unique views monthly or 2,238,932 views and counting.

My Makeup Style

I like classic looks (neutral tones on eyes, anything goes for lips & cheeks), though occasionally I try out dramatic/ statement looks.  I believe that a flawless base is the key to achieving great makeup looks.  I also believe that if you don't have great skin to start with, fake it with a good foundation routine, and even greater skincare.  I am currently loving Clarins & Lancome skincare products, and Vichy NormaDerm for tackling with breakouts.

What Cameras do I use?

Most of the pictures you see in post 2010 entries are taken with my Canon G-11.  Previously I was using Canon Ixus 80.  I do post some pictures which are taken with my iphone4 which I will state in that particular entry.  I have stopped watermarking my pictures as of 2011, because I think watermarks are ugly in general, and does not prevent people from stealing my pictures if they wish to.  I just take it as a compliment that my pictures are even worth stealing in the first place. I might look into getting a Canon EOS next year, not just for blogging purposes, but I also like photography in general.

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

It is hard to name just one, but I like NARS, Chanel, Illamasqua and the ocasional Guerlain, Dior & Urban Decay item.  I own quite a stash of MAC items, but recently I have stopped catching up with their collections, and I much prefer to splurge on a few really outstanding items.

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