Little can go wrong in the hands of Tom Ford. Tracing the timeline of his career, he redefined the concept of sexy while designing for Gucci in the ’90s, and did it again with his current (and very L.A.) namesake label full of striking gowns and sick blazers that celebs flock to. So it comes as no surprise that the Tom Ford beauty line is just as great.
I’ve never been a lip stain or lip gloss kind of girl, but as as soon as I pushed the button on Ford’s new clickable-pen Patent Finish Lip Color, I was converted. Mostly, I tend to wear a matte lipstick. Lip stains always dry out my lips, and glosses are just too annoying, with the prospect of my own hair getting stuck to my lips.
But now I feel that I’ve found the best of both worlds: The consistency isn’t watery like so many of the other long-lasting lipsticks I’ve tried, nor was it too thick. After a few clicks, the spongy applicator dispenses the perfect amount of high-impact patent shine in the most vibrant (but very of the moment, and very wearable) colors imaginable. Even better: The pen fits into even my smallest of mini bags.
Here’s the other thing: The colors, in all of their patent glory, remind me of the ’70s—a decade I’ve always been fond of, style-wise. Not the hippie, no-makeup ’70s, but the latter part of the decade that was full of glamour, maximalists, and disco queens like Donna Summer.
And there’s something to be said about a long-wearing patent pout that stays all day. To me, it evokes that time period and makes a statement—something along the lines of high-maintenance and untouchable.