I worried about this one, I can't lie. Thought it would, on me, be one of those meh shades, slightly murky and agingly dark, the kind of shade that makes lips appear to shrink with discontent. It's Tom Ford Private Blend Lipstick in Smoke Red, $52.
I might have been wrong. Can it be that Tom Ford doesn't do slightly murky, agingly dark? Perhaps he's succeeded brilliantly at creating the Ultimate Classic lipstick shades? I think maybe yes.
Available at Holt Renfrew in Toronto; special order via 416.922.2333.