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Selfridges Online Shopping and Tom Ford Lip Color Sheers

by Sonia G.

I would like to quickly share my first “non-assisted” Online Shopping Experience with Selfridges UK and also some first impressions about these Tom Ford Lip Color Sheers.

I always bought from Selfridges via my contact in Suqqu, shipping was more expensive but at least it was the best way for me to get hold of any Suqqu items I wanted. Last Friday I wanted to try the online international shopping and today I am sharing my experience because it was smooth and lightning fast. I placed my order on the 31st in the evening (Friday). Tonight, Tuesday, they were in my letter box, no additional taxes to be paid, no needed days off to go pick up my parcel in the middle of nowhere.

The shipping to Switzerland is £15. I find this shipping rate scary but for the good reasons. Why bother buy in Switzerland when it’s so much cheaper and easier in the UK ?

A Tom Ford lipstick costs 36£, they removed the UK vat and added the Swiss vat, which makes the lipstick at 30£ “only”. Unless I have a surprise and receive a separate invoice, all is settled automatically! Since I didn’t had to sign, I guess all has been organized for the international customer to not have to bother with either paying double vat or having to pay extra charges on delivery. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !
I had absolutely no idea it was so easy to purchase from Selfridges, they changed that recently and I am so happy about it. I remember sending them two emails asking them if they had the intention to make it easier for international customers, I never received a reply but I am glad they improved it because I know many of you were also interested 🙂

This was my purchase :



Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer Pink Dune
Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer Summer Fling
Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer Paradiso
Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer Incorrigible
Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer Sweet Spot
Tom Ford eye defining pencil in Bruise
Tom Ford Extreme Mascara in Raven

The order arrived in a little parcel that fitted my letter box and it was inside a cloth bag like this :


The packaging has suffered slightly because there was only silk paper and no bubble wrap but the items inside are not damaged at all.


They included a sample of Tom Ford Noir, I love it, I will try to have it adopted by my BF!  He sniffed it and thinks it’s a women’s perfume, maybe I should use it but I am still  madly in love with the TF Neroli Portofino (for both man and woman), discovered thanks to Stacy who sent me a sample (bless you!!) and since TF fragrances can be layered, even more fun!

I wanted to share this great shopping experience with Selfridges because I recently had a few bad surprises -hellooo Barneys…. – so when all goes well, we also have to share 🙂

First impressions on the lipsticks

The five lipsticks below are some of the Lip Color Sheers, Spring 2014 limited edition.

The TF Sheers have good pigmentation, to be called Sheers is bit misleading 🙂 some are heavily pigmented.

I thought Pink Dune could be the very High End dupe for the Mac Marquise D that I love. It’s not, the Marquise D is more opaque, has more pink and is warmer. Pink Dune is less complex than I expected (well it doesn’t look complex on my lips, let’s see tomorrow in day light….). The TF gloss Pink Guilt is much more brilliant and unique.

I have mixed feelings about these, even though I had them for only a couple of hours I have been playing with each one of them already. I knew that some complained or mentioned glitter in some of them. I confirm, Incorrigible and Summer Fling leave a noticeable gold glitter coat on the lips, truly difficult to remove when you are playing around with them 😛 It’s not glitter that I feel on the lips when they are savagely rubbed together and I am very sensitive to glitter to say the least, but I am not convinced that when the lipstick naturally fades, the gold coating will still look nice -not tacky. That’s something that I have to investigate. When applied, the glitter doesn’t really look visible at all.

I thought Pink Dune would be the shade that most corresponds me but surprise… it’s Sweet Spot!  …and Sweet Spot with the TF Gloss Peach Absolut is a heavenly combination. I think it was a mistake that I purchased Incorrigible and still believe it’s a mistake after trying it, far too bright but you know what ? I think I have to wear them properly, then come back here with some conclusions.

A sad fact is that bright lipsticks suit me less now, that’s why today I also purchased the Chastity Lip Color Shine, to layer with darker lipsticks, give some dimension and specially soften the look.


For now, my first impressions are not that crazy so let’s see how it goes, don’t miss them because of me 😀 so for great reviews and swatches please hop here :

The Beauty Look Book

The Raeviewer

UPDATE 5th of February 2014

As planned last night, today I am wearing Sweet Spot, with Ripe Peach as a blush, RMK contour and Bobbi Brown bronzer, a Three duo (the coral one). Totally based around corals/oranges.

This morning I was drinking my coffee and reading the very local free newspaper and I stumble upon this Tom Ford advert for … Sweet Spot 😀

I don’t even know why they would advertise it here because it’s a very local newspaper and the only place where it would be available is Zurich but anyway, shame they didn’t published this yesterday because we have a tiny Tom Ford counter in Geneva with just some of the lipsticks and when I asked them yesterday if they would receive these Sheers, they had not even heard of this collection. They called the manager and this collection will not hit the Geneva counters but will be only in Jelmoli Zurich.

If anyone from Switzerland comes across this page while desperately seeking Tom Ford Sheers, you’ll have to either go to Zurich or order online in other countries.


By the way… hey Shiseido…. that Coral blush looks very tempting 😛

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Carlyn 5 February, 2014 - 4:35 am

That’s great to know that it can go so smoothly with Selfridges. I’m waiting for the SUQQU brushes to be restocked, then I’ll be placing my order…rubs hands expectantly……

Sweet make up temptations 5 February, 2014 - 11:05 pm

I was very pleasantly surprised, now I am scared!! 🙂

212kiki 5 February, 2014 - 8:57 am

Yes Selfridges is really fast and since they ship with DHL Express it only takes one or two days 😀
I ordered two times for Melissa and me and i think the shipping is for my taste too expensive when i only want to order one thing but its ok when i want to order some more products…

Since i dont use lipsticks very often and only like sheer light colors i think i should give them a miss.
Bright colors dont look good on my “small” lips and very fair skin. When i dont wear bright lippies i can wear bright cheek colors 😛

Sweet make up temptations 5 February, 2014 - 11:07 pm

Of course for one item is quite expensive but having access to these brands so easily is fantastic. At the end I will “save” money because I won’t travel there as much 🙂
Bright cheek colors are great too 😀 what’s your brightest one ??

212kiki 6 February, 2014 - 7:56 am

Haha I think my brightest and most pigmented blush is Mac Devil but followed by TF naricissist and Mac Merrily 😀
Sure I must use squirrel brushes for these AND a light hand 😛

Sweet make up temptations 8 February, 2014 - 1:21 pm

I see, that is BRIGHT! 😀

michelle 5 February, 2014 - 11:56 am

thanks for the info. on these Sonia. I don’t own any Tom Ford but I am hoping to pick some things up when we go to San Diego in 6 weeks! That way I can try on some colors. I also want to get color matched for some foundations since the brands are not readily available to me but only by mail order. Already told husband one day they drop me off at Nordstrom/Saks for a day of shopping! Have a good day. 🙂

Sweet make up temptations 5 February, 2014 - 11:10 pm

That’s the best way to go, shopping alone in peace 😀
Thank youuu and have a lovely evening.. and don’t forget to report back on your findings! 🙂

Kay 5 February, 2014 - 7:52 pm

Thanks for sharing your Selfridges order experience — I’m happy that it was positive! My credit card was compromised after going back and forth with email orders — yeah, I know, dumb of me and I knew better. Of course, I can’t really identify where the breach actually happened, could have been a multitude of other reasons, but I’ve been more careful since then. Now, just waiting until my order is large enough order to make the 25 GBP international shipping worthwhile!

Sweet make up temptations 5 February, 2014 - 11:17 pm

I wish you could find out what went wrong, for working in IT I am very aware of many scams and can identify some before they happen but sometimes you just can’t do anything against 🙁
is 25gbp for outside Europe then ?

Kay 6 February, 2014 - 1:38 am

Unfortunately, I was not able to identify where the breach occurred. I did though, do something I knew was not safe, that is transmit my credit card number via email — and my guess is that dumb move may have been the problem.

And yes, the 25GBP is for outside Europe, which is much cheaper than the 56 GBP charged before they started online international ordering. But I am not clear whether the 25GBP includes the $20 DHL used to bill me separately for customs review after it arrived in the US. I doubt it — but overall, it still may be cheaper than Ichibankao if I have a large order since there is no VAT.

It’s really kind of crazy what we do for makeup!

Sweet make up temptations 8 February, 2014 - 1:13 pm

oh yes probably! we are all watched you know…

That’s the thing for now I didn’t have to pay the additional DHL cost.. we’ll see !
Lol yes it’s crazy but you don’t know what men do for their passions so I do not feel guilty at all 🙂

About the Diapason, I was wearing it for work, I apply a nice layer at 6h30, not too opaque, by twelve, all still there, by 4pm it had faded quite a lot, by 10pm nothing was there, it had creased thinly on one eye, the other had just no residue at all. Just some shine, the only thing remaining at that time is still the Tom Ford eyeliner and the mascara 🙂
I am not sure if I should recommend it to you, for me it’s unique and it’s fine on my eyelids, doesn’t emphasize the ageing, I think that if you don’t want to keep it you can easily find other people interested on it, swap it or something 🙂 It is a particular colour I am surprised it goes on my skintone because it has quite a lot of blue but surprisingly, it does work very well.

Kay 9 February, 2014 - 2:01 am

Oh, I know how much a set of fancy rims cost — I prefer stock as my rims get caught on curbs, ha, ha.

Jeanette 5 February, 2014 - 9:03 pm

I agree, Selfridges is SO fast, it is really a nice customer experience ordering from them.
In comparison it seems that Harrod’s only ships once a week, no matter which day you order. So it takes a lot longer. It is really nice to receive orders from Selfridges so fast.

Sweet make up temptations 5 February, 2014 - 11:17 pm

thanks Jeanette, I did not know that about Harrods! I ordered there a couple of times and the delivery was immediate, I guess I was lucky…

Iris 6 February, 2014 - 1:52 am

hi Sonia,
I ordered once from Selfridges and also received my package super fast. The only thing I do not like is that there is no option to NOT include the VAT that they calculate for your country. I contacted them after placing my order and they refunded me by giving me a voucher code. They also charged me £25 for shipping then. Good to know that it has been lowered to £15 but like you said, it’s dangerous knowing that!!

What was your experience with Barneys? I was thinking of placing an order with them.

Sweet make up temptations 8 February, 2014 - 1:18 pm

Lol yes it’s dangerous and it’s a shame for you about the Vat 🙁
Try it with Barneys, for some weird reason my cc is not accepted, it does get debited for as many times as I confirm the order… (gasp) but nothing is received on their side.
They also have paypal but only to deliver internationaly and not locally in the USA, since I wanted some Sue Devitt brushes plus Hourglass blushes, both the brushes and the Hourglass that were on preorder are not available for international dispatch… so … yes, they deliver internationally but really not preordered and not brushes (the ones I wanted and they weren’t all kolinsky… so I really don’t understand).
I think Buggsiebee tried and it work fine for her, for me I wasn’t lucky. I spent a lot of time with them on the phone and with the bank… but without making it work 🙁

Bea 6 February, 2014 - 2:50 am

Thank gawd we have some of the TF lipsticks here!


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