I like to think of myself as a practical person. When I shop, I go to discount retailers. If I have an event to go to, I’d rather see what goodies are already in my closet, than spend my hard earned bucks on something new and trendy. But every now and then I’ll see an item that makes my heart beat faster and my palms grow sweaty. And right now, that is Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color. In Black Orchid, to be absolutely specific.

It’s $45. For a lipstick. Yeah, I know.

And I’ve got a few color dupes for this shade – Three Custom’s Noir and Bobbi Brown’s yummy new Treatment Lip Shine in Raisin come most immediately to mind. But the ultra glam packaging, the deep and delicious color (that would be SO pretty on darker skin tones) and let’s not kid ourselves – the brand name alone – makes Marvin Gaye’s I Want You start autoplaying in my head.

Am I likely to shell out $45 for this lippie? Probably not. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have buckets of lust for it!

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