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Today I have my swatches and review of the new Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin polish for you. There were lots of opposing comments on my blog post before and my Facebook page. Some wouldn't "ever spend that much on one bottle of polish" and others were "waiting for swatches" before deciding. Still others said "whatever floats your boat."
Well I would never presume to judge others on what they chose to spend or NOT spend on polish. Or handbags. Or shoes. Or anything really. So I was basically just curious to see how the formula was. I mean I earn my own money and will spend it how I see fit regardless of what others think...which may be a Walmart t-shirt, Payless flats and a $5k handbag. Or $200 jeans with Sinful Colors $1.99 nail polish. I like what I like and sometimes I like a cheapie polish, while other times I prefer Chanel. I sort of wanted to see how this one would fit in.
So let's take a look!
Swatches and review after the jump...
Well right off the bat you can see that the cost of the polish isn't just the name...the packaging is quite over the top and spendy as well. The heft of the bottle is amazing. Here I'm showing it next to a bottle of Chanel for size comparison...
This is what Christian Louboutin has to say about this polish...
"A true objet d’art of a dramatic 8-inch height inspired by the tallest heel Christian Louboutin ever created- the Ballerina Ultima.
The iconic Rouge is encased in a faceted, weighted glass bottle with an unique ombré effect.
The tall slender cap, inspired by calligraphy, turns the application into a luxurious experience, inviting women to take their time.
The custom-designed, patented triangular brush picks up the right amount of formula, without air bubbles, to deliver flawless, chip-resistant coverage.
A highly pigmented, super glossy formula delivers in just two coats the effect of 20 layers of traditional lacquer.
Enclosed in a patent leather like finish presentation box with a red reveal."
You can clearly see the bottle-design inspiration in the Ballerina Ultima...
I have to say that I don't know if 2 coats is the "effect of 20 layers of traditional lacquer" or not but I can say that it is the best formula for a red creme polish I've ever used. And that's saying something. I'm not finished with my wear test of course (I'll report on that later) but so far no chipping, no dulling and not even any tip wear yet.
Rouge Louboutin is a classic, medium, cool-toned red creme.
First, without top coat.
And with top coat.
Indirect natural lighting...
"Leather like" is right. It's basically a cardboard box. But it's nicely made and didn't bother me. LOL.
The brush. No, the height of the brush top didn't bother me at all or alter the way I typically polish my nails. I honestly didn't even notice it once I started polishing. It's well balanced. The brush itself is a thin and round - almost identical to the one Chanel uses. Chanel's is a touch longer with a longer stem just because what the bottle height dictates. So the "custom-designed, patented triangular brush" statement has me a bit confused. It did, in fact, do a great job of picking up the perfect amount of polish and I didn't have any issues with the stem holding too much either.
The brush only appears flat because I've wiped practically all the polish off of it on the side of the bottle for the photo, but it's round.
And here it is with the standard Chanel brush...
The formula was probably the creamiest formula I've ever used. Creamier than Illamasqua Throb, which was my go-to "quick and easy" red. Those of you who've heard me go on about the formula of Illamasqua Throb have probably fainted just now. It's not a thin formula so if you prefer thin formulas, you won't be as taken with this one as I am. But it isn't too thick at all. They've actually struck the perfect balance. It's nearly a one-coater and you could definitely get by with one, but I've used two for the swatches above. It seems to dry a bit faster than most, but it's still nicely self-leveling.
How does it compare to Chanel Dragon you ask? Well the formula is just as creamy and opaque and it's a bit brighter. Dries a bit shinier and a bit faster. Dragon is a medium-toned red while Loubie is definitely cool-toned - which is a bit hard to tell in this photo.
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I was ready to declare it "all hype" and advise you not to "waste your money" on it. And I still don't know that $50 a bottle should be something you don't think twice about. And I certainly don't want it setting a price precedent. But I have to give this one two polished thumbs up!
I don't know how I will feel about the other shades that are supposed to be coming out later this month. Will the formula be as good? Will the colors be original enough?
|George Chinsee via WWD|
So what do you think? Will you splurge? Is the great formula enough for you to pick this one over your other reds? All hype? Very interested to see what everyone thinks!
This one is currently sold out or back-ordered on several sites but as I write this, I *think* they still have stock at Neiman Marcus. Other retailers: Sephora, Nordstrom and direct from the Christian Louboutin site.
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