You’ve been living under a rock if you haven’t heard yet the major news that has excited both shoes addicts and nail polish enthusiasts – Christian Louboutin has just launched an eponymous nail polish range! This is Louboutin’s first ever beauty venture and, coincidence or not, this range is set to become the most luxurious nail polish on the market retailing at US$50.
Right now, only one shade is available – Rouge Louboutin. It’s an incredibly glossy red matching the iconic ruby soles on Louboutin shoes and is available exclusively via Saks Fifth Avenue. On August 6, the same shade will go on sale at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora. Not into red? Fear not, Louboutine will get your money one way or another. From August 31, 3 new lines containing 30 more shades of Louboutin nail polish will be available!
The bottles are designed to be objets d’art with heavy molded glass bases that were inspired by European buildings from the 18th century. The extra-long pointed cap looks like a stiletto heel and helps to apply the polish flawlessly. Hmmm… did Louboutin borrowed this idea from Julep? Maybe, but the new custom-designed, patented triangular brush to ensure precise application and prevent air bubbles is innovative 100%.
The high-gloss polish formula is pure luxury, with UV protection and also 3-Free. Louboutin’s team claims “two coats give the effect of 20 layers of traditional lacquer” – I’m only hoping they mean colour not the thickness. The palette was inspired by leather and fabric samples sourced by Louboutin and his team and were then reworked to complement a various skin tones. The shades, named after iconic Louboutin pieces, are meant to be paired with the shoes. The collection consists of 3 lines:
- the Pops – bright hues with silver caps,
- the Noirs – dark, vampy hues with gunmetal tops,
- the Nudes – neutral tones with rose gold handles.
To keep things fresh and exciting, Louboutin also has plans to add new colors to complement new collections of footwear at least twice a year.
Will you be getting any? I know you will! The real question is: which colour Louboutin’s objet d’art polish will you be adding to your collection? And, at a price $50 per bottle, how many (realistically)?
– Maria, xx