When someone like Christian Louboutin, the king of high heels, creates a nail polish you expect the extraordinary. Ever since maestro launched his first nail polish in 2014, I’ve been closely following the expansion of the Louboutin beauty range and dying to add some of these glorious objets d’art to the SoNailicious stash. Imagine how excited I was when I finally saw the entire Louboutin polish collection shimmering in real life!
The bottle is immediately impressive with its original shapes coated in vivid metallic colours. The packaging is stunning too. At US $50 per bottle, (even more in Abu Dhabi where I got mine) it’s expensive but hey, it’s something that I’ve wanted for such a long time, so #yolo. I got the brand spanking new Loubichrome III.
This glistening violet nail polish is one of the three mini nail colours from the limited edition Loubichrome collection. Mind you, the Louboutin mini is nothing like a typical mini, it’s still a decent size nail polish with a normal size brush. Loubichrome polishes ignore traditional monotone packaging and come in bottles with gorgeous ‘oil slick’ iridescent lids sitting in bright, shiny metallic boxes. It’s an inspired design worthy of your top shelf rather than being stashed away with your other polishes.
Now let’s see if the polish itself is as amazing as the bottle!
Formula: very glossy, 3-free, fast drying and super long-lasting. The polish is highly pigmented, it looked pretty opaque after just 1 coat but you’ll need 2 thin layers to get flawless, fully opaque coverage.
Application: absolutely flawless from the first coat. The polish goes on smoothly without any streaks and it doesn’t amplify imperfections like other chrome/metallic polishes do. Like all Louboutin nail polishes, Loubichrome features a custom-designed, patented triangular brush that makes application extraordinarily easy.
Finish/Colour: Loubichrome III is a shiny vibrant violet metallic nail polish with a chrome effect.
Nail Art: the polish is highly pigmented and is suitable for any kind of nail art. It looks fantastic mattified.
Dupes: there are no dupes for Loubichrome III. The closest colour to Loubie is Marc Jacobs Oui but the finish is definitely not the same and the colour is quite different. Loubie is significantly more vibrant and slightly darker.
Wearability: very long-lasting, 6 days with a top coat without any signs of wear.
Extra Notes: it’s a limited edition!
Overall Impression: I loved every aspect of the Loubichrome III nail polish. The packaging is a miracle of design and the colour would look flattering on almost any skin tone. It’s expensive, but well worth it. C’est Louboutin!
Availability: online US $30 here, here, here and even here but… it’s not available in Australia.
So, what do you think, will you be investing in Loubichrome III? Or, is it way too expensive for a nail polish?
– Maria, xx
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