Christian Louboutin Beauté | Rouge Louboutin (Limited Edition)

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The latest designer to enter the field of luxury nail lacquer, is none other than shoe guru Christian Louboutin – the man behind those signature red soles. As the story goes, after having designed his first pair of shoes and feeling a little disappointed with the prototype, he noticed one of his assistants painting her nails and so inspiration struck; grabbing her bottle of red nail polish, M. Louboutin proceeded to then paint the soles of the shoes, and the rest is now shoe legend.

It seems only fitting, that M. Louboutin’s first foray into the world of beauty begins with nail polish, and what could be more appropriate than Rouge Louboutin? A red shade in a limited edition bottle & packaging, that is an exact match to those cult-fave soles. Housed in a crystal-cut bottle which displays an ombré effect – as though the red hue is floating above it – the tall spire of the bottle was inspired by the stiletto heel of the Ballerina Ultima, created in 2007 for a photography shoot with David Lynch.

With more colours to follow starting September (31 announced for now), but with wands in a slightly smaller format than Rouge Louboutin‘s impressive size, Christian Louboutin is set on creating a little city (“Loubieville”) of lacquers – and one can only assume that it won’t be long before more beauty products join the ranks.

 

 

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The inspiration behind the bottle: the Ballerina Ultima created in 2007 for a photo shoot with David Lynch

 

 

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 Rouge Louboutin display

Christian Louboutin Beauté | Display of Rouge Louboutin at Holt Renfrew, Montréal

 

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Christian Louboutin Beauté | Display of Rouge Louboutin at Holt Renfrew, Montréal

 

Rouge Louboutin shopping

Shopping for Rouge Louboutin can be thirsty (& tiring) work!

 

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Rouge Louboutin, Limited Edition (US $50.00/CAN $58) | A fierce red hue with blueish undertones that should still manage to suit both cool and warm complexions, in a formula bearing a medium-thick flow. With a stiletto wand that measures 8″ in height, the base of the bottle is reminiscent of old-world crystal-cut flacons and comes housed in a black cardboard base with a glossy red interior, as well as a removable perforated lid. Highly pigmented and colour saturated, Rouge Louboutin can easily pass for a 1-coater, although 2 coats give a much more uniform and luxe appearance. Rounding things off, is a great self-levelling flow and a ridiculously high gloss at the finish – like that which you see on the finest of lacquered furniture. One warning, however, is the stain factor which could run fairly high; with that in mind, I strongly suggest doubling up on a thickish type base coat before application – taking this little precaution makes removal much easier and eliminates the stain risk significantly. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat

A few tips on application: Don’t let the length of the wand scare you; it’s actually quite easy to hold, as well as manipulate. Grasping the ridged section of the wand – just about at its thickest point – will give the best grip and offers excellent control in application. The brush itself is of the old-school variety, with a good density and flexibility to the non-splaying type bristles that fall more towards the thin side – a plus in this case, as the formula leans slightly thick (which also works in this shade’s favour, as you don’t need to worry about excessive drips, pooling, or running issues).

Inspired by the ombré effect of the bottle, I attempted to recreate the look upon my nails – rather simple to do, in fact, and perfect for someone of my limited nail art skills. After applying 2 coats of Rouge Louboutin and letting that dry thoroughly, I then sponged a black shade on top (Camelot from a-england, previously reviewed here), keeping most of the colour towards the cuticle line and fading it out, leaving a good section of the red still visible. The entire mani was then finished with a glossy top coat to seal everything in and to smooth out the gradient effect.

 

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 Rouge Louboutin vs regular polish bottle

Christian Louboutin Beauté | Rouge Louboutin bottle size in comparison to CHANEL #475 Dragon

 

Rouge Louboutin brush comparison

Christian Louboutin Beauté | Rouge Louboutin brush/wand comparison with CHANEL #475 Dragon

 

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Rouge Louboutin swatch

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Rouge Louboutin gradient swatch

Christian Louboutin Beauté | Rouge Louboutin gradient mani featuring Camelot by a-england

 

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Christian Louboutin Beauté | Rouge Louboutin gradient mani featuring Camelot by a-england

 

For a collector such as myself, it was a no-brainer that I would be snagging Rouge Louboutin the instant it became available and while the price tag is definitely steep, that still didn’t put me off. Is the colour that unique? No … and Yes; not all red shades are created equal, as there are limitless tones, levels & nuances to factor in – but yes, you can probably find something close at a much more wallet-friendly price. Even without having gone through my entire collection of lacquers to compare, I can still see that this is a degree of red that I may not already have, but that’s splitting hairs. The truth of the matter is that one buys an item such as this for other reasons than to own a red nail polish – although that being said, the formula is rather spectacular. Then there’s the matter of just how GORGEOUS this bottle looks on one’s vanity.

Available now in Canada exclusively through Holt Renfrew (I believe it is also available through Nordstrom’s and Sak’s in the US), this particular version is limited edition, although I suspect that this specific shade will also be released in the regular sized bottles once the entire range launches (don’t quote me on that, though).

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35 Responses to Christian Louboutin Beauté | Rouge Louboutin (Limited Edition)

  1. That bottle is absolutely stunning (in a deadly sort of way, as per Russian spy in a Bond movie), and it’s an amazing work of art. I’m really glad something like this exists, even though the price tag is too much for me to personally justify. Imma just ogle it some more. 😛

    • Eugenia says:

      Ogle away, my friend! Believe me, it stung quite a bit forking over $66.00 (*shakes fists at Québec taxes), but nothing was going to stop me from making this baby MINE!

  2. Julia says:

    I want this very badly. I really shouldn’t buy it because there isn’t room in my budget and it’s an absurd thing to spend $50 on, but the bottle is just beyond. (I have the money, just not in my monthly budget). The windows at Saks to go with this release are amazing, too. I don’t have a lot of polish regrets but I do have one (Chanel Diwali! Why did I talk myself out of it???? False economy, I kept wanting to wear it and remembering that I don’t have it!), and I think this would be another. Conclusion: I’m going to try to buy this at Saks by the end of the month (I’n traveling most of August)..

    • Eugenia says:

      I never picked up Diwali either, but for some odd reason, I have no regrets about that – odd, considering what a CHANEL collector I am! As to this little beauty, yes it’s pricey ($58.00 here plus tax, in Québec that translates to a grand total of $66.00) but better to indulge now and have no regrets, than to cave to crazy ebay prices later!

      • Julia says:

        Late reply–I picked this up last week, direct from Saks. I told my friends and posted about it on a style group I belong to for alumnae of my college and everyone thought it was awesome :). They even had an amazing bag that they put it in–every detail was considered! I’m very satisfied.

        (Sidenote–tax is actually quite reasonable here in NYC, to my surprise. My total was $52.50–just 5% tax. I am from outside of Chicago originally and we have tax on everything (even food) and it is in the 8-10% range. Your tax is still higher though!).

      • Eugenia says:

        I adore the little details too – glad you were able to pick it up! As to taxes, we pay 16% sales tax here in Québec — talk about gouging. The starting price for this bottle here (CAN $58.00) is more than what you paid total!

  3. Latoya says:

    I love the way red polish looks, but not on me for the most part (unless it’s dark in tone). So, as much as this is entirely about the collectors aspect, I wouldn’t pick this up, because I have such a hard time buying anything unless it has a practical use for me! Boring, yes. However, I can still appreciate this beautiful bottle design and what this represents, and there is no shortage of GORGEOUSNESS to the polish itself! All the reviews I’ve read have raved about the formula, so I’m certainly pleased to know that the price tag at least somewhat is justified in that regard. Wear it and feel fabulous, my dear!

  4. The bottle is GORGEOUS! I could stare at it all day! Love this post.

    I don’t like wearing red polish (AT ALL), but it looks cool.

    • Eugenia says:

      Thanks! It’s like a little work of art! As to red polish, it’s a classic colour and even if right now it doesn’t call to you, perhaps one day it will!

  5. I so want this plush, but considering I never wear red – I just can’t justify it not when there are so many other beauty items high up on my list. But still great review as always!
    XOXO
    Veronica

  6. Adina a-england says:

    Yes it’s a powerful bottle, almost a cathedral spire! And you look gorgeous! Feel honoured to see my Camelot on your nails side to side to this icon. xx

    • Eugenia says:

      Gazie, cara! Camelot will always be my favourite black hue – it’s application is pure perfection! I agree with you about the shape of this bottle – so unique (and almost lethal!)

  7. Nancy says:

    Is it really only available at Holt Renfrew in Canada? I saw that the US Sephora had it but not Canada so far. Pains of being in Canada is that things are so hard to find offline. 🙁

    I would give my store a call (Vancouver) but I wouldn’t even know where to begin.

    • Eugenia says:

      You should definitely call the Vancouver Holt’s – know that this product is being sold in the ladies’ shoe section which should make it easier to track down!

  8. Oh fun fact : Louboutin painted his first show sole red from a Revlon nail POLSIH someone in his office was using to paint her nails.. So if it came from Revlon , why would I spend $50 to buy something that was inspired by a $5 POLSIH …

    • Eugenia says:

      I never heard that before, so I can’t confirm or deny but I think you’re missing the point; as I said in my post, this won’t be for everyone, and those who do indulge will probably be buying it for it’s uniqueness and cachet as much as the actual polish

      • I agree … Absolutely it’s more of an indulgence than need .. There are many out there who will be glad to own and those who won’t .. Personal choices ..

  9. I love the pictures but it’s just too much to
    Pay for a polish 🙁

  10. This post is SO SEXY.

    I had a discussion with someone on Pinterest about this (yeah, I have pin buddies now) and she made a great point that this polish is more art than functional and totally worth it to her. I’ve been meaning to get to a Holts to see the display at least, even if I don’t indulge. 🙂

    • Eugenia says:

      LOL – never heard THAT about one of my posts before, but I’ll gladly take it! 🙂 That this is an objet d’art, there’s no denying, but as far as quality goes, I can truthfully say that nothing was spared – it delivers.

  11. I’ve never managed to snag a pair of Louboutins as I have been more of a Manolo girl, but I could see the appeal in having a shade that perfectly matched the souls of your shoes if you had a collection.

  12. ManiGeek says:

    Smashing! Simply smashing, lady!

  13. Snail Polish says:

    ‘The truth of the matter is that one buys an item such as this for other reasons than to own a red nail polish… Then there’s the matter of just how GORGEOUS this bottle looks on one’s vanity.’ – And that’s a good enough reason by itself 🙂

    I’ll not be getting this as I am not a wearer of his shoes (running injuries preclude anything but a modest stack heel); but for those that love Louboutin, this is the most purse-friendly way to own some!

    • Eugenia says:

      You’re 100% correct! As to wearing Louboutin shoes, I own a few pairs and I can honestly say that they are designed for looking good — and not feeling good! Still, once in a while I’ll suffer for fashion — but in short spurts and always with a pair of flats handy, lol!

  14. cristina nash says:

    So did it stain your nails at all??? Everyone I have asked they say no not at all…. Just curious on your opinion.

    • Eugenia says:

      I had heard via social media, that it stains so I took the precaution of applying 2 layers of base coat first. That being said, my nails did not stain per se, although my experience in judging nail polish tells me that had I not taken that precaution, then yes … this will most definitely stain. As it was, my nail beds looked a little pinker than usual when I removed it, but a second pass with remover took care of that. Hope this helps!

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