Louboutin Beauté · The Nudes Nail Laquers

It’s the start of a new year, and since I’m in a clean slate kind of mood, I’ve been leaning towards a more ‘au naturel‘ nail look lately. That doesn’t necessarily mean bare, but more along the lines of neutral — and I’ve got several shades from Louboutin’s The Nudes range that really fit the bill. Consider these the nail versions of palate cleansers, only done in absolute luxury.

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Each bottle of Louboutin nail lacquer comes housed in a protective 2-part outer box that’s made of sturdy cardboard printed with foil lettering. Divided into 3 categories (The Nudes, The Noirs and The Pops) along with the original cult-fave Rouge Louboutin shade that began it all and several seasonal sets, each faceted bottle is made of heavy glass and comes with a long tapered cap inspired by a calligraphy pen — and which also happens to be reminiscent of the brand’s iconic stiletto heel. The Nudes are further distinguished by their pearlescent cream-coloured caps.

Louboutin The Nudes Nail Lacquer (CAN $65.00/each) | Inspired by, and named after a capsule shoe collection of the same name, there are 11 shades in total that fall under this category, ranging from metallics (Irisa & Preciosa from the Metalinudes Collection previously reviewed here), whisper-soft neutrals, and even a couple of darker hues that might seem out of place at first, but appear to have been created to act as neutrals on those with deeper skin tones — although they’re certainly not restricted to that.

I actually love how ‘ballerina-esque’ they look all together

A quick word about the formula; with the exception of Alta Perla which has a different texture but is the same in all other aspects, these shades have blown me away. Those who’ve been following my blog for some time now, know how particular I am about nail polish and that it takes something special to capture my attention. These have, no doubt about it. All apply effortlessly without any issues seen in either the formulation or the brush, and come to an incredibly brilliant finish. As to the brush, it may be on the short side, but the bristles have an excellent splay and make it easy to reach all parts of the nail, while the ridged part of the tapered cap serve as counterweight for when you’re working, providing a nicely balanced feel.

Sweet Charity | A warm leaning vanilla custard nude with a semi sheer & self-levelling texture, along with an excellent density/flow. This shade won’t become fully opaque even with multiple layers, but I’m loving its translucent ‘clean’ look just the same. High gloss finish and relatively quick drying too.

Shown: 3 thin coats, no top coat

Madame Est Nue | A ballet slipper nude, this is a universally wearable shade and a true ‘nude’ kind of neutral; one that leans neither too cool nor warm, but perfectly balanced. Slightly more opaque than Sweet Charity, it nevertheless has a translucency to it and comes to the same brilliant finish.

Shown: 3 thin coats, no top coat

La Favorita | A soft & subdued baby pink with a similar formula to Madame Est Nue, there is something about this shade that makes me want to wear it on repeat. Maybe because it’s just so flattering and manages to give a hint of colour without being obvious or too sugary-sweet, but I absolutely LOVE it … and may have just found my favourite nude-pink.

Shown: 2 coats, no top coat

Just Nothing | A cream café-au-lait nude with a soft peachy undertone, this shade is definitely more opaque than the previous ones and has a stronger opacity as well. Displaying the same self-levelling nature & density as the rest, this is that perfect ‘mannequin hands’ kind of hue, but one that actually flatters one’s skin tone (as opposed to draining you of colour).

Shown: 2 coats, no top coat

Alta Perla | A dusty moss hue, you’d be forgiven for wondering how this shade can possibly be included in a nude grouping, but here’s the thing; the more I look at it, the more I understand its neutral undertones, as well as how more ‘nude-like’ it will appear on a darker skin tone. With a hybrid crème-jelly texture that gives it plenty of bounce and loads of shine, it’s a perfectly edgy nude and for what it’s worth, I’m totally into it.

Shown: 2 coats, no top coat

As I stated earlier, there are several more shades in The Nudes range that are definitely worth exploring, especially if you have a thing for this colour family as I most certainly do. Finding your perfect nude can be tricky, so it’s worth your time to try this quick tip: look at the veins of your inner wrist; if they appear greenish, you have warm undertones and if they appear more blue, then you’re cool-leaning. Knowing this makes it that much easier to find a shade that will suit & not clash with your skin tone. That said, Louboutin’s got you covered regardless — good luck limiting yourself to just one.

Available at Holt Renfrew/Ogilvy

Kindly provided by Louboutin Beauté for my unbiased consideration

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