Christian Louboutin Beaute Hawaii Kawai I Nail Coffret
Christian Louboutin Beaute Hawaii Kawai I Nail Coffret ($90.00 for 3 x 0.20 fl. oz.) is a limited edition set of miniature-sized versions of the brand’s polish. For spring, the polishes are all shades that are also available in full-size in the permanent range. All three polishes were good and applied well with opaque coverage in two coats (two were nearly opaque in one coat, see below). I get about a week of wear with no chipping and minimal tip wear with Louboutin’s formula overall.
Last spring, I reviewed the nail coffret and mentioned that the brand needed to include a styrofoam piece that fit over the bottles to help ensure they didn’t loosen during shipping (I had a bottle break). I was happy to see that the brand included a foam panel inside the box (and no broken bottles this year!) in the style and spirit of the brand but definitely kept bottles from loosening in the box.
Very Prive is described as a “deep wine red.” It’s a medium-dark red with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had opaque coverage after two coats with a slightly thin consistency that produced a more watery, streaky first coat but looked perfectly even and smooth after the second coat was applied. Burberry Oxblood No. 303 (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). China Glaze Merry Berry (LE, $7.50) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Rouge Fatal (LE, $27.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Chinatown (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sunset Sky (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Paros (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
Batignolles is described as a “cross between a sky and turquoise blue.” It’s a light-medium, green-leaning aqua with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats with a consistency that wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it spread easily across the nail without pooling along the edges. When I tested this shade for wear, it lasted for seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping. Zoya Wednesday (P, $9.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Thasos (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Illamasqua Nomad (P, $17.00) is brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
Miss Loubi is described as a “deeply vibrant coral pink.” It’s a bright, medium-dark coral-pink with warm undertones and a cream finish. It was nearly opaque in a single coat, though I applied two to ensure total opacity (it can sometimes be hard to tell until I’m editing). The consistency was just right–not too thick or too thin–and applied well without streaking or bubbling. I wore this one for a week with no chipping and only minor tip wear (average wear for me, no base or top coats). MAC Impassioned (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Chanel Fracas (LE, $27.00) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Tapage (605) (P, $27.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Shameless Red (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Vivid Effect (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Want to Have Fun (LE, $19.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior Diablotine (643) (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Essie Sunday Fun Day (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Starlet (LE, $27.00) is lighter (85% similar). Rescue Beauty Lounge Kellie Gonzo (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.