Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour ($50.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a medium (almost medium-dark), subtly cool-toned red cream with a high gloss finish. NARS Torre del Oro (P, $20.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Trophy Wife (LE, $32.00) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Shameless (LE, $32.00) is warmer. NARS Lost Red (LE, $20.00) is brighter. Chanel Cinema (P, $27.00) is more muted. MAC Touch of Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Stage Red (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Russian Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Flaming Rose (P, $16.00) is slightly pinker. Dior Marilyn (LE, $26.00) is brighter. Butter London Pillar Box Red (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.
It is modeled after the iconic red sole of Louboutin’s shoes. I can’t weigh in on how close of a match of it, as I do not own any Louboutin shoes myself. From the bottom of the bottle to the very top of the handle, it measured exactly eight inches (as intended to match the tallest shoe ever designed by Louboutin, the Ballerina Ultima). The long-handled cap is also supposed to be “perfectly weighted to ensure the utmost ergonomic comfort and control.” The formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented, chip-proof” with a “brilliantly shiny finish that mimics the reflection of patent leather.” It comes in a small, square box that the cap comes out of (so nothing keeps the cap boxed in, just the glass portion).
It was nearly opaque after one coat, though it looks more pinkish-red at times with only one coat. I applied two coats for swatches (except the one as noted, to show you opacity after one). I think it lives up to the highly pigmented claim, and it has a high shine finish without the need of a top coat. It dries down faster than the average polish, though you can still dent it if you’re not careful for about a half hour to forty-five minutes after application. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it was well-balanced, easy to apply, and didn’t streak, bubble, or pool along the edges.
Everything about the actual formula was quite nice (aside from wear, which I’m testing), but I didn’t really like the brush or the way the handle/cap felt in my hands. I didn’t find it ergonomic, and it made applying polish with my non-dominant hand even more tedious than usual. It is rather weighty, and I found myself having to hold it nearest to the base (closest to the brush itself), and the thickness of the cap at that point is large, which I think is why it seems less comfortable. The brush itself is shorter and seems almost narrower than some, which I didn’t have any issues with other than it does take more strokes to get an even coat of polish across the entire nail, but that will depend on the width of your nails. If the brand has any more metallic shades in their line-up, I will be curious to see if it is problematic applying those finishes and managing brush strokes. The “is it worth it” question is really personal–there are plenty of red creams on the market, so if it’s the color you’re after, there are other options, but if Louboutin makes your heart sing, it might be right up your alley.
This is part sneak peek, part review, as the wear test will take take as long as ten days (really depends on what it looks like after seven). I’ll update this post after wearing it with a full rating, but the clock has started! I bought mine from Sephora, but it seems like most places are out of stock and/or on backorder (Nordstrom, Saks).
Update: For the most part, I had a decent amount of tip wear after seven days of wear. It is actually more tip wear than is normal for me with most polishes, but I also had chipping on my right index finger that started after five days, while the left index finger was also in worse shape compared to other shades. It’s very rare that I get chipping, so I was really disappointed to see it here. For reference, I didn’t use any base or top coat, and I used two coats of the polish (this is the same way I wear other polish to test wear). I didn’t have any staining, and it was easy to remove.