Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour Review, Photos, Swatches + DIY Strass How-To

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour ($50.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmer bronze brown.” It’s a deepened, chocolate brown with warmer, bronze shimmer for a more metallic finish. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Isherwood (P, $10.00) is quite similar, just slightly redder. Urban Decay Barlust (LE) is darker. Dior Exquis (LE, $24.00) is more muted. Rescue Beauty Lounge Ghost (LE, $20.00) is less golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Like many others, I picked up another shade of Christian Louboutin’s polish during Sephora’s sale (almost every shade sold out during the sale). I was disappointed in the way this dried down, as it bubbled in places–it had bits of texture to it–and just didn’t look smooth. It had great color coverage, as it was almost opaque in a single coat, though I still applied two to be sure. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and the wear came in at seven days with minor tip wear and no chipping (better than Rouge Louboutin). It had minor visible brush strokes from the more metallic finish, but they weren’t too noticeable at a normal viewing distance–only under bright lights and if I brought my fingertips closer to my eyes.

In the spirit of Starlight, I was inspired to take some extra Swarovski crystals I had on hand and bedazzle part of the bottle. I happened to have several leftover of Crystal AB Swarovski crystals, so I probably would have chosen a different colored stone if I was starting from scratch. It’s a really easy DIY project, but it can be time consuming, depending on how many of the crystals you want to apply. The brand says there are 1,500 on Starlight–I think the Siam shade might look particularly stunning on Rouge Louboutin, because they seem to reflect almost red-black (like the bottle). Depending on the size, 1,500 will run you around $50-90 in Swarovski crystals. I recommend sizes 5, 7, 9, 10, and possibly 12ss, if you like a larger stone, but I would stay in the 7 and 9 range for the majority of the work. I used 5, 9, 10, 12, and 14ss since that’s what I had on hand. It took me about 15 minutes to do apply the amount you’ll see in the photos.

  • Supplies: E6000 (glue), crystals of your choice, applicator, syringe, sorting trays

How-to:

  1. Pour your crystals into sorting trays and arrange by size
  2. Fill the syringe with a small amount of glue–E6000 dries pretty quickly, so you don’t want too much, and a little goes a long way.
  3. Apply 2-3 “dots” or dabs of glue to the working area. You don’t want to apply glue to a large area; you want to work quickly and not have the glue dry before you get to that space. I like using a palette knife to smooth the glue across the glass surface, but it’s not necessary.
  4. Using your applicator (I used the Crystal Katana, which did work really well, but you can use a wax stick), apply the crystals in whatever pattern/arrangement you want. I used multiple sizes, but you can also do a more uniform design using all the same sizes–the world is your oyster!
  5. Make sure that none of the crystals sit over the edge of the bottom, so that the bottle will stay stand straight.
  6. Let dry (24-48 hours) and enjoy!

Farida

PPermanent. $50.00.
B-
B-
7
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
82%
Total

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour

DIY Project

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour

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Sylirael Avatar

Aaahhh! You’re so awesome 😀 <3 The nail polish is a 'meh' for me ( to be fair I've never really been into browns, or textured polishes!), but you took it and made it MORE SPARKLY. 😀 Thank you for the strass tutorial! Now I want to jewel all the things. ALL OF THEM. Including the wizard, unless he can escape fast enough…

Sunny Avatar

Hey Christine, ugh, what a disappointment! I can see how uneven the finish is. It’s a shame especially considering how much it costs!

LOVE the DIY you did!!! You’re the queen of crystal DIY projects! 🙂

Katherine T. Avatar

The bottle is pretty, too bad about the polish, love your crystal design! Maybe you can re-sell for $500? Oh, I just thought up of a use for these bottles – Christmas tree toppers!

Sophie Avatar

I will never understand how someone can spend that much money on a nail varnish. It would have to be something extraordinary to warrant buying it, but really how much better can it be than a cheaper counterpart?

Anne Avatar

I’m really appalled by the quality of the nailpolish for the price. It just looks bad on the nails. It’s always infuriating when a high-end brand doesn’t deliver for a product, but even more so with Louboutin, since its nailpolish are twice as expensive as those from other luxury brands.
I do love your DIY idea though, Christine. It’s lovely!

beck Avatar

maybe in my younger hemorrhaging money days… The bottle is awesome a definite statement piece for your vanity but yeah the price is crazy for nail polish. All of my Louboutins are in their boxes under my bed collecting dust, this would probably do the same haha. I do like the color though! And very nice bedazzling madame!

Lauren Avatar

To me, a $50 nail polish should score higher than B-. I’ve been very disappointed in the Louboutin nail polish line. It seems like mediocre quality (as a whole), for far higher than average prices. This is one product line where I can honestly say that I just don’t understand the appeal at all. I get buying high-end cosmetics, as long as the quality is there. But this? What is the appeal, beyond the brand? (And I hope someone will take my question seriously and help me understand.)

Mariella Avatar

Lauren, don’t feel bad. I don’t understand it either and I’ve been pretty vocal here in past about my feelings regarding this – to me, it feels like “they” are all sort of having a good laugh at the expense of us women – “Let’s just see how much we can get them to spend on what’s basically a 5 dollar nail polish…”. And perhaps it’s just me, but unless I was doing it for perhaps a bridal party gift, I don’t see the point of decorating a nail polish bottle (certainly not to the tune of what CL is charging, which I find beyond offensive, to be honest) – I mean, to me (I’m sure there are others who feel differently and that’s fine), a nail polish bottle is just that – a vessel to hold the product. Once the product is gone or dried up, I toss the bottle. The only empty bottles I’ve ever kept of anything are my first empty Chanel 19 perfume bottle, a bottle of Veritable Eau de Cologne Imperial from the 70’s (with the Napoleonic bees on it – I use it for sprigs of lily of the valley or freesias in springtime) and a bottle of Flora Danica perfume which I use similarly. Other than that, packaging just goes into the trash, recycling or BacktoMac. I’d rather put the $700 or whatever they are charging toward some true art or a piece of furniture or – heck – donate it to a charity for the homeless.

Staci Avatar

I want one of these, but I want someone else to buy me one of these. I buy some silly expensive stuff. I just don’t think I can do this one though.

Love the crystals.

Malia Avatar

Love the bottle, looks harder than it sounds though lol, sorry the Polish is disappointing… I don’t know if anybody would be able to test all of them to see if the brand is at least consistent…

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