Christian Louboutin, the French creator of coveted red-soled shoes, luscious handbags and other accessories, guided his company into the beauty world in 2014 with a nail colour collection. Since then, lipsticks, lip glosses, eyeshadows, eyeliners, mascara and fragrance have been added.
Spurred on by the smattering of beauty sales happening, I chose a nail colour in the shade Just Nothing and matte eye colour in the shade Louana.
Louboutin’s nail colour finishes currently include pops (brights), nudes, noirs (darks) and metalinudes (metallics).
Also, Louboutin’s nail polishes are Toluene, Formaldehyde and DBP-free.
Just Nothing is part of the nude category and is without question, the best nude nail colour I’ve used up to now. It’s a pinky sandy beige and against my deeper skin tone, it isn’t too stark, too grey or too yellowy.
In some ways it reminds me of Chanel’s Bleached Mauve which is also a beautiful neutral that I absolutely adore and would recommend without hesitation. However, Just Nothing is a bit cooler but once the colour settles down, it’s transforms into a very sophisticated, upscale-looking nude.
Just Nothing is self-levelling and two coats layered over basecoat are sufficient, although I’ve seen some reviews say they prefer three coats. It has a glossy shine and can be worn without topcoat. But adding topcoat will help to lengthen the wear time and protect the colour.
Application is a snap and is helped by the elongated brush shape. Plus the exceptionally long brush handle makes it very easy to apply the nail colour and I’ve also found it increases accuracy as the handle is not too heavy in the hand.
Packaging features a faceted glass bottle that’s a shoe-in as a collector’s item. In the hand the bottle is weighty but as I said above, the handle itself is the right weight that makes applying the colour a snap.
Christian Louboutin has a dedicated base and top coat, specifically the Loubi Primer and Loubi Gloss which I am tempted to get eventually just to see if it makes any difference to how the colours wear and how long they last.
Louboutin Tape A L’oeil Matte Nude Eye Colour in Louana is the matte brown shade I’ve been looking for that’s a very close match to my natural eyelid colour.
Louana is different from Armani’s Eye Tint Liquid Eyeshadow and it’s also different from Chanel’s Ombre Première Laque Longwear Liquid Eyeshadow.
Louana features a smooth, creamy texture. Here’s how the formula is officially described: ‘Matte Nude Eye Colour is a new generation of liquid eye shadow in a unique multi-use oil-based gel structure. Each shade magnifies the natural luminosity of skin by absorbing light‘.*
The brush is superbly long-handled, while the bristles are short and make me realise that it’s more efficient to use than the typical, fuzzy fabric, doe-foot applicators usually found in liquid eyeshadow tubes.
The option to brush on the eyeshadow also increases precision plus it’s easier to control how much you apply.
Also, if one were inclined, the brush would be much easier to clean.
Louana transitions from cream to a totally matte finish. I don’t have oily eyelids, so when I wear this without eyelid primer, I experienced no fading, cracking or smudging.
Worn over an eyeshadow primer, the results were even better, plus it’s great when used as a base for other shadows, albeit a very pricey one.
So while the colour may look questionable, the performance is excellent and Louana dries down to a dark chocolate.
Christian Louboutin Beauty is stunning, dramatic and beautifully designed and packaged. These two products have certainly increased my curiosity and desire to add more items to my collection. Some of the items are wearable art, such as the lipsticks and lip glosses that can be worn around the neck.
If you’re in the habit of dropping gift hints to your loved ones, add at least one of Louboutin’s beauty products to that list next time and I hope this helps.
- *Description via us.christianlouboutin.com
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