Monday, 26 October 2015

Christian Louboutin Velvet Matte Lip Colour: Rouge Louboutin

I initially had zero intention of picking up one of the Christian Louboutin lipsticks. I never succumbed to the allure of the Louboutin nail polishes, and spending $90 on a lipstick seemed rather preposterous, even for me. But shortly after their launch in early September I began to see reviews that suggested that these were actually really fantastic lipsticks. I'm nothing if not curious, so for the sake of science, I placed an order.

I was not able to see these in person and, given that I ordered shortly after the launch, there were few swatches online. This made choosing a shade and finish rather challenging. But I think that there is nothing as glamorous as a bold red lip, which led me to settle on the shade Rouge Louboutin in the Velvet Matte finish. I have yet to try either of the other finishes, the Silky Satin or Sheer Voile, but for bolder shades, I am always more drawn towards mattes. A matte finish, in my opinion, looks more chic and will normally last longer on the lips, so fewer touch ups will be required. The trade off is that matte lipsticks can be more drying on the lips and can highlight lip lines or other imperfections. This lipstick, however, is an absolute pleasure to wear. 

The question on everyone's lips is 'are these lipsticks worth it?' My answer is this: value and worth are inherently subjective. It is up to you whether you are comfortable with spending $90 on a lipstick. In all honesty, there is probably no lipstick on the planet that is truly worth $90. In truth, none of us actually need lipstick, or any makeup. Personally, it was the collector in me that decided to pull the trigger on this. I didn't buy it expecting it to be mind-blowingly good, or to be miles better than the $50 Tom Ford lipsticks I own, or the $32 NARS ones, or the $24 Lipstick Queen ones, and so on. But I will say that I like Rouge Louboutin enough that I'm already thinking about ordering another from the Velvet Matte line in the shade Survivita, and perhaps one of the Silky Satin lipsticks, as well.

So while I will decline to say whether it is 'worth' the price tag, I do think it is a very, very good lipstick. The packaging is gorgeous, albeit a bit gaudy. And the formula truly impresses me. It feels creamy, yet light on the lips, and doesn't cause them to dry out like some other lipsticks do (NARS Audacious, I'm looking at you). In the photo above, I applied Rouge Louboutin without a lip liner to show you its true color. It doesn't absolutely require a lip liner in the sense that it doesn't smear or pull into lip lines, but I would generally wear a liner with Rouge Louboutin to get a more precise lip line. Something about the velvety texture of these doesn't allow for a super precise application, but this is in no way a deal-breaker for me.

The pigmentation of also Rouge Louboutin is amazing, but because it does not set on the lips completely, it does transfer throughout the day (onto coffee cups and so forth). This means you will have to do some touch ups if you wear it for more than a few hours, but it does have relatively good staying power. The shade Rouge Louboutin ends up being quite neutral on my lips and is a supremely flattering shade of red. I think pretty much any skintone could pull this off. Overall, this has quickly become one of my favorite lipsticks.

The Velvet Matte Lipsticks have been very popular since their release, and I've noticed that many (if not most) shades are sold out at Sephora. You might have better luck at Nordstrom or Saks, which is where I ordered mine from (but remember that they won't allow you to make returns once you've used the product). Have you tried any of the Christian Louboutin lipsticks? Let me know below what shades you've got your eyes on!

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