"After the eyes, lips represent the most expressive element of the face. And there's the fetish appeal, because lipstick can transform a face from intense to naive or even dangerous... When she slips on a pair of heels, we observe her walk. If she applies lacquer to her nails, we admire her hands. With its slow, circular application, lip makeup becomes a rich and sensual gesture." - Christian Louboutin

Is it a jewellery charm? Is it a lipstick?
The creator of red-bottom shoes and more recently (just last year) a stunning line of nail polish which launched him into the world of beauty, Christian Louboutin has released his new lipstick line back in September. And of course in typical Louboutin fashion, it’s definitely not like any other lipstick I’ve ever seen. Like the nail polishes before them, the lipsticks are designed as objects of desire as much as they are colour cosmetics - with £60 price tags to match - in vial-like golden packaging with ribbon ties. It did took me awhile of convincing and even with the price it sold out pretty quick online too! So when I got an email from NET-A-PORTER that they are stocking up, I just went for it! And boy I’ve got no regrets!

Each lipstick is packaged in a beautiful, sleek black box. The interior is Louboutin red and holds the precious lipsticks in place. I must say, the packaging is quite unique and definitely makes a statement, but it’s also very much in line with the design theme and aesthetics. It’s just a work of art and feels weighed and luxurious . And I’m such a sucker to anything  Art Deco and love love these antiquities-inspired vial case. Having them displayed on my vanity corner brings a bit more glamour and royalty to my mirrored table.

My first picks, and hopefully not the last, was from the Velvet Matte Collection called Eton-Moi and Rococotte pictured above. Inspired by the Egyptian queen Nefertiti, the 38 colours are available as Silky Satin, Velvet Matte and Sheer Voile finishes -each inspired by the fashion house’s most iconic shoes and handbags. Take your pick from bold pinks, rich wine shades, delicate nudes, and – of course – the iconic Louboutin red.

I choose matte finishes as I love highly-pigmented matte lipsticks that provides non-drying comfort on the lips and leaves a suede finish. I especially love a good matte vampy, purpley lipstick  like "Eton- Moi" anytime and this 'Rococotte' shade is a dark rose-mauve with a flattering warm undertones , perfect colour for everyday wear. It moisturises for up to four hours, for a comfortable, bleed-resistant finish that looks supple and flawless. 

The Velvet Matte Collection is offered in 9 highly pigmented shades with a soft matte finish. It feels lush and truly velvety! The colour doesn't sit on your lip lines or accentuate lip imperfections, and more importantly, the formula is not excessively powdery and over-drying like other matte lipsticks I've tried.

Velvet Matte Lip Colour - 9 shades including Rouge Louboutin 3.8 gr /0.134 Oz
  • Glides on lips with smooth precision. 
  • Intensely rich colour goes on with full coverage and sets with a soft touch matte finish. 
  • Medium to full coverage delivered in one stroke with a supple and soft feel on lips. 
  • A complex of natural oils and seed butters enhances moisturisation for up to 4 hours and creates a protective effect against dryness. 
  • Maintains an excellent appearance on lips up to 4 hours without bleeding and with durable comfort. 
At £60 a pop, these are definitely not a must have (it is for a makeup junkie like moi!LOL), but a luxurious splurge to treat yourself to. If you love collecting makeup and enjoy beautiful packaging with good high quality product and have the cash to spare, definitely look into these beauties. I don’t think you will be disappointed. And are they worth the splurge? DEFINITELY YES!They may come with a hefty price tag but Louboutin has taken lipstick to another level, not just with the packaging, but also with an incredible formula. According to Louboutin these are made in the USA, paraben-ree, mineral oil-free, DEA-free and Phthalate-free.
I know the price is crazy but it is a case of designer fashion meets beauty. I guess £60 doesn't sound as bad for a piece of jewellery than it might for a lipstick right? :)

So what are your thoughts on the Louboutin lipstick line?


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