Hope you all are doing well. Today, I bring to you a very exciting product to have hit the beauty market. After entering the beauty market with nail lacquer range, the amazing renowned designer Christian Louboutin has launched a lipstick range. These lipsticks comes in a variety of shades and range across 3 different formulas – Velvet Matte, Silky Satin and Sheer Voile. The finish of the lipstick is reflected in the finish of the lipstick tube. The classic red shade (the red shoe sole color) which Louboutin is famous for, comes in a black lipstick tube whereas all the other shades come in gold lipstick tube. I picked up the Christian Louboutin Velvet Matte Lip Colour in the shade “Rouge Louboutin.”
Product Description (courtesy Sephora website):
A highly-pigmented matte lip color that provides non-drying comfort on the lips and leaves a suede finish.
What it does:
This intensely rich color goes on with full coverage and sets with a soft touch matte finish. Formulated with a complex of natural oils and seed butters to enhance moisture for up to four hours, it provides a protective layer against dryness. These lip colors are available in a universal shade palette, ranging from light to deep tones, across mid-tonal and bright hues of pinks to berries, reds and corals, and nudes and browns. Presented in a jewelry box and offered with a silk carrying pouch, the design mirrors an object d’art so intimate as to be worn like a precious jewel; it transforms a forgotten object into a woman’s magic wand. The colors are available in three finishes—silky satin, velvet matte, and sheer voile – each with its own design. Each lip color features a unique elixir vial design with a silk ribbon to transform the lipstick into a necklace. The solid black or gold metal body holds the iconic Rouge Louboutin lip color.
$90, available to buy at Nordstrom and Sephora online.
My Experience with Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Velvet Matte Lip Colour:
Packaging: Truly exquisite. The lipstick comes packaged beautifully in a glossy black case which reveals the lipstick cushioned inside on a red bed. The red bed feels a bit rough in texture and I wish it had more of silky smooth cushion-y feel which would have added to the luxurious feel of this lipstick.
The “Velvet Matte” range has a matte lipstick tube with a small scalloped design on the tip. The cap is a silvery and gold crown design and has a small ring with a silk strap, which you can use to wear this as a necklace or you can use your own metal chain if you wish.
I do wish there was some sort of clasp on the strap because that would give it some stability when worn as a necklace, but the benefit of having a ribbon knot is that you can adjust how low or high you want the lipstick to hang on your neck. There is a signature of Louboutin when you open the cap. The lipstick has a moderate weight which gives it a feel of luxury and does not feel cheap at all.
The lipstick also comes with a silk carrying pouch which you can use to store your lipstick to prevent it from getting scratched in your handbag. The lipstick case has a flip top opening; I wish it came with a lid which detached completely, so that it would be easier to display the open case as the lipstick cannot stand up on its own to display on your vanity.
Texture and Application: This velvet matte lipstick applies smoothly and evenly. Usually matte lipstick formula can be a hit or miss and I think Louboutin has nailed this formula. This lipstick glides on the lips with very minimal tug which is expected with a matte lipstick due to their dry texture.
Pigmentation and Coverage: One to two coats will give a complete opaque finish. It does not bleed, but it is not smear proof.
Shade and Finish: The shade “Rouge Louboutin” is the perfect red. It is neither too orange nor too blue based. This shade of red is universally flattering. This perfect red lipstick is all you need to make yourself feel sexy, elegant and put together. The finish is true to the name – “velvety matte.” There is no hint of shine or shimmer, yet it does not look flat. The soft matte finish makes the lips look pillow soft. This lipstick does tend to bunch up slightly on the inside part of lips, but it still does not look unflattering and can only be noticed if you look really up close.
Staying Power and Feel on lips: This lipstick has truly remarkable wear time. It wore for 7-8 hours on my lips with many snack and drink breaks and faded evenly leaving a soft stain behind. You do require a touch-up after a full meal as it tends to fade from the inside of the lips. This lipstick hugs the lips and feels very lightweight. It does not feel uncomfortably drying on the lips and does not accentuate fine lines or dryness of my usually super dry lips. If you are someone who usually steers clear of matte lipsticks due to them being uncomfortable or drying, this is a very good formula and one of the most comfortable feeling matte formulas I have used till date, hence would be a good choice for you. It is truly a very forgiving formula for dry lips.
Fragrance: This lipstick has a perfume scent, which is very pleasant and not overpowering, though a little on the strong side.
Overall, it’s an amazing product and even though it has a hefty $90 price tag, it is truly one of a kind and one of the most comfortable matte formulas I own, plus you cannot go wrong with the flattering Rouge Louboutin color. It is worth every penny and the designer necklace can also be worn long after the lipstick gets over, which makes it an excellent souvenir. I 100% recommend this lipstick and if you have to splurge on yourself or even hint it to your significant other for a special day, you cannot go wrong with this!
Pros of Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Velvet Matte Lip Colour:
- Beautiful packaging.
- Can be used as a necklace.
- Perfect universally flattering red shade.
- Comfortable, lightweight, non-drying formula.
- Soft suede finish on the lips.
- Very long wearing.
- Does not bleed.
- Fades evenly.
- Opaque coverage.
Cons of Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Velvet Matte Lip Colour:
- Expensive but so worth every penny.
- Not fragrance free which might be bothersome to sensitive noses.
- Due to the fact that it cannot stand on its own, it is hard to display this item on your vanity.
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