Last month, Christian Louboutin debuted his new line of lipsticks with an array of different shades in 3 finishes: Sheer Voile, Silky Satin, and Velvet Matte. It can be a little tricky to differentiate the 3 finishes, but Sheer lipsticks have a bubbly “pinecone” appearance, Satin lipsticks have a shiny polished look, and Matte ones have a smooth matte finish. All the lipsticks are in gold packaging, except the classic “Rouge” colour is in black packaging and available in all 3 textures again.
I actually knew about this rumour more than an year ago that CL would be coming out with a makeup line and there were mixed opinions about how a shoe company is branching out into the cosmetics industry. I’m a bit of a purist in that I think every company should stick to its roots and focus on doing what it’s best known for and not diverge out. Then the opportunist in me agrees that now’s the time for CL to ride its high while it remains to be the top selling shoe designer since most other premier designers have all branched out.
Regardless of how I feel emotionally about this brand since I’ve been part of its birth and seen it rise to fame, I do think that that they are great gifts! They’re certainly the most expensive lipsticks compared to any other high end cosmetic brand, selling at $90 US ($115 CAD) + tax each, but as a nice present, they’re still affordable which is why I think CL is very interesting in terms of its marketing strategies. Not only so, I am impressed by the quality, texture, and pigmentation of the product itself. Everything is presented in a high gloss box, that opens up to the lipsticks being encased in a red cushion, comes with a black mesh travel pouch, and yellow ribbon. I wouldn’t wear it as a necklace myself, but may attach it to the inside of my bag, so that it doesn’t get lost amongst all my other belongings.
Review of the shade You You (Sheer Voile):
The name You You comes from one of CL’s very classic heels, which is an open toe pump of a modest 100 mm height with a small 10 cm platform. It’s a very comfortable pair, and this lipstick is just as comfy as the shoes themselves with a very richly moisturizing feeling. I’m very impressed by how smooth the texture is and how deeply pigmented it is for a sheer shade which is usually just a hint of colour. It feels like a balm, without the stickiness, and lasts many hours if you don’t eat or wipe your mouth. The colour is quite intense like a very dark rose. It’s very beautiful and great to wear on weekdays or if you need something quick to put together your whole makeup look!
Review of the shade Miss Clichy (Silky Satin):
This colour also derives its name from a pair of shoes that is now discontinued for 3-4 years. I personally did not find them comfortable and prefer an exposed platform, rather than a hidden 1 inch platform of 140 mm height. The colour however is actually very similar to the You You above, but darker, more saturated, and has more blue undertones. I thought the Satin texture was interesting because I’m used to Chanel‘s and Guerlain‘s lipsticks, and CL’s satin is definitely more moisturizing. It’s got a bit of sheen to it as well, which I was not expecting. The colour wears well for many hours and does not feather from my one time experience when I went out last week. Another gorgeous colour to wear for special events or going out to a nice restaurant!
Swatches of the colours below, thanks for letting me share and have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend everyone 😀
So I really love these lipsticks in Silky Satin that I got 3 more to add to my mini collection! I think these are great as gifts for the holiday season as well and you can bet that a few of the closest people to me received them for Christmas 😀
Bottom 3 lipsticks are the new additions all in the following colours from left to right:
Belly Bloom, Bikini, and Impera.