Friday, September 4, 2015

Christian Louboutin Lip Color: My Three Choices + 3 Other Beauty Discoveries

Above: The Christian Louboutin lip color comes in an ornate gold case on a ribbon, making it just as apropos for a necklace as a lipstick.
Christian Louboutin's iconic, red-soled luxury now has extended into the lipstick realm.  After the release of perhaps the most stunningly lethal nail polish known to man last year (reviewed HERE) this latest development has beauty lovers ready to devote a significant sum to procure these undeniably opulent gems.  Currently available at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Sephora, Saks and Bergdorf Goodman, I chose three shades, sight unseen, and am excited to share them (as well as three other key beauty discoveries) in this post!

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the products in action as well as the Bottom Line...

Above (from L-R): Louboutin Bikini, Tutulle and Me Nude.
Although the lipcolor comes in three formulas (satin, matte and sheer) and a spectrum of shades, I embraced my penchant for creamy, opaque, pinky nude lips and opted for befitting hues in the satin formula.  

I would imagine that the question on everyone's mind is if this lipstick is truly exquiste enough to justify the unprecedented price tag.  The truth, dear readers, is a tough one...from a fiscal perspective, I wish I could say that you should save your money because this formula is mediocre, but, in fact, the opposite is true.  

The packaging itself is breathtaking.  From the chic keepsake box to the weighty golden case fit for royalty, every detail has been considered.  Additionally, the lipstick comes laced on a silk ribbon, making it an incredible accessory to boot.  While I appreciate unique packaging as much as the next person, when it comes to makeup, the formula must be effective or I am not compelled to offer endorsement.  

That being said, the Silky Satin formula (which, as aforementioned, is the only one I can speak to) is absolutely divine...pigmented and smooth with beautiful performance, this lipstick is love at first swatch.  The texture is creamy, gliding over lips with just enough slip to be comfortable but not too much as to make one question the lasting power.  The fragrance is slightly floral (but nominal) and I don't detect any taste whatsoever.  I get 4-6 hours of touchup-free wear and my perennially-dry lips stay hydrated and comfortable the entire time.  

All in all, I am blissfully happy with my purchases...yes, it was an investment-level endeavor, but when I think about how many lipsticks I may buy and, ultimately, not wear regulary, then less than $300 dollars spent on three stellar shades that will get a lot of wear time is not as insane as it sounds! 

Above: A perfect pale nude.
Onto the three shades I selected...

Above: Bikini.
(1) The Silky Satin Lipstick in Bikini is a resplendent baby pink with no shimmer and a demure shine.  It is creamy and opaque, expertly walking the line between pigmented and soft.  As an unapologetic pink lover, this is sublime.

christian louboutin bikini lipstick swatches

Above: Tutelle.
(2) The Silky Satin Lipstick in Tutulle is a gorgeous pale pinky beige with a soft shine.  It is the perfect blend of light rose, peach and beige for a classic 1960's nude lip effect that is muted but still full of life.  Absolutely brilliant! 

christian louboutin tutulle lipstick swatches

Above: Me Nude.
(3) The Silky Satin lipstick in Me Nude: I was initially concerned that Me Nude would be too close in tone to Tutelle and one may be compelled to further this assumption when looking at the bullets side by side.  I am, however, pleased to confirm that they are distinct enough for both to be a wise purchase for nude lip lovers.  It is a mid-toned beige, slightly warmer and more brown than Tutulle...excellent for a subtle take on the 1990's nude lip resurgence.  

christian louboutin me nude lipstick swatches

christian louboutin lipstick swatches
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.

christian louboutin lipstick swatches
Above: Swatches of all three shades in direct sunlight...each swatch is representative of a single coat on the lips.
Above: Sunlit beauty.
Product used for the look that follows:
Above: LMdB Full Stream Kaleidoscope swatches in direct sunlight.
Above: One press of the button and a perfect dose of foundation is released in the compact...blend with the sponge and a even canvas is mere moments away.
Above: A swatch of Shell Beige in direct sunlight. 
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.  
Above: Luxe details at the golden hour.
The following images reflect all products in action in various lighting situations...

christian louboutin lipstick swatches
Above: Bikini.
Above: Louboutin Bikini.
Above: Bikini.
christian louboutin lipstick swatches
Above: Louboutin Tutulle.
Above: Tutulle.
Above: Tutulle.
christian louboutin lipstick swatches
Above: Louboutin Me Nude.
Above: Me Nude.
Above: Me Nude.
Above: Me Nude.
christian louboutin lipstick swatches
Above: Me Nude.
christian louboutin lipstick swatches
Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line: I wish I could say that this lipstick is lovely but not worth it; my experience, however, completely defies this desire since the Christian Louboutin lip color (also available at Neiman MarcusSephora, Saks and Bergdorf Goodman) is one of the most exceptional formulas I have ever encountered.  If you are looking to treat yourself, have a birthday or anniversary coming up where a stunning gift is in order or simply have an unabashed adoration for the very best in lip color, then I implore to consider trying this formula...I, for one, have no regrets.

Will YOU be trying the Christian Louboutin lip color?  Which shades catch your eye?

Good things ahead, including more fall collection overviews, fresh product procurements and a new skincare intensive...I hope your weekend is off to a marvelous start!

xx,

--The Beauty Professor

** PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-15 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

24 comments:

  1. NO!!!! Was totally hoping you were going to say it wasn't worth the money. LOL, I'm still trying to wrap my brain around it. As always you look fabulous. Is that a new Estee Lauder foundation?

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    1. I know...I wish I could have said the same thing, but alas, they truly are incredible!

      Yes, the Estee Lauder foundation is new in this format but it also comes in a bottle...it works really well in heat and humidity ; )

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  2. Choose the exact same colour of your choice. 300 should be working for everyday colour rite 😁 and you just convinced me to check out. Beautiful swatch on the lips 💕✨

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    1. Fantastic, Fanny...I hope you love it as I do! Thanks for your sweet words!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  3. Very helpful review and detailed. All gorge on you but I think Bikini is the prettiest on you.

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    1. Many thanks, Missy! I appreciate the compliment!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  4. I ordered Tutulle and Me Nude, more excited to recieve them after seeing your blog post, also ordered 2 of the lipliners.

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    1. Marvelous, Ms. Draper!!!

      Enjoy them...can't wait to hear what you think of the lip liners!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  5. Yes I will be trying a few but I'm a red lips cat so I'll be getting a few of those. you look stunning with the sahde Bikini!
    Happy Saturday my darling,
    xxxx

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    1. Thank you, my lovely friend! There are reds galore in this lineup and I know you'll find the perfect one!

      XO and talk soon,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  6. Glad that you reviewed this lipstick because it is stunning. You look great in all three shades you reviewed. Shopping the post, the black case is lovely as well! Probably won't purchase as the price tag not in my budget but love knowing its out there. Great review,as always. Have a lovely holiday weekend!

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    1. Hi Debi!

      Thank you for the lovely feedback. I know...these lipsticks are at a serious pricepoint, but perhaps for a special gift?!

      Have a beautiful rest of the weekend...xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  7. Yesterday my car needs new brakes, the bill was 300 Euro. I rather spend my money for lipsticks...
    They are beautiful!
    Greetings from Germany
    Susanne

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    1. What a bummer, Susanne...I hope your car is much better now and that some of these lipsticks are in your future, lovely!

      XOXO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  8. Ordered my two this morning!! I can't wait!!!

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    1. Fantastic!! I can't wait to hear what you think!

      XO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  9. Great review! I love the shades you picked. I can't wait to get mine!

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    1. Thank you, my friend! Which shades did you choose?!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  10. Thank you for the review, how would you say me nude compares to TF sable smoke, or other similar shades such as CT Hepburn Honey or Estée Lauder Discreet?

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    1. Thanks, Deb!! I find that Me Nude is more neutral to TF Sable Smoke (but of similar depth) and a touch darker than EL Discreet.

      Hope that helps!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  11. As I sat on the edge of my seat while reading your post, I so hoped you would tell us these lipsticks are all hype and packaging! For goodness sake, I must try at least one of these lovely lipsticks. The shades you chose are simply stunning in your photos. (Love the EL foundation too!) Off to do some shopping now! Thanks for a wonderful post.

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    1. Hi Liz,

      I loved reading your comment ; ) Thank you for the sweet words and I look forward to hearing which shades you choose! Do keep me posted!

      XO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  12. Hi B.P great post for us beauty junkies. Today at the salon 1 of my clients brought in her 2 matte shades and 1 lipliner. I got to try and loved! Unfortunately! Beautiful and heavy packaging, feels good the way it sits in the hand also! ! The liner seems dry and waterproof which is good for longevity. Love your swatches and can't decide between the 2 nudes. Xo

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    1. Hi Lynn,

      Thanks for the sweet words! Yes, these lippies are so (unfortunately) good and I am glad to hear your thoughts about the lipliners...next on my list to try!

      I hope all is well and look forward to catching up soon, my friend...XO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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