When I first got wind of this nail polish being created -- and the price for which it would be sold -- I didn't think I would be purchasing it. $50 for a nail polish? I thought it was insane. But, the more I looked at photos of it online, and the more it stayed in my brain, the more reasonable the price tag seemed. After all, some pairs of Christian Louboutin heels retail for well over $2000 -- so what was a mere $50? Almost as if possessed, my fingers opened up Sephora's website one day and put themselves on the waiting list. "After all," I thought, "surely it will be weeks or even months before it's available." Alas, I received an email only two days later telling me the nail polish was available. Again, my fingers clicked on the link in the email and purchased the nail polish, almost as if an otherworldly power was making them do so.
And thus, three days later, the magical wonder that is Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Nail Polish came into my world. Immediately upon unwrapping the package, I felt completely justified in having spent $50 (okay, $53 if you count tax). The bottle is held within a black lacquered box emblazoned with the Christian Louboutin logo on two sides. It slides open to reveal the thing of beauty that is the bottle itself -- a stunning cut glass vial inspired by the classical balustrades found in European buildings.
|Strewn amongst my beloved pair of Christian Louboutin heels. The color inside perfectly matches the iconic red soles.|
And then there's the cap. Ohhhhh, the cap. It's SEVEN INCHES high and inspired by both a calligraphy pen and the heel of the Ballerina ULTIMA (the highest heel Christian Louboutin ever designed). It's so tall and pointed, it could actually be misconstrued as a weapon.
|As you can see, the bottle cap is even higher than the heel of the shoe (and that's no low heel).|
I wondered whether painting my nails with such a long cap would be difficult ... but it seems that Christian Louboutin has thought of everything. Even though the cap is longer than any others, it's surprisingly easy to paint with sure, even strokes. I found the color itself to be rich and glossy, and it applied nearly opaque in only one coat. I actually used three coats for denser color, although it was fully opaque in two. The polish is actually so glossy that it doesn't even need a top coat (although I used my favorite, Seche Vite, to lock in the color.) It is, of course, the perfect red. As you can see from the photos above, it's the exact shade of the iconic Christian Louboutin shoe sole ... deep, rich, arresting crimson that just begs attention from all who step into its path.
I am, in a word, overjoyed by my decision to purchase this nail polish. And, while I will never stop loving my (ever growing) collection of Chanel nail polish, this one definitely has a special place in my heart. Now I just have to find the perfect spot to display it.
Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Nail Polish retails for $50 at sephora.com.
All photos by the talented Janelle Bendycki of Janelle Bendycki Photography.