I am a fan of Mr. Louboutin's work, though usually from an artistic point of view. His heels designs are beautiful and glamorous and almost always synonym of a broken ankle to me. I love them from afar nevertheless.
So when the news came out that Louboutin would make nail polish I just thought MEH. Then I saw the pictures of the packaging and it was a whole other story. The packaging, my darlings, is killing my sensible heart and eyes. It may be the best product packaging I've seen in my whole life, maybe the forms and colors he's used are very appealing to me, maybe it's just objectively beautiful. I don't know, and I don't care. I just needed this to be the jewel of my nail polish collection... and a couple of days and Eur. 57 later, it is!
I always said I'd swatch this baby once and then leave it lead its magnificent legacy, reigning over all the other bottles in my stash, and it will not be hard to keep my word.
The color is gorgeous, and almost a one coater. Formula is bliss. I guess short nails would be fine with just one coat of this red liquid, but my stilettos needed two. Even then, there's a tiny teeny bit on VNL showing, but not enough to bother me.
What did bother me was the wand. It is probably meant to imitate Chinese and Japanese ink painting brushes, and I can tell some thought has been put into it because the weigh is quite well compensated at the beginning and the end. BUT if I may have one suggestion for Louboutin's thinking team, in all my humility and nothingness, it would be: please, get us some detachable caps. Some other brands do, and it's really for the best.
It may be just me, but this long and heavy wand made the process of painting my nails quite hard. I haven't been reading this on other nail blogs and I didn't expect it to be this way but... it was. I did a mess on my left hand like I hadn't done in... years, maybe? Clean up sorted it all, no probs. But I'd rather not do clean up, if I can help it.
All in all, I'm 150% happy to have splurged with this, because I know I will visually enjoy seeing this around for all eternity. I will have it in a shelf in my office, where I spend most of my time, because I think it will be THE statement piece to define me. I may also get a couple of the Noirs/Pops so it isn't that lonely... we'll see about that!
I bought this off of Louboutin's website and it took just 2 days to reach me from Italy, in a very thoughtful package. I was marvelled by the whole thing. What about you?