Christian Louboutin Nail Polish Is Here

by Stephanie Montes

Famed footwear designer and beauty enthusiast has fashion women around the world buzzing about the launch of Christian Louboutin Beauté. Louboutin has chosen to mark his debut into the beauty realm with an entire range of luxury nail polishes. Rouge Louboutin, the first of his lacquers, will be followed by 30 colors due to hit retailers in August. If you can’t get your hands on a pair of red-soled pumps, now is your chance to own a piece of the brand.

The Beginning

“The red sole was born from red nail polish. I am giving back to nails what the shoe took from the nails many years ago.”

Christian Louboutin paining the soles of his 'Pensée' Pump.

In 1992, Christian Louboutin created 'Pensée', a shoe influenced by Warhol and the Pop Art movement. Having drawn the shoe perfectly, he was still disappointed with the prototype. Although it was very close to the initial drawing, something was missing. While staring at the prototype he noticed his assistant painting her nails at her desk. He grabbed the red nail polish and proceeded to paint the sole of the shoe. ET VOILA! The signature red sole was born.

The Product

Beauté, Inside and Out

Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour, $50.

Louboutin’s idea was not just to create beauty products; he wanted to push the unprecedented limits of packaging, formula and colors. The goal: create true "objets d’art".

The ombré effect on Rouge Louboutin starts with intense black and graduates to the signature red of Louboutin’s trademarked soles. This luxury lacquer is encapsulated in a prismatic crystal bottle with a pointed cap that evokes the designer’s iconic 8-inch heel, the Ballerina Ultima.

The ultimate goal of the nail colour was to evoke shiny lacquer imprisoned in a piece of faceted crystal.

The Palette

Loubotin’s team worked with leather and fabric samples unique to the brand to create the full palette. Once chosen, his shades were then updated to complement different skin tones.

Thirty additional hues, all inspired by the iconic shoes, will hit shelves on August 31st. To showcase, Christian Louboutin artfully designed three distinct groups; The Pops, The Noirs and The Nudes.

The Pops

The eye-catching cap takes the back seat in silver to highlight the rainbow of bright colors.

The Nudes

The rose gold cap emphasizes the varying nude and soft tones.

The Noirs

Louboutin chose a gunmetal cap to best showcase these deep, jeweled tones.