It’s really hard not to obsess over some of the latest beauty trends, like bold brows, cut-crease eyelids — and, let’s not forget, unicorn everything. They say beauty is pain, but with all the must-have product launches from designers and brands across the luxury spectrum, it's my bank account suffering these days.
So when the opportunity popped up for me to take a peek at the newest launches from Christian Louboutin's beauty line, a thousand red soles couldn't keep me away. The first cosmetic release from the famed shoe brand was a nail polish collection in 2014, coveted for its stiletto-inspired bottles (although it could also be mistaken for a unicorn horn, hence its magical qualities) and for the sold-out Loubichrome colors designed to mimic the mirror shine of the company's famous patent-leather heels.
Having started with nails and lips, the latest beauty additions are total eye candy. (See what I did there?) Earlier this month, Louboutin released the Les Yeux Noirs eye collection. Long-time Louboutin lovers will get all the feels from the packaging of Oeil Vinyle ($75), a 'luminous ink liner,' as it too resembles the iconic Louboutin stiletto and is designed to offer the slick, shiny look of patent leather. These eyeliners in black, navy and a racy rouge are highly pigmented, allowing wearers to create a bold statement. Use them to create a cut-crease eyelid and who knows, maybe looks can kill.
The beauty line also includes velvety pencil eyeliners and a very-necessary-in-2017 brow definers that glide on effortlessly to create a matte finish. At $70, the new Les Yeux Noir mascara is as intimidating as it is amazing, presented in a scepter-like tube of black and gold that arrives encased in a box fit for an expensive piece of jewelry. It still runs at the first sign of tears or rain, though.
If bold brows or cat eyes aren’t enough to grab your attention (or to lay claim to your beauty budget) then you'll want to skip straight to the just-released collection of chromatic nudes for nails and lips. The so-called Metalinudes boast glimmering chrome shades that have been re-invented to complement all skin tones—move over, Kim and Kylie.
What did I discover when trying out the latest from this luxury beauty line? Even for the price, there's more to like than just the cheeky references to shoes.