Christian Louboutin Nail Polish: Worth the Splurge?

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I recently stopped into the Christian Louboutin Boutique in NYC on a business trip.  I bought a few (post coming soon!) pairs of shoes.  I had the best experience there, and I owe them a Yelp Review!  My sales person, Michael, is also a Director at CL, and he was amazing.   Since I bought so many shoes, he threw in a free Christian Louboutin nail polish!  The polish retails for $50.00.

First, that was a miracle, because I NEVER get anything for free.  EVER.  But, on to the review!

I brought my polish to my local nail salon, and everyone was fascinated with it!  Not necessarily because it was CL, but more because of the over-the-top shape of the bottle.  I settled in for my manicure and then observed.

I noticed that the polish went on very smoothly.  Also, I could have been fine with one coat of polish, but my nail tech applied two coats.  The polish dried very shiny, even without a base coat.  Here is what my nails looked like that day:

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The color dries on the nails a bit darker than in the bottle, which is normal for a lot of nail polishes.

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So I thought I would track how it wore during the week.  Some things to know: I keep my nails functional length – pretty short.  I find that it makes my manicure last longer.  I also don’t do a lot of dishes (we have a dishwasher) and if I do – I wear gloves.  My nails have limited exposure to cleaning products.  I do a lot of typing: I work a corporate job, so I am constantly on my computer.

I waited until 2 days after my manicure to capture another photo.  The polish was still looking good, but was starting to chip a bit.

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You can see the chipping on my index finger.  This is similar to the performance that my Essie or   OPI polishes would do.  Those retail for $8-9.

By day 3, I was having some major chippage.  It was time to remove the polish.

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This is my left hand.  I am right handed, so this hand gets the least amount of wear.

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This is my right hand.  Apologies for the hangnail.

For me, the Louboutin nail polish would not be worth the splurge.  I found that it wore similarly, if not worse than much less expensive brands.  I also realize that different colors may have different formulations and different results.  However, at $50 per bottle, I will go with my theory that my dollars are better spent elsewhere:  like on his shoes!

 

xo Laura Leigh
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