Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin Les Yeux Noirs

April 5, 2017

Louboutin Les Yeux Noirs | The Beauty Look Book

This spring Christian Louboutin has expanded his beauty line to include eye makeup in his Les Yeux Noirs collection. True to Louboutin style these are luxurious pieces with elaborate packaging that are like works of art. I have two pieces to review for you today but the entire collection includes:

I was kindly gifted the Les Yeux Noirs Amplifying Mascara in Khol and the Oeil Vinyle Luminous Ink Liner in Khol. I’ve reviewed quite a few Louboutin products before, both purchased items and press samples and have been really impressed with their nail polishes and lip products. Based on this I had extremely high expectations for both the mascara and liner. After testing I have one product I feel is a total hit and one item I have luke-warm feelings towards.

Louboutin Les Yeux Noirs | The Beauty Look Book

Louboutin Les Yeux Noirs | The Beauty Look Book

First – the packaging on both the liner and mascara is just out of this world gorgeous. They are so unique and the packaging makes quite the statement. Design-wise they are functional and very easy to hold and use. Travel-wise they aren’t really travel-friendly. I tried both items in the black shade Khol and both are true rich black colors. Even though pigments have improved these days there are still some brands where the black shades actually look grey once they dry down.

Up first is the Les Yeux Noirs Amplifying Mascara in Khol. This is a true black mascara that comes with a rubberized applicator in a heavy weight tube. When it comes to mascara I feel like I’m usually disappointed. I have straight lashes that doesn’t hold a curl very well. Also since they are straight I find many are prone to smudging. In testing mascara I know that there are some formulas that take a couple uses to get it going – I’m not sure why but sometimes the first application just doesn’t work. That was the case with the Louboutin mascara. The first use did not do much of anything for my lashes except darken and define slightly. I gave it two more tries before it started to work properly am glad I did because it performs well.

It is described as having a formula that gives dramatic volume, enhances definition, length lift and curl of the lashes. I found that it did all that it claims with the exception of one area. For me it was a bit lacking in volume. As I’ve mentioned with other mascara reviews though – if a mascara can hold the curl, doesn’t clump and doesn’t smudge then to me I’ll give it a thumbs up. I can build up volume with a few coats but it does take some work and patience on the upper lashes. I rarely wear mascara on my lower lashes because mascara tends to just clump and smudge. I gave this a try on my lower lashes and it’s amazing there. Even with mildly humid warm weather here in Florida I had no smudging from morning until late evening. I will say it’s not waterproof but it doesn’t claim to be. The packaging is heavy weight and design makes it easy to hold and apply. Luke warm feelings are mainly due to price and the fact that it doesn’t knock my socks off for volume. The most I’ve spent on mascara before was with the Chantecaille Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara which is $72 and I was not happy about spending that much even though I’ve spent more on palettes and lipstick before.

Louboutin Les Yeux Noirs Mascara | The Beauty Look Book

On the nails is Edgypopi reviewed and swatched here

Next is the Oeil Vinyle Luminous Ink Liner in Khol which I think is just incredible. I’m not much of a liquid liner person although I’ve tried a number of formulas that are good. I just prefer pencils or dark shadows as liner because it’s easier for me and I find them more forgiving with the precision aspect. Also many tend to bleed or just don’t have enough pigment and end up looking ashy or grey on my eyes. The Louboutin liquid liner has a felt tip that is soft and easy to use. It also has a rich glossy black ink finish – the pigment and finish are what make this an amazing liquid liner. It lasts all day without smudging and there’s no bleeding when I apply it. For me it set pretty quickly which is nice – sometimes if a liner doesn’t set right away it can be prone to smudges when I blink. I give this one a solid thumbs up. Pigment is rich, texture is smooth, application is flawless and easy to build for a perfect cat eye. Finish is glossy but dries and sets 100% without smudging. It lasts all day. It literally covers everything I could want in a liquid liner.

Louboutin Oeil Vinyle Luminous Ink Liner | The Beauty Look Book

A closer look at the packaging and detail of the applicators:

Louboutin Les Yeux Noirs | The Beauty Look Book

Applicators:

Louboutin Les Yeux Noirs | The Beauty Look Book

Closer shot:

Louboutin Les Yeux Mascara and Oeil Vinyle Luminous Ink Liner

Swatches of the mascara and liner with different pressure applied to show how you can control the thickness of the lines:

Louboutin Les Yeux Mascara and Oeil Vinyle Luminous Ink Liner

Swatch comparisons with a flash:

Mascara and Liner comparisons

Louboutin Les Yeux Mascara and Oeil Vinyle Luminous Ink Liner | The Beauty Look BookBottom line both are solid performers. I absolutely love the liner and think it’s 100% worth the splurge. With mascara I think it’s just ok but mascara is hard for me in general to love because I have such high expectations. My lashes are so straight and sparse that few mascaras can really do everything that I want it to. Many times my expectations are just too high. For the price I think the lip products are a better splurge. I’m still obsessed with the lip lacquers (my picks reviewed and swatched here and here) and I think the lipsticks are excellent (red ones also reviewed here).

You can find the Louboutin Les Yeux collection online and at Louboutin Beaute counters now. I have yet to see the full beauty line in person but hope to make a trip in the next month to see it live. Available online at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Saks Fifth Avenue and Christian Louboutin.

Have you checked these out yet? What’s the most you’ve spent on mascara or eyeliner?

Many thanks to Louboutin for gifting me the Les Yeux Noirs.

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  • Lex

    The packaging does look gorgeous! Something that surprises me is how the mascara worked so well for you on your bottom lashes…I usually have the smudging/clumping thing happen, too. The ink liner looks very dark and versatile. Great review!!

  • Eugenia

    I agree with you about the overall quality of both products, however for me, I had lukewarm feelings towards the liner; pigmentation-wise and staying power is phenomenal but I found that it tended to pull at the skin a bit as it dried down — it was an odd feeling! The mascara is absolutely amazing! It really comes into its own after using it a few times and the formula thickens slightly when exposed to oxygen – really love it and I don’t even mind that it’s not as volumizing as CHANEL’s Le Volume. It seriously lasts all day without any smudging or flaking and removes so easily as well!

  • SJ Sellers

    Sabrina – i was so hoping you would review this new CL release! YAY!

    i’m very lucky in that i have naturally long lashes, so volumizing is the most important attribute of a mascara. but somehow, even though you feel lukewarm to the mascara, and both you and Eugenia commented that it isn’t volumizing…. i may have to have it anyway LOL. it’s just so pretty. i have just started using a volumizing lash primer and am obsessed with the results. maybe the combo with CL mascara will be great. :o)

    • Hi SJ! You are indeed very lucky to have naturally long lashes! If you end up trying it let me know what you think!

  • Tatiana

    The most I’ve ever spent was $50 for Cle de Peau Everything mascara. It’s not perfect but it’s one of the few mascaras that doesn’t end up smudged under and over my eyes. I have very hooded eyes and almost all mascara smudges.

  • Thanks for reviewing this. I will never agree with how Christian Louboutin has priced their line (Chanel, Tom Ford, Gucci, Dior, etc. charge similarly for their shoes and yet he has priced himself even over TF), but I can’t deny the packaging is gorgeous.

    • Hi Jennifer – you’re welcome for the review! My wallet does not like their prices either.

  • Casey

    CL has to GOT to be kidding with these prices! I’m just annoyed by the fact that he dared to charge $70 and $75. #BoyBye