Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin Lip Colours: Rouge Louboutin

September 1, 2015


Today Christian Louboutin launches 38 shades of Louboutin Lip Colour in three distinct formulas ($90 each). The Lip Colours come cased in the most ornate packaging I’ve ever seen for the lipstick. The design is inspired by Babylonian architecture – it resembles an elixir vial and is capped with a stunning crown. The three different textures include a multitude of colors. Each formula has the red classic Louboutin Rouge color. I have swatches of the three reds to share today. They come with a hefty price tag and I am pleased to report Louboutin has taken lipstick to another level, not just with the packaging, but also with an incredible formula. According to Louboutin these are made in the USA, paraben-ree, mineral oil-free, DEA-free and Phthalate-free. First a look at each of the three formulas and color selection.



Louboutin Rouge Nail Color featured on the nails in all photos, reviewed + swatched here:


Silky Satin Lip Colour – 20 shades including Rouge Louboutin 3.8 gr /0.134 Oz
  • Glides on lips with an opulent and sensual feel.
  • A unique blend of ultra-fine colour pigments expresses deep and generous colour with a silky satin finish and soft shine.
  • Medium to full coverage delivered in one stroke with a supple and soft feel on lips.
  • A complex of natural oils and seed butters enhances moisturization for up to 4 hours and creates a protective effect against dryness.
  • Maintains an excellent appearance on lips up to 4 hours without bleeding and with durable comfort.
  • Available in a universal shade palette, ranging from light to deep tones, across mid-tonal and bright hues of pinks to berries, reds and corals, nudes and browns.


Velvet Matte Lip Colour – 9 shades including Rouge Louboutin 3.8 gr /0.134 Oz
  • Glides on lips with smooth precision.
  • Intensely rich color goes on with full coverage and sets with a soft touch matte finish.
  • Medium to full coverage delivered in one stroke with a supple and soft feel on lips.
  • A complex of natural oils and seed butters enhances moisturization for up to 4 hours and creates a protective effect against dryness.
  • Maintains an excellent appearance on lips up to 4 hours without bleeding and with durable comfort.



Sheer Voile Lip Color – 9 shades including Rouge Louboutin 3.5 gr / 0.123 Oz
  • Glides on lips with a creamy smooth nourishing sensation.
  • Impactful colour accents lips natural radiance with a wet luminous shine.
  • A complex of natural oils and seed butters enhances moisturization and creates a protective effect against dryness.




The Louboutin Beaute team was kind enough to send the three Rouge Louboutin colors. I’ve been playing with these for the last month – it was so hard to touch the actual product. They are almost too pretty to use. Each lipstick comes in a hefty case with a cap that has a small loop opening so it can double as a charm. Each color comes individually packaged (search #LouboutinCharme for more photos and uploads from others). Mine came in a stunning black and red box as part of the press sample. The three formulas each have a distinct design for the packaging. The Velvet Mattes have a brushed matte finish on the case, Silky Satins have a glossy finish to the tubes, Sheer Voiles have a patterned weave to the outside.




Swatches below, you can see the difference in texture. For the color in Rouge Louboutin, all three reds are very similar, if not almost identical in color.


Closeup to see the texture differences:





Thoughts and swatches on my lips from sheer to full coverage. First up in Sheer Voile. I haven’t tried or seen the other colors but the pigment of Rouge Louboutin is very very good. It has a super lush glossy finish that has a slightly transparent look. It is very pigmented on my lips and glides on like a dream. It has a very soft scent that’s hard to describe – it’s like fresh and clean with a very slight powdery touch. The scent is very subtle. I found it extremely hydrating. The product is supposed to last four hours without fading. I was able to test it for 3 hours without having it budge before I had to eat something, it stayed put relatively well through snacks and it did not bleed around the edges. For a red, this is the best sheer red I’ve tried. It’s not too cool, it’s not too warm, and it doesn’t turn fuchsia. My wallet is going to be so broke when this one is used up because I will have to repurchase it.





Silky Satin is the classic formula, it comes in 20 different shades. At $90 a tube the lipstick costs an arm and a leg. I already cry everytime Tom Ford launches new lipsticks because they break the bank. I’m of the mindset that no matter how good a lipstick is, a lipstick is still just a lipstick. Still I will splurge on Tom Ford and after testing Louboutin I am beyond amazed that they have truly taken lipstick to another level. The Silky Satin is out of this world. It lasted a full five hours on me without bleeding, fading or budging. It did transfer to a soda can, but the color lasted through 2 Diet Dr. Pepper cans and a 4 Oreos without fading at all. The color is super hydrating and lush. It has full opaque coverage with a very slightly glossy sheen. It makes the lips look lush because the pigment is so rich.






Last but not least is Velvet Matte. I try to stay away from matte finish lipsticks because they often leave my lips looking dry and emphasize lip lines. There are few exceptions (Tom Ford Lip Color Matte is one formula I really like). The Louboutin Rouge Velvet Matte is amazingly exceptional. It offers full opaque coverage. It does have a slightly drier texture compared to the other two formulas. It sticks to the lips and stays put without budging. As with most rich reds this requires precise application. I usually like sheers or glossy formulas because they are more forgiving – for mattes like this one if you don’t cover the entire lip evenly it shows. This one takes more care to apply, but it’s the same as with any dark or bright lip color. Even though it’s matte it’s non drying. It has a distinct matte finish but still manages to have a glow to it.






After playing these for a few weeks now I am surprised to report that I am truly impressed. I still think lipstick is simply lipstick and I thought there was no way lipstick could get better than it already is. The $90 price tag is really hard to swallow, but somehow Christian Louboutin has managed to take lip colors to another level with the formula. If you can budget for one it’s totally worth splurging on. It is a luxurious item that is very nice to have. I’ve already started budgeting to splurge on a few colors I have my eye on and my wallet is crying a flood of tears right now because these will break the bank.
All 38 colors officially launched at stores and online today. I can’t wait to see the entire range in person soon. You can find them online at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom, Sephora and Christian Louboutin. (There are also new Lip Liners that have launched with the collection.)
Have you checked out the Louboutin Lip Colours yet? If yes what did you think? If not yet have you ordered any yet! Let me know so I can live vicariously through you!


Many thanks to Louboutin for sending the Rouge Louboutin Lip Colours for review.


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  • amy ressing September 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Ordered one last night from Saks….we shall see!!

    • Sabrina September 7, 2015 at 12:29 am

      How exciting!! Which color did you buy?

  • Arianna Aru September 1, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    These lipsticks seem to be…Terrific! It's almost a pity to use them 🙂


    • Sabrina September 7, 2015 at 12:29 am

      I know they are so gorgeous. I don't know how I would ever be able to bring myself to carry one in my purse.

  • nueyork September 1, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    The variety here is incredible and the packaging is so luxurious! x

    • Sabrina September 7, 2015 at 12:29 am

      It is indeed – the most luxurious looking lipstick I have ever seen!

  • Amanda Hollingsworth September 1, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Ordered Louboutin Rouge Velvet Matt & Silky Satin from Selfridges to collect tomorrow and Sheer Voile & Lip liner from Louboutin direct which should be here by the weekend. I just couldn't help myself even though I can't believe I went though to the £60 price point. But if they really are as good as you say Sabrina I can see me dropping the Chanel, Dior, Burberry, Nars that I casually drop into a basket impulsively at £25 a pop at least 10 times a year that end up being worn once or twice and then consigned to a box with all the rest. Making less but better choices might be the way forward for me but Tom Ford is staying on my devoted list too. Gorgeous pictures Sabrina……the matte looks incredible on you. CL must have loved your work with the nail polish pictures! Xx

    • Sabrina September 7, 2015 at 12:31 am

      Thanks Amanda – I'm so excited for your order!! They are indeed amazing in quality and wear, at least for the 3 reds. I haven't seen or tried the others so I can't say for the other colors. I'm dying to purchase a few shades but can't decide whether to wait and see them in person or just order online. Thank you for the kind words – these were really fun to photograph!

  • Evelyn September 1, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    On the one hand, for $90 I wanted them to be fabulous, on the other what was I thinking because now I want the silky satin Louboutin Red! I should have wished that they were overhyped. lol I will have to save my pennies for one of these. 🙂

    • Sabrina September 7, 2015 at 12:32 am

      I kinda wish they were overhyped too. At $90 each I am relieved they are excellent in quality and wear. The formula is so amazing. I am saving my pennies to buy a few neutrals.

  • Leticia September 1, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    These are so beautiful but I just don't really like the packaging 🙁

  • Kay Cake September 1, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Ooo ~ I like Sheer Voile, actually, I like all three shades, but Sheer Voile looks especially gorgeous on you! I wish the USD exchange rate isn't so crazy right now! I did my calculation and it comes down to $150 per lipstick in NZD O.O I can't… but I wish… ♥

    • Sabrina September 7, 2015 at 12:32 am

      Definitely something to save up for! I can't bring myself to order one sight unseen!

  • Petit Oiseaux September 1, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    This is something Ive always been curoious about: why de ALL red lipsticks turn fushia on me? It's my coloring? What kind of red should I look for?

    (Im asking this for your remark on these not turnung fushia, make me think of this)

    Thanks a lot. Love these, but not un my budget 🙁

    • Sabrina September 7, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      I would say 90% of red lipsticks turn fuchsia on my lips as well. After testing so many reds I can't say what one should look for. If you want a highly pigmented red that won't turn pinkish at a cheaper price, the Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Cremes have a ton of red options – many are warmer or deeper toned so they don't turn pink. I have swatches of all the colors here:

      I would recommend Dashing or Miss Scarlet. Some of the Burberry Kisses too – I swatched a few reds in store that didn't turn color, unfortunately I can't recall which reds I looked at.

  • SJ Sellers September 1, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Sabrina the photo of you wearing the Sheer Voile is so so so pretty!!!! It looks FANTASTIC on you!!

    i don't even know why i'm paying you a compliment right now because i am extremely angry at you — i was counting on you saying these lipsticks were overhyped so i wouldn't want to buy one (or two…) haha!

    thank you for posting these amazing swatches and photos!! xoxo

    • Sabrina September 7, 2015 at 7:47 pm

      Thank you 🙂 haha I'm mad too because they are so so awesome. These are going to seriously break the bank. I have several sitting in my shopping cart online.

  • Anonymous September 1, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Oooh that's a really high price tag for lipstick. I felt my gut wrench when I purchased Tom Ford's illuminating duo at $80 bucks, but I figured it would last me a really long time. These would be very hard to justify for me, but if I tried it first and it was something out of this world for me, then maybe I'd splurge….90 bucks pays for my cell phone service for a month…Cheers, Cherie

  • Hell Notes For Beauty September 1, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    But why that price tag?? So beautiful all 3 swatches especially the matte. This is wonderfully packaged and worth the pennies!

  • Holly R September 2, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Very pricey but they look divine! I'd feel quite chic pulling this out of my bag and applying it to my lips. Don't know if i'd buy one though..perhaps if i'm in a reckless spending mood haha x

  • Dark Eurídice September 2, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Amazing! They look gorgeous!

  • Melissa A September 2, 2015 at 1:54 am

    The velvet matte looks stunning. You can tell that the quality is really good and the color pay off looks amazing. However I think it will take me a long time to even purchase one because the price is a bit ridiculous. I wouldn't even want to use it because the packaging and all look so nice.

  • kristina C September 2, 2015 at 2:33 am

    Oh the irony! Wearing a $90 Louboutin lipstick, whilst eating Oreos and drinking a Dr.Pepper 😀

  • KarlaGG September 2, 2015 at 5:48 am

    I will be so broke after this.. beautiful photos!

  • Anonymous September 2, 2015 at 6:27 am

    OMG, the silky satin looks stunning !! Pigmented and shiny, almost like patent leather. I'm going to have to find cheaper dupes, if they exist (Katherine T.)

  • Judy September 2, 2015 at 7:11 am

    OMG!!! I want this! I love the color and the super unique and classy packaging. Thinking of getting that velvet matte one.

  • bisbee September 2, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Oh no…I was hoping for a review that wasn't as glowing as this. I will have to think hard about it…but I am drawn to the Sheer Voile…

  • Eileen September 2, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    I really like that CL sent you basically the same color but in three different formulations. That way, we really are comparing apples to apples when judging the different finishes. Of all three, my personal preference is for the appearance of the Silky Satin formulation. I'm OK with paying $50-$60 a pop for Rouge G, Tom Ford, and Clé de Peau, but at $90, I'd need to know that both the color and the finish were going to offer enough versatility that I'd be wearing the particular lipstick frequently. The Silky Satin formulation looks like it would easily go from day to night; from casual to formal and so I'll just have to go and check them out in person to see if any particular color calls my name.

    • Sabrina September 7, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      I have the same thoughts as you – trying to wait to see them all in person before jumping to splurge. They are so amazing but at $90 each I need to test in person first. Although I've heard the launch is exclusive to the East Coast right now. I'm not sure when it launches on the West Coast, I'll have to investigate!

  • Tequila Mockingbird September 2, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Holy Pigmentation heavens! I originally thought the Louboutin beauty line was going to be all marketing and packaging, but that Sheer Voile is exactly what I want in a sheer lipstick! FINALLY someone out there understands that "sheer" shouldn't "disappear" — I want my color of my sheer lip colors to let my own lip color show just enough to tailor the shade to MY LIPS and still PACK PIGMENT PUNCH. Hooray! Welp, time for my wallet to weep… they know they're good lipsticks, so of course they ratchet up the price to $90 :/

    • Sabrina September 7, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      My wallet is weeping too.

  • Christina, Esq. September 2, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Thank you for swatching, that's always a huge issue with purchasing lippies online! For such a hefty price tag I'm not sure I could see the payoff, but good to have wish list items! I rely on MAC for a great priced, ultra-pigmented formula that wont break the bank 🙂

    Christina, Esq.

  • Amanda Hollingsworth September 2, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    I now have my Rouge Louboutins in Silky Satin, Velvet Matte, Sheer Voile and a lip pencil in Leanue. That lot has cost me £217 with delivery but basically I have the Louboutin Red in all the three finishes and a lip pencil. My god these are incredible, I didn't want them to be this good but they are. The packaging is breathtaking and it feels weighty in your hands. No cheap finishes or shortcuts here. The ribbon and the lipstick pouch are silk too. The boxes are stunning in their own right and match Rouge Louboutin Nail Polish & Louboutin Starlight Ltd Edition packaging. I've been to Charlotte Tilbury tonight to exchange my Magic Foundation from Fair 1 to Fair 2 and all the girls on the counter have stopped what they were doing to coo over the box, packaging and gaze and then customers at CT counter joined in too. These are absolute showstoppers but they are showstoppers that are actually worth the hype. Hubby says the colour look stunning and it makes you feel soooo womanly wearing it. I was appalled when I first heard the price…….couldn't believe that anyone could justify that price for a lip colour but I am stunned to find myself admitting it's worth the money not just for what it looks like but how it makes you feel and what it feels like on your lips. Even my beloved Tom Ford Cherry Lush doesn't match up to this. Is everyone aware that Net-A-Porter are stocking Christan Louboutin Beauté from today? Just another option for purchase because as I'm sure we could all guess these babies are selling faster than hot cakes and in some colour ways are sold out already. I know it's utter madness but every girl deserves at least having one colour if only for her wedding day! Xxxxx

    • Sabrina September 7, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks for the update on Net-A-Porter! Glad to hear they started carrying the line. I agree with your thoughts on "no cheap finishes or shortcuts here" – they really did an outstanding job!

  • Anonymous September 2, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    In the list of some of the things I have had to pay recently which are the mortgage, insurances, taxes, groceries, cell phone bill, electricity bill, gas, car maintenance, new car tires, water bill, eye doctor, glasses, contacts, dental, etc…somehow a $90 lipstick doesn't fit in the list and or seem sane.

  • Kayla Cyprus September 2, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    I absolutely need to get ahold of the velvet matte rouge! It is absolutely perfect.

  • Lisa September 2, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Wow. These are amazing! I find the matte red absolutely stunning on you!

  • bisbee September 3, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Oh dear. I caved. Ordered from Saks with Ebates so saved 10%. With a lipstick this expensive, every bit helps. I got the Sheer Voile…I am expecting something fabulous!

    • Sabrina September 7, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      Glad you saved some $$ 🙂

  • Elise Olsen September 3, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    They're stunning, but sadly I can't justify the price tag of 90$..|EliseOlsen

  • sharoi September 4, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    although i like to spend money on makeup, this is where i draw the line. can't justify 90$ on a lipstick when i can buy a great chanel lipstick or mac for lees than half

  • Princess Royale September 4, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Oh my, the packaging! I'm actually considering splurging on this product just for the unique packaging!! I have a sweet spot for crowns. That bold red looks amazing on you by the way, Silky Satin is my fav <3

  • bj September 4, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    I can justify and girl-math a lot; but, even with beautiful (if impractical) packaging, I'd feel just incredibly guilty in taking part in such a tippy-top first-world purchase. Maybe if they said a good chunk of the money was going to charity; but without that, just no way my conscience could let me go there.

  • Gail September 6, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Are you going to check out any other shades Sabrina?

    • Sabrina September 7, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      Yes I plan on it! I was told they haven't launched on the West Coast yet but haven't confirmed. None of the stores near me carry the Louboutin Beaute line – I will be checking sooon though!

  • katewashere September 10, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Do you prefer the matte or satin? I can't decide! 🙂

    • Sabrina September 10, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      Satin is my preference 🙂

    • katewashere September 10, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      Why is that?

  • NJ Peterson December 16, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    I too was expecting an "overhyped" type review. *Sigh* I bought Christian Dior's Capture foundation at a fairly hefty price based on reviews and have never looked back. So, I have also caved and bought the Louboutin lipsticks. Amazing. Just like the shoes. I choke everything I buy those too. But never regret it. And just FYI; I am in my 50's. These reds do not bleed into my lip lines. At all.

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