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Preview: Christian Louboutin Scarabée Collection

June 12, 2015

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Between a traditional adobe house in Luxor and his dahabieh (a classical Egyptian sailboat) on the Nile, Christian Louboutin has crystallized his love of Egypt, a country he has cherished and claimed as a second home. The mythology and culture of Ancient Egypt have influenced both the designer’s life and his work in many ways. These are currently available at Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, and Bergdorf Goodman.  I expect stock on these to be limited.

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Most recently, he found his muse in a key piece of Egyptian iconography, the scarab beetle. This creature, sacred to the Pharaohs, led him to create his lat est contribution to the world of beauty: the Scarabée Limited Edition Collection. Christian Louboutin had already invoked the scarab by way of a precious clasp on his Khepira bag collection for Spring 2014, but this time rather than the shape, it was the iridescence and wonder of the beetles that inspired three new shades of nail colour . “They can look beautiful and reflective under the bright sun but also look like a precious jewel by night,” says the designer.

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NARS Nail Polish: Torre del Oro, Elbrus, Paros and Blow-Up

October 6, 2014

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NARS reformulated nail polish includes three edgy shades:  Torre del Oro, Elbrus, Paros and Blow-Up ($20 each). As with the other polishes released since Summer 2014, these have the wider, easy to use brush and longer lasting formula. These colors are available at Nars online, Nordstrom, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Sephora.

Nars terra del orro swatch1Torre del Oro (above) is a searing warm red.

Nars Elybrus swatch1Elbrus is a deep purple, here worn with a topcoat. Below is Elbrus in shaded, natural light (with topcoat):

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I found myself wearing the rich, deep Paros more times than I could count. I love these classic reds:Nars Parosa2Below is a rich orange Blow-Up (worn with a topcoat). Gorgeous!

Nars Blow Up swatch1Of all of NAR’s recent nail polish reformulations, I love this set the best. The rich color, easy application, and vibrant colors add something to the neutrals that I typically wear. Love. (All shades applied in two coats, which gave me completely opaque cream coverage).

These colors are available at Nars online, Nordstrom, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Sephora.

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NARS Nail Polish: Shameless, Zakynthos, and Obscura

October 5, 2014

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NARS reformulated nail polish includes three edgy shades:  Shameless Red, Zakynthos, and Obscura ($20). As with the other polishes released since Summer 2014, these have the wider, easy to use brush and longer lasting formula. These colors are available at Nars online, Nordstrom, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Sephora.

Nars Shamelessred swatch3Shameless Red has a strong coral tone. Like the other colors in this range, the color is easily opaque in two coats. Above, I’ve used a topcoat to add some shine.

Nars nude nail polishThe cool nude Zakynthos is opaque in two coats, but a little safer with three. It’s a pretty near-nude that has enough blush to differentiate from my skin color. I love this shade.

Nars Obscura Swatch2Obscura is a pretty grey mauve cream. It’s a beautiful late summer through winter shade. Here, I’m wearing it with a top coat. This has a lovely liquid texture, and is fully opaque in two coats.

All colors have a formula is smooth, easily to apply, and highly controllable with the wide, flat brush that is included. The colors are complex, edgy and gorgeous. A well-done group of consistent, well-formulated metallics.

These colors are available at Nars online, Nordstrom, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Sephora.

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NARS Nail Polish: New Shades, New Formula, New Beautiful Colors

September 9, 2014

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NARS has released a series of reformulated polishes with higher shine, more flexibility, and a longer-lasting formula. There are 43 shades in all, and I have fourteen for a quick preview ($20 each). As with the NARS 3.1 Philip Lim collection (previewed here) (available on Nars.com and Sephora), the new permanent polish range has a wide, flat brush for easy application. These are available at Nordstrom, SephoraNars online, BarneysSaks Fifth AvenueNeiman Marcus, and Bloomingdales,

NARS New Nail Colors30I love the new brush-the shorter bristles and shape allow for quick, foolproof application.

Nars Nail Polish brush2Here’s the brush with dipped in Nars Blow-Up, a bright orange. Some of my favorite shades are these vibrant colors–Paros (red brown), Elbrus (plum), Torre del Oro (cherry red), and Blow-Up (Mandarin orange):

NARS New Nail Colors04Some quick swatches:

New Nars nail polish308Here are the three metallic shades– Pastorale (rose gold), Milos (rich gold), and Amarapura (silver chrome):

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New Nars nail polish314Here are three dusty, off-neutral shades– Shameless Red (pink flamingo), Zakynthos (beige), and Obscura (lavender charcoal):

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New Nars nail polish310Finally, here are four pastel shades– Ikiru (light blue), Ithaque (sheer, light pink), Thasos (mint green), and Kalymnos (lilac).

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New Nars nail polish313I”m working on editing some on-the-nail swatches for a more in-depth review. In the meantime, enjoy these lovely colors. These are available at Nordstrom, SephoraNars online, BarneysSaks Fifth AvenueNeiman Marcus, and Bloomingdales,

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First Look: Rouge Louboutin Nail Polish

August 2, 2014

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Yesterday I received the most extraordinary Rouge Louboutin ($50), the flagship product from the newly launched Christian Louboutin Beauté.  Please note: I received mine from Loubtoutin’s press office, and so I am not sure if the retail version is packaged in the same way (I have one on the way from Saks.com, so I will post an update to let you know). This is available from Saks Fifth Avenue, SephoraNeiman Marcus and Nordstrom.

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When creative genius Christian Louboutin stated that he wished to make this bottle and objet d’art, I believe that he succeeded. The reference to his brilliant red-soled shoe line is manifest.

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I love this video (directed by the acclaimed and visionary director David Lynch) about the polish:


My version came in a slide-out box with a mirrored backing, featuring this breathtaking sculpture. The grey color of the surround is mostly reflecting the cloudy sky above.

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The bottle is a heavy glass, the spike top feels more of composite (it isn’t glass, which I suppose might be too heavy for practical use). In all the bottle is about eight inches high:

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Comparison with a Chanel nail polish bottle for scale:

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The glass sculpture Rouge Louboutin is quite substantial, compared to the more typical style of the Chanel bottle:

Rouge Louboutin16The nail polish bottle was important to Louboutin’s intent in designing a beautiful container for the polish. As he states, “The ultimate goal of the nail color was to evoke a shiny lacquer imprisoned in a piece of faceted crystal.” The glass is inspired by architecture, namely “classical balustrades found in European buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries.”

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I must say the bottle achieves an impressive presence. It really does draw the eye on my makeup table. The Rouge Louboutin bottle in particular, with its ombre effect, is extraordinary.

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The ombre makes the red appear to be floating about the surface:

Rouge Louboutin20Another to show the facets:
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Inside:

Rouge Louboutin18And a close up of the brush, which is very soft compared to some other lines:

Rouge Louboutin17I’m hoping to post some swatches tomorrow.  Please stay tuned!

Rouge Louboutin is available from Saks.com, Nordstrom.com, Sephora, and Neiman Marcus.

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