Over the past couple of weeks, I noticed that there were rumblings of Christian Louboutin (yes, that famed red soled shoe brand) releasing a lipstick very soon. They had already ventured into beauty with their nail polishes, with packaging which could poke your eyes out. I believe this was last year.
There, that’s that nail polish bottle that could double up as a weapon if you’re pissed. Perhaps if you were disturbed while painting your nails? 😛 I wonder if they allow this on board planes. Hmm…
And yes, that is also what the Louboutin lipsticks are supposed to look like. To be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about the packaging. I’m not sure what it is they’re trying to channel and it has been compared to some *ahem* risque sex toys – not that I know anything about them *shifty eyes* 😀
But more importantly, each lipstick will retail at US$90. $90!! Now, I’m going to imagine that that’s a lot of money even by US cosmetics standards, although I can safely say that at today’s exchange rates which puts this at almost RM359 A TUBE it is freakishly expensive by Malaysian standards.
So this begs the question – Will you pay US$90 for a lipstick by Louboutin or any other brand for that matter?
Me? I say nope and nope.
I love my lipsticks and since Louboutins are all about that red sole, I’m guessing they’ll release some pretty amazing red shades for the lips. But you know what? So do many other brands, who already have amazing lipstick formulas and who don’t ask for your kidney or your first-born in payment.
According to what I’ve read online, the complete packaging of the Louboutin lipsticks will look like this, with a glitzy looking cap which, when threaded with a chain or organza ribbon they say, allows you to wear this as a piece of jewellery – a necklace, to be exact.
Well, aside from the point that I feel it’s gaudy, jewellery makeup isn’t a new concept. Anna Sui does them all the time – rings mostly, and Dior and Burberry have released limited edition bag charms and bracelets that contain lipglosses or lipsticks.
Then again, there’s no accounting for preferences, so I’m sure this design will appeal to someone out there. And I’m quite quite certain the product will sell out, simply due to the name and because for some reason, people will find it in their hearts and wallets to whip out US$90. It will happen, mark my words.
But not for me I’m afraid. I could do a lot with RM359 – and I’d probably invest all that into some amazing skincare instead. Guerlain Rouge G lipsticks now cost over RM200 (US$53) and that’s about my limit in lipstick prices for now. I have actually stopped buying them because I feel that I could put that RM200 to better use. It’s not to say I’ll never buy any more, but I am now very very selective and it would have to be a very amazing colour to make me take out my wallet.
Ditto Tom Ford lipsticks, which at US$50 or £38 are amazing, but which are also at my limit of spending. It’s actually hard for me to justify going beyond those sort of prices for a lipstick, even if it might be infused with every beneficial skincare ingredient under the sun. I’ve used amazing lipstick from the pharmacy brands, and from department store brands and sometimes, there’s little difference between the two.
So to be honest, I don’t quite care which brand it is. It would take A LOT for me to indulge in a RM359 tube of lipstick.
Would you pay US$90 or RM359 for a tube of lipstick? Don’t be afraid to say yes!
I wouldn’t. Not at this time. But perhaps, if I received a windfall or struck lottery, I might indulge. Although if I did, I might just get the shoe instead – it’ll last me longer LOL! 😀