In the world of luxury goods, Christian Louboutin reigns as the king of stilettos. These highly coveted heels, with the iconic red bottoms, can cost nearly $4,000 for special edition releases. So when Louboutin entered into the world of beauty, common sense said these products would be gorgeous, but very, very expensive. About a year ago, Louboutin released a nail polish line, where a .4 oz bottle of polish retails at $50! (And for the insanely rich among us, there is a special crystal encrusted bottle available for purchase at Saks for - you might want to have a seat here - $675.) Obviously, these products aren't for the average, or even above average consumer. And these shoppers aren't buying this for the actual product per se, but for the exclusivity. When Gucci first launched beauty during my Saks days, I had a client buy out the entire stock of one particular product and head back overseas. I forget the product exactly because I was nearly in tears over the commission I making, but she knew was one of the few people in the world to own this product.
So when I heard that Louboutin was releasing a lipstick line, I was prepared for a significant sticker shock. Or so I thought!
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The most expensive lipstick I own is a $36 tube of red Chanel lipstick that I received as a gift. And, again being a fashion/beauty writer and luxury sales girl, I know that super high-end lipsticks cap off round $60 for Sisley-Paris. So imagine my profound befuddlement when Louboutin announced that it would be charging NINETY (90) American dollars for a tube of lipstick. $90!
The lipstick comes in three finishes and 36 shades. For $90, the lipstick comes with a collectible case and ribbon that turns the lipstick tube into a necklace. But after watching Danielle Gray, of the TheStyleAndBeautyDoctor.com, Periscope the lipstick and packaging, the ribbon looks a bit flimsy and I can't seriously see people wearing the tube as a necklace. And for $90, even from a luxury brand, I expected a lot more. Cuz honey, do you knooowww what I can buy with $90 American dollars? I'm finna tell you!
I can buy:
Or, I even get a FULL FACE BEAT for $90 (with some high end products!)
Blush: Milani rose blush, $8
Primer: Smashbox, $16
Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me, $8
Eyeshadow: Naked basics, $29
Eyeliner: Almay Intense i-color Liquid Liner, $5
Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, $4.50
Concealer: LA Girl Pro Concealer, $5
Lashes: Forever 21 Lash Trio, $5.80
So no. I won't be experiencing this trend. For $90, I can literally buy a TON of other beauty products. But I mean if the Christian Louboutin PR team wants to send me some products (heyyyy guys!), I won't be against it.
Sound off! Would you ever splurge this much on one product? What are some of the items you do splurge on?
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