When Christian Louboutin ventured into beauty, we weren’t shocked to see stiletto-like spikes atop bottles of shiny lacquer—the pièce de résistance being a blood-red polish the color of his legendary soles. Adding to the famed designer’s lineup of polishes—his Scarabée collection was one of our must-buy beauty picks for fall—are lipsticks intended to make a statement. “When a woman carries a handbag, we look at her shoulders. When she slips on a pair of heels, we observe her walk. If she applies lacquer to her nails, we admire her hands,” said Louboutin, in a release from the company. “An object that embellishes the lips—the beacon of sensuality and organ of communication—has to be fairly amazing. The object should inspire a beautiful gesture.”
Amazing is an understatement: Resembling a delicate vial Queen Nefertiti might have treasured, this tube-meets-objet d’art takes inspiration from Babylonian antiquities with a turret-like crown cap and pointed gold base. Available in three finishes—Silky Satin, Velvet Matte, and Sheer Voile—the 38 colors in the range are derived from the house’s most iconic shoes and handbags. (Think borderline-black burgundies, delicate nudes, and of course, iconic crimson.) While some may say that applying lipstick in public is a beauty taboo, this bullet is meant to be worn around your neck as a pendant after you swipe it across your mouth—making for easy access should you need a touch-up.
Christian Louboutin Lip Colour available in September at christianlouboutin.com