Chanel Quartz Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer
Chanel Fall 2011: Quartz Le Vernis
Chanel Quartz Le Vernis ($25.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is described as a “silver beige.” This is shade that is difficult to describe. In natural light, it tends to look like a champagne beige with threads of silver shimmer. In brighter and more direct light, it looks like a beige-taupe with multi-colored shimmer and a metallic, silver, shimmer. This is a more office-friendly shade as comapred to the other two shades in the fall collection.
I used two coats, and it seemed a touch sheer but manageable. For me, the formula didn’t apply quite as evenly as I would have liked, but it wasn’t particularly troublesome. In the past, Chanel polishes have tended to last about a week on my nails with some minor tip wear (with a base/top coat).
It reminded me of Illamasqua Bacterium, which is a yellower brown.
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Chanel Byzance Collection for Fall 2011
Regarde Signe de Chanel ($65.00) (Limited Edition)
Beloved by Mademoiselle Chanel, the opulence of Byzantine art served as muse for this quartet of creamy powder eyeshadows. Copper, taupe, gold and bronze, touched with shimmer and light, create mesmerizing effects. Limited Edition. Available in Topaki.
Joues Contraste ($43.00) (Limited Edition)
- Or Sheer, lightly shimmering shade of gold to bring a subtle new luminosity to the face
- Rouge Subtle new shade of red, accentuated with traces of gold and pearlized shimmer
Rouge Allure (Limited Edition)
- Rouge Byzantin Iridescent ruby red with a hint of sapphire
availability: Now @ Chanel.com
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Chanel Graphite Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer
Chanel Fall 2011: Graphite Le Vernis
Chanel Graphite Le Vernis ($25.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is described as a “metallic silver,” and I imagine the inspiration came from graphite itself. A quick Google image search will turn up several results and this certainly resembles graphite–even in the finish. It truly gleams in the sunlight.
Against my warmer skin tone (with yellower undertones), the gold flecks of glitter seem to stand out and the result is the polish looking warmer rather than cool, which is actually is. I can see this leaning more on the silver side against cooler complexions. It’s a silvery-pewter with multi-colored glitter and shimmer that gives it a really gritty appearance, even though it doesn’t feel gritty (it’s not perfectly smooth, like a cream polish either). It has a very foil-like finish with a metallic sheen.
I used two coats, but when I started cropping the photographs, I could tell I didn’t wait long enough for each coat to dry–there is a little pulling of the glitter, which resulted in slight unevenness. Graphite is mostly opaque in two coats, and the formula was easy to work with as it flowed evenly. In the past, Chanel polishes have tended to last about a week on my nails with some minor tip wear (with a base/top coat).
This is a limited edition shade, and I couldn’t find a dupe from past reviews–there are pure silver foils but nothing as multi-faceted as Graphite.