Chanel Ecorce Sanguine, Chataigne, Vert Obscur Nail Colours

Chanel Ecorce Sanguine (671) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, warm red with a cream finish. It was opaque in a single coat, though two coats isn’t fussy at all, so if you prefer the thickness of two, it applies like any good polish does–you just don’t need it for coverage. I tested this shade specifically for wear from the set of three, and it lasted for the typical seven days that Chanel’s formula does for me (without a base or top coat). The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it applied evenly with ease. Zoya Tamsen (P, $9.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Shameless (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior Shock (762) (LE, $27.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Hell-Bent (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Chanel Fall 2015 Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Ecorce Sanguine (671)
A
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
97%
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Christian Louboutin Scarabee Nail Lacquers

For summer/fall, there are three new, limited edition duochrome shades of Christian Louboutin Nail Lacquer ($50.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.). I was impressed by the strength of the duochrome; I felt like I could see it at all times, no matter the type of lighting or angle of my nails–sometimes I feel like you have to hunt for the duochrome because it is so subtle, but with these three, it was noticeable. I was, however, less impressed by the application on the first two, which had visible brush strokes due to the more metallic finish and II dried down to a satin finish (where is that “super-glossy” finish that mimics the “effect of 20 layers of traditional lacquer”?) with a little bubbling (which I don’t get often). All three shades were fairly opaque after two coats and dried down faster than average. I tested II for wear, and it lasted for seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping, which is average for me.

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Christian Louboutin Scarabee Nail Lacquer
Christian Louboutin Beaute Nail Colour Scarabee I
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
89%
Limited Edition
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Chanel Terrana, Mediterranee, Coquelicot, Lavanda Le Vernis Nail Colours

Chanel Terrana (697) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a smoky, taupe-brown with very fine, pearly shimmer in bronze and pink. It was mostly opaque after two coats, though I’d recommend a slightly thicker second coat to ensure full opacity (I went with two thin coats on my pinky nail, and there’s some visible nail line coming through). The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it flowed evenly across the nail without pooling along the edges. It lasted for seven with days with minor tip wear (no base or top coat), which is average for me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Chanel Mediterranee, Coquelicot, Lavanda, Terrana Le Vernis
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Terrana (697)
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%
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Guerlain Blue Ocean Le Vernis

Guerlain Blue Ocean Le Vernis ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “aqua.” It’s a light-medium, mint green with subtle warm undertones and a fine pearl shimmer. NARS Thasos (P, $20.00) is lighter, no shimmer. Formula X Inspiring (LE, $12.50) is darker, brighter. Dior Samba (402) (LE, $24.00) is slightly warmer, less shimmery. MAC Ocean Dip (LE, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery. Illamasqua Venous (LE, $17.00) is darker, less shimmery. Illamasqua Nomad (P, $17.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Zoya Wednesday (P, $9.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Guerlain Blue Ocean Le Vernis
Guerlain Le Vernis Nail Lacquer Blue Ocean
C
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
3.5
Total
73%

Chanel Intemporel Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Intemporel Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “glimmering silver shade.” It’s a light-medium silver with subtle cool undertones and a metallic finish. NARS Amarapura (P, $20.00) is darker. Cult Nails Lethal (LE, $12.00) is slightly darker. China Glaze Cheers to You (LE, $7.50) is more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (I am also confident that there are a slew of dupes that I haven’t tried, as metallic silver is certainly not unique.)

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Chanel Intemporel Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Intemporel
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4
Total
86%

Christian Louboutin Beaute Spring 2015 Nail Coffret

Christian Louboutin Beaute Spring 2015 Nail Coffret ($90.00 for 3 x 0.20 fl. oz.) is an interesting concept. For a luxury price point, the coffret was actually something that I felt fit with the brand and what you might expect from a luxury brand. The box is heavy duty cardboard, and it’s certainly more of a keepsake/display piece if you liked the design. The bottles half the size of a full-sized bottle, and from a price per ounce perspective, it’s $150/oz. compared to $125/oz. for a full-sized bottle–or three shades for less than the cost of two. The downside, though, is that two of the three shades had issues with application and overall results. It wasn’t even much of a surprise, as the issues were with the two lighter shades, and the issues are ones I’ve often seen with these types of colors–one hoped that at this price point they would have been perfected. I get a week of wear with this brand’s formula with minor tip wear, which is average for me.

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Christian Louboutin Beaute Spring 2015 Nail Coffret
Christian Louboutin Beaute Nail Coffret Spring 2015
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
82%
Limited Edition
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