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Chanel Camelia Le Vernis

Chanel Camelia Le Vernis
Chanel Camelia Le Vernis

Chanel Camelia Le Vernis ($28.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, raspberry pink with subtle, cooler undertones and a cream finish. Formula X A+ (P, $14.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Indiscretion (04) (LE, $35.00) is lighter (95% similar). Christian Louboutin Beaute Bengali (P, $50.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Girl About Town (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Toco Toucan (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). L'Oreal Members Only (P, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This spring, Chanel reformulated their polish to be five-free and launched the formula in 15 shades, including some shades from the previous formula. I’ve only tried this one so far, so it’s hard to make any generalizations about the formula at this time. The consistency of this was slightly thinner than the average Chanel polish, but it applied well and didn’t pool along the edges. The one thing that I noticed was that the brush was larger and flared outwards than the previous brush (which was more squared off and thinner). It had opaque coverage with two coats, and even the first coat applied well without looking streaky. It wore well for seven days without chipping on me, but it had more tip wear than I normally experience with Chanel’s formula (no base or top coat).

Chanel Le Vernis (2016) Camelia
Camelia
Camelia
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Christian Louboutin Hawaii Kawai II Nail Coffret

Christian Louboutin Beaute Hawaii Kawai II Nail Coffret
Christian Louboutin Beaute Hawaii Kawai II Nail Coffret

Christian Louboutin Beaute Hawaii Kawai II Nail Coffret ($90.00 for 3 x 0.20 fl. oz.) is a limited edition set of miniature-sized versions of the brand’s polish. For spring, the polishes are all shades that are also available in full-size in the permanent range.

Last spring, I reviewed the nail coffret and mentioned that the brand needed to include a styrofoam piece that fit over the bottles to help ensure they didn’t loosen during shipping (I had a bottle break). I was happy to see that the brand included a foam panel inside the box (and no broken bottles this year!).

Bengali is described as a “high-impact hot pink.” It’s a bright, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. It was richly pigmented and yielded full coverage with two coats. The polish applied well without pooling along the edges, bubbling, or drying too quickly (but it didn’t take an extraordinary time to dry).

Popi is described as a “sophisticated orange-red.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It was opaque after one coat, though photos show it with two. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin and applied easily without pooling along the edges and self-leveled as it dried down. This shade lasted for seven days with minor tip wear on me.

Khol is described as an “intense, almost black hue.” It’s a rich, inky black with a cream finish and light shine. It was the least glossy of the polishes in the trio (as well as compared to the shades in the other spring trio), so I think this one absolutely needs a top coat if you want the plusher, glossier finish. I almost had full coverage with one coat, though I did two for good measure. It lasted for seven with days with minor tip wear.

Christian Louboutin Beaute Nail Coffret Hawaii Kawai II
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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Khol

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Christian Louboutin Hawaii Kawai I Nail Coffret

Christian Louboutin Beaute Hawaii Kawai I Nail Coffret
Christian Louboutin Beaute Hawaii Kawai I Nail Coffret

Christian Louboutin Beaute Hawaii Kawai I Nail Coffret ($90.00 for 3 x 0.20 fl. oz.) is a limited edition set of miniature-sized versions of the brand’s polish. For spring, the polishes are all shades that are also available in full-size in the permanent range. All three polishes were good and applied well with opaque coverage in two coats (two were nearly opaque in one coat, see below). I get about a week of wear with no chipping and minimal tip wear with Louboutin’s formula overall.

Last spring, I reviewed the nail coffret and mentioned that the brand needed to include a styrofoam piece that fit over the bottles to help ensure they didn’t loosen during shipping (I had a bottle break). I was happy to see that the brand included a foam panel inside the box (and no broken bottles this year!) in the style and spirit of the brand but definitely kept bottles from loosening in the box.

Very Prive is described as a “deep wine red.” It’s a medium-dark red with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had opaque coverage after two coats with a slightly thin consistency that produced a more watery, streaky first coat but looked perfectly even and smooth after the second coat was applied. Burberry Oxblood No. 303 (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Rouge Fatal (LE, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). China Glaze Merry Berry (LE, $7.50) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Chinatown (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Paros (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Sunset Sky (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Batignolles is described as a “cross between a sky and turquoise blue.” It’s a light-medium, green-leaning aqua with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats with a consistency that wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it spread easily across the nail without pooling along the edges. When I tested this shade for wear, it lasted for seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping. Zoya Wednesday (P, $9.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Thasos (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Illamasqua Nomad (P, $17.00) is brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Miss Loubi is described as a “deeply vibrant coral pink.” It’s a bright, medium-dark coral-pink with warm undertones and a cream finish. It was nearly opaque in a single coat, though I applied two to ensure total opacity (it can sometimes be hard to tell until I’m editing). The consistency was just right–not too thick or too thin–and applied well without streaking or bubbling. I wore this one for a week with no chipping and only minor tip wear (average wear for me, no base or top coats). Chanel Fracas (LE, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Impassioned (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Chanel Tapage (605) (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Want to Have Fun (LE, $19.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Vivid Effect (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Shameless Red (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Starlet (LE, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Essie Sunday Fun Day (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Rescue Beauty Lounge Kellie Gonzo (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Dior Diablotine (643) (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Christian Louboutin Beaute Nail Coffret Hawaii Kawai I
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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Formula X Alchemy II Nail Lacquer

Formula X Alchemy II Nail Lacquer
Formula X Alchemy II Nail Lacquer

Formula X Alchemy II Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “platinum-infused … champagne rose shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, golden bronze with copper, blue, and gold flecks of micro-glitter and larger shimmer. China Glaze Harvest Moon (LE, $7.50) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Delight (LE, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Tropical (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Burnt Topaz (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Fierce Entrance (LE, $16.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It is a follow-up to last year’s Alchemy, which was a very interesting shade overall. This year’s iteration is much darker and warmer, but the multi-colored shimmer/sparkle is the similar. The base color is much more pigmented, though, and it was opaque after two coats. The texture wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it applied easily and spread across the nail without pooling along the edges or streaking. I wore it for seven days with minor tip wear. The only thing I’m a little bummed about is how quickly the price increased–$1.50 in a year–which is significant.

Formula X Nail Lacquer Alchemy II
Alchemy II
Alchemy II
A

Limited Edition

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Chanel Troublante & Singuliere Le Vernis

Chanel Signuliere (673) Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Signuliere (673) Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Troublante (675) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a fiery, pink-shimmered copper duochrome that shifts from bright coppery gold to richer, deeper red-bronze with a metallic shimmer. It was opaque in two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I was able to apply it easily, but the fine and plentiful shimmer yielded some visible brush strokes. The shift was noticeable in an assortment of lighting conditions, and I regularly noted it throughout the day, not just at this one angle under this particular light. It wore well for seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping (no base or top coat). Christian Louboutin Beaute Scarabee III (LE, $50.00) is cooler (85% similar). Christian Louboutin Beaute Scarabee I (LE, $50.00) is lighter (85% similar). Nubar Sun Gold (P, $8.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Singuliere (673) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark plum-berry with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had opaque pigmentation after two coats, and polish’s texture was neither too thick or too thin, so it covered evenly without streaking or pooling along the edges. It dried down to a high-shine finish. I typically get seven days with minor tip wear out of Chanel’s formula. Dior Graphic Berry (LE, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Essie Size Matters (LE, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). Rescue Beauty Lounge Bruised (LE, $20.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Rebel (DC, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Dayflower (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). China Glaze Traffic Jam (LE, $7.50) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Elbrus (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Troublante (675)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Singuliere (673)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Tom Ford Black Out Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Black Out Nail Lacquer
Tom Ford Black Out Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Black Out Nail Lacquer ($35.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a deep, gray-black with very fine silver shimmer paired with cool undertones. L'Oreal Drop Dead Gorgeous (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Color Club Show Time (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Illamasqua Creator (P, $17.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Cosmic (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal The Queen's Ambition (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Rescue Beauty Lounge Fashion Polish (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Batty (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, darker, glossier (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It was nearly opaque in a single coat, though I applied two for good measure. The consistency was not too thick or too thin, so it flowed easily across the nail with even coverage and didn’t gather along the edges. I didn’t notice any brush strokes, bubbling, or unevenness, and the shimmer is so fine that the nail feels completely smooth once everything dries down. I think that the shimmer is almost too fine, because it does get lost in the strong black base; it almost provides more of a break in the way it looks as far as texture goes than being a shimmery shade. On me, the polish wore well for seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Tom Ford Beauty Nail Lacquer Black Out
Black Out
Black Out
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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