Chanel Cinema Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Cinema Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is subtly cool-toned, brightened medium-dark red with a creamy, almost jelly-like, finish. MAC Touch of Red is similar. MAC Russian Red is darker. MAC Flaming Rose is a few shades darker. Dior Marilyn is similar. Chanel Suspicious is darker, cooler. Cult Nails Evil Queen is brighter. China Glaze Hey Sailor is similar. Zoya Sooki is darker. Essie Silken Cord is cooler. See comparison swatches. It applied beautifully–no streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges. It was opaque in two coats, and the polish dried to a naturally glossy finish. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it was easy to apply and control.
Paparazzi Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a muted, plummy brown with copper pearl. I couldn’t think of anything that really came close to this–SpaRitual Quartz is much more orange, rather than plum. Chanel April is cooler-toned, pinker, and shimmer-free. See comparison swatches. Not only was it a more unique color (relative to what I’ve seen), it had great color payoff, a lovely consistency, and was a breeze to apply. It was opaque in two coats, and I didn’t have any trouble with the formula streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges because it wasn’t too thick or too thin. I typically get a week of wear out of Chanel’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.