Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Chanel April Le Vernis
Chanel April Le Vernis

Chanel Spring 2012: April Le Vernis

Chanel April Le Vernis ($25.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a berry red cream that’s opaque in two coats. It’s a new shade for spring (and according to Chanel’s press release, it’s not limited edition!). The formula on this felt really lovely; it was thin without being streaky or watery, but it applied easily to the nail and evened out nicely.  I’ve had good luck with Chanel’s lacquers; they last about a week on me without chipping and just have minor tip wear.  It’s a darker shade that’s still lighthearted; it’s like the last few days of winter and the first few days of spring.

For whatever reason, creams always seem like they will be dupable, but so often, they really aren’t. Essie Size Matters is a much deeper, darker shade, that appears redder. Instead, Butter London Blowing Raspberries is the shade I have that is most similar, but it is a bit more berry–it is fairly close, though, and with the price difference, it may be more palatable. Zoya Sarah reminded me of April, too, but it is very shimmery and redder, so it is quite different.

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The formula on this felt really lovely; it was thin without being streaky or watery, but it applied easily to the nail and evened out nicely.  I've had good luck with Chanel's lacquers; they last about a week on me without chipping and just have minor tip wear.  It's a darker shade that's still lighthearted; it's like the last few days of winter and the first few days of spring.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $25.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

Essie Size Matters is a much deeper, darker shade, that appears redder. Instead, Butter London Blowing Raspberries is the shade I have that is most similar, but it is a bit more berry. Zoya Sarah reminded me of April, too, but it is very shimmery and redder, so it is quite different.

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38 thoughts on “Chanel April Le Vernis Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Vale

    The right kind of pink… I hate! :-D
    Vale

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Ana Ana G.

    I love Chanels’ nail polish and this one is a lovely shade. It’s definitively coming to my collection.

  3. Carrie

    It’s a very pretty color, but not unique enough to justify the $25 tag, especially since I find Chanel finicky at best formula-wise.

    • The formula is really nice to work with – I obviously haven’t tested the wear of this particular shade, though I haven’t had any chipping problems with Chanel myself in the past!

  4. Saffy

    I love that it’s not quite pink, but not quite red either. It’s a perfect winter/spring transitional colour.

  5. Nily

    Cute colour!!!! ♥

  6. Pretty, but it’s just not unique enough for me to drop $25 on it.

  7. Hannah

    Gorgeous! Glad it is perm because I want it but not right this minute. Do you happen to know of a lipstick (cream or matte finish preferably) that is the same color?

  8. Eva

    I saw this at Nordstrom when I was checking out the new spring collection. I wanted to get it decided against it since I got two more things from the collection. Thanks for the review; I’m reconsidering it and I might pick it up!

  9. Olga

    Are the other two nail polishes, May and June going to be permenant as well?

  10. Romina Elorrieta

    With such an awesome review, I think it is going to be another addition to my Chanel polishes collection. I’m pretty happy that it is not a LE, tho!!. That way I won’t have to hurry and get frustrated if I miss out on it… Do you know if the other two shades will be LE as well?. By the way, I just can’t for the life of me make any of my nail polishes last more than two or three days without chipping or having to retouch major damage. What do you recommend for this?.

    Grats on the proposal, btw!! Merry Christmas!! ^^

  11. Mea

    I want maaaay !! :) I was born on that month, I deserve that polish haha :)

  12. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Katherine Katherine

    Really love this. I know I will pick this one up for sure, can’t wait to see if you swatch the two other nail releases. :)

  13. April

    My name is April, so obviously I bought this one right away! Love it!

  14. Krish

    Hey Christine!!!!! Thanks for the lovely review,i’m sure i’ll be burning a hole in my pocket with this collection but what i really would like to know is are there any similiarities between this and Chanel’s rouge fatal??Thank you!!!

  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Angela angela sutherland

    can we get a pic with no flash???

  16. Iris

    Whenever I look at it, it reminds me of Guerlain’s Garconne. Isn’t that odd?

  17. buena mara

    Thanks for swatching. Always and ever, only Chanel Le Vernis, but only if you say so. And you have, so I am TOTALLY sold!

  18. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Carolina Carolina

    This is beautiful and the month I was born in. SOLD. :D

  19. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Carolina Carolina

    Uh oh, I bought this and although the colour is lovely, the texture was a bit difficult to work with: a bit too thin, it pooled unevenly on my nails, making visible pools of dry lacquer. Will try again. Perhaps it was just my incompetence. :)

    • Oh no! :( Did you roll the bottle first? I bet you did but that’s the only thing I could think!

      • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Carolina Carolina

        I did. I rolled it quite a bit as I was going to use it for the first time, but no deal, it didn’t look or feel thick, but it was a nightmare to apply.

        Because of the pooling, the lacquer was uneven and fragile and chipped away almost by the full nail (!!). When I tried it a second time the texture (and staying power) seemed much improved, so probably just a bottle that needed a little bit more of a mix than usual. :)