Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour ($30.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “opaque white.” It’s a bright, white cream–not too cool-toned, not really warm. It doesn’t look quite as stark as say, corrector, no the nails; I didn’t get that vibe. NARS Ecume is slightly brighter. MAC Vestral White is also a bit brighter. China Glaze Snow is a cooler-toned white.

Chanel touts their lacquer as “long-wearing, high-shine, chip-resistant” while applying “evenly without streaking.” Eastern Light doesn’t apply evenly, and it is riddled with streakiness. It’s one of the better-applying white cream polishes I’ve tried, but it’s not, by any stretch of the imagination, streak-free. The consistency is just slightly on the thicker side, and it self-leveled to an extent but not completely. After two coats, it was mostly opaque, except where areas of heavy streakiness, then the second coat did not cover it entirely. I think three coats would hide the underlying streakiness, but it does get a little thick to wear and will take awhile to dry down fully. It has a great high-gloss finish, but the streaks make this a major no-go–not at $30.

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Eastern Light

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There was a slight thickness to the formula that made it a less-than-ideal consistency, but the real downfall was that it was still a streaky white polish. Whites are notorious for streaking, and unfortunately, Chanel's version doesn't break that trend. It streaks less than some other whites I've tried, but there's still need for improvement.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Chanel, $30.00.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

NARS Ecume is slightly brighter. MAC Vestral White is also a bit brighter. China Glaze Snow is a cooler-toned white.

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19 thoughts on “Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kathryn kEG

    Too much money for a dupeable color, and so-so application

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

    Chanel are being absolute pals to me… really dark polish? Bright white polish? 40€ saved so far… :D

  3. Riingo

    Not unique at all. IMHO, Chanel needs to stop releasing these *extremely exclusive super limited small edition collection items* with inadequate qualities. Extremely limited quantities and below-than-average quality upset me every single time.

  4. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy xamyx

    This is actually laughable, yet I know it will still sell out. If I want a white cream polish, I can pick one up for $2, not $30… Of course, it won’t be in a pretty Chanel bottle, but then, I don’t paint my nails in public, so noone would even know, unless I told them (and then that’s just odd…).

  5. Nah, it just doesn’t work for me, these white lacquers. Reminds me too much of when I used to paint my nails with typ-ex as a kid…

    • Bana

      LOL, Exactly!

    • VickyM

      Lol I did that too :D but aren´t those fond memories? for me they are lol, of course the nail polish must look better that the liquid paper as we call it here or white out as Christine calls it. I remember painting my nails as a kid with the liquid paper, nice times :) . However 30 dollars is too much money for something like that, 2 dollars is about right.

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Cat Cat

    Pass! First of all, this isn’t a unique color at all and secondly– why spend $30 on a product when there are better, cheaper versions out there?! It boggles my mind.

  7. Which was the best white polish you tried?

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jill AnGeLwInGz

    The most hassle-free white nail polish is good old White Out!

  9. Jen

    $30 for a nail polish and its not perfect? Pass!

  10. Yellowlantern

    I like white nails. I hope this becomes a trend.

  11. Rosie

    Sorry but white nails, even Chanel just looks like Tippex!

  12. My experience was quite different from yours; I found it applied exceptionally well, especially for a white, and I had no issues with streaking at all. Personally, I have found that with pastels and pale shades, you really need to take your time with the application and apply very little pressure on the brush near the cuticle area — that helps to keep the entire shade looking smooth. Too bad it didn’t work out for you – this is one of my favourite white shades!

  13. VickyM

    This is a very ordinary color with 1 or 2 dollar dupes that look allmost the same. In my opinion Chanel should release more unique products and make them permanent like Graphite and Peridot instead of making them limited edition. Now how beautiful would an emerald green that changes from a mid tone emerald to a deep green would be, complete with the sparkle that Chanel can do so well of course. Or a blue that could turn turquoise depending on the light… so many options that would have people running to get them :) , I can´t see anyone racing to get this though, it will be bought but not by all that many.

  14. Wow. I understand white polishes are difficult, but at $30 it should be near perfect if not completely perfect. OPI and Milani make good white polishes for a fraction of the price.

  15. tess

    A Chanel has to be pretty special for me to drop that kind of money on them. I only have four to date.

    I’d read elsewhere that Eastern Light was slightly cool or blue-toned but I don’t get that at all from your photos and description.

    My favorite whites are still Zoya’s Purity (opaque, easy to control and build) and Essie’s Marshmallow (slightly jelly, a tad warm-toned). Both make good ‘underwear’ depending on what I’m doing.