Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Chanel Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Magic & Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel’s Nuit Magique Collection includes two limited edition shades of polish, which released this past Monday. I was underwhelmed by Cosmic, as it’s a shade that we’ve seen several times in the past couple of years, though with larger sparkle, but with the finer, sparser sparkle in Cosmic, it’s hard to see it except under a lot of light or at an angle. Magic was more unique (based on what I’ve reviewed and swatched myself), and it also applied beautifully.

Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “black sparkling with blue and silver pearl.” It’s a medium-dark black base with fine flecks of navy blue and silver shimmer. The shimmer is somewhat sparse and fine, so from afar, it tended to look more like a black cream. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, but in some ways, it seemed watery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Batty (P, $10.00) has larger sparkle. NARS Night Breed (LE, $19.00) also has larger sparkle. L’Oreal The Queen’s Ambition (LE) has more sparkle. L’Oreal Drop Dead Gorgeous (P) is similar. Illamasqua Creator (P, $17.00) has more sparkle, larger sparkle. Color Club Show Time (P) has more sparkle. China Glaze Smoke & Ashes (LE, $7.50) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Magic Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “daybreak blue.” It’s a medium-dark blue cream; it’s not too cool-toned, and it’s brighter and lighter than navy blue. This shade was incredibly pigmented and was fully opaque after two coats. The consistency was slightly thin, but I didn’t have any application issues. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blue Velvet (132) (P, $18.00) is the shade I could think of that is most similar in color, but it has a totally different finish. NARS Superstar (LE, $19.00) is less blue. Chanel Blue Rebel (LE, $27.00) is darker. China Glaze First Mate (LE, $7.50) is a bit darker. Essie Go Overboard (LE, $8.00) is greener. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

LE
product

Cosmic

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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LE
product

Magic

A

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Chanel Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Cosmic Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Magic Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Magic Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Magic Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Magic Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Magic Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Magic Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Magic Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Magic Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Magic Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Magic Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Magic Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Magic Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Magic Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Magic Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Magic Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Magic Le Vernis Nail Colour

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27 thoughts on “Chanel Nuit Magique Le Vernis Nail Colour Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Channel makes such classy nail colors always!
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  2. The pics are breathtaking! Would love it if you could do a post on photography tips :)
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  3. Jane

    Humph. I had high hopes for a Ciel de Nuit polish cousin in Cosmic, but it isn’t to be.

  4. Magic is my fav out of the two. I think NARS Night breed would be my choice for this kind of look over Cosmic which falls a bit flat for me.

  5. Carrie

    I agree that Cosmic is disappointing, but I wasn’t expecting to be impressed as it was one of the few times that Chanel seemed to be following the crowd instead of leading it.

    Magic truly is lovely and I do love those kind of cremes, but it does feel like it’s going to end up being one of the easier to dupe colors, so I’ll probably wait for one of those!

  6. Loved Magic on you Christine :)
    For me a “MAGICAL” shade would be teal green with purple and pink shimmer , a duo chrome shimmer
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  7. Magic is such a pretty shade of blue! I just love Cosmic though! The slight shimmer makes is gorgeous!
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  8. Avatar of KY KY

    Whew!! My wallet is safe this time. BUT — I do love me some Chanel, so I’m crossing my fingers for some unique colors in 2014!

  9. I want to love black and navy nail polishes but they just don’t look good on my hands.

  10. I love the cosmic, it’s a lighter version of the Storm by Zoya <3

  11. Both rock and loved ur hands…which is your favorite cream to protect them?

  12. Avatar of WildDove WildDove

    I love the deep blues. Did my first foray into those colors on toes last summer. Had a heck of a time getting the color off later, never had so much trouble getting a polish off (it wasn’t gel) — any tips?

  13. I wish the glitter transferred a bit more on Cosmic!

  14. Liv

    I have to disagree, I love Cosmic. I’m not a fan of glitter and I love that even though it’s not as fine as glitter in their other nail polishes it’s still subtle. Blue base makes it pretty unique. I also haven’t noticed any issues with application, but I prefer formulas on the thinner side.

    Magic is to close to Chanel Blue Rebel for my liking.

  15. I missed out on Cosmic but after looking at your comparison swatches I can’t say I care all that much. I think I can achieve basically the same look with a good solid black and Orly’s Prisma Gloss Silver, or I can get really close. The silver is too sparse for me to find it that remarkable, really. I have Illamasqua Creator, I’m going to be happy having that instead. I agree, underwhelmed.

    Still debating Magic, though. Lovely shade, but I don’t really have the money right now and I have Blue Rebel, might even have First Mate around somewhere so…I might save my pennies and hope for something earth shattering in the Spring colors.

    I’m going in search of your swatches for Accessoire and Rouge Rubis, though!