Friday, December 25th, 2009

Going Gray?  Chanel Particuliere Nail Lacquer

Last week, I reviewed the majority of Chanel’s Spring collection, which includes three new nail lacquers, but I only reviewed Inattendu and Tendresse and was missing Particuliere ($23.00), which is easily the more interesting shade of the three (Inattendu is a beige-y nude while Tendresse is a soft, milky medium pink).  Chanel describes it simply as grey, which I think is just a little inaccurate.

This is much more of a grayed taupe, because it has definite brown tones to it.  It’s certainly not a rainy gray kind of color, though.  The brown does warm-up the shade, though, and it’s something I could see myself wearing.   It’s dark enough not to be pastel or light or traditionally spring, but it’s not so dark that it makes you feel like fall.  This applied and looked better than the other two shades, though (count me surprised!) — it was very creamy, smooth, and went opaque in two coats.

I’d say that Chanel has made other colors more worthy of the $23 splurge, but I do like this one quite a bit.  (Even for high-end, Chanel’s nail lacquers are quite pricey, particularly compared to brands like Dior.) I imagine OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques is somewhat similar (I don’t own it, so I’m just going off of swatches I’ve seen).

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  If you’re feeling like a splurge, Chanel nail lacquer certainly qualifies as one!

Availability: Nordstrom, Saks

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Chanel Particuliere Nail Lacquer

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42 thoughts on “Chanel Particuliere Nail Lacquer Swatches, Review, Photos

  1. kristina

    I absolutely love this! This polish is everything I wanted OPI’s YDKJ to be, because it is lighter. I am glad to hear the application was spot on.

    BTW, it looks stunning on you.

    • kristina

      Can you tell me how you apply it so clean around your cuticle? I would love it if you did a video tutorial on your technique.

  2. shontay

    Chanel lacquer’s are top notch in quality and I like this shade, but it would not work on my skintone at all. It kinda reminds me of gravy, which is good I guess b/c I do love gravy. Lol

  3. Lorna

    i was so looking forward to this but it just looks like mud on the nails.

  4. rose

    Omg! i love this color! I’m gonna pick it up tomorrow when i get to Saks =)

  5. lina

    this color is more similar to opi’s over the taupe (came out this summer don’t know if it’s limited edition). just wanted to let you know in case anyone is looking for a dupe
    i think you don’t know jacques is more greeny and darker than this

  6. G O R G E O U S color!!! Love love !!!

  7. Doreen

    Oh, that’s very pretty! This is the color on the models for Fashion Week, I presume. Thanks for sharing, Christine!

  8. amy

    I like this colour it looks quite chic. It does remind me of OPI You Don’t Know Jacques but the OPI one is a bit darker and grayer.

  9. Helena

    I love grayed taupes. ahhhh so this is love at first sight. Ha ha!

  10. Liz

    Are you sure you don’t have you don’t know jacques? I could have SWORN you reviewed it at some point… Anyhow, I love this chanel color, absolutely FAB! :)

    BTW, I’m so glad you’ve really branched out in recent years reviewing other brands, I’ve discovered a lot of goodies thru temptalia! Keep up the good work in 2010!

  11. Taj

    Love Love Chanel nail polishes ! I am sold with Particuliere !

  12. Genie B

    I bought this shade from Nordstrom about a week ago and am loving it! The color is so versatile you can start wearing it as early as Winter. I first thought “Metro Chic” from OPI for Sephora would yield a similar result, but Metro Chic has more of the purple tone to it. Also, the texture of Chanel’s nail polish is just creamier and easier to apply.

  13. Marissa B

    Love this color! Reminds me of Metrochic by opi sephora which i looove

  14. Leigh

    It also looks a lot like Sephora by OPI’s Metro Chic. Metro Chic has a little more purple in it though….

  15. It actually looks flattering on you and I very love the shape of your nails. =) But this polish is nothing unseen either…

    I’d say OPI “You Don’t Know Jacques!” is darker and greener than “Particulière”. Actually, this polish seems like it is more of a close dupe of OPI “Over the Taupe”.

    http://jellynat.blogspot.com/2009/09/lets-compare-mushroom-hunting.html

  16. AnGeLwInGz

    This one catches my attention more than the other two. Can’t wait to see it in person. Could very well be a potential purchase!

  17. Wow, great color. I may have to pick this up.

  18. alice

    Very pretty on your lovely nails. But I agree with your B rating. IThe variations btwn, all the mushroom taupes out there are not different enough to warrant the cost.

  19. AnGeLwInGz

    Tried this color and it just does not work with my skintone. Too bad b/c it’s a pretty color in the bottle. On me it looks like murky swamp water!

  20. Leanne

    It looks so pretty!!

  21. Abby

    This is definitely similar enough to You Don’t Know Jacques- slightly lighter, but in reality it will all look the same on :)

    • ak

      Exactly. I’d prefer to buy the You Don’t Know Jacques from OPI and that may even be my new color on my nails for now. I’d rather not give Chanel my cash with the exceptions of the Cristalle Eau Verte perfume and the No. 5 Eau de Premiere perfume.

  22. Nathalie

    I have this color and LOVE the shade. However, it’s been my experience that it chips easily. The first time I tried it it chipped within two days. At first I blamed it on the weather (I was skiing in Colorado). The second time was last Friday and by Sunday it had already chipped. Yesterday I had to retouch all the corners. I’m going to try it one more time with a different basecoat and see if that makes a difference.

  23. beatrice

    Lorna said :it just looks like mud on the nails. SHUT UP! it’s gorgeus!!! i think it’s perfect on short nails

  24. Maria

    It’s almost the same colour than “Over the taupe” by O.P.I.

  25. Laura

    does anyone want my chanel particuliere and the two other spring colors?? i will include a free chanel mascara! any takers and offers?

  26. I looove this color, I already found a dupe of it. (but I live in Holland, so I think they only sell it in my country)

  27. Hilary♥

    It reminds me of Metro Chic by OPI but still it’s a very pretty color =) I heard Chanel nail lacquers aren’t easy to apply and don’t last for long. Is is true?

  28. Jennifer

    I heard Nars Bad Influence Nail Varnish is a dupe almost identical to this.