Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Chanel Sky Line Le Vernis
Chanel Sky Line Le Vernis

Chanel Sky Line Le Vernis ($30.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as “pale and pearlescent, nearly metallic… the beauty of blue.” It’s a pale sky blue with a hint of periwinkle and threads of metallic silver-white. I couldn’t think of anything that would dupe this. Cult Nails Princess is more of a powder blue. Zoya Skylar is much darker. I haven’t reviewed it yet, but I can see that Essie Blue Rhapsody is bluer, darker.  If you have a closer dupe, I’d love to hear about it!

Sky Line is a bottle of problems, despite its beautiful, ethereal coloring. It’s riddled with brush strokes, and the formula is unforgiving; it’s thick and streaky, which contribute to a more difficult application. Because it’s harder to get even color applied to the nail, the brush strokes tend to become more emphasized and start wobbling. Metallic finishes like this one tend to show brush strokes, but they seemed especially visible in this shade.  I typically get a week of wear out of Chanel’s polishes with minor tip wear but no chips.  I get the same wear with or without a base/top coat.

When it comes to Chanel lacquers, they’re often copied, and I’m curious to see if any brands attempt to dupe this and whether they’re able to improve on the formula itself.

The Glossover


Sky Line

The formula is too problematic to justify at this price point, even if the color may not be easy replicated.











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Chanel Sky Line Le Vernis
Chanel Sky Line Le Vernis

Chanel Sky Line Le Vernis
Chanel Sky Line Le Vernis

Chanel Sky Line Le Vernis
Chanel Sky Line Le Vernis

Chanel Sky Line Le Vernis
Chanel Sky Line Le Vernis

Chanel Sky Line Le Vernis
Chanel Sky Line Le Vernis

Chanel Sky Line Le Vernis
Chanel Sky Line Le Vernis

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Any dupes?

I couldn't think of anything that would dupe this. Cult Nails Princess is more of a powder blue. Zoya Skylar is much darker. I haven't reviewed it yet, but I can see that Essie Blue Rhapsody is bluer, darker.

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47 thoughts on “Chanel Sky Line Le Vernis Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. mirian

    Aww I have this shade and I love it! I use Seche Vite top coat and it eliminates all brush strokes.

  2. wow this looks streaky! Major disapointment & big pass.

  3. Should have a shade call “Chanel in the sky with Diamonds”

  4. Brenda

    Only a C? using a good base coat it applies perfectly! Its an amazing shade, I think it desserves an A.. plus this was meant to be a shade for summer..

    • I’m glad it worked for you! Unfortunately, it wasn’t like that for me – I applied it four different times, including over a base coat, and it was streaky and thick on me :( What base coat did you use?

    • Hey Karen! Which base coat do you recommend? I have this and I had the same issue too. I love the color but application can be a pain.

    • mirian

      I agree! I have worn this several times. I use Butter London Basecoat and it applies flawlessly!! Also finishing it off with Seche Vite. It’s amazing.

    • Katherine

      I agree. This applies beautifully on me.

  5. Kimberly

    I don’t really mind visible brush strokes, gives it character. This shade is gorgeous!

  6. I love this colour! The other day I saw a nail polish by KOH that reminded me a lot of this one by Chanel! I don’t remember the name though, I’ll see if I can find out which one it was :)

  7. AnGeLwInGz

    Yikes! That’s a lot of brush strokes. I used to have a Wet n Wild polish similar to that, but I’m sure it’s been long discontinued. I remember it had an obnoxious name but it surpasses me at the moment. Well, at least it’s better than Riva lol!

  8. Love the colour and actually love the pearlescent finish on it, but I’d definitely rather find a cheaper dupe, since I wouldn’t wear this a lot.

  9. I don’t like the color anyway. Pastel metallics look too 90s for me. Been there, done that!

  10. That’s too bad about the formula–I’ve been obsessed with blue polishes lately and this is one of the prettiest light blues I’ve seen in a long time. I really hope someone does decide to dupe this–I would LOVE to wear this during the winter when my skin gets a bit paler (I don’t think this one would look good with my current tan)

  11. blueraccoon

    It’s a lovely shade, but oy, the brushstrokes. Sometimes they don’t look bad, but here they just make this look streaky and thick. Maybe with thinner it’d work better?

  12. Hmm, until I saw it on your nails I thought Zoya Jo might be very similar except darker… but it just doesn’t have the same frosty whiteness once applied.

  13. Lisa

    eeek… looks cheap. I feel like only really blonde cool toned pale people could REALLY pull it off.

  14. Marta

    Uhm Nubar’s Mystic Aqua looks a tad darker, as is Essie’s Blue Rhapsody. Essie Barbados blue is too blue and not metallic enough. I’d try a combo (the first two over a platinum or white nail polish) because I really don’t think I’ve seen anything quite like Sky Line in major brands lately! Like you said fingers crossed someone will copy the shade with an improved formula, because it does look great!

  15. LJ

    Ahhh this takes me back to being a 90s kid! This was the shade! My mum wore this shade all the time! It’s too nostalgic for me to pass on, I’m prepared to work at it for reminiscing ^_^

  16. Sanguine13

    I love the sky blue shade, but it’s way too pricey for a C rating polish. I hope this is duped in a lower-end polish line next spring.

  17. The only polish I’ve ever owned that was anything like this was an Orly back when they were in trapezoidal bottles with silver caps(later 90s), it was a pale cool-toned metallic blue with slight grayish tones and it wasn’t really streaky- I can’t remember the name. It looked pretty yucky with my skintone, I think. My Mom is still in love with it(even though she never used it!)

  18. Kelly

    Bummer. Looks like a cheap drugstore polish on the nails.

  19. Pretty blue colour of chanel, only i don`t like the price haha

  20. Carrie

    Pretty color, but I’ll definitely wait for the dupe to appear!

  21. really not for me..colour or quality.

  22. Ugh. What a horrible frosty mess. :S I’ll pass on this one.

  23. Brenda

    This reminds me of a nail polish I had, likely in high school (about 20 years ago) and I think it was Wet n wild or NYC. I know it was an inexpensive brand. It’s a very vague memory.

    • air

      omg!! I had that one now that you mention it. it was wet n wild and it cost me about a dollar haha and I had a pink version as well. how funny!

  24. Shannon

    I bought this polish and I’m actually really surprised by the C rating. It’s my absolute favourite Chanel polish and I have very little issues with application and minimal brush strokes. The colour really suits my skin tone as well (I’m very pale). The first time I tried it was in a hurried manicure by a Chanel makeup artist and even with the rush job, it looked so beautiful I had to buy it. Really shocked by the troubles you had with it!

    • I’m happy to hear you had a good experience, Shannon! It was one of the worst Chanel polishes I’ve used :(

    • I have the same experience as Shannon. Love the formula and no brush strokes. I do also have Black Pearl and has never experienced any trouble with brush strokes there either, even though that one too is known for it’s issues…

      I use Nubar Foundation Base and Diamont Top Coat.

  25. Catherine

    I personally don’t spend this much on nail varnish anyway! 😛

  26. Malia

    Ugh! but WTF Chanel??? First $18, then $24, $27, now $30?? With a price increase every season it’d be robbery not to pass!!

  27. I’m surprised to see such a negative review! My bottle of this polish came in yesterday and I’m currently wearing it on my nails. The brush strokes were barely visible, and I thought the application was great. Maybe you got a bad bottle?

  28. Quinctia

    I honestly don’t think your application looks all that bad, and I don’t mind metallics’ application because that’s what I basically started out applying nail polish with…that said, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a polish so awesome I’d shell out Chanel/Dior prices for it. I only own Butter London because I got it on a great deal–there are just too many affordable options with great formulas to spend designer prices.

    If Revlon dupes it in the regular line, I’d buy that. I love their regular line’s formula.

  29. I have got Skyline and love it! The closest I have got is Dashing Diva Water Taxi. Skyline has quite a lot more purple in it, but they have got a lot of similarities. I love both.

  30. Tiffany C.

    to get rid of brush strokes, you could sponge on the last coat and finish with top coat.

  31. Love this shade. Would look great against my skin tone I am pretty sure

  32. It looks like such a pretty color in the bottle! I admit that I don’t own any Chanel nail polish and I definitely don’t think this one justifies the price. $30?! You can buy a nice bottle of wine for $30. 😛 I’ll wait for a dupe if I decide I need this color.

  33. Lark

    You get a lot of problem products that I find to be just fine at the store; I wonder if this is so iffy because it’s the first batch off the line- which is what reveiwers get. Chanel didn’t get their huge nail polish cult following with goopy stuff like this. Looks like a batch/ solvent base issue.

    The color is lovely! I’ll look at it in the store to see if it’s fixed. I doubt whoever lisences Chanel make up will be shipping hunky polish. Every beauty editor in the world will be on them about it.

  34. Yumi

    What about the periwinkle blue color that launched with Nicole by OPI’s Kim K collection??

  35. Camille

    This immediately reminded me of Wet n Wild’s “Rain Check” tbh. I’m surprised no one has done a comparison of the 2! I think Rain Check may have a touch more grey but they seen quite similar. I have Rain check & the formula is beautiful, forgiving, & not at all frosty or brushstroke-y. It is sheer at first but builds up well in 2 or 3 coats with a really nice pearly finish. And its 99 cents! I’m a bit shocked Chanel would go this route, since the Wet n Wild has been out for several seasons now. Maybe its because of the whole 90’s trend?

  36. Donna

    Wet n Wild’s RAIN CHECK is a very close dupe for Sky Line. It’s close enough for me anyway :)