Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour ($30.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “sophisticated shade of deep chocolate, burnished by a heart of pearly red.” It’s a deep, dark reddened brown with a dusting of reddish-burgundy shimmer. The shimmer is not the star here, so while visible at certain angles, gives it more of a reddened depth than sparkle.  China Glaze Midtown Magic is browner and has larger and more present shimmer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Au Chocolate is very similar in color but is a cream (no shimmer). Rescue Beauty Lounge Atame is a redder cream with no shimmer. MAC Gadabout Girl is slightly more burgundy and has no shimmer. Chanel Strong has a lot more of the red pearl, so it looks a bit redder/purpler in some lighting.

Chanel touts their lacquer as “long-wearing, high-shine, chip-resistant” while applying “evenly without streaking.” Western Light was fully opaque after two coats, and the consistency of the formula wasn’t too thick or too thin. It applied beautifully, evenly, and streak-free, just as Chanel describes.  I think more shimmer would have made this a more unique color, but as is, the shimmer tends to fade away and the color looks mostly like a cream finish–and there are a fair amount of creams available in shades near to this.  I usually get a week of wear with Chanel’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

The Glossover

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Western Light

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I think more shimmer would have made this a more unique color, but as is, the shimmer tends to fade away and the color looks mostly like a cream finish--and there are a fair amount of creams available in shades near to this.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Western 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?

China Glaze Midtown Magic is browner and has larger and more present shimmer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Au Chocolate is very similar in color but is a cream (no shimmer). Rescue Beauty Lounge Atame is a redder cream with no shimmer. MAC Gadabout Girl is slightly more burgundy and has no shimmer. Chanel Strong has a lot more of the red pearl, so it looks a bit redder/purpler in some lighting.

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20 thoughts on “Chanel Western Light Le Vernis Nail Colour Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Pretty in the bottle, but I think I’d have to pass. I have shades that are similar and have more shimmer when applied.

  2. Yellowlantern

    I love the new photo formats! Love that you’re giving us close and far away photos. Did you get a new camera? For some reason these look like they’re more detailed than I remember.

    • Same camera, same equipment, just arranged a bit differently :) These are mostly experimental shots – seeing if certain photos are better/not and seeing how readers react (or don’t react). I’m not sure if the “faraway” shot is as helpful as I wanted it to be!

      • Diane

        I really love the faraway shot. Super close swatches are great, but really how often are we (or other people) viewing our nails from an inch away? It’s nice to get a wider view, gives a better idea of the impression the polish makes to others.

  3. Hmm, looks better in the bottle than on the nails. Not that it looks bad on the nails, not at all, but the color looks more interesting in the bottle and the effect just isn’t there once it’s been applied.

  4. Avatar of rebecca blueraccoon

    (Christine, as a side note, I’m once again having to input my name and email every time I leave a comment. Is this a “feature”, a problem on my end, or is something wonky, do you know?)

    As for the polish – eh. It’s okay. I’m not a fan of browns, and this just looks…ordinary.

    • Hey!

      Was it working on Sunday/Monday and just not today? What browser (and version) are you using? Thank you!

      • Avatar of rebecca blueraccoon

        I think it was working? It wasn’t working when other people reported it and then it started and now it isn’t. I’m on Chrome, version 25.0, tried on PC and Mac (same browser). It does seem to be working in Safari, though.

        • Thank you! :)

          There were some changes made to the CDN right around when you reported it today, so right now that’s our theory but we’ll keep an eye on it!

          • Avatar of Abigail abigailod

            I’m glad you mentioned this BlueRacoon! I was having the same issue and thought it’s because we just got a new computer. While on our old laptop, yes it had my name and email info.

          • Avatar of Abigail abigailod

            And not sure if it’s just on my end… but now after I post a comment, I don’t see the “temporary” post unlike before where it says Thanks and that the comment will be reviewed etc…

            Thanks in advance Christine!

  5. Jessica

    I noticed photos from some of your older posts are now gone. I loved the complete look pics!

    • Hmm, all of the photos should still be there! We did run everything through so remove borders, but everything was reuploaded — I know because I sat here uploading/downloading 120,000 files, LOL!

  6. Avatar of Abigail abigailod

    And Christine, I’m just happy to finally see the lovely ring! <3
    Congrats again!

  7. Avatar of Alison Alison

    I’m glad you’re getting good wear from the formula! Unfortunately, I find the brush REALLY hard to use. It sort of bends every which way and doesn’t spread the polish easily over my nail like the Dior/YSL/OPI brushes do, which is very strange. It must be the length or something.

  8. oh so gorgeous! i much prefer darker polishes from lighter. especially in the colder half of the year. this is just up my alley. However, I do find that the chanelvarnishes chip easilly.