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.

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

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6.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

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2.5/5

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Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Chanel Suspicious Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer
Chanel Suspicious Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Chanel Suspicious Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described simply as “fuchsia.” It’s a pinky-red–a little more red than raspberry red to me, though it seemed like it was going to be raspberry-colored based on the bottle. NARS Anardana is warmer, less red. MAC Toco Toucan is pinker. China Glaze Ahoy! is darker, more raspberry. Chanel April is dustier, less red. Butter London Blowing Raspberries is a smidgen darker, pinker.  It’s a little summery, even though it’s new for fall.

The formula on this is insanely good!  It’s thin without being watery or anything like that; just thin and extremely pigmented. One coat almost produces opaque results, but I did swatches with two coats just to be sure!  The coverage is top notch, while it just applies so easily and beautifully–no pooling, bubbling, or streaking. It even has a semi-shiny finish when it dries down, though for anyone who loves a high-shine finish, I’d still opt for a top coat.  I typically get a week of wear with Chanel’s formula; no chipping, just minor tip wear.  Suspicious is not the most unique shade out of the three shades in the collection, but the quality is impressive.

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Suspicious

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Fantastic formula and color payoff! Even though it's for fall, we all know that fall collections launch halfway through summer, so it's nice to see a good transition shade between now and when it's really fall.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, July 16th, 2012

Chanel Vertigo Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer
Chanel Vertigo Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Chanel Vertigo Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “grey-black.” I’d like to describe it as one weird color that’s impossible to describe! In the bottle, it’s like a deep, dark smoky plummy brown with bits of shimmer in it. In natural light, it’s an inky brown with a hint of gray and touch of burgundy. In bright light, it’s a plum-tinged brown with bronze and red shimmer. Cult Nails Enigmatic is redder, lighter, purpler. Rescue Beauty Lounge Recherche is purpler, more eggplant than brown. Illamasqua Baptiste is definitely purple. Chanel Paradoxal is purpler, less brown (but it’s kind of the closest in “feel”). China Glaze Bogie is duller, more purple.

Oh, Vertigo is a complex one, which is what you hope for when Chanel debuts a new shade.  I don’t know if it’s a pretty shade or one of those pretty-ugly kind of shades that people either love or hate.  I see myself closer to the love it crowd, but I don’t think it’s particularly flattering against my skin tone, so it’s not something I’d end up reaching for. I always appreciate it when a brand manages to come up with a color that’s more nuanced or harder to dupe.  I wish the shimmer was more noticeable, though, because it’s nearly invisible under most lighting conditions!

Chanel’s formula wears a full week on me with minor tip wear but no chipping.  The consistency of Vertigo was just right–not too thick or too thin–and it applied easily and evenly.  The color was fully opaque after two coats.

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Oh, Vertigo is a complex one, which is what you hope for when Chanel debuts a new shade. I don't know if it's a pretty shade or one of those pretty-ugly kind of shades that people either love or hate.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Chanel Frenzy Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer
Chanel Frenzy Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Chanel Frenzy Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “lilac grey.” It’s a light taupe with a cream finish. There’s a little brown, little gray in it. Looks like the inside of a mushroom to me (aka it’s sooo taupe!). Zoya Farah is a little darker, browner. Essie Sand Tropez is very similar but a smidgen lighter. MAC Inert is grayer, a little darker.  It’s the new nude; not beige, not mannequin hands–sophisticated and elevated. Why is taupe always so lovely? I could see this being a really nice go-to for office-appropriate nails.

It’s mostly opaque in two coats, but there is some visible nail line coming through. It does apply fairly well, though.  I was expecting major streaking, but it was mostly even and very easy to control.  The consistency was a nice balance of thick and thin, not going too far in either direction, so I didn’t have problems with bubbling or pooling, either.  I felt like it took a little long to dry but not too much longer than usual.  With Chanel’s formula, I usually get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping–but very few formulas chip on me (and none really come to mind, other than matte polishes without a top coat).

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Frenzy

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It's the new nude; not beige, not mannequin hands--sophisticated and elevated. Why is taupe always so lovely? I could see this being a really nice go-to for office-appropriate nails.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Chanel Diwali Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer
Chanel Diwali Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Chanel Diwali Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer ($30.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “mix of pale gold and luminous silver.” Which would be pewter, really, except it’s more of a muted champagne gold chocked full of shimmer. The finish is metallic foil. Chanel Delight has a comparable finish but it’s very bronzy in comparison. OCC Cruising is very gold. Urban Decay Superfreak is similar but a little lighter–less golden. Dior Timeless Gold is more pewter, so it has less gold and more silver in it. China Glaze Midnight Kiss is much more golden. Illamasqua recently came out with Swinger, which I do have to review but haven’t photographed or swatched it (still in its box so no fingerprints get on it!), that may be similar as well.

It’s pretty much opaque in one coat, and I only used one coat in the swatches because it was so, so opaque, I wanted to be sure to capture and convey it to you.  There are visible brush strokes, but they’re more minimized than they usually are in this type of a finish. It’s impressive, only because it’s hard to achieve, but they’re still there–I did feel like they were easier to control and get to look straight.  It dries down to a semi-matte finish, though it still reflects because of how shimmer-loaded it is.  The consistency wasn’t thick, but it wasn’t thin; it could have been a smidgen thinner I think. I’d have preferred to have more control with a thinner formula and need two coats. I typically get a week of wear with Chanel’s formula; no chipping but minimal tip wear.

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Diwali

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There are several comparable colors available, so if you miss it, there are other shades worth considering (and they do come at lower price tags). I think Chanel often comes out with the next-best-shade before many other brands, but this one isn't quite as unique.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Chanel Island Le Vernis
Chanel Island Le Vernis

Chanel Island Le Vernis

Chanel Island Le Vernis ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a pale golden beige with pink iridescence. It has a more metallic-like finish with heavily visible (and hard to control) brush strokes. It’s semi-opaque after two coats, and you could get it almost opaque with three. OCC Kava Kava is very similar in base color, though it doesn’t have the pink shimmer/flash. Urban Decay Fame is more beige. Rescue Beauty Lounge Ani is darker.

The formula was thick, and the color was really prone to unevenness in both the general color (which, thankfully, is sheerer so it was more difficult to spot some of the unevenness) but the brush strokes just pulled and curved around. It looks like my hand was vibrating the whole time I did this, but I swear, it was as steady as I would ever be able to get it (I do have carpal tunnel, so I don’t have a surgeon’s steady hands by any means!). It will show any imperfection you have on the nail; on my pointer finger, there are two dents that go across horizontally, which ended up emphasized with this polish on top. You might want to use a ridge filler with this one or lightly buff nails (but never do it too much or too often). It has a long drying time, and it is not at all forgiving if you make your move for a second coat a moment too soon–it will pull at the base.

I typically get a week of wear out of Chanel’s formula, but I don’t have issues with nail polishes chipping on me aside from some matte formulas (with no base/top coat). This shade was difficult to work with; it’s just too finicky and should be easier to apply at this price point. It is gorgeous and very work-friendly with a subtle, elegant twist as it flashes pink, but the formula is disappointing.

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Island

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This shade was difficult to work with; it's just too finicky and should be easier to apply at this price point. It is gorgeous and very work-friendly with a subtle, elegant twist as it flashes pink, but the formula is disappointing.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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