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Guerlain Nuit Merveilleuse (903) Le Vernis

Guerlain Nuit Merveilleuse (903) Vernis
Guerlain Nuit Merveilleuse (903) Vernis

Guerlain Nuit Merveilleuse (903) Vernis ($26.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, violet purple with fine, multi-colored shimmer (mostly pink and lighter purple). Rescue Beauty Lounge Pause (LE, $20.00) is more pigmented (95% similar). Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Midnight Purple (200) (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Poke (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Zoya Suri (P, $9.00) is darker, more pigmented, better quality (85% similar). Zoya Belinda (P, $9.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain’s nail lacquer formula is supposed to have “long-lasting color and shine” and is designed to be applied with two coats. I’m a big fan of the formula, but I had an issue with the formula on this particular shade bubbling slightly (three bubbles in total) that was just barely noticeable–initially I didn’t notice, but when I tested it for wear, I did. With a base coat, I didn’t have any issues with bubbling. The consistency is slightly thin but doesn’t pool along the sides of the nail easily. It had good coverage after two coats, and the color applied smoothly and evenly. On me, the color lasted for nine days without chipping, just minor tip wear.

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Chanel Rouge Noir, Rose Fusion, Lame Rouge Noir Le Vernis

Chanel Rouge Noir (18) Le Vernis
Chanel Rouge Noir (18) Le Vernis

Chanel Rouge Noir (18) Le Vernis ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “black red.” It’s a deep, dark purpled berry with a cream finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a slightly translucent, stained-like quality to it that made it seem very rich on the nail. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it applied easily. I get around seven days of wear with Chanel’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping. MAC Purple Majesty (LE, $16.00)(100% similar). Cult Nails Lamestain (P, $12.00)(100% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Cherry (LE, $35.00) is darker (95% similar). China Glaze Naughty & Nice (LE, $7.50) is darker (95% similar). China Glaze Velvet Bow (LE, $7.50) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Wrecked (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Color Club Fashion Moment (P, )(100% similar). Rescue Beauty Lounge Drifter (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Zoya Anja (P, $9.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Blueblood (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Essie Shearling Darling (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chane Rose Fusion (757) Le Vernis ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “luminous purple grey.” It’s a medium-dark purple taupe with a metallic shimmer that looks browner in some lighting, purpler in others. It is a chameleon of a shade, but it doesn’t seem to be a genuine duochrome, just multi-faceted with different shades of shimmer. It was opaque after two coats, and the polish’s texture seemed a little thick. There are noticeable brush lines from the metallic shimmer, so it takes a steady hand and some patience to minimize their appearance. Marc Jacobs Beauty Patsy (164) (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Quartz (LE, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Revlon Rich (P, $4.99) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Illamasqua Facet (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chane Lame Rouge Noir Le Top Coat ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering black red.” It’s a pinky-red tinted clear base with larger gold sparkle. The key with this one is to really shake the bottle prior to using, because the glitter they use seems heavy to the point where it all sinks to the bottom of the bottle. The base is definitely tinted and will bring out the pinks in the nail, but it will obviously complement Rouge Noir polish as well. The glitter had good density in one coat, so it will work as a top coat well, and it added a ton of glossy shine. Dior Golden Shock (001) (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cult Nails Walk of Shame (DC, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal The True Gold (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Sugarpill x Edward Scissorhands Nail Polishes

Sugarpill The Inventor Nail Polish
Sugarpill The Inventor Nail Polish

Sugarpill Ice Angel Nail Polish ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “blend of snow white flecks in varying sizes.” It’s flecks of multi-sized white pieces suspended in a clear base, and it does look a lot like snow applied. It was designed to be layered over The Inventory or used alone, and it actually applied a lot better than I expected–the “snow” really disperses evenly across the nail without getting too many large pieces in one area or bald spots. A single coat is shown on my thumb nail, and the effect is noticeable, even, and pretty much true-to-description. I also tried it layered in various ways over the dark gray coordinating shade–kind of in the theme of a blizzard, a flurry, and a sprinkling of snow. It actually seemed smoother than the glitter in The Inventory and has a more noticeable shine (without a top coat). I don’t have any dupes to share with you, but I’m sure there are some out there! Sugarpill’s polish formula lasts seven days on me with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Sugarpill The Inventor Nail Polish ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “pinch of silver glitter mixed in a dark steel gray base.” It’s a dark gray with subtle, cooler undertones and what looks like muted, gold micro-glitter and some silver glitter. It was fully opaque after two coats of polish, and the consistency was a little thicker but didn’t pool along the edges so it was manageable. It had a moderate dry down time, and it dried down to a slight shine, but I would recommend a top coat for this one. I’d also say to opt for a thicker top coat, as the micro-glitter creates a sense of texture on the nail. Sugarpill’s polish formula lasts seven days on me with minor tip wear but no chipping. Zoya Yuna (P, $9.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). China Glaze Stone Cold (LE, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Grey Friday (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, less glossy (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ice Angel
Ice Angel
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Simply Swinging & Blog This Studio Nail Lacquers

MAC Simply Swinging Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Simply Swinging Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Simply Swinging Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “grey lilac.” It’s a muted, light-medium lavender purple with neutral-to-warm undertones and a cream finish. The consistency was slightly thick, and it didn’t level out as much as it could have, so some areas looked thicker and more opaque than others. It had a really nice high-shine finish, though. After two coats, it had mostly opaque coverage. I typically get a week of wear out of MAC’s polish. Cult Nails Let's Get Dirty (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Formula X Perfection (P, $14.00) is darker (85% similar). Zoya Normani (P, $9.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Rescue Beauty Lounge Forgiveness (LE, $20.00) is cooler (85% similar). Essie Warm & Toasty Turtleneck (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Zoya Jana (P, $9.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Blog This Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep purple plum.” It’s a blackened purpled berry with cool undertones and a cream finish. It had mostly opaque coverage, but it tended to be quite streaky on the initial coat and was mostly covered by the second coat, though not entirely so it may require a third coat or good base coat. The consistency ran thin but didn’t pool along the edges. I typically get a week of wear out of MAC’s polish. Dior Smoky (990) (LE, $27.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Gadabout Girl (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). China Glaze Urban Night (LE, $7.50) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
Blog This
Blog This
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Chanel Fortissimo & Vibrato Le Vernis Nail Lacquers

Chanel Fortissimo Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Fortissimo Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Fortissimo Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a deepened, midnight blue with fine pearl shimmer. It had mostly opaque coverage after two coats of polish, and after two coats, it had a smooth, even appearance, but one coat looks streaky. The texture was slightly thin but workable, and the polish lasted for eight days on me with minor tip wear. Wet 'n' Wild Mazel Tov Madness (LE, $3.99) is darker (95% similar). MAC Midnight Ocean (LE, $12.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Zoya Song (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Formula X Beacon (P, $12.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Vibrato Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a brightened cobalt blue with a cream consistency and more of a satin-like dry down. If this had dried down to a really glossy finish, I think the thinner consistency wouldn’t have been as noticeable. The formula runs thin, so it shows all the lines on my nails and really makes a base coat/ridge-filling base coat necessary for my nails (or perhaps a third coat, since this was only semi-opaque after two coats!). It lasted for seven days with minor tip wear. Illamasqua Force (P, $17.00) is darker, more pigmented, better quality (95% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pond (P, $10.00) is lighter, more muted, more pigmented (90% similar). Butter London Blagger (P, $15.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Breezy Blue (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fortissimo
Fortissimo
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Vibrato
Vibrato
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Chanel Ecorce Sanguine, Chataigne, Vert Obscur Nail Colours

Chanel Fall 2015 Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Fall 2015 Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Ecorce Sanguine (671) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, warm red with a cream finish. It was opaque in a single coat, though two coats isn’t fussy at all, so if you prefer the thickness of two, it applies like any good polish does–you just don’t need it for coverage. I tested this shade specifically for wear from the set of three, and it lasted for the typical seven days that Chanel’s formula does for me (without a base or top coat). The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it applied evenly with ease. Zoya Tamsen (P, $9.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Shameless (LE, $35.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior Shock (762) (LE, $27.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Hell-Bent (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Chataigne (669) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a blackened burgundy with subtle, warmer undertones and a cream finish. It had a slightly thinner consistency, but it didn’t pool along the edges, so application wasn’t challenging. The first coat looks very streaky, but a second coat (and not a thick one at that) evens everything out and yields opaque coverage. Tom Ford Beauty Black Cherry (LE, $35.00) is cooler (95% similar). Color Club Fashion Moment (P, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). NARS Other Side (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Zoya Anja (P, $9.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Wrecked (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Cult Nails Lamestain (P, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Blueblood (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC Purple Majesty (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (95% similar). Rescue Beauty Lounge Drifter (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). China Glaze Velvet Bow (LE, $7.50) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Chanel Accessoire (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Vert Obscur (679) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a blackened bluish-teal with a jelly-cream finish (seems heavy for jelly, but it has some of that watery, translucency that you’d expect from a jelly formula). The consistency is thin and watery, and it can pool along the edges. I didn’t test this shade specifically for wear, but even after an hour of wear (about the time I wait for polish to dry before photographing), it did stain towards the base of my nail, so I’d highly recommend using a base coat under this one! MAC Deep Sea (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Cult Nails Awakening (LE, $12.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Essie Mind Your Mittens (P, $8.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) typically wears seven days on me with minor tip wear, which is about average to a little above average when it comes to polish. I rarely find formulas chip on me, even without base or top coats, so you may want to consider that when looking to me for a judge of longevity. Chanel’s formula tends to dry-down to a glossier shine without a top coat and retains shine a little better over the seven-day wear period. Shades vary from watery to thick, sheer to opaque.

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