Chanel Les Impressions de Chanel: Nail Lacquers Review, Photos, Swatches

Chanel Les Impressions de Chanel Collection

Chanel Les Impressions de Chanel: Nail Lacquers

Three new, limited edition shades of creamy nail lacquer will debut in January as part of Chanel’s Les Impressions de Chanel Collection. The new shades are: Inattendu, Tendresse, and Particuliere. I didn’t receive Particuliere to review, so I haven’t seen it yet, but hope to pick it up once it launches on-counter at my local Nordstrom!

Inattendu is a warmed-up, creamy fleshy beige. It’s surprisingly warm, despite being so beige, which actually keeps it more interesting and not so flat and blah. The whole nude nails thing is supposedly a trend come spring, so we’ll see how far it trickles down to the consumer level. This one doesn’t match my natural skin tone so dead-on that it’s still noticeable. I found this shade to be more opaque than Tendresse — two or three coats (swatches are with three, for reference) seemed good to me. It’s a very smooth, slightly thick formula.

Tendresse is a milky, baby pink with a creamy finish. It’s almost a neutral pink, but I might call it a yellow-based pink, too. I like it, but it’s not particularly original or unique. I imagine you could easily find a much less expensive shade comparable to this one. Of course, if you’re like me and have a thing for Chanel lacquers… you might not be able to resist. I found that you could see the tips of my nails with two coats, so three coats was definitely a must-do for this shade. Like Inattendu, it’s soft, easy to apply, and looks seamless.

I’ve never had any application or wear issues with Chanel nail lacquers, though I’ve heard many complaints over how long it wears for. I usually pair my Chanel manicures with Zoya’s Color Lock System and always have good results with that technique. Chanel nail lacquers are certainly steep at $23 a pop (even other comparable high-end brands charge less for their nail lacquers, e.g. Dior and Givenchy). While both shades are pretty and perfect for spring, neither is so out-of-the-box that they’re must-haves or must-splurge, rather!

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you’re on a budget, you can likely find similar shades amongst less expensive brands, but both shades are lovely, if the splurge is more your style.

Availability: January 2010

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Chanel Inattendu / Tendresse Nail Lacquer

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Chanel Inattendu Nail Lacquer

Chanel Les Impressions de Chanel Collection
Chanel Inattendu Nail Lacquer

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Chanel Inattendu Nail Lacquer

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Chanel Tendresse Nail Lacquer

Chanel Les Impressions de Chanel Collection
Chanel Tendresse Nail Lacquer

Chanel Les Impressions de Chanel Collection
Chanel Tendresse Nail Lacquer

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Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Of all the Spring launches, this is my most awaited release. Inattendu looks gorge and I want Particuliere as well. I can’t wait for the Kaska beige 4 ombres and rouge allure l/s too.

I want Particuliere, too! I keep crossing my fingers it’ll start showing up online in the next week or so.

The lipsticks are nice — I’d say Delicieuse is my fave, but the others are nice. I say nice, because they’re very pretty, sort of soft, and great for spring. Don’t know if I’d say they’re like OMG WOW SUPER AMAZING necessarily, though. Review on Monday 🙂

Chanel PR sent these 🙂 I have a disclosure statement at the bottom of the post, which will indicate if I get it from any other means than purchasing it myself!

Hey Monique,

I’m hopefully going to be reviewing some of the American Apparel polishes soon 🙂 I am sure they didn’t have it in stock, Chanel has always been very, very supportive of Temptalia!

But I can’t wait to pick up Particuliere myself at Nordies though, probably sometime in January. I heard some Saks stores have the spring collection out already, though…

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