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Chanel Malice Le Vernis Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

Chanel Malice Le Vernis Nail Lacquer
Chanel Malice Le Vernis Nail Lacquer

Chanel Malice Le Vernis Nail Lacquer ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a deep, dark red with ruby red shimmer. Guerlain Lou-Ling is similar in the base color, but it doesn’t have the same ruby shimmer. MAC Gadabout Girl is darker, no shimmer. MAC Vintage Vamp is browner and has no shimmer. Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies has a similar base color but is a cream. China Glaze Velvet Bow also is similar to the base color but doesn’t have any shimmer. Illamasqua Scarab is redder, warmer.

Malice is a stunner in person. It’s so rich and dark, but it doesn’t lose its color to black–it’s definitely a burgundy-red with a little wine-tint to it. Then there’s the ruby shimmer that catches light so well.  Chanel nailed this polish; the consistency was a dream to work with, as it flowed across the nail without pooling, streaky, or bubbling.  It wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it was fully opaque after two coats (one is almost enough).  It even had a slightly glossy shine to it naturally, though I’d still recommend a top coat to get the most out of this polish.  I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with Chanel’s formula.

Chanel Malice Le Vernis Nail Lacquer
Chanel Malice Le Vernis Nail Lacquer

Chanel Malice Le Vernis Nail Lacquer
Chanel Malice Le Vernis Nail Lacquer

Chanel Malice Le Vernis Nail Lacquer
Chanel Malice Le Vernis Nail Lacquer

Chanel Malice Le Vernis Nail Lacquer
Chanel Malice Le Vernis Nail Lacquer

Chanel Malice Le Vernis Nail Lacquer
Chanel Malice Le Vernis Nail Lacquer

Chanel Malice Le Vernis Nail Lacquer
Chanel Malice Le Vernis Nail Lacquer


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Kafka Avatar

Simply stunning. But, due to the price difference and the slightly brighter aspect, I still plan on going with Illamasqua’s Scarab. (Which I would have bought by now had that blasted Sephora F&F sale happened some weeks back. Grr.) Actually, having re-checked your swatches of Scarab, that one is much, much more coppery brown to my eyes. Now I want both of them!

xamyx Avatar

I’ve heard/read rumors of a V.I.B. sale in November. I’ll be at my “regular” Sephora on Wednesday, and if any of my “girls” are there, I’ll ask them. If I find out anything definitive, I’ll let you (and everyone else) know! Whenever I go to this particular location, I usually get a bit of a heads-up on what’s going on. Either the SA’s are just super nice there, or I spend way too much time & money there, LOL.

Terri Avatar

I have scarab and I don’t know if it’s just me but it looked so brownish on me. Not that brown is a bad color but I expected it to be redder. I am really disappointed by it. It’s still a nice varnish, but not nearly as red as Malice…oh well!!

Dinitchka Avatar

WoW! That sure is beautiful. I just picked up CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant polish in Forever Festive (which I called Maybelline on Friday. Sorry folks if I caused any confusion on FFHF) and it may be a dupe for this.

Anne Avatar

Now THAT is gorgeous. I know what I’ll be asking my sister for Chrismas (we usually buy each other make up!)… I just hope this won’t sell out too fast.

(the little banner “Temptalia recommands” is lovely, Christine!)

xamyx Avatar

Rich in Heart, it seems, is a wee bit deeper, but it’s still very shimmery. It looks most like the very first nail photo. Either way, it’s still very pretty, LOL!

xamyx Avatar

I happened to stop at Rite Aid today, and Sinful Colors polishes were 75% off, making them less than 50 cents each. I don’t know if it’s a storewide clearance, or just the one location, or if they may be DC’ing some of the shades (so other stores may have them on clearance, as well).

xamyx Avatar

@ Jennifer A How can something be “warmer” & “more blackened” at the same time? The very definitions of both are complete opposites… Besides, unless one is looking at your hands at less than a few feet away (which would be pretty creepy in and of itself), both really are close enough to each other to not be able to justify a $20 price difference.

Stacey Avatar

What a pretty name and a pretty color. In my younger days when I was in my mid-teens, I bought Chanel nail polishes. Chanel never had this kind of color…only reds and coral…and this woman would say my nails look like Chinese BBQ pork due to the color. I do note that in those days, there was ,5oz not .4oz. These makeup companies always deliver less product as the years go on.

ElvenEyes Avatar

I bought this a few nights ago and it is on my nails right now. I love it! It is such a stunning garnet colour! One of my all-time favourites by Chanel already!!

Erin Avatar

Thank you for the review! Malice is absolute perfection. I have never been able to justify spending this much on nail polish, but a little birdie might have to tell my husband I need this for Christmas.

Anne Avatar

I own this one and absolutely love it!!!! Deep dark red is my favorite nail polish shade ever, and this one is by far the one I’m liking the most. Chanel Rouge Noir will always have a place in my heart, but this one is perfection.

Terri Avatar

Oh so, so gorgeous!! This is a must have. I am still waiting for the Harmonie quad to arrive but I think I will need to get this too….malice to my wallet indeed! 🙂

VickyM Avatar

I´m in love with this polish! however being that it is from good old expensive Chanel…I don´t know if I will get it…it´s limited edition too 🙁 .

Marisa Avatar

I can’t believe I caved and spent $26 on a single nail polish! It’s beautiful, but darker on me than in your pictures. I was hoping it would be a brighter red, like Chanel’s Metal Garnet. It’s much darker, but still beautiful.

Mariella Avatar

What a gorgeous polish! While I won’t shell out that much for nail polish, I’ll check to see if Zoya has anything similar (I like Zoya polishes).

Christine Avatar

In the bottles, Malice looks like a deeper (and more gorgeous) Blair.

Very different on my nails, tho. On my fair, cool-toned skin, Malice looks almost like a dark brown in indoor lighting. The gorgeous dark-red sparkle I saw in the Chanel bottle is nowhere to be seen on my nails. However, the look of the reflection of the Chanel is definitely more refined than either of the Zoya polishes. I think I will be happier with Blair.

I did (Z) Isla, (C) Malice, and (Z) Blair, 2 coats of each on my hand.

Christine Avatar

Two corrections ::

First, I *can* see the shimmer, but only when my hand is up close. Farther away, it almost looks like a cream.

Second, it *does* look like burgundy, rather than brown. I had “stumbled into bad lighting” before the last response.

I try to stick with brands that don’t allow animal testing (not going to be selling in China) like Zoya, so am delighted to say that Zoya Blair is even prettier than Malice.


Ashley Avatar

I looked for a dupe of Malice, and compared OPI’s Every Month is Oktoberfest and Midnight in Moscow–Oktoberfest was a bit too purple-y.
Midnight in Moscow stood a better chance, the red hue is similar between the two, although Moscow is MUCH more black than Malice. Although Moscow is a beautiful color, I needed 2-3 coats, and of course had to wait a whiiiile for it to dry completely.
I think I’m going to go out tomorrow and buy Malice, Moscow didn’t dupe enough for me.

Sandra JT Avatar

This looks nearly exactly the same as a Wet n Wild Megalast polish I have called Under Your Spell. It comes in a fairly large bottle, .45 fl oz. I love the brush on this thing (which they call a ‘ManiCurve Pro Brush), as well as the formula, which is beautifully pigmented. If I’m in a rush, I can get away with one coat because it’s very opaque. It’s one of my favorite shades, absolutely gorgeous for fall & winter, and lasts on my nails for over a week without chipping when I use my Seche Vite fast dry top coat. Chanel has some very nice products but spending this much on a nail polish when there are so many really good drug store products that are near or exact dupes on the market for a fraction of the price now really is a waste to me. Love my nail polish, have hundreds of bottles, but can’t justify spending this much on one bottle. It’s cash I could spend on so many other mid to high end foundations, blushes, eye products etc.

Tara Avatar

Oh dear. This color is me in a nail polish bottle. I adored several of Chanel’s fall colors but managed to fight the temptation, as I have never spent more than $14 for a bottle. But I don’t think I will win this battle, this color is a stunner! Why not add another $12 for a Chamel polish? Am I crazy?

Shahee Avatar

Hi Christine,
I just bought the OPI “spy who lovesme” skyfall collection red.

I thought you might like it.
It is a red metallic and shiny.

I also have the last collection metallic red (a bit like styleseeker but red) : Danke Shiny Red

Just if you did mot have them bit I believe you do 🙂

Clementine Roy Avatar

Hi Christine!
I was wondering how you would compare Chanel Malice to Essie Thigh High.
thank you 🙂 I wish you a very good year!

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