I actually didn’t like Chanel Le Vernis Frisson 543 nail polish the first time I put it on. Seemed a little fussy, a little bit too much like a frilly frou-frou skirt, and not like a workaday neutral that I could just slap on and depend upon during my hectic workweek. It’s a sheer pink jelly polish with a gold shimmer in it, and this is an obvious gold shimmer not the usual “subtle” Chanel shimmer that’s in the bottle but barely visible on the nail.
I have to admit that while I love the look of jelly nail polish, I don’t have the time or patience for 3 or 4 coats of color in order to get the opacity I prefer. The solution to my problem was a ridge-filling base coat. I’m currently using Orly RidgeFiller, although there are a number of others that would fit the bill. Ridge-filling base coats are typically slightly off-white upon application, and that provided just enough of a boost to opacity that I could get away with 2 coats of Frisson in this photo. Instant LOVE. No fuss, no muss, just beautiful sheer pink and gold delicousness.
I am a big fan of Chanel’s formula generally, and Frisson is no disappointment. It’s a jelly that glides on effortlessly with minimal to no pooling, even with the thicker coats you often need with jelly polishes. The gold shimmer is well distributed throughout, no clumping just even, beautiful gold shimmer.
In all, this is a beautiful, elegant, work-ready polish that goes just a bit above your ordinary sheer pink.
Chanel Le Vernis Frisson 543 is part of the Spring 2012 Roses Ultimes de Chanel Collection (along with Attraction, Distraction and Tentation) and is available now for US $26 at Chanel counters and on chanel.com.