I was on the fence about Chanel Le Vernis Pearl Drop 511 nail polish for a long time (“long time” really meaning “months”). I had even purchased it awhile back and then had second thoughts and returned it. The last thing I wanted was a grandma frost polish, which is what a lot of the early reviews had to say about it, and creating nightmares of the frosts of my childhood in the ’80s.
Introduced in Spring 2011 as part of the Les Perles de Chanel collection (along with Black Pearl 513, one of my all-time favorite colors, and Peche Nacree 515), I shouldn’t have worried about it. This is not your grandma’s frost! In fact, I really hesitate to call this a frost at all, but rather think it looks like a pearlescent metallic.
Pearl Drop 511 is an off-white metallic base, with significant gold shimmer throughout. It definitely has a yellowish-white cast to it. It looks absolutely amazing in sun, but I am equally impressed in indoor lighting. You will get brush strokes with this color (or at least I will), but they are not very noticeable, and in fact, they don’t really bother me at all. I actually think it sort of goes with the “look” of this polish and provides some further depth and interest. It ISN’T a creme, after all, so why should it look like one? And as usual with Chanel, they make even the potentially most challenging finishes apply beautifully.
Chanel recommends Pearl Drop on toes with Black Pearl on tips. I think that would look gorgeous and that is definitely on my to-do list of mani/pedi combos. I decided, however, since I have so many new Chanel Le Vernis to try, to really highlight the warm gold tones I put Diwali on my toes and Pearl Drop on my tips. I think they go great together.
This application is 2 coats of Pearl Drop over Chanel Base Protectrice and topped with Out the Door quick dry top coat. It may still be available at your local Chanel counter, and is on Chanel.com for US $26. However, I’d recommend picking it up soon if you like it (I got the last bottle from my local Chanel counter), as I imagine once they’re out, they’ll be done.
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