I recently picked up all the Fall 2012 “Les Essentiels de Chanel” Le Vernis nail polish, which includes Suspicious 561, Vertigo 563 and Frenzy 559.
Chanel Le Vernis Suspicious 561 seemed the most “summery” of the three colors, more suited to the 100-degree weather we’ve been suffering through here in the Midwest than a greyish taupe (Frenzy) or a near-black grey/brown vamp (Vertigo). Plus, and this is an important plus for me, Suspicious goes well with my Diwali pedicure. Call me weird, but I actually like my pedi and mani to somewhat coordinate (note, not match usually), or at least not clash.
My strange predilections aside, I had has some initial misgivings about Suspicious when I first saw the promo shots of the fall nail collection from Chanel. It seemed at first that it would be a dead ringer for Tentation (although a creme not a jeeeellllyyy like Tentation is). And even though in some lights (weird, florescent or incandescent interior lighting I think) the bottles look similar in color, these two, while dark pink sisters, are definitely not twins.
It is difficult to show in photographs the intense blue/purple shimmer in Tentation, but trust me, it’s there. And that addition, plus the difference in formula between jelly and creme, makes for a significant difference between the two on the nail. In my opinion, they aren’t even close.
I’ve included for reference bottle shots and swatch stick shots of one other sister of Suspicious, which is April, part of the Spring 2012 Harmonie de Printemps collection (along with May and June). April, like Suspicious, is a browned, darkened pink, but while April is much more leaning to a very dark, almost vampy, berry color, Suspicious is more of a mid-toned berry color.
Suspicious seems intuitively to be a readily dupable color, and that was proven correct when Polish or Perish.com did a comparison post of Suspicious, and showed that it was identical to Essie Plumberry. So for those of you who are good with Essie (I am NOT good with Essie, after many attempts to deal with her sub-par formula), you may want to pass on the Chanel. For me, formula and ease of application are almost as important as the color, which is why I will almost always go for the Chanel.
True to Chanel form, Suspicious applied like a dream, a really good dream in fact. It could have actually been a one-coater, if I didn’t mind a bit of visible nail line. I do mind VNL, however, so I used two coats. This application is two coats of Suspicious over Chanel Base Protectrice and topped with Poshe Super-Fast Drying Top Coat.
Chanel Le Vernis Suspicious 561 nail polish is available at chanel.com for US $26 and also at Chanel counters worldwide.
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