Then I tried Chanel Le Vernis Tentation 541 and I was like, “oooohhh, THAT’s what a jelly nail polish is,” and I was instantly hooked.
And the other thing I’m hooked on? Red nail polish. I have always, always loved short red nails. In fact, of my original “collection” of 8 nail polishes, 4 were pale pink neutrals and the remaining 4 were varying shades of red. Prior to my discovery of quick dry top coat, however, it made a rare appearance on my fingers because of the maintenance issues involved. I do NOT love chipped red nail polish (even though I realize I am very uncool for saying that because even the New York Times has said chipped nail polish is “in” – yuck).
Enter Chanel Le Vernis Pirate 08. I almost didn’t buy this beauty, because I also have Chanel Le Vernis Dragon 475 which is nearly identical in color to Pirate. But all you nail-heads know that “nearly” is not “the same,” and while in the bottle it’s hard to tell the two apart, on the nails it’s something very different. Why, you ask? Well, because Pirate is a JELLY. And jellies, well, jellies are squishy, and juicy, and look very different on the nail than a straight ahead creme.
Introduced as part of the Rouge Allure Velvet collection in 2011 along with Rose Exuberant 519, Rose Cache 521 and Top Coat Velvet Mat Top Coat, Pirate is just amazing. The color, the formula, the application. Love, love, love, love, LOVE. If I wasn’t concerned about making sure I get through wearing my entire collection of polishes at least once, I would probably wear Pirate every day. It’s that good.
Chanel Le Vernis Pirate 08 is available at Chanel counters, and for US $26 on chanel.com.
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