Just by happenstance I was browsing the internet and saw this bottle of Chanel Le Vernis Steel nail polish for sale for a reasonable price (less than retail). There aren’t a lot of discontinued Chanel polishes that I am really lusting after, just a few, but Steel was one of them (so was Nouvelle Vague, and I was able to snag that one at a great price as well – over retail, natch, but far below what it’s selling for on eBay!).
Released as part of the SoHo Collection in Fall 2010 along with Strong, a dark vampy burgundy, Chanel Le Vernis Steel is a beautiful dark charcoal grey polish with a vein of silver shimmer that’s highly visible in the bottle but the classic Chanel “hidden” shimmer on the nail.
In certain lights Steel most definitely looks black, in others it looks charcoal grey. It’s a very versatile and office appropriate color – a dark neutral that doesn’t look goth. The hidden shimmer keeps it interesting and provides depth. I’ve included a comparison swatch below with some other dark polishes I have – again, how these play in the light is everything. In direct sunlight they appear similar, in shaded light they are less so. Chanel Black Satin is just a straight ahead smooth black creme with no hidden shimmer. China Glaze Smoke & Ashes is a black creme with a more prevalent green micro glitter and Chanel Vertigo is a brown-black with a red shimmer.
What’s perhaps most remarkable about Steel is the formula. Classic Chanel the way I like it – smooth as silk, no pulling or streaking – in fact, this application is one coat. I could have applied two coats as I normally do, but when I saw how it looked with just one I decided to go for it. I used Barielle Pro Argan Nail Fortifier for the base coat and Seche Vite for the top coat (as you can tell by the shrinkage on my pinky!).
In all, I am so glad I was patient and was able to snap this up when it became available. This will definitely become a staple in my office nail rotation.
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