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Chanel Le Vernis Vertigo 563 nail polish September 11, 2012

Filed under: beauty — Deborah @ 2:15 pm
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Chanel Le Vernis Vertigo 563 nail polishI think that black nail polish is a bit like black shoes, in that you can never really have too many.

Enter Chanel Le Vernis Vertigo 563 nail polish, a beautiful deep purpley brown grey black. How’s that for a color description?

This photo does not do the color justice – it is a chameleon that changes as the light changes. In all respects, though, it looks sophisticated, fun, and yes, just a slight bit different than a straight ahead black creme.

Chanel Le Vernis Vertigo 563 is part of the Fall 2012 Les Essentiels de Chanel collection, along with Le Vernis Frenzy 559 (a light greige) and Le Vernis Suspicious 561 (a vibrant berry pink).

These three polishes together are a beautifully cohesive collection – a nail polish wardrobe if you will. If you purchase no other nail colors but these three, you could survive quite happily.

Vertigo 563 applied beautifully, and could actually be a one-coat color. I prefer to cover up my application flaws with a second coat, however, so this is two coats. There is the ever-so-subtle Chanel shimmer, which is visible in the bottle and not at all visible on the nail. As with most of the Chanel shimmers, it adds a depth to the color that gives the polish a luxurious shine.

I personally feel that a color like Vertigo is more than office appropriate, but be sure to know your office environment.

Chanel Le Vernis Vertigo 563 is available for US $26 at Chanel boutiques and on chanel.com.

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Tangled up in blue – Chanel Le Vernis Sky Line nail polish September 7, 2012

Filed under: beauty — Deborah @ 1:49 pm
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Chanel Le Vernis Sky LineI am not normally one to get all rhapsodic about blue nail polish (although I’ve acquired a number of them lately).

But Chanel Le Vernis Sky Line, a limited edition color introduced this summer as part of the Blue Illusion de Chanel collection, is an altogether different kind of blue.

You know me, I’m a nude, pink, red, maybe vampy kinda gal. But something about SkyLine is eminently wearable. My nails are just glowing. They aren’t screaming “look at me I’m bright blue!” The blue isn’t really “bright” at all. I am totally comfortable wearing this to the office, much more so than I was wearing Coco Blue. Pam at PolishPolice.com did a great comparison of Sky Line with other Chanel blues in her collection.

The finish is a frost metallic, and yes, there are some brushstrokes, and no, I really don’t mind them at all. I don’t think they are distracting, and in fact, I think it’s really part of the overall “look” of the polish. It’s very similar in consistency and tone to Chanel Le Vernis Pearl Drop 511. The frost is not a scary 1980s kind of frost. It’s more of a really intense shimmer.

The application was pretty straightforward, other than I messed up by not letting the last coat of color dry enough before putting on my top coat. Word to the wise – when you are dealing with a frosty-ish polish that can have brushstrokes, don’t mess up the effect by brushstroking on the top coat. My bad, lesson learned. This is two coats of Chanel Le Vernis Sky Line over Barielle Natural Nail Camouflage and topped with Orly Sec N Dry quick dry top coat.

Our friends across the pond in the UK have had Sky Line for about 2 months, and I had been just dying in anticipation for it to finally arrive in the US. This was another one of those “will the reality never meet my expectations,” and the answer, in the case of Chanel Le Vernis Sky Line is, “mais oui my dear, it certainly does.”

Chanel Le Vernis Sky Line is now available in the US at select boutiques and for US $30 on Chanel.com.

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Office wear with a twist – Butter London All Hail the Queen nail polish September 5, 2012

Filed under: beauty — Deborah @ 9:40 am
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Butter London All Hail the Queen nail polishThis is the second Butter London nail polish I’ve tried, and I am just as impressed with the formula on this as I was with Yummy Mummy.

Butter London All Hail the Queen is a classic taupe, with silver holographic microglitter. Unfortunately, we are in for stormy weather here today, and at the rate my nails chip (usually within 1-2 days), I don’t have a choice but to take the photo with an overcast sky, so you don’t get to see the sparkles.

Introduced in Fall 2010, All Hail the Queen is actually very similar in tone to Yummy Mummy – the only real difference being that Yummy Mummy has shimmer, and AHTQ has microglitter. Otherwise both have an eminently wearable mid-range taupe creme base.

Application was a breeze. Sheer with first coat, and full coverage with the second (this is 2 coats over Seche Base and topped with Out the Door top coat), just the way I like it. Not too thick, not too thin – it’s the Goldilocks of nail polish formulas.

If Butter London keeps this up, my Chanels are going to start taking a back seat. Well, nah, not really. But I do have a bottle of Trout Pout on its way to me from a recent swap, and Knackered yet to try.

Butter London All Hail the Queen nail polish is US$14 and is available widely, including at Sephora, Nordstrom, Amazon.com and of course, ButterLondon.com.

My reviews are of products I purchased, and that I (usually) love. Other than affiliate links with Amazon, I receive no compensation, samples or other products of any kind.