I’ve never met a vampy nail color I didn’t like.
I love the dark seductiveness of a nail that has the appearance of dried blood. Not as goth as black, not as classically pretty as red, but a mix in-between.
Opinions vary over whether colors this dark are appropriate to wear at the office. I say “know your office,” and be mindful of your position – where you are and where you want to go. They’re dangerous, these vampy colors. They say “I’m a woman who knows what I want and I will do what I need to do to get it.”
Chanel was the originator of the dark nail craze, with the introduction of Chanel Le Vernis Vamp 18 nail color back in 1994, most notably on Uma Thurman’s short nails in the cult classic film “Pulp Fiction.”
For your consideration are 3 of my more recent Chanel vampy acquisitions. Chanel Le Vernis Malice 637 was Chanel’s holiday polish in 2012. A beautiful deep, dark, blackish-red with an actual *visible* red shimmer, the formula on this is spot on. This photo, in fact, is ONE coat of Malice, applied in a huge rush. I can only imagine that 2 coats looks downright amazing.
Chanel Le Vernis Vendetta 483 is a deep purple creme, with the classic hidden silver Chanel shimmer. It flashes nearly black in certain lights, dark purple in others, and dusty grey in still others.
Finally, the classic, Chanel Le Vernis Rouge Noir 18, which is the non-US version of Vamp 18, and was only recently made available to US customers via the Chanel.com web site. A deep, dark, black-red crelly (jellyish-creme), Rouge Noir has a perfect formula, and the color has the depth and squishyness I look for in a jelly or crelly formulation.