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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.

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.

 

 

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Chanel Le Vernis Frenzy 559 nail polish July 23, 2012

Filed under: beauty — Deborah @ 10:08 am
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Chanel Le Vernis Frenzy 559Up for consideration today is one of the nail polishes Chanel is introducing for its Fall 2012 “Les Essentiels de Chanel” collection, Frenzy 559.

Frenzy is an odd duck. In some lights, it looks grey, in others, a brownish-greyish taupe, in others a light violet and in still others a light violet greyish taupe. I haven’t decided yet if I like it on my skin tone or not. Par for the course, in some lights I really like it, and in others I’m afraid it gives me corpse hands.

Two things I will say about it though. First as per usual, this is an amazing Chanel formula, and second, it could be another staple office-appropriate color.

As for the formula, even though Frenzy is a light color, there was virtually no streaking on the first coat and beautiful opacity on the second (this is 2 coats, over Chanel Base Protectrice and topped with Out the Door top coat). I had always stayed away from light colors on my nails because of the “Essie effect” (or that’s what I call it anyway) – an inferior formula that streaks and pulls to high heaven and requires a nail tech license to get to look good. Chanel has made me not only reconsider, but fall in love, with lighter colors (such as Ballerina, Frisson or Beige) on nails. For that reason alone I pay the premium price for Chanel (in tune with my general philosophy of quality over quantity).

Secondly, the world needs more office-appropriate colors that go beyond pale pink. Many women have restrictions (real or perceived) in the nail colors they can wear to work, and Frenzy is definitely a neutral, but a neutral with an “edge.” That’s also what I love about Chanel, is they take what’s “accepted” and put just the tiniest little twist to it to make it just a small bit special. Frenzy 559 definitely falls into that category.

Chanel Le Vernis Frenzy 559 is available for US $26 at Chanel counters and at Chanel.com, as part of the Fall 2012 Les Essentiels de Chanel collection (along with Suspicious 561 and Vertigo 563).

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.