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How do you do, Taboo? Chanel Le Vernis Taboo 583 May 13, 2013

Filed under: beauty — Deborah @ 8:11 pm
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Chanel Le Vernis Taboo 583“Nailheads” can be a picky lot. Especially the ones you find on internet boards such as Makeup Alley’s Nail board. They love their glitter, they love their shimmer, they love their bling.

It’s hard for Chanelophiles to participate in that world (speaking from experience here). I’m of a “certain” age, and don’t personally find glitterbombs on my nails to be particularly appropriate. For me, I value the spot-on formula, color consistency, and slight (but still appropriate) edginess from Chanel polishes.

There are few releases from Chanel that prompt any sort of cred on the nailboards, primarily because (1) Chanel polishes are often rapidly “duped” by less expensive, and frankly, IMO, less quality brands, and (2) Chanel only occasionally comes out with “must have” colors that cause a stir on the interweb. The recent spate of classic creme-polishes-with-an-edge neutrals such as Infidele and Provocation from this past Fall’s Fashion’s Night Out don’t make the gals of the glitter world get all swoony.

But Chanel’s one-off Le Vernis nail polish, as part of the Revelation de Chanel collection, has caused a bit of a bump in internet credibility on the part of the Chanel Beaute crew. This baby’s got some microglitter goin’ on. It’s a deep, dark purple creme (think Chanel’s Vendetta 483) with shots of red, gold and blue microglitter thrown in for good measure. It’s an actual REAL shimmer, not the typical “hidden” shimmer that you see in many, many of Chanel’s classic nail colors. This looks like a galaxy in a bottle, with the inky-dark purple sky backdrop and tiny glittery stars of various colors sprinkled throughout. It’s just beautiful.

And while Taboo has the glittery goodness to tempt the glitter-bombers, it also has enough subtlety to not freak out those of us with a bit more of a classic bent when it comes to our beauty products. It’s got bling, but it’s a subtle bling that’s only really detected in good light or closer inspection. In fact, my photo, which HAD to be taken on an overcast day (me of the manis that don’t last more than 1-2 days) in no way does justice to this beauty of a color. This is ONE COAT of this lovely polish, application being the best of Chanel best in terms of pigmentation and control. In fact, as I write this I am 2 FULL days into this manicure and I have nary a chip or tip wear to show it. That’s unheard of for me and my very productive hands.

How do you do Taboo? You do very well, thank you.

Chanel Le Vernis Taboo 583 is available for US $27 at many Chanel counters and at, and miraculously (incredulously) this is not a limited edition, so should be available for some time.


Chanel Le Vernis Provocation from Fashion’s Night Out 2012 April 14, 2013

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Chanel Le Vernis ProvocationChanel Le Vernis Provocation is the third of the Chanel nail polish introduced this past Fall as part of the Fashion Night Out “Les Twin-Sets de Chanel” collection, along with Le Vernis Delicatesse and Le Vernis Infidele. This is also due to be re-promoted (but with the addition of a number) in the upcoming Chanel Summer 2013 collection, Avant Premieres de Chanel.

This was my favorite color of the three introduced as part of the FNO launch. A deep, plummy purple, it’s a smooth creme that applies perfectly and goes well with fall, winter and early spring clothes.

Le Vernis Provocation is available for US $27 on and Chanel counters worldwide.


Chanel Le Vernis Infidele nail polish from Fashion’s Night Out 2012 April 13, 2013

Filed under: beauty — Deborah @ 8:51 am
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Oooh, I am behind on my posts! I had actually taken this photo not long after purchasing the Fashion Night Out nail colors from Chanel back in the Fall, and never got around to posting it.

Chanel Le Vernis Infidele is from the Fall 2012 Fashion’s Night Out collection “Les Twin-Sets de Chanel.” along with Le Vernis Delicatesse and Le Vernis Provocation. Chanel called it “Les Twin-Sets” because each of the three nail colors were introduced with a matching lip color.

This is a lovely berry color, slightly muted in tone, which is very appropriate for spring and fall. I am sure there are numerous dupes as while it is very pretty, it’s not a unique color by any stretch. It is a straight-ahead creme. No hidden shimmer, no sparkle. The formula, as I expect from Chanel, is excellent and applied beautifully.

Chanel Le Vernis Infidele is still vailable for US $27 as a limited edition polish on and at select Chanel boutiques. As it is a limited edition, once it’s gone, it’s gone, so be sure to pick it up now if you want it.



Black with a Twist – Chanel Le Vernis Western Light April 11, 2013

Filed under: beauty — Deborah @ 8:40 am
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Chanel Le Vernis Western LightI have never, ever met a dark Chanel nail polish that I didn’t like. Ever.

And much like black shoes, when it comes to black-ish nail colors, you can never have too many. And they all are just a teeny, tiny bit different – different enough that I must have them all.

Enter Chanel Le Vernis Western Light – a “special edition” limited nail color introduced last month along with Le Vernis Eastern Light – a pure white creme – as part of the Hong Kong de Chanel collection. They make an interesting pair, and I could easily see them used as a mani-pedi combo, in either configuration. Kind of like the yin-yang of nail polish.

The color is hard to describe. It’s a brownish, purplish black. Different from Chanel Le Vernis Vertigo 563, which is more of a cooler greyish black. This is a warmer black, with a very subtle undertone of hidden red shimmer that shows in the bottle but not on the nail.

I love the color, and the formula is more of a “crelly” than a straight creme. It applied beautifully, and could be a one-coater.

Chanel Le Vernis Western Light is a Special Edition, available for US $30 on and select Chanel boutiques. As it is a limited edition, once it’s gone, it’s gone, so fair warning to pick it up now if you want it.



Pretty neutral – Chanel Le Vernis Rose Cache 521 nail polish April 10, 2013

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I’m always on the lookout for office-appropriate neutral nail color, and I’m thrilled to add Chanel Le Vernis Rose Cache 521 to my collection.

A beigey-pink, Rose Cache 521 has a foolproof formula. It applies beautifully, almost by itself. No pulling, streaking or pulling. As I would expect from a Chanel neutral.

While the color is nothing to write home about, and I am sure dupes abound, I always come back to the consistency in the formula of Chanel creme varnishes. I don’t want to have to WORK at my manicure. I just want it to be quick and easy to apply. And Rose Cache is a go-to color for those weeks when I’m too busy to mess with a dark vamp and just need something on my nails to look “finished.”

Introduced in 2011 as part of the Rouge Allure Velvet collection along with Le Vernis Pirate 08, Rose Cache 521 is still readily available for US $27 on and at Chanel counters worldwide.


Soon to be Spring – Chanel Le Vernis Emprise 569 nail color April 9, 2013

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Chanel Le Vernis Emprise 569I know it’s ACTUALLY spring in many areas of the world, but in my little corner, it’s about 40 degrees Farenheit and rainy. All the time.

To improve my mood slightly, and to deal with the lack of actual real sunlight (preventing me from yet applying the gorgeously shimmery new Chanel Le Vernis Taboo 583) I thought I would do as they did on the Chanel runway for Spring and apply Chanel Le Vernis Emprise 569.

Part of the Printemps Precieux de Chanel collection for Spring 2013, along with Accessoire 573 and Fracas 571, Emprise was the media darling, having been featured on the models’ fingertips at Chanel’s spring show.

It’s a beautiful, peachy-pink color, but the formula leaves something to be desired. I found it to be slightly streaky, with a tendency to pull. This was a great disappointment, as I’ve grown to love the formula of many of the other pale Chanel Le Vernis colors, such as Ballerina, Frisson and Jade Rose – all of which apply beautifully as a Chanel nail polish should.

But formula challenges notwithstanding, I love, love, love the color. It’s an office-appropriate neutral but definitely not boring. Has just enough of a color to it to go beyond the typical pale pink neutral, and it coordinates great with late winter/early spring clothes like charcoal greys, navies and ivories.

Chanel Le Vernis Emprise 569 is a limited edition color, available at and at Chanel counters worldwide.


The Vamp Files – Chanel Le Vernis Rouge Noir 18, Malice 637, Vendetta 483 January 24, 2013

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Chanel Le Vernis Malice 637

Chanel Le Vernis Malice 637

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 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.

Malice and Rouge Noir are limited edition colors, currently available on for US $27 each. Vendetta is part of the permanent collection, also available on for US $27.

Chanel Le Vernis Vendetta 483

Chanel Le Vernis Vendetta 483

Chanel Le Vernis Rouge Noir 18

Chanel Le Vernis Rouge Noir 18