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Classic: Chanel Le Vernis Vamp 18 nail polish October 20, 2012

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Chanel Le Vernis Vamp 18 nail polishYes, the one that started it all. Worn by Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction in the mid-90s. For you young’uns out there, time was that a *nice* girl only wore pale pink nail polish, and maybe a clear, bright red if she was going on a hot date. None of these vamps, or blues, or greens, or other colors that you see today.

Then. Chanel. Changed. It. All.

When Vamp was introduced in 1994, it set the world on fire. It was US $15 at the time (oh, for the good old days) – Pam at has a great post about the history.

Regardless, true to form, and in the great tradition of Mademoiselle herself, house Chanel rocked the fashion and makeup world in the mid-90s and caused the earth’s axis to shift. Now, anything, and I mean ANYTHING goes with nail color.

But me, I’m a bit of a traditionalist. I dabble a bit in blues and greens, but not too much. Really only because my Chanel collector gene kicks in do I pick up any of those shades. I wear them rarely. But the vamps, well, let’s just say I’ve never met a vampy shade I didn’t like. And although there have been slight variations in the color and shimmer between the original 90s version of Le Vernis Vamp 18 and the current 2003-era re-release of Le Vernis Vamp 18, and let’s not forget the non-US version of Le Vernis 18 which is called Rouge Noir, this deep brownish blackish burgundy shade of nail color (whatever it’s incarnation) is a classic.

Also true to Chanel form, the formula and application of Chanel Le Vernis Vamp 18 is perfect. Great coverage with one coat and beautiful depth and opacity with the second. No streaking or pooling. Makes even an amateur nail polish enthusiast like myself look like a pro. It’s a very wearable shade that looks equally great on tips and toes, and blends beautifully with the traditionally darker color tones of fall and winter.

This is two coats of Chanel Le Vernis Vamp 18 over Chanel Base Protectrice base coat and topped with Butter London’s Hardware top coat. Chanel Le Vernis Vamp 18 is available for US $26 on and at Chanel counters throughout the US. It’s sister shade, Le Vernis Rouge Noir 18 is available in the rest of the world.

Uma would be proud.


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