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Chanel Paris-Moscou Collection

By on January 7, 2009
in Blue, Chanel, Gold, Red

chanel-paris-moscou-moscow-russia-russian From Russia with love I fly to you
Much wiser since my goodbye to you
I’ve travelled the world to learn
I must return from Russia with love
“From Russia With Love” lyrics by Lionel Bart

I don’t know about you gals but when I laid my glitter loving eyes on the Chanel Paris-Moscou collection, my heart skipped a beat. Talk about polishes sent “from Russia with love.” Feel free to groan at my cheesiness all you want but a collection of black based glitter bombs from Chanel is pretty unique.

Though in traditional Chanel style, Global Creative Director Peter Philips made the look upscale with super fine micro-glitter that lays down to leave a smooth glossy finish. By encapsulating the glitter in a black base, the shade isn’t as in your face as say a Ruby Pumps. Now I’m not knocking my fave red by saying that but when you consider the stereotypical “Chanel Woman”, Ruby Pumps probably isn’t her thing.

Nuit De Russie – this inky blue-black creation is like Blue Satin on crack. For those that complained that Blue Satin didn’t have enough shimmer or sparkle, Nuit De Russie is your girl. I wore this one for the past week and even on its last legs with a dulled top coat those little blue sparklies kept winking, “Hello.”

chanel nuit de russie paris moscou moscow

Feu De Russie – One might be tempted to call this glistening burgundy a kissing cousin to OPI Midnight In Moscow or even the black-based red glitter China Glaze Lubu Heels but they’d be wrong. Feu De Russie is lighter and more glittery than MiM and it’s more pigmented with a smoother finish than Lubu (sorry girlfriend but you know you dry bumpy).

chanel feu de russie paris moscou moscow

Or De Russie is the color I was least excited about yet it turned out to be the most unique. It has the look of weathered old gold that’s been blingified. It’s not the easiest shade to pull off though. I’d say it’s best suited to neutral/warm/dark skinned girls. As far as dupes go, there were none to be found in the ALU stash. I’ve heard comparisons to China Glaze Wagon Trail but at most, that blackened olive is a 2nd cousin.



Martine Beswick & Aliza Gur as Zora & Vida in From Russia With Love

Overall, I was impressed with the pigmentation and uniqueness of color in this collection but what didn’t thrill me was the price. Jaws were dropping last summer over the $25/bottle Robertson colors and $30/bottle Gold Fiction with its high priced pigments. So while I try not to let price reflect my review of colors, I find it hard in this time of economic crisis to jump for joy over $30 polishes. Don’t get me wrong, I still love these shades but I get the outcry over the price.

The Chanel Paris-Moscou collection retails for $30/ea and is available now at Chanel Boutiques and online at

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  1. moeysullivan says:

    Having a horrible time deciding: Feu de Russie or Vendetta? I can only justify one…

  2. CincyFan says:

    Hmm, good question. I guess it depends on what you already own. Are you lacking in purples or wines? Maybe go to the counter and swatch each one, side by side and see which one makes you say “Oohh Aahh” Let me know what you decide

  3. MariahGem says:

    Yeah, they’re very pretty! I have seem a lot of swatches of these, but they just don’t seem very sparkly in any pics. Plus, I just couldn’t pay $30 for a polish. Not unless it was very famous, very unique and VERY purple! LOL!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m such a sucker for Russian themed items. But I’m beginning to think that Chanel also thinks I’m a sucker. I have purchased Chanel polishes before, but I just cannot bring myself to shell out this much. That being said “Or de Russie” looks positively STUNNING!!! (Your perfectly groomed tips have a lot to do with my assessment) Very unique colour indeed. Yet, I am not convinced that the limited edition items completely overshadow the regular line in quality to be priced that much higher, especially with that embarrassing name sticker still on display. If I am mistaken about the aforementioned sticker, my apologies.

    - cherryglass

    P.S. Thank you for your review. I’ve been waiting for it since the news came out.

  5. Erin says:

    I love Or De Russie, but I have so many polishes I haven’t even worn yet I can’t justify the $30

  6. Anonymous says:

    I wish Piggy Polish would put out Midnight Fireflies again, but, alas…

  7. Anonymous says:

    I wish some of the more exspensive cosmetics companies would put out mini nail polish sets. No way I’ll spend $30 on one polish, but I might be willing to pay that for a mini set of all three.


  8. Phyrra says:

    Gorgeous colors, but I wouldn’t be buying them because of the price.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I disagree; I think the latter color would look good on those who aren’t tanned or olive skinned… But anyway…I’ll be passing because not only are they expensive, they really don’t look that special to me.

  10. makeupmag says:

    Nuit De Russie looks like a must-have. Or De Russie reminds me of a Revlon n/p that came out with Midnight Affair!

  11. I'dDrinkChanelPolish says:

    Okay, I know I’m sick… but I bought all three. I’m actually a little disappointed with Or de Russe… I’m happy with Feu… but I’m head-over heels-crazy-in-love with Nuit. I’m the biggest Black Satin fan in the world, and I don’t mind the price because Chanel wears better than OPI or anything else, in my opinion.

    Anyway… I’m excited to see the next colors that come out. I think I single-handedly keep Chanel’s polish business alive.

  12. Down Comforter says:

    Not a fan of Or De Russie, but I just love the other two! Really pretty shades :)

  13. shoegal says:

    They’re amazing and so elegant !! I love the three shades, Or de Nuit is actually more chic than I thought. But I thought Nuit de Russie would be darker, it’s too similar to the Blue Satin polish. Feu de nuit is just perfect!

  14. Medusa says:

    Wish I could have gotten these when they came out! I’ve seen them for sale on eBay but the prices are sky high!