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Chanel Spring 2009 – Vendetta & Django

By on January 14, 2009
in Chanel, Peach, Purple, Spring 2009 with 29 Comments
When I heard that Chanel was finally coming out with a purple polish, I was beyond thrilled. It’s like Peter Philips had read my mind. A vampy aubergine would be the perfect complement to Chanel’s wildly popular Satin colors (Blue, Black, Pink, White) and now it’s finally here. Of the two polishes in Chanel’s Bohemian Fantasy collection, Vendetta is the color everyone is buzzing about.

Releasing such a deep shade for spring used to seem so odd but for the past few years some very popular darks have come from spring collections. Blue Satin is a good example as is OPI Yoga-ta Get This Blue & Black Cherry Chutney. It’s blurring the lines and making it acceptable to wear vampies year round. Most of us fanatics do that anyway but it’s becoming more mainstream.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that Django is the red-headed step child (no offense to you lovely red-heads). It’s actually quite a refreshing color. As I look outside to see nothing but gray and snow, Django’s shimmery peach color totally brightened my day. It’s not something I would have expected to like but it has an airy feel that is so cheerful. And what I LOVE is that for such a light shade, it is opaque and streak free with just two coats.


Vendetta is exactly what I expected. An eggplant version of Blue Satin. The tonal shimmer is the same as the Satins in that it adds depth and only appears in bright light. The base color is definitely purple, not black, so one evenly applied coat will get you a much brighter look. Like Blue Satin, Vendetta is an “almost black” shade and I was hoping it would be lighter. It’s rich and velvety but more purple in the bottle than on the nail.
I looked for some comparison shades to help you replicate the look at home. What I found is that Vendetta falls between Essie Sexy Divide and China Glaze Midnight Ride in my stash’s color spectrum. If Midnight Ride’s base was purple instead of black, I bet they’d be twins.
The Chanel Spring collection, Bohemian Fantasy, is on sale now at Chanel counters and online at Chanel.com. Vendetta and Django retail for $23.

So what do you think kids? Who’s in? Who’s out? Who already caved?

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  1. Katee "e-polishblog" says:

    I lurve Vendetta!! But I think Django is a fail. I think that OPI’s Sand In My Suit is a better shimmery nude, even though it is not peach.I just think something about Django looks “off”. I also love Essie Eternal Optimist for a nice nude creme.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I might cave on Vendetta. I saw it in Bloomies the other day and it was soooo pretty! I missed out on the Blue Satin and Black Satin craze, so I might do this. However, I am still in love with my OPI Louvre Me, Louvre Me Not. I like it because you can tell it’s purple, not black.
    -Beth

  3. MissG says:

    Im wearing Vendetta right now!!! Glossy, deep purple yummi-ness.

  4. Breezy says:

    I already have my Vendetta – putting it on tonight! Cannot WAIT to see it on! I like the Django on you – but I tried it at the store and it was kind of streaky – it looked like you need several coats but you must have gotten a special bottle! ;) That one looks great with your skin tone too.

  5. Alison says:

    I’ve got vendetta and while I love the colour in the bottle I think it’s too dark on the nail, you don’t see the awesomeness of the bottle colour, it was the same with blue satin. I have to admit I was disappointed and at such a hefty price I don’t think it was really worth it.

  6. BrooklynShoeBabe says:

    The colors all look awesome, especially Vendetta, since I’m a purple make-up freak. However, I can’t just force myself to buy a $23 bottle of nail polish I may never finish.

  7. eralkfang says:

    Sometimes I feel like the only girl who loves Django! I’m not so fond of nudes, but the peach tone makes it just so darn cheerful that I adore it. Of course, on my student budget, I’m going to try and find a dupe. But it looks so gorgeous.

  8. HeidiG says:

    How peachy is Django? When the NARS Orgasm set came out, I got the lip gloss and polish, but the polish was an awful 80′s-peachy-prom dress shade, not the gorgeousness of O blush. Django looks more shell-colored. How would you compare? And Vendetta is just beautiful, think I’ll have to grab that one.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Vendetta was my first Chanel…I LOVE it!! Holly :)

  10. Anonymous says:

    WOW for Vendetta. Does anyone else except for me get this joke? :]

  11. moeysullivan says:

    Anonymous WoW Vendetta–I think it’s a safe bet that few people who read this blog also play World of Warcraft or downloaded the Wow Vendetta mod. However, some of us are WoW widows, so, yeah, I get it. Uh, kinda. What I really want to know, though, is how much gold would that cost? Could I buy it at auction? Oh, never mind…back to the nails. I’m actually thinking I like Sexy Divide a bit better because the purple reads better on the nail. Thanks sooooo much for the swatches, MM!!

  12. moeysullivan says:

    MM–Your nails are straight across the top in these pics. Do you find that difficult to maintain? Thanks.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I succumbed and bought vendetta as I am a purple fanatic myself. It was a little underwhelming on the nail. I just don’t like the blackened quality. For me, you have to be able to see that it is purple at a glance, otherwise it seems like such a waste!

  14. Siladitya says:

    The hand is made in photoshop?
    BPO work from home

  15. Karen says:

    I’m in!

  16. Anonymous says:

    love Vendetta, i won a bottle on FEEbay for $20! hope it gets here soon.

  17. Erin says:

    I actually really like Django!!!! Vendetta will just look black on me, like all the almost blacks I already own. I’m definitely skipping that one. But Django is different, I’m kinda feelin’ it!

  18. Anonymous says:

    moeysullivan – I don’t mean World of Warcraft, LOL. I meant the movie V for Vendetta. D: Oh wells, haha.

  19. Emma says:

    I absolutely adore Vendetta I have had it since beginning of December an have been wearing it since! I love it, it is a little black but in te right light it is an amazing purple!

  20. Anonymous says:

    I might be over thinking this, but Django Reinhardt was a gypsy jazz guitarist with a unique style because two of his fingers were badly burnt. I’m not sure if this nail polish is supposed to be part of his vendetta, or if that name is unrelated, but it seems QUITE funny to name a nail polish after a guy with paralyzed fingers.

  21. moeysullivan says:

    Oops. Just letting my geek flag fly. That’s too funny though. I might have gotten it if it had been, say, We for Vendetta, or Me for Vendetta, or — given the bottle price — Fee for Vendetta! But, alas, I am way slow.

    Whoever brought Django Reinhardt into this: yeah, you may be overthinking this, but where else on the net can you discuss nail polish, art films, massively multiplayer online games, jazz guitarists, and major injury all in the same thread? Where, I ask you?

  22. shuzluva says:

    I love Sexy Divide; my mom bought it for me ’cause she knows I’m a purple fanatic. I think Vendetta looks a bit too dark. I have Blue Satin and LOVE IT, but I feel like the almost-black purple (and I know it’s a purple base) will not do anything for my nails. I have got to try Django, though. It looks gorgeous, and while I don’t wear sandy/nude shades often, I’m always looking for the next beautiful thing.

  23. Luxaholics_steph says:

    love it! black needed a change.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Could you compare Vendetta to OPI’s Who Are You Wearing?

  25. Down Comforter says:

    I really like Vendetta – at least in your photos. I don’t think I can bring myself to spend $23 on a bottle of polish, though.

  26. Anonymous says:

    I can’t believe the price of Chanel nail polish went up from $20 a month ago to $23 now. The only place I can find that is still selling it for $20 is Neiman Marcus.

  27. ashleydanielle4 says:

    i LOVE Django!!!

  28. Carro says:

    Even though this is an over a year old input I have to ask you, how do you take so beautiful pictures so you can see the polish real colour in the photo? I’ve tried different lights and different settings on my camera but the pictures just won’t look like I want them to. If you have any tips or anything I would be very grateful.

    I just got vendetta this christmas, but it doesn’t look the same in my pictures and in yours :P

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