Inspired by butterflies (Papillon in French), Chanel Makeup Artist Peter Philips created a summer makeup collection of gold, pink, aqua, blue and coral that has a touch of whimsy and fantasy. As part of L’Eté Papillon de Chanel, he has included three new shades of Le Vernis to tempt our wallets.
Maybe, like me, you’re thinking, one of these things is not like the other. Pairing a creamy summer staple, coral, with two bold metallics in non-traditional hues seems unconventional for Chanel. Their nail color collections tend to be similar in finish and tonal range. Let’s see how they work together.
Formula & Application: Chanel Le Vernis is 5-Free (free of DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor). The signature square glass bottles are topped with a black square outer cap that is removed to reveal a stubby, round, ribbed inner cap. The brush is round, medium in length and width and reminds me of the old OPI/new SOPI brushes. It easily fans out and covers the nail without much resistance.
Both metallics come across rather sheer and watery during the first coat. It doesn’t leave one hopeful of a two coat application but it’s just the opposite. One the second coat, the color comes alive delivering full coverage. The creme is thin and easy to manipulate and well pigmented but a bit streaky for my taste. I needed three coats to get it opaque.
Chanel Azuré is a turquoise chrome metallic with an intense sparkle factor and a hint of gold. In the bottle it looks like a duo-chrome but, on the nail, I’m only seeing one color at all angles. While I don’t own any exact matches for this color, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Lagoon is a lighter version.
Chanel Bel-Argus is a denim blue chrome metallic. It has the same finish as Azuré yet it doesn’t catch the light in the same way. It feels just a bit faded in comparison. Again, I went looking for dupes, sure I’d find one but came up empty handed. The closest I could come is Maybelline Color Show Navy Narcissist from the Metallics collection. It’s a little darker than Bel-Argus but has a similar finish and feel to it. I read on Nouveau Cheap that Navy Narcissist is on clearance at CVS so jump on it.
Chanel Lilis is a true coral creme. It’s true in that it doesn’t have any strong leanings towards orange, pink or red. It’s in the same color family as Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Want To Have Fun and L’Oréal Tangerine Crush, just a shade darker. The only odd part about the color is that it didn’t self level in spite of its jelly-ish texture. A layer of top coat cleared things up but that shouldn’t be necessary.
Bottom Line: As pretty as Azuré and Bel-Argus are to look at, they don’t deliver enough in uniqueness on the nail to justify the cost. Lilis is plagued with streaking and leveling issues causing me to give it a thumbs down.
Thoughts on the Chanel summer shades? Are any of them worth the splurge in your eye? What’s the last Chanel nail polish you purchased?
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