When Fashion’s Night Out was canceled in the US, I wondered what that meant in regards to the covet-able Chanel Fashion’s Night Out collections (Les Khakis, Les Jeans, etc). Then I saw that, in spite of the US bailing on the concept, they released the Chanel Nuit Magique Collection overseas with two gorgeous Le Vernis shades, Chanel Cosmic & Magic. I was one sad panda!
So, to say that I was beyond thrilled to discover that Chanel is releasing both nail polishes in the States, would be an understatement. Coming exclusively to Chanel.com on December 2nd, Cosmic & Magic are sure to put a crimp in your Cyber Monday budget.
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 brushes. It easily fans out and covers the nail without much resistance.
Chanel Cosmic is an inky black with a jelly-ish texture, packed with silver and blue metallic flecks that twinkle like stars. It’s somewhat sheer, to properly suspend the glitter particles, yet I achieved full coverage with three thin coats. In the bottle it looks like a black version of Chanel Night Sky (a shade I CRAVE), though it’s not quite as sparkly on the nail.
The only polishes I own that come close to matching Cosmic are all discontinued, of course, and in a similar price range as Chanel. Dior Black Sequins is probably its closest match as they have very similar shades of glitter. Lancome Piha Black‘s only difference is that it doesn’t have the same blue flecks as Cosmic.
Chanel Magic is a rich, denim blue creme. It has some cyan undertones so it’s not quite true blue. It’s a bit thicker in feel than the Cosmic but it flows nicely on the nail giving full coverage in two thin coats.
As soon as I saw Magic, I immediately thought of Chanel Blue Rebel from the Chanel Les Jeans collection and for good reason. They are very similar, though not dupes. Blue Rebel looks a bit faded in comparison and doesn’t have the same teal/cyan leanings as Magic. Think of Magic as a pair of brand new jeans and Blue Rebel as a pair that’s been through the wash. I added American Apparel Peacock as a visual aid.
Just for fun I created a couple funky French manicures using Cosmic and Magic as they pair so well together. I think I prefer the blue tips as the sparkle in Cosmic just doesn’t come through with one swipe at the free edge.
Bottom Line: Even though I own close approximations of both shades, they are gorgeous and unique to Chanel’s core color range. Chanel fans, you’ll want to scoop these up before they’re gone. The formula did not disappoint and if you missed out on Blue Rebel, Magic will feed that need. If you own either of the Cosmic clones you can take a pass but, otherwise, I’d definitely give it a look. You don’t want to be like me, kicking yourself for not getting Night Sky when you could.
Chanel Cosmic and Magic from the Nuit Magique Collection go on sale on December 2nd, 2013 exclusively at Chanel.com. Both shades retail for $27/ea for a .4oz bottle.
UPDATE: Cosmic and Magic are also being sold at Macys.com and available NOW!
Are you as excited as I am that we are getting these shades in the US? Do you plan to pick up either or both? Which French manicure variation do you like best? How would you wear them together?