When I caught a glimpse of the Chanel Summer 2015 nail polish colors, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them to share with you all. It’s common knowledge that I can’t resist a blue or purple, and will never have enough (hoarder!), so my friends at Chanel obliged my need. The Mediterranean-inspired collection includes four new shades of Chanel Le Vernis in bold bright hues and a shimmering, bronzed chocolate.
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 is very flexible, giving the ability to get at every corner of the nail.
The three brights in this collection have a squishy, jelly-ish texture that self-levels. The pigmentation is on point, delivering full coverage in two coats, with Méditerranée closing in on one-coat wonder territory. The lone shimmer, Terrana, is thin and not as pigmented as the others. I needed three coats to achieve bottle color, and due to the pearly shimmer it can suffer from a slight case of brush stroke-itis.
Chanel Coquelicot is a tomato red creme. It dries a little darker than I expected. In the bottle, it looks a lot like OPI Fashion A Bow, which is now my least favorite polish in the world because I accidentally dropped it and caused a crime scene splatter under my desk. #nailbloggerfail However, Fashion A Bow is more cherry and such a thinly pigmented jelly that it needs 4-5 coats to even come close to Coquelicot.
Chanel Lavanda is a vivid, red-tinged violet creme, like a violet on steroids. It’s not that Lavanda is super bright, it’s more intense, though not quite as intense as OPI Do You Have This Color In Stock-holm. Lavanda is definitely more saturated than Orly Charged Up and SpaRitual Illume, which are similar in tone, but not opacity.
Chanel Méditerranée is described as an “ocean blue” which is a pretty accurate depiction. It’s decidedly blue, but with a hint of teal. What’s interesting is that it dries a bit muted, like murky seawater. Sally Hansen New Wave Blue has a similar feel, only much more teal in hue. I really have nothing like this, and I’ve been wearing it for a few days and getting compliments from everyone who has seen it.
Chanel Terrana is a milk chocolate shimmer that has a bronze-y undertone. However, unlike most browns in this range, the silvery pearl keeps it from being too warm. In the bottle, it looks like a fine satin fabric. Next to Essie Sable Collar and Dior Lemon Balm, it appears more brown. Plus, both have a greyed cast that dulls the finish. Chanel Haute Chocolate is really nothing like Terrana, I just threw it in for those that might be curious.
Bottom Line: Every single one of these brights is a winner. The formula is fantastic, the color pops. I can’t pick a favorite, they’re all that good. Just kidding, Méditerranée gets my vote, duh. Terrana is pretty, but the pigmentation isn’t the best, and for $27, it should be. I know Chanel is not in everyone’s budget, but if it’s in yours, you won’t regret indulging in this collection.
The Chanel Summer 2015 nail polish colors officially launch in May 2015 but, if your counter is anything like mine, it will be out before then. You can find Chanel Makeup at Chanel Boutiques and counters nationwide and online at Chanel.com, Nordstrom.com, and SaksFifthAvenue.com. Chanel Le Vernis retails for $27/ea for a .4oz bottle.
***Edited to Add: Thanks to Johanna for pointing out that Macys.com already has the collection online. Woot!
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