I totally squealed, to the point of scaring my furry co-worker (aka my kitty Ren), when I spotted a new minty green nail polish from CHANEL on Instagram. CHANEL Fraicheur kept popping up on some Russian and Asian accounts, but I couldn’t understand the captions, and had to know more. I proceeded to stalk Chanel.com until it was finally available for sale and then I pounced. I even paid for shipping, you guys, because I had to have it.
Now, I love, love, love my bottle of Chanel Jade. I mean, I hoard my precious, use it sparingly, keep it capped tight, and regret not having a back-up, so I hoped Fraicheur would quell that need. The million dollar question is, is it a Jade dupe?
Chanel Fraicheur Swatches
Chanel Fraicheur is a yellow-based mint green with soft crystallized flecks that flash spring green. The shimmer is more apparent in the bottle than on the nail, but it’s pretty subdued overall. I bent my fingers in all sorts of uncomfortable positions trying to make that damn shimmer stand out, but it wasn’t happening.
The formula is 5-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor) and a little thin. The squishy texture makes it easy to manipulate on the nail, so I was able to achieve a pretty flawless application. I needed three coats to get it opaque. The first time I tried it, I had a bit of patchiness at the cuticle, but getting a little more polish on my brush the next time around was perfect.
Note: I photographed both attempts, so you’ll see the patchiness in some photos and not in others.
Chanel Fraicheur and Jade Comparisons
And now, what you’ve been dying to know… is Fraicheur a Chanel Jade dupe??
Unfortunately, it’s not the same as Jade. It makes sense I suppose. If they were going to reproduce Jade, they would just name it that, right? Though since I originally saw it on International accounts, I thought it might be one of those cases where an old color was recycled, renamed and sold exclusively overseas. Not so much.
Fraicheur is warmer than the blue-tinged Jade. Its shimmer is more subtle as well. They’re from the same color family, just not twinsies.
I decided to go a little comparison crazy since I know your questions are coming. These are ALL the greens I own that are in any way close to Jade or Fraicheur. If it’s not pictured here, I don’t own it.
OPI Hey! Get in Lime is a lot lighter, brighter and more blue. Milani Dress Maker is dupe-y of Jade, though a bit darker and with added golden shimmer.
Orly Ancient Jade has a clay-like feel next to the others. Like a dried Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque. Dior Waterlilly is gorgeous, but not a match. It’s darker and more muted than Dress Maker (above).
Finally, Morgan Taylor Mint Chocolate Chip has the pigmentation that the other two are lacking, but it is not a match.
Bottom Line: I don’t regret a penny I spent on Fraicheur and I anticipate wearing the heck out of it this summer. As a Chanel collector, I’m all in on it. However, I’m a nut that wants ALL THE GREENS!
If I’m being practical, it’s not that special, especially with the pointless shimmer. And, it’s no Jade. But, when it comes to nail polish I’m rarely practical. Will I spend $20 on a lip gloss tube of liquid latex, no! Will I go overboard on a green Chanel? Hell yeah! I’m an enigma wrapped in a puzzle, people.
Chanel Fraicheur is currently available on Chanel.com for $27. It should be coming to Chanel counters nationwide, but since I don’t have official press info on it, I can’t say for sure. If you want it, I’d ask your counter rep to reserve you a bottle asap!
What do you think of Fraicheur? Are you planning to snag a bottle? If you missed out on Jade, would this satisfy that need? Which of the two do you prefer?Disclosure: I purchased Fraicheur. Affiliate links appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.