Even though I’m known for my love of all things green, I have a serious weakness for blue polish. It’s been eclipsing my affection for green lately, but given that I have more blue nail polishes than any other color, it takes a lot to get me truly excited.
The Chanel Blue Rhythm collection has had my interest piqued for months after seeing Vibrato and Fortissimo on a few international blogs. Well, the collection finally hit my doorstep, and I couldn’t wait to share it with you.
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.
Both of these colors apply very differently so I’m going to address that below.
Chanel Fortissimo and Vibrato Swatches
Chanel Fortissimo is a dark denim navy with that signature Chanel subtle, tonal shimmer. In direct light, as seen here, the shimmer peeks out, but in indirect lighting it looks like a navy creme with a lot of depth. None of my navy blues are quite like this. Most are darker; Chanel Blue Satin, Essie Midnight Cami, Essie Style Cartel, Zoya Ibiza. The rest are tonally different; OPI Russian Navy (purple), Lancome Indigo Paris (brighter).
The issue I have is with application. I’ve applied this four times now and can’t avoid bubbles. I don’t know what’s going on. That and the formula feels kind of stringy. When I apply it super thin, to avoid bubbles, it’s patchy. When I use a heavier hand, the bubbles are OUT OF CONTROL! What you see below is three super thin coats, dried for a few minutes, before applying HK Girl Top Coat. There are still minuscule bubbles, but you have to look for them.
Chanel Vibrato is a hard color to describe. It’s darker than an electric blue or cobalt, yet more vibrant than a navy or denim. Maybe royal blue works for this creamy shade since it’s got a hint of purple to it. Whatever you call it, IT’S AMAZING! Like I said, I own a lot of blues and Dior Sailor is the only polish that comes close, though Vibrato is just slightly brighter. If you own Sailor you can skip Vibrato, but if you don’t, GET ON IT!
I mean, I’m going to make a bold statement and say Vibrato is better than Nails Inc Baker St. I know, crazy talk, but seriously, this polish is flawless. Smooth, glossy, pigmented (two coats), and NO STAINING. Too many shouty capitals, but that’s how much I feel about this color. I’ve been wearing it since it arrived and do not want to take it off. In fact, I fully intend to reapply Vibrato for the coming weekend and take it to my next pedicure. If Vibrato was on Tinder, I would totally swipe right.
Someone on Instagram asked if Vibrato is better than all the blues that ever existed. I don’t know if that was serious or sarcastic, because Chanel is so expensive, but it just may be. At least it is for me right now.
Note: I originally tried both colors with Chanel’s Le Top Coat and cried. It looked gloriously glossy for about three minutes and then came all the bubbles. So many bubbles. And even though it says “quick dry” on the bottle, I smudged Vibrato fifteen minutes later. I ended up going out with bubbled nails, because no time, and tried again the next day, being even more careful. Same result. I’ve been hearing from others, including pros, that they’ve had similar experiences. Moral of the story, do not buy Le Top Coat.
Bottom Line: Unless this is the first sentence you are reading in this post, you already know that I’m calling Vibrato a must-have. I’m considering buying a back-up. It’s in strong contention for my favorite fall color. Since it’s not a summer bright, it’s a perfect transition shade. Hell, it’s perfect year round. Fortissimo, on the other hand, get’s a big thumbs down. The formula is a disaster, and given Chanel’s price that’s unacceptable.
Anyone else going crazy for Vibrato? Are you planning to splurge on a bottle? What is your all-time favorite blue?Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for Chanel. 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.