Comparison: Chanel – Accessoire Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel’s Spring 2013 collection consisted of 3 new nail colours. Of course being a Chanel-fiend I picked up all three. The first thing I did when I got home was to see if I have any dupes for the three colors, however, I could only find similar colors for Accessoire. I find it very similar to Chanel’s Vamp, Rouge Noir and the recently released (holiday 2012 collection) Malice. I find the difference to be only noticeable under bright lighting (mostly sunlight).

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Accessoire vs. Vamp

–          I find these two to be the most similar. Vamp is a shimmer polish while Accessoire is a crème polish. Accessoire has a bit more brown in the base color than Vamp but it is very similar.

Accessoire vs. Rouge Noir

–          The finish of the two polishes is the same. Rouge Noir is darker, almost black with a bit of red tone. The different between the two is very noticeable even in low lighting.

Accessoire vs. Malice

–          Malice has some red shimmer in it and the base color is darker, however, in low lighting it still appears to be very similar.

ImageThe above photo show how similar the polishes are.

It was interesting to see such a fall/winter color as part of the spring collection. It is an interesting color, definitely more on the brown side than red or plum or black. I am glad I have it as part of my nail polish collection, but I don’t see it as a must have.

Bottom line: If you have any of the above Chanel nail polish, you can pass on this polish. It is a permanent product, so you can always pick it up later.

Quick Look: Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour #545 Attraction

Chanel’s #545 Attraction is a white pearly nail polish. It is not like anything I have in my current nail polish stash. It literally looks like my finger tips are little pearls. It has almost a metallic finish. This polish is a bit streaky, but due to the finish it is only noticeable when close up. It takes two coats to be opaque, though if you prefer the sheer look, one coat is enough.

Bottom line: It is a gorgeous nail polish. However, you can probably find a dupe in a cheaper brand.

Quick Look: Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour #543 Frisson

Chanel’s #543 Frisson doesn’t look like a unique nail polish, but it is not like anything I have in my collection. It is a baby pink, almost a nude pink. In additional, it has gold, silver and pink glitters, not shimmer. The glitter is more noticeable on the nails under the sun or bright lighting, but you can still see it in normal lighting. It goes on great with no streaks and two coats is enough to be opaque, although sometimes three coats might be needed.

Bottom line: It is a universal color that will work on all skin tones. It is not the most unique shade but the glitter makes it more special.

Review/Comparison: Las Vegas De Chanel Collection – Le Vernis Gold Fingers Nail Polish

The Gold Fingers Nail Polish is a pale gold nail polish with a gold, green and pink shimmer under the sun. It reminds me of Chanel’s Graphite from the Fall 2011 collection, although not quite as unique and shimmery as Graphite.

I compared it to a couple of gold nail polishes in my stash: The first being L’Oreal’s Project Runway Colors Take Flight collection nail polish in Amazon’s Flash #695,and then also the Hello Kitty’s 2011 Holiday collection Liquid Nail Art in Gold Sparkle.

As you can see Gold Fingers is much paler than Amazon’s Flash (which is a horrible watery nail polish that does not apply evenly). Gold Finger’s gold tone is similar to the HK’s Gold Sparkle, except Gold Sparkle has more noticeable glitter in green, silver and red. Out of the three, I have to say HK’s Gold Sparkle is the most unique.

The Gold Fingers applies smooth and does not streak. However, out of all of my Chanel nail polishes this one chips the worst. I applied 2 coats with Chanel’s base coat and Deborah Lippmann’s Addicted to Speed top coat. I have used that combination with other Chanel nail polishes and have never seen this result. It chipped on the same day as applied (on my birthday, how sad).  I am not talking about small chips either, big chunks fell out. To top that, one of my toe nails chipped completely, that has never happened to me before.

Product Info:

$28 @ Chanel.com or or Vegas Boutique in Borgata

0.04 fl oz

Pro:

  • Beautiful color
  • None Streaking

Con:

  • Chips easily
  • Expensive

Bottom line: It is a pretty gold, and I hate to say this about Chanel products, but I would avoid this nail polish and look for a dupe that performs better.

Review: Las Vegas De Chanel Collection – Lucky Stripes Iridescent Powders for Eyes and Cheeks

Oh Chanel, why you have to torture me with another limited collection. My wallet was still recovering from getting the entire Knightsbridge Collection (which I will review soon, since you can still purchase it on Chanel.com), so I only picked up the Lucky Stripes Iridescent Powder and the Gold Fingers nail polish (hehe reminds me of Austin Power’s Goldmember).

The Lucky Stripes Iridescent Powder comes with the standard Chanel packaging, square shaped, black plastic case. It also came with an angled brush in a velvet pouch, which I am not sure exactly how I feel about it; since most of the time I don’t use it and I don’t quite know where to put it for storage. I guess it is useful for on-the-go if you really need to. It should be noted that there is no applicator for eyes, since Chanel does advertise it as a product for both eyes and cheeks.

The powder itself is really beautiful. However, being a crazy anal person, I don’t understand why the strips are not symmetrical. There is more of the pink shade than the brown shade. Nonetheless, the strips are wide enough to get a decent sized eye brush to pick up each of the colors.

The Lucky Stripes Iridescent Powder is very finely milled and has shimmer not glitter. It applies smoothly on the skin and the pigmentation is good, except for the gold shade. With the stripes mixed together you get a pretty sheen; it does not lean on the gold side surprisingly. There is no noticeable fragrance with the powder; unlike the Joues Contraste Powder Blushes (I actually love the rose smell).

Product Info:

$95 @ Chanel.com or Vegas Boutique in Borgata

It is a limited edition product.

15g NET WT 0.53oz

Pro:

  • Finely Milled
  • Multipurpose

Con:

  • REALLY Expensive
  • Colors are dupable

Bottom line: If you are a Chanel fiend like me, with money to spend, I would get this product. Otherwise, I would definitely skip it because of the super marked up price and the fact it is not the most unique product from Chanel.

Quick Look: Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour #549 Distraction

Chanel’s #549 Distraction is a great nail polish for this season. It’s a bright coral that is more of a red coral than an orange coral. It does have blue-based pink glitter in the bottle that can only be seen under the sun. It looks like a crème under normal lighting. It goes on great with no streaks and two coats is more than enough it to be opaque.

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Bottom line: Distraction is a very wearable polish and has a great formula. If you are looking for a high-end expensive ($26) nail polish for the spring or summer this one to look into.