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: Dior Vernis #537 Riviera

Dior Vernis #537 Riviera is part of Dior’s new nail polish line, the Haute Couleur Extreme Wear Nail Lacquer line. Out of all the colors I found Riviera the most interesting. The description of the color is orange, but I found the color to be sometimes more red, sometimes more orange and sometimes more pink depending on the lighting. The color reminds me of Pantone’s color of the year. The formula is a bit thick. I am still not a huge fan of the fat brush; I find it hard to even out the polish.

Bottom line: It is a fantastic color for the summer and I can’t think of any exact dupes for it. If you like Dior nail polish, definitely try this one.

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: Part 2 Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain

(Continued from Part 1 Review of the YSL’s Glossy Stains) For review on the packaging and formulation please see Part 1 of the Review.

The three other colors I picked up were #7 Corail Aquatique, #10 Rouge Philtre, and #19 Beige Aquarelle.

#7 Corail Aquatique applied evenly and it’s very pigmented. It’s a pretty coral color, even similar to my own lip color. It’s a more neutral wearable shade that applies smooth.

#10 Rouge Philtre is a pretty bright pinkish red, and you can layer to make it more intense. I find that it went well with my yellow and cool undertone. It applied very smooth and is pigmented as well. I think it is a versatile color because you can make it intense or apply a thin layer with a nude color gloss to make it more neutral.

#19 Beige Aquarelle is similar in color to Part 1’s #18 Rose Pastelle. It is not as pink as Rose Pastelle. I find it to be more wearable than #18, because it has a beige undertone instead of white. It didn’t apply as smoothly as the other colors, but it’s better than #18. I think this is good to tone down your lip color but I would still wear a gloss over top, otherwise it can be quiet boring color.

Product Info:

$32 @ Sephora and Nordstrom (They both have exclusive shades, Sephora has most of them)

Net Wt 0.2 oz 6ml

Pro:

  • Great Formula
  • Great Pigmentation
  • Great Color Range

Con:

  • Lighter color is a bit streaky
  • Expensive

Bottom line: If the price doesn’t scare you off (which is not outrageous compared to other high end lip products), this is an excellent product to have and invest in.

Quick Look: Dior ‘Vernis – Garden Party’ Nail Lacquer in #504 Waterlily

Happpy St. Patricks Day!! I picked my green nail polish for leprechaun day and the winner is Dior’s Waterlily from their Spring 2012 Collection. It is a very pretty light green color with just a bit of shimmer. I found the formula a bit thick compared to others (Chanel, Essie, Deborah Lippmann). The brush is really fat and thick, so it take a bit of practice to get used to. Otherwise a great smelling nail polish (it’s scented!).

Bottom line: Great wearable green nail polish that smells amazing. It is a limited edition color, I believe you can still grab it at your local Dior counters (it’s no longer available online at Macy’s or Nordstrom).

Review: Part 1 Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain

There has been many raves on the blog world about these YSL Glossy Stain. This is more the initial look at it, since these two colors did not work for me (I ordered it blind from Sephora). I did end up returning these two color and picking up another three other colors, which will be reviewed next.

The packaging is very high quality plastic, and I like that it is not all gold, like other YSL products. The part I think that’s especially well done is the see through strip in the tube. It makes it easy to see what color it is without looking at the label. The applicator is like Lancome’s Fever Gloss, which is fatter than the normal doe foot applicator. Personally, I like the applicator a lot – very easy for quick application.

The formula is truly great, both hydrating and pigmented. When first put on, there is a glossiness, but it fades over time and becomes more of a matte color. I wont lie, it does makes my lips feel tight (almost a dry feel) after the glossiness goes away. It doesn’t make my lips peel over time at all, but I do think you need to apply a lip balm over it to keep your lips hydrated.

The two colors I chose were #15 Rose Vinyl and #18 Rose Pastelle. #15 Rose Vinyl applied like a dream, it was really pigmented and applied evenly. #18 Rose Pastelle is another story, it applied really streaky and it seemed light (white) on my lips instead of pink.

Product Info:

$32 @ Sephora and Nordstrom (They both have exclusive shades, Sephora has most of them)

Net Wt 0.2 oz 6ml

Pro:

  • Great Formula
  • Great Pigmentation
  • Great Color Range

Con:

  • Lighter color is a bit streaky
  • Expensive

Bottom line: If the price doesn’t scare you off (which is not outrageous compared to other high end lip products), this is an excellent product to have and invest in.

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