This Fall 2016, Chanel has collaborated with Lucia Pica to release a completely edgy and fashion forward collection of makeup. Chanel Le Rouge Collection N°1 evolves around the color red, exploring the abstract and expressive resonances of the traditional color. Everything in the collection features red in prominence, at the same time subverting the shade. And this play on multiplicity is best exhibited in the pair of Le Vernis that I will be showing you today.
Red is most conventionally used for nails and lips, so it is no surprise to see it featured here in Le Rouge Collection N°1. Chanel makes the best red nail polishes in my opinion, and it never ceases to amaze me how they are able to keep on producing new shades of red in spite of their already extensive range.
Chanel Le Vernis Longue Tenue Rouge Puissant (528) is a sensuous and striking red that is perfectly neutral in tone to be flattering on all skin tones. It is very interesting to see how it photographs darker and almost wine-red under indoor tungsten lighting (as above), but a much brighter almost cherry-red under sunlight (as in the first opening image). I find both instances to be incredibly beautiful, especially with the smooth cream finish. This is one of those one-coat wonders, but I had used 2 thin coats above just to be safe. I should also point out that I’ve experienced some problems with some shades of the new Longue Tenue formula, but thankfully Rouge Puissant applies easily, smoothly and stays on without chipping or wearing at the tips for a good 5 days (which is as long as anything lasts on me)!
Now onto the magical Chanel Le Vernis Gloss Rouge Radical (530), this one perplexed me a little initially because when worn over Rouge Puissant, you cannot appreciate its color. Rouge Radical is a high-shine transparent red jelly that has a cooler undertone. I am endlessly grateful that Chanel has reinvented the formula for this because it goes on smoothly and evenly without streaks, and is buildable to achieve impressive opacity. It is a huge improvement over Sunrise Trip [reviewed here] which was the first time Chanel introduced a Le Vernis Gloss to us. You can see Rouge Radical applied on its own here.
Both Chanel Le Vernis 528 Rouge Puissant and Le Vernis Gloss 530 Rouge Radical are gorgeous reds, and I recommend you check them out if you’re still in search for that perfect red. Between the 2, Rouge Radical is more unique and one that can be worn on its own or layered with something else for a touch of cool… it is also limited edition.
This post featured products that were generously provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.