Doppelgänger spotted: Chanel Le Vernis 623 Mirabella

June 23, 2014

Chanel Le Vernis Mirabella (623) was the one nail polish from the Reflets d’Ete Collection that I had my eyes on the moment I spied the press images online.  Orange is de rigueur this Summer 2014, and Mirabella was simply described as “orange”.

Chanel Le Vernis Mirabella swatch

I don’t know if there are different batches of Mirabella, but the one I have on hand seems to be a doppelgänger.  Most of the online images and descriptions showed Mirabella to be a warm orange, but on me it is a neutral-cool vermillion with hints of red (or pink depending on your perspective).  And just to give you an idea of how un-orange it is, I’ve swatched it side-by-side with a couple other orange polishes in my stash.

Chanel Le Vernis Mirabella comparison swatches

When swatched right next to the nail lacquer from the Dior Printemps-Ete 2014 Backstage Box (reviewed here), Mirabella immediately looks much more red, even a little neon.  YSL La Laque Couture 44 Ambre Gingembre (reviewed here) is not a true comparison, except to show how much cooler Mirabella really is, and again, pulling more red less yellow as I’d expect from an orange polish.

The formula is true to my usual experience with Chanel Le Vernis, which is to say, disappointingly prone to chipping.  In fact, it started to wear off at the edges within a day.  Unlike Sweet Lilac (reviewed here), it did not apply smoothly and was prone to streaking, although it did self-level after 2 coats.  It is a creamy color that dries down to a shiny finish.

Chanel Le Vernis Mirabella (623) is new and limited edition.  Regardless of the differences, I am rather fond of this particular shade that I have, although I do wish it was much more lasting on me!  Do you also own Mirabella?  I’m curious to hear if there really is more than one shade out there, or if it was all a matter of different lighting!