I am rounding up my coverage of Chanel’s Summer 2016 Dans La Lumiere de L’Ete collection, and today’s focus is on the spicy Le Vernis Culte that are part of the collection. There are 5 in the collection, all highly covetable, but I picked 3 that I felt are more unique – Canotier, Espadrilles and Emeraude! They are bold choices, and exceptional for a classy and elegant brand, but inspired me to finally get out of my doldrums and create a cool colorblocked nail design.. check it out!
I was looking forward to this collection of Le Vernis as I wanted to experiment with more of the new long-wear gel-like shine formula. I had tried out a couple when it was first launched a couple of months ago [read here] and found the formula to differ quite a bit between the 2 shades that I had. Given how the new formula was highly raved in the blogosphere, I was naturally perplexed, and was very happy to find that 3 that I picked this time round fared much much better!
Chanel Le Vernis (532) Canotier is described as an “original beige” but is really a muted gold with a metallic finish. The problem I always have with such shades is the visible brush strokes, but thankfully this particular bottle goes on smoothly and is opaque in 1 coat! So if you are careful and have firm strokes, you can get by with a fairly streak-free set!
Chanel Le Vernis (534) Espadrilles is a bright snappy orange that is as bright and as orange as I’d ever seen. It has a pure cream finish that I love, and is the perfect color to inject some fun this summer. Of the 3 that I picked, this had a slightly more viscous texture and it was quite late in the night when I was applying this, so I found it more challenging to apply perfectly. Also, Espadrilles needed 2 coats to be fully opaque, and this formula clearly needs to be completely dried between layers in order to go on smoothly without streaking. Thankfully, it dries in minutes, so it is not a big deal.
Chanel Le Vernis (536) Emeraude is hands-down my favourite nail polish from Chanel evvaahh!! To be quite honest, when I first opened it up I thought to myself, omg it’s soooo green! But between this, and the Les 4 Ombres Empreinte du Desert [reviewed here], Chanel has completely changed my perspective on greens. Emeraude reminds me of mermaids and lush forests with its deep gem-like green with tonnes of tiny golden shimmers suspended in it. It goes on fully opaque in 1 easy coat, the epitomy of one coat wonder! And it is shiny, the way I expect gel polishes to be, simply amazing.
And as I had mentioned at the beginning of this post, Chanel managed to revive my interest in nail polishes with this amazing collection of Le Vernis Culte. I have been feeling rather uninspired all year up until now, and am simply loving this simple but bold colorblocked manicure! Here’s a closer look:
I added some striping tape to neaten things up, and added 1 coat of Chanel Le Gel Coat for the extra shine. Emeraude and Espadrilles were 1 coat each, and 2 coats of Canotier on top. All done in under 1 hour, completely dried and so budge-proof I went straight to bed, and woke up to gleefully fun and perfect nails! And unlike my previous experience, I found these shades last me longer – I am on Day 3 now with no sign of tip wear. Will update accordingly once I know for sure their full lifespan!
This post featured products that were kindly provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.