Continuing on our journey through the urban cityscape, Chanel presents 3 cool new nail polishes under the Collection Libre Synthetic de Chanel. All 3 are distinctly different, and there are some really cool textures and finishes that perfectly represents the inspiration for the collection.
Chanel Le Vernis Liquid Mirror (540) is a straight forward metallic silver. Normally, this is not something that I fancy, but for some unspeakable reason, I find myself gravitating to Liquid Mirror. It is as true a silver as you’d ever find, and it is one of those one-coat wonders, which dries in minutes and look effortlessly cool. A second coat (if you can be bothered) darkens the hue somewhat, but is not necessary. Some silver polishes fade out to look thin and lifeless over time, but Chanel Le Vernis Liquid Mirror stays pristine and does not chip for days. As with most metallic nail polishes, Liquid Mirror does leave brush streaks but very minimally. The only problem I encountered was that bubbles tended to form on the brush, and leave tiny bumps on the nail, but a coat of gloss evens things out.
Chanel Le Vernis Pink Rubber (542) is a new velvet finish formula which is matte and somewhat “rubbery” in look. I often have difficulties applying light pastel polishes, and I found the matte finish to emphasize the streakiness. A generous 2-coats is needed to adequately cover the nail, and use slow measured strokes to minimize brush strokes. If a matte finish is not to your liking, then simply add a layer of glossy top coat, and that also helps to level out the polish! On its own though, Pink Rubber is a rather pretty baby pink that will wear well into Spring!
Chanel Le Vernis Hyperrose Glass (544) is an interesting sheer pink polish that was unexpected. Last season, Chanel released a Le Vernis Gloss [see here] which I had expected to be sheer, but instead, Hyperrose Glass is even sheerer than that. I was momentarily stumped when I first swatched it, but after playing with it a little bit, I realized there are several ways you could wear this. A single coat on bare nails gives a my-nails-but-better look, and lasts forever since new growth and chips are not as easily visible. You could do 2 as swatched below (but I prefer 3) coats for a jelly-like finish; or layer it with any other nail polishes (works best with a darker base) for a subliminal change of pace! There are some cool iridescent micro-shimmers in Hyperrose Glass that gives it a rather plastic-fantastic vibe. The finish is satin, and I think a glossy top coat transforms the entire look to a more elegant one.
And as always, I like to see how I can combine an entire collection of nail polishes into 1 set of nailart. Admittedly not the most Christmas-sy, on hindsight I could have added some snowflakes instead of silver stripes, but the reality is that I just didn’t have any snowflake stickers in my stash when I was doing this. Regardless, I hope you get inspired by these colors and go out to have some fun with them!
What do you think of this season’s offerings from Chanel?
This post featured products that were generously provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased view.