Chanel Le Vernis #589 Elixir from Superstition Fall 2013 Collection

Finally I came to compare this gorgeous addition to Chanel's permanent line, Le Vernis #589 Elixir. This one is one of the three nail polishes (check this post for swatches) to be released for Fall 2013 with Superstition Collection. It is a milky pinkish red, an understated shade which is easy on eyes and flattering across different skin tones.

Chanel Le Vernis #589 Elixir from Superstition Fall 2013 Collection

I went through my stash to see if I have something similar. It turns out that I don't but I spotted some close shades which I would like to present you today. Elixir happens to be close to #533 April in the bottle but once on the nails, April pulls more berry and is also darker. #129 Image Rose (discontinued) is more red, #519 Rose Exuberant is definitely more pink. One of last year's Fashion Night Out release Infidele is similar in intensity but more plum. #491 Rose Confidentiel is more nude once compared to Elixir.

Chanel Le Vernis #589 Elixir and similar shades from my stash
Last year's Fall shade #561 Suspicious is a harsher version of Elixir. I wore Suspicious two times and found it to be not very flattering on my skin tone, but I was loving April. Elixir is somewhat between April and Suspicious but definitely an easier shade to pull off. #581 Cinema (see comparisons here) is more of a red but Elixir and Cinema definitely share this classically chic feeling. For me Elixir is like a pink version of Cinema. I also included #477 Dazzling (discontinued) in the swatches below, which is more red/orange compared to Elixir.

Nail wheel comparison of Chanel Le Vernis #589 Elixir and similar shades from my stash

One more eye candy before I stop bragging about Elixir. All in all I like it, it is so Chanel, maybe not an unusual shade but a good one. It will be added to the permanent line, so you don't need to rush.

Chanel Le Vernis #589 Elixir from Superstition Fall 2013 Collection
Final thoughts: I love low-key classically chic colors and Chanel can do these like no one else. Perfect formula too. It is definitely a fall shade for me though, for summer I prefer brights and blues, but maybe it is just me.

Are you getting Elixir? Let me know your thoughts about this shade.

11 comments

  1. I love your pictures, so true to the actual colour. I am not sure about the one under the sun but overall good picture quality! Thanks!

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    1. Aww, thanks so much Sunny. I am still experimenting, trying to find sweet spots around here where the lightning at certain hours of the day is good. With the wheels I was always having problem and all colors were looking the same. Now I found a spot and there it all looks more true to color :-))

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  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE your pictures Sara! Simply stunning. Especially the first one--totally amazing!!!

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    1. Thanks so much Jenny, I was trying to be artsy (fartsy) on that one ;-P

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  3. Hello Sara!
    I love your Chanel nail polish collection :) It looks drooling! Thanks for the comparison. Elixir is a pretty red for fall season, I'll take a look at it in Chanel counter soon :)

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    1. LOL, thanks! I am thinking if I should publish my inventory list. I have over 200 Chanel polishes, might be interesting for some to see the colors listed all together. Check out Elixir but don't rush, because it is permanent and there is another red coming for Fall 2013, a metallic red. I will post about it tonight or tomorrow.

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  4. I love your pictures too, but more than that I love your descriptions of the colors. No one is more accurate than you (or half as fun). Thank you, and please keep up the good work!

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    1. Aw, that is so sweet of you thanks :-** I am trying my best to post as much as I can when I find the time between house and work, when I hear things like that I become even more motivated! :-))

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  5. Beautiful colour the more I wear it the more I am loving it so glad I purchused it its such a chique Chanel colour perfect for the fall. Thanks for the great review!

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    1. Hi Nawi, have you started wearing your Fall nail polishes?
      I am still sparing them and enjoying the last drops of summer with summer manis.
      But I can't wait to wear this one!
      Xox

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  6. Great review, I totally agree. I originally went out today to buy the #34 Jade Imperial from YSL (I know a completely different colour from the Elixir) but having stumbled across the Chanel #589 Elixir shade I fell straight in love and had to get it instead! A lovely classic colour that still pops

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