Chanel Le Vernis Cosmic & Magic, Vogue Fashion Night Out 2013 Nail Polishes, Review & Comparison

This year's Vogue Fashion Night Out was held in Berlin on 5th of September. By generous help of one of my best friends (air kisses and hugs for her!), I was able to get hold of two of Chanel Le Vernis which were sold exclusive for this event. Meet Cosmic & Magic.

Chanel Le Vernis Cosmic & Magic, Vogue Fashion Night Out 2013 Nail Polishes

These were available in KaDeWe and Chanel Boutique in Berlin. Since numbers were very limited (I have heard of 50 pieces for each), they were only giving one per person and she had to wait on the queue for a long time. I usually get my polishes from US, where things seem to be more abundant but this year I couldn't risk it. Although I knew at some point they will be available at chanel.com in the states, FNO event this year is canceled there so it is not certain when and how it is going to be.


Chanel Le Vernis Magic, Vogue Fashion Night Out 2013 Nail Polish

Magic is a medium to deep blue which has a green tingle which is slight but there and more apperant by the first coat. Having perfect consistency, it applies like a dream and to me. It is also very opaque and only one coat might be enough but I used two for the above swatch. There is something to this shade which I didn't expect to love by looking at the bottle but surprised to see how much I loved it after the application. The shade is not vivid but noticeable, kind of stays at a perfect balanced place between teal and blue, vivid and smokey. 


Chanel Le Vernis Magic, Vogue Fashion Night Out 2013 Nail Polish, together with similar shades

I pulled out some shades from my stash for comparison. I was a bit surprised to see that there was a discontinued nail polish called Cosmique (#28), same name with one of the FNO polishes but spelled differently, like it is also with Azure and Azur. I also included Armani nail polish #701 Bleu d'Armani which I didn't have time to review for you yet but I am recently loving. 

From left to right:
  • Chanel Le Vernis #28 Cosmique (discontinued)
  • Armani Nail Lacquer #701 Bleu d'Armani
  • Chanel Le Vernis #553 Blue Rebel
  • Chanel Le Vernis Magic
  • Dior Vernis #607 Blue Denim
  • Dior Vernis #900 Blue Poison (discontinued)
  • Chanel Le Vernis #555 Blue Boy

Mug comparison: Chanel Le Vernis Magic, Vogue Fashion Night Out 2013 Nail Polish

Chanel Magic put a spell on me right after the brush met my nail. I loved the way it applied and it looked. The unlucky fact about Magic is that it is somehow closer to one of the Chanel nail polishes fro the permanent line, #553 Blue Rebel. The difference is that Magic is more opaque and brighter. I wore Blue Rebel before and I kind of liked it, but I loved Magic when I was wearing it. So if you have Blue Rebel, you might find it difficult to justify purchasing Magic too but if you don't have both and you want to decide, I recommend Magic.


Nail wheel comparison: Chanel Le Vernis Magic, Vogue Fashion Night Out 2013 Nail Polish

Once the promo pictures were released, the nail polish which got everyone swoon was Cosmic. Although photos revealed were referring to some silver glitter, this one actually has very light blue glitter. Glitter is at the background, enough to make it interesting but is not the main player. Also the base is not blackest black. It is like a very deep smoke. Under the sun, the glitter particles shine beautifully.

Chanel Le Vernis Cosmic, Vogue Fashion Night Out 2013 Nail Polish

I pulled out some similar shades from my stash. Wish I also had Chanel Night Sky (Ciel de Nuit) to be able to make a comparison. I am searching for this shade for a long time now but didn't loose hope yet. That one has a dark blue base and more glitters, you can see a comparison between the two here (in German but pictures don't need translation). The same blogger also tried to put cosmic on Magic to recreate "Night Sky" from these two polishes. I don't think it really worked, but a nice effort. You can see her post here.


Chanel Le Vernis Cosmic, Vogue Fashion Night Out 2013 Nail Polish together with some similar shades

The shades I picked up from my stash are, from left to right:
  • Illamasqua Creator
  • Diorific Vernis #901 Diva from last years Holiday collection
  • Chanel Cosmic
  • Chanel #219 Black Satin
  • A-England Bridal Veil

Mug comparison: Chanel Le Vernis Cosmic, Vogue Fashion Night Out 2013 Nail Polish

I think the nail wheel comparison does a good job in showing the differences. Illamasqua Creator is rather packed with silver glitter. Dior Diva has warmer multi color shimmer like gold, green etc. I added Black Satin to show the difference between this one and a flat black. A-England Bridal Veil has smaller and holographic shimmer, which look very different. Overall, I couldn't find any dupes to that one.

Nail wheel comparison: Chanel Le Vernis Cosmic, Vogue Fashion Night Out 2013 Nail Polish

Final thoughts: I prefer this years FNO releases from Chanel to last year's. Many of you might go for Cosmic because it is unique but my favorite of these two was Magic. There was something magical about it. As for cosmic, if you like subtle and unique blacks, not to be missed.


Are you getting any of these polishes? Which one is your favorite?

11 comments

  1. OOO Cosmic looks nice! I do like how saturated and even Magic is too!

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    1. Thanks for helping me to find the right words, it is exactly what I would like to write, saturated and even!

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  2. Magic is my absolute favourite! Such a deep and clear shade of blue. I really like the even and glossy finish.
    Thanks for sharing these beautiful shades.

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    1. Hi Olga,
      I agree with you, it is also my favorite although everyone is talking about Cosmic, I prefer Magic. You're welcome.

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  3. Love the blues! But no more blues for me. Cosmic looks beautiful!

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    1. LOL, too many blues huh? ;-))
      Yes Cosmic is nice and subtle.

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  4. I definitely need Cosmic in my life.

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    1. Yes you do :-) such a pret shade. Once it is released in US, it will be easier to find.

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  5. As soon as I saw Magic I was dying to know how it compares to Blue Rebel (which I own). It's very close but I think I like Magic more! And Cosmic is super pretty too. Thanks for the swatches and comparisons - very helpful!!

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    1. Glad to help. I also definitely prefer Magic, it is like a pimped Blue Rebel, less smoky, more saturated and a little more green makes it also more interesting. Hope you enjoy them both once you get hold of them xox

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  6. I just got this in the US. I was so confused when you posted this bc I haven't heard anything about it. Apparently it is part of Black Friday (Thanksgiving) collection. The SA told me they only had 5 of each. I preordered mine since they couldn't sell it to me until today.

    I couldn't stop staring at Magic, it's so pretty! I couldn't describe the color so I asked the bf how would you describe this he shrugged and said ocean blue? Lol you describe it perfectly tho! Gorgeous swatches I can't wait to wear them :)

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