Today I would like to share the four new nail polishes from Chanel Reflets D'Été Summer 2014 Collection. If you still haven't gone through Summer Collections, I now have a page which sums up most of the collections and the items I have reviewed, so make sure to check it out.
Chanel Reflets D'Été Collection has five nail polishes, one of them is a reprobate from Hong Kong Collection, Eastern Light. It is a stark white in creme finish which I really like wearing alone or combining with other polishes in a fresh or reverse french fashion. Today I would like to concentrate on the four new beauties, #615 Sweet Lilac, #619 Pink Tonic, #621 Tutti Frutti and #623 Mirabella.
|Chanel Le Vernis #615 Sweet Lilac, #619 Pink Tonic, #621 Tutti Frutti and #623 Mirabella|
You know my obsession about purple, lilac, lavender and all derivations but you might not know my second obsession, orange! If you remember "What is in my bag" post from last year, you can see I was searching for a proper orange bag for months. I always wondered why Chanel didn't released a "proper" orange nail polish. Two years ago when "Holiday" came out, I was very excited but it turned out it was more of a red/coral than orange. Last year's summer coral from Chanel was Lilis, which was even more red than Holiday. I was almost loosing hope when it happened. Chanel released Mirabella!
|Swatch with direct sunlight: Chanel Le Vernis #623 Mirabella|
Mirabella is an orange that leans slightly red, which makes it less yellow and more wearable. It has the true cream formula and it is the only one among the four new shades which doesn't have Chanel's famous hidden shimmer. Mirabella has a dream consistency. I think Chanel improves their formula with each and every release and this four are all phenomenal in terms of being on the exact spot between thick and thin. Mirabella is opaque in two coats and very easy to apply.
|Chanel Le Vernis #623 Mirabella and similar nail polishes in my stash|
I pulled out some shades which I cumulates over the years in the search of "perfect orange".
Chanel #647 Lilis (reviewed here) is more coral with more pink, Chanel #617 Holiday is redder. Tom Ford #11 Ginger Fire is slightly darker and has also more red. Butter London Jaffa is close but slightly more coral, hence has a tad more pink.
#Dior #448 Sunnies (reviewed here) is close but is slightly more coral, YSL #5 Corail Divin is more coral. Dior #537 Riviera is redder and slightly darker. The most orange nail polish I have in my stash is YSL #3 Orange Afrique which is slightly more yellow than Chanel Mirabella. I think Chanel did a great job in creating something wearable yet orange. All thumbs up. (I am writing this post with Mirabella on my nails, I can't get enough!)
|Comparison Swatches: Chanel Le Vernis #623 Mirabella|
Chanel Le Vernis #621 Tutti Frutti is the only shade which is listed as permanent while other three being limited. I can see why Chanel wants to keep this one in the line, because it is a true rock star! My favorite Chanel coral up to date must be #549 Distraction and it is a permanent shade. Distraction has a faint pink shimmer which makes it very unique. #621 Tutti Frutti is a pinker sister of Distraction with even prettier golden hidden shimmer. Tutti Frutti is also more saturated and pigmented and has a better formula. It is opaque in two coats and dream to apply.
|Swatch under direct sunlight: Chanel Le Vernis #621 Tutti Frutti|
Under a strong light, you can see the faint shimmer on the nails. Below I photographed it in the bottle since it is easier for the camera to pick up. On the nails Tutti Frutti is a complex shade but the shimmer is almost invisible.
|Hidden Shimmer of Chanel Le Vernis #621 Tutti Frutti|
I thought I had many corals and one would be close to Tutti Frutti, so took out some of them for comparison. It turns out there is no real dupes in my stash.
|Chanel Le Vernis #621 Tutti Frutti and similar nail polishes from my stash|
Here are the comparison swatches, Chanel #571 Fracas is the closest shade from Chanel line but is more pink and it is brighter. Dior #575 Wonderland is also close but is slightly lighter and brighter. Chanel #549 Distraction is more coral, less pink. YSL #4 Corail Colisee is more red and slightly darker. Dior #551 Aventure is almost more red. Giorgio Armani #302 Corallo (from Bright Ribbon Collection, reviewed here) is more orange. Chanel Tutti Frutti is now my favorite pinkish coral. I think it will look pretty across different complexions.
|Comparison Swatches: Chanel Le Vernis #621 Tutti Frutti|
If you think Tutti Frutti is not pink enough, Chanel has your covered with #619 Pink Tonic, which is a bright summery pink and is have a great balance between red and fuchsia. Pink Tonic shares the great formula of this release. It is opaque in two coats and it is self leveling and consistency is great.
|Swatch under direct sun light: Chanel Le Vernis #619 Pink Tonic|
Pink Tonic might be one of the more common shades in my stash but its lovely hidden pink shimmer makes it unique. The shimmer doesn't transfer on the nails but adds a little bit of something which you can't put your finger on it.
|Hidden Shimmer of Chanel Le Vernis #619 Pink Tonic|
Below you can see the closest shades from my stash. I have to say something terrible happened when I was preparing this post, my Tom Ford Indiscretion's inner cap broke while I was turning it as tight as I can. I am obsessed about closing the nail polish bottles very tightly but until now I have never experienced such a mishap. I was very disappointed and didn't know if I can get this nail polish again. Luckily as I went to the Tom Ford Counter at my local shopping center and asked them if I can swatch my broken inner lid (and connected brush) with one from their testers, they agreed on that immediately. I can't tell you how happy I was! :-) Now my Indiscretion has a black inner lid lol.
|Chanel Le Vernis #619 Pink Tonic and similar shades in my stash|
Back to the subject, here are the comparison swatches for Pink Tonic. Chanel #489 Rose Insolent is very close but is slightly lighter and a tad warmer. Chanel #519 Rose Exuberant is also close but slightly darker and a tad cooler. Tom Ford #06 Indian Pink is very very close (for me they are dupes except than the hidden shimmer of Pink Tonic). Dior #678 Creoles (reviewed here) is slightly darker and Dior #661 Bonheur (reviewed here) is slightly lighter and a tad brighter. Dior #579 Plaza is also very very close other than Pink Tonic's shimmer. Dior #653 Darling is warmer. Tom Ford W#04 Indiscretion (W for white cap, reviewed here) is also a tad warmer.
|Comparison Swatch: Chanel #619 Pink Tonic|
I saved the one that I was most excited about to last. #615 Sweet Lilac. My lilac loving heart is betting since the information of Chanel releasing a lilac spread in the beauty community. I was hoping that this time it would be more lilac than Lilac Sky, which I found to be a little too pink for my taste. Well, it turns out it really isn't more lilac than Lilac Sky but still it is very pretty.
|Swatch in Shadow: Chanel Le Vernis #615 Sweet Lilac|
The faint shimmer Sweet Lilac has is very beautiful. The base is more of a pink but with the cooler shimmer, it turns out to me more lilac or more pink depending on the light. Since on me everything looks more purple, the above swatch is rather a cool representation os Sweet Lilac. Below under afternoon sun you can see the pink face of it.
|Hidden Shimmer of Chanel Le Vernis #615 Sweet Lilac|
I am obsessed with shades of lilac and here is what I could find in my stash.
|Chanel Le Vernis #615 Sweet Lilac and similar nail polishes from my stash|
Shade of Sweet Lilac is very close to the base color of Lilac Sky but lacks the frosty/pearly quality of that, which is a great think since I don't love pearls for light shades all that much. It is also close to YSL #48 Rose Scabiosa (reviewed here) but Rose Scabiosa is brighter and it leans more pink. Sweet Lilac is like a nude version of Rose Scabiosa if that makes sense. One of my all time favorite Lilacs, Lilac Colorvision of Dior is lighter and cooler. Chanel #277 Rodeo Drive (love love love!) is darker and cooler. Recently released Laura Mercier Reckless (reviewed here) is cooler and slightly darker. Giorgio Armani #504 Lilas (reviewed here) from their upcoming Bright Ribbon Collection is also darker and cooler. Chanel's long discontinued shade #83 Berlingot is much lighter. Butter London's lilac shade Molly Coddled is slightly cooler.
All in all I had Sweet Lilac on my nails for a week and I loved it. It is not as edgy as I would like it to be but still it is very pretty in an understated way, which Chanel seems to master. Sweet Lilac almost looks like a nude on my (lilac pulling) skin tone and I will back it up to make sure I won't regret using it up.
|Comparison Swatch: Chanel Le Vernis #615 Sweet Lilac|
Thank you for reading, the comparison was a full day job which I loved doing. I hope that it helps you while giving your decisions. Below is a group photo of the nail polishes which were used for this post. Chanel Summer Collection is about to be launched in Europe and Asia. It is on the counters over a month in US at the moment and special thanks go to a dear friend of mine who got these for me *blows kisses*.
|All Nail Polishes Used In This Post|
Final thoughts: Four lovely new shades from Chanel. All of them have perfect formula which I find to be ever improving by each Chanel release. Most unique are #615 Sweet Lilac and #621 Tutti Frutti. #623 Mirabella is for those of you who like orange as much as I do and would like to own an orange from Chanel. #619 Pink Tonic is very pretty but on the nails it is the most dupable.
Now a note for German readers. My local Chanel counter informed me that they will only receive 6 pieces of each nail polish and those are already reserved, so they won't be able to sell any of them. If you already know what you want, I urge you to reserve the pieces to make sure you are getting them.
Are you eyeing any of those nail polishes? Which one is your favorite?