NAIL POLISH

Ever since Chanel reformulated their nail polishes (yes the new formula is wayyy better!), they are re-promoting some of their most popular colors in the seasonal collections. In their latest release I was more than happy to spot one of my all-time favorite colors – Rose Confidentiel 491 in the new formula. Rose Confidential in 2 coats translates to a muted rosey brown color – it’s very elegant and classy (yet not looking so mature) because of the muted brown tone that adds an edge to it. The new formula is very easy to apply in streak-free high shine gel finish, and best of all, it lasts for at least 5 days without chipping!

It appears that the Rose Confidential is currently only exclusive to Australia. I bought mine here, and it is also available here online.

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My obsession with nude nail colors continues – sharing a quick swatch post for my current favorite nail color – the Chanel Le Vernis Beige Beige 556 (bought here in Australia). It’s a classic true beige color with a peachy pink undertone in gel finish. If the look of muted blush, beige and soft brown tone is your thing, then this color is right up your alley!

The consistency of this particular color is slightly too thick for my liking as I always prefer applying multiple thin coats. I need to add a few drops of nail polish thinner so it applies beautifully with 3 coats in a streak-free finish. The reformulated formula stays chip-free on me for at least 5-6 days.

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The Chanel Le Blanc Spring 2017 collection was released recently, and as usual, I always find a lot of beautiful pieces that are more appealing to me than their seasonal collections. Unfortunately the collection is Asia-exclusive as of now.

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I picked up the Le Blanc Whitening Compact Foundation (amazing powder, and as the Chanel SA says “the best powder foundation Chanel has ever done!”), the gorgeous Plisse Lumiere De Chanel highlight powder and a nail color. The former two products will take me a while to review, so I thought I’d share some swatches for the beautiful Le Vernis in Blue Pastel first. It’s a pastel sky blue color in cream finish. I have been wearing nude and pastel colors a lot lately, so this color is right up my alley. It looks unique, clean and elegant at the same time. Consistency is slightly streaky for the first coat, but you can achieve a full opaque and smooth finish with a second or third coat.

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I haven’t bought new makeup from Chanel for a while, as I felt their past few collections just fell short of my expectations and the colors did not appeal to me. Really pleased to see that the Chanel Libre Holiday 2016 Collection brought me back again! This collection is not boring, and the products and the color theme are wearable for me. The items I picked up include the LE travel brush kit (been longing for a set of Chanel mini brushes for years!), the breathtaking Blush in Hyperfresh , and super polished Rouge Allure Gloss in Super Nude, and last not least, the VELVET Nail Colour in Pink Rubber (LE) – The entire holiday collection is available here in Australia.

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It was love at first sight with this nail polish, as it is so right on point.  Velvet is the big trend this season, and I just love how Chanel translates fashion to beauty. Pink Rubber is a pale ballerina pink nail color with a hint of salmon peachy pink undertone to it. On the nails, it looks very polished and clean, yet unique and edgy with the special velvet finish. The formula is relatively smooth (but not as nice as with a gloss formula) and opaque. The first coat is streaky, but you can achieve an even and streak-free finish with 2 thick coats. Drying time is phenomenal, as my nails were fully dried within 5 minutes without any additional fast drying topcoats.

Swatched with 2 coats

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Compared to the traditional matte finish, the velvet finish is more gel-like and opaque which reminds me of the buffed acrylic nails before having any nail colour applied.

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Here is a picture of my picks for the Libre Collection so stay tuned for more reviews to come!

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I’ve finally got some time to paint my own nails (been having lots of shellac lately), and I picked Chanel Le Vernis Monochrome 522 (bought here in Australia) for this week. Since I always receive a lot of compliments on this nail color every time I wear it, I thought I’d post some swatch pictures on my blog.

It is from the newly reformulated Chanel Le Vernis Longwear line which has more superior consistency and finish than the previous discontinued line. Monochrome applies completely smooth and streak free (even for the first coat), and it gives a full opaque and glossy gel-like finish with 2 coats. Lasting power is about 5-7 days on me (with buffing the nail prior to the application which tends to extend the nail polish wear time significantly). It’s a very elegant pale dove grey color in cream finish that compliments my skin tone.

Swatched with 2 coats of Monochrome

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Exploring the Christian Louboutin Beaute range was on top of my “to-do” list for my trip to Hawaii, and I was quite taken by surprise when I saw the nail polish range in real life. They did look the same as in the pictures but the full size bottle was so much bigger than I ever imagined for a nail polish – it could easily be mistaken for a small table sculpture in my opinion. As much as I appreciate how extravagant and expensive they look, I decided to purchase the super cute Louboutin Spring 2016 Hawaii Kawai Nail Set which includes 3 mini colors (actually the size of the mini bottle look the same as a normal nail polish). The set contains 3 best selling permanent shades including Miss Loubi, Very Privé and Batignolles encased in a beautiful box, and retails for USD$90 as compared to $50 per full size bottle, which also makes it a great trial set to get your hands on this luxury brand.

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The most distinct design of Louboutin nail polish is the tall and sharp cap.I always thought it was just for the look until I had used it for application, and it makes a whole difference to how much easier to apply the color more precisely with a tall cap. As claimed by the designer himself, the cap design was inspired by calligraphy and it enables the application to be a truly artistic experience. In terms of consistency, it is very smooth and streak free to apply. 2 coats give an even and glossy opaque cream finish. This is as good as you can get for a nail polish. If you prefer an ultra shiny gel like finish, you will need to apply a clear coat for it. Also thumbs up for its lasting power as it didn’t chip for about 5-6 days.

from left to right: Very Prive; Batignolles, Miss Loubi

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Swatches

Miss Loubi – A pretty vibrant coral color with a hint of pink tone once applied to the nails.

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Very-Privé – Same name as Louboutin’s best selling shoe name. It is a sexy and grown-up deep wine red color that looks great on either short or long nails.

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Batignolles – My favorite color of the three. It is a cross between minty green and turquoise blue, and it reminds me of everyone’s favorite Tiffany blue.

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Just wanting to share my initial thoughts on the new Chanel Le Vernis Long Wear Nail Colour formula. If you follow me on Instagram, you would know I’m currently on vacation in Hawaii and have acquired a lot of beauty products on my wishlist (yay!) that are not in Australia yet, including these new nail polishes that are only exclusive to Chanel.com and the boutique as of now.

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I bought the shade MONOCHROME; ORGANDI; CAMELIA and ROUGE ESSENTIEL, and all of them are new colors for this range.  I have worn the color ORGANDI on my nails for several days now. It applies smooth and streak free, but I don’t notice a significant difference to the old Le Vernis nail colors for application. In terms of finish, it is glossier than the older formula , but not as good as the nail gloss formula that was released for Sunrise Trip (reviewed here) as part of the Spring 2016 collection. I would still need a coat of clear gel topcoat to achieve the salon gel-like finish.

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ORGANDI  is an elegant nude dusty salmon pink color with no shimmer (my sort of color).  2 coats will give an opaque finish as swatched. It is not as nude so it doesn’t wash you out, and still giving you this clean polished look. This range is supposed to be more long lasting and nail friendly as it contains some nourishing ingredients to improve the quality of the nails. I have had it on for 4 days now and so far it is looking nearly as freshly applied with no chipping.

Swatch: 2 thin coats of ORGANDI with no top coat

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Bottom Line: The Long Wear Nail Formula and the original line are not hugely different, but if you want to go for some cult favorite Chanel nail colors such as Particuliere, and Pirate etc that exist in both formulas, then I would definitely go for the newer version as they are more long lasting.

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This spring Chanel has released a limited edition nail color 683 Sunrise Trip in a newly reformulated gel formula! I am absolutely smitten with the exclusive formula to this spring collection, and it got me very excited about the upcoming nail polish collection in a newly renovated formula by Chanel. The new collection is called Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color available in 15 shades (some are new, some are the classic shades) will be launching very soon worldwide. Note that Sunrise Trip is actually labelled Nail Gloss on the packaging, which suggests to me it might be of a different formula to the new collection.

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The Sunrise Trip (bought here in Australia) is a bluish purple color with no shimmer. It has a fluid gel consistency and it glides on very smoothly and applies streak free. It is more opaque than the regular Chanel Nail Color, and with 2 coats it gives a full opaque and the glossiest gel-like finish. I have had the color on for 2 weeks and there was only 1 tiny chip thus far (without any nail base coat), so I am very impressed with the longevity of this new formula. The shine also lasts about a week before it starts to fade. Last but not least, it is also easy to remove with any regular nail polish remover.

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Here is a preview picture of the new nail collection from Collection that I shared on my instagram. More information can be found on Chanel.com.

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