I’m Plum Crazy About Chanel’s Provocation Le Vernis Nail Colour

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Chanel Provocation Swatch

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Provocation ($27), from the Premiere-Avant collection

PlummyWhy so glum, sugar plum?

Is it because you woke up this morning, checked the weather forecast and realized that it was going to be 80 degrees today, and you’re more of an autumnal angel than a summer siren? Bummed because you couldn’t rightly wear your wool sweater, corduroy pants, scarf, knee-high boots and Chanel Provocation nail polish?

Not to worry! Fall will be back soon enough. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over six years of blogging it’s that time flies when you’re having fun. :)

I’ve also learned that when it comes to seasonal nail polish colors, wear whatever you like! — regardless of the season.

Chanel Provocation Nail Polish

That applies to Chanel’s dark creamy plum Provocation and your favorite swimsuit.

If you like ‘em together, why the hell not? You could pair Provocation on your toes with coral fingertips for an unexpected summer surprise.

And so what if the beauty police cite you for wearing a fall color in summer? Just bat your lashes at the trooper and say, “I’m sorry, officer. I didn’t see a sign that said I couldn’t be bold.”

Truth be told, I wasn’t as impressed by Provocation as I was by Starlet or Paparazzzi the first time I saw it in a store.

Then I got it on my nails and, um, WOW! Deep and rich, yet with a hint of brightness that keeps it from looking flat, it’s nothing like those boring, blah plums I see on so many other shelves. Provocation looks downright inspiring.

I think I might love it as much as Starlet (and that’s a lot).

Chanel Provocation Swatch

Two coats of Chanel Provocation



But when I saw Provocation at Nordstrom the other day, I had to talk myself into getting it by picturing the bottle on my vanity at home as part of the full four-piece nail polish set from Chanel’s Avant-Premiere collection (like a tiny Chanel gang).

Oh, and get this: it’s also smoother than smooth (no streaks!) and applies fully opaque.

Definitely not your everyday plum. :)

If you were thinking about bringing home Starlet, I think it looks lovely paired with Provocation (try Provocation on your toes and Starlet on your fingers… SO FAB!).

PRICE: $27
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Chanel counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Lauren says:

    Oh, how i’m longing for fall again! I’m more of a autumn girl myself :)
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  2. Agata says:

    What a beautiful fall color. I might have to get it as a special treat for when I go to Poland this fall, if I go at all that is. I’m already getting excited about fall make up collections. They always seem to be so bold and elegant.

  3. Markina says:

    I must have Provocation and Starlet. Both will me mine by weekend’s end!

    That is all.

  4. Jennifer says:

    OMG I can’t even function! This is stunning!

  5. artemis says:

    This shade is SO HOT! I LOVE IT! <3 I love vampy shades like this one or navy blue, black, dark green.

  6. Alison says:

    Ahhh! This looks gorgeous. Doesn’t Chanel do the BEST wine and vampy shades?

  7. Gurley says:

    Hello Ms. Karen and fellow readers! Can anyone recommend a lip color similar to this polish color but maybe slightly less bluish?

  8. LynnG says:

    I can’t stop staring at that beautiful plummy color. I would say that it’s versatile for all seasons. Brighten it up by applying nail art in lighter colors.

  9. KIM HOUGHTALING says:

    HI KAREN! MY BIRTHDAY IS NEXT SATURDAY JUNE 22ND AND I WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO GO INTO SEPHORA FOR SOMETHING “NICE FOR A CHANGE” I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR A JOB THE PAST 2 MONTHS (UGGGG)AND I HAVENT BEEN ABLE TO GET ANY NEW COSMETICS :(I GENUINELY ENJOY HAVING YOUR NEWSLETTERS SENT..NICE TO KNOW WHAT THE CURRENT COOL PRODUCTS ARE OUT THERE!

    PEACE AND LOVE! HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!
    KYM

  10. Danielle says:

    Love! This color has me ready for autumn.. I could seriously decorate for Halloween right now.
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  11. Lorraine says:

    Ah, Provocation! I have been longing to know what this color was like in person since FNO. I wore it and swatched and compared to all my many vampy plums and came up with a single similar contender. Zoya Toni is the same color family, just a hair lighter and brighter- but still vamp. Gorgeous color! If money were no object, I’d definitely collect this shade.

  12. Marisa says:

    Wow! Love the this great purple, plum color! Looks amazing! Thanks for the color swatches
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