If you’ve ever lost your sense of balance upon seeing a new Chanel nail polish for the first time (hellooo, VAMP?), you’re not the only one!
I almost passed out at the counter a few months ago when I first peeped deep, shimmery violet Vendetta — so frickin’ hot!
And before that, after seeing fall’s Haute Chocolate, a shimmery deep brown, I almost dropped to my knees.
But with the new Cote D’Azure collection, Chanel seems to have taken a quieter approach, with two fairly basic summer shades ($23 each): Orange Fizz (a creamy coral) and Golden Sand (a shimmery, peachy gold).
The colors still have an elegant, summery vibe that I think stays true to the Chanel brand.
Can you imagine how pretty they’ll look with a tan?
Each color applies differently. Golden Sand, a limited edition shade, applies smoothly with even pigmentation. Using Orange Fizz, on the other hand, which isn’t limited edition, is a little bit trickier — as in thick and a little streaky — but a good base coat should fix the uneven color issue.
I’ve always had good luck with Chanel polishes in terms of wear time, and these shades seem just as durable as usual.
While I like these colors, my jaw didn’t drop (and I maintained my balance) when I saw them for the first time. Yeah, they’re pretty, but I wouldn’t drop everything to snatch a bottle.
As much as I LOVE Chanel and always will — this time, one could probably find similar shades from other nail polish lines for half the price…
Chanel Summer 2009 Cote D’Azur Nail Colours in Orange Fizz and Golden Sand
Price: $23 each
Use: Summer polish colors for fingers and toes
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
Hard core Chanel polish collectors and fans may want to at least check out Golden Sand, first hand, since it is limited edition and won’t be around forever.
You might like the Chanel Summer 2009 Cote D’Azur Nail Colours if…
- You’re a die-hard Chanel nail polish collector
- You like the way you look in warm nail polish colors
- You’re in the mood to splurge!
A few more polish notes…
Les Noirs De Chanel Collection
While Vendetta was a spring launch, you can still get your hands on a bottle in a collection called Les Noirs De Chanel, still available online.
Inspired by Coco’s love of black, the six-piece collection includes some very deep, dark colors for lips and nails.
Right now Vendetta, Rouge Noir and Madness ($23 each) are still available online, yay! Unfortch, the Rouge Allure lipstick colors (Maniac, Hysteria and Obscure, $30 each) aren’t.
I’ve only seen this collection on the Chanel website and have yet to see it in person. I’m curious, so I’m trying to track the Rouge Allure lipsticks down. Will let you know if I have any luck!
Lippmann Collection Summer 2009
Speaking of summer launches, this Thursday, Lippmann Collection’s summer colors go on pre-sale online. It’s a small release with two new shades ($15 each): Call Me Irresponsible (a deep violet) and It’s Raining Men (a bold red).
They look spunky, yah?
Are we there yet?
How’s your Wednesday been? Mine’s been draggin’. I can’t wait until tomorrow night! El Hub’s taking me to this event in the city called NightLife, a recurring Thursday night gig at the San Francisco Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, which is a combination natural sciences museum/planetarium, but every Thursday night they turn the place into a nightclub for people 21 and up, with DJs, cocktails and all kinds of sciencey things to check out. I hope it’s fun.
I hope you’re holding up today and feeling extra fly in your skinny jeans (or whatever you’re wearing).
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,