Chanel’s Bringing Vampy Back: Le Vernis Nail Colours for Fall 2009

Published in: Nails, Product Reviews

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Swatch of Gondola

Don’t make me bust out my Cabbage Patch, Chanel. 🙂 Because I will!


Le Vernis Nail Colour in Gondola, one of two new Chanel shades for fall, puts my inner vamp on red alert. I haven’t felt this excited about a Chanel nail polish since last spring’s Vendetta (swoon!).

I’m gonna have to say Miss Coco got her groove back…

Gondola, $23

chanel venice fall 2009 499 gondola le vernis nail colour bottle

Gondola, along with her sister Intermezzo (more on her in a few), arrive as part of the Chanel Venice collection for fall.

A dark, plummy magenta with golden sparkles, Gondola applies smoothly, dries quickly and doesn’t leave streaks. LOVE! Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+

chanel venice fall 2009 501 intermezzo le vernis nail colour
Swatch of Intermezzo

Intermezzo, $23

Intermezzo may be the less flashy shade of the two for fall (she’s a quiet, shimmery white shade in the bottle), but she absolutely shines once you get her on your tips.

The color flashes from white to gray, pink and purple — kinda like a liquid version of MAC’s duochrome eyeshadow, Vex.

Intermezzo tended to streak a little on my nails, but it was nothing a good base coat (or third layer) couldn’t fix. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+

chanel venice fall 2009 501 intermezzo le vernis nail colour bottle

After what I thought were a couple of ho-hum nail polish releases, it’s nice to see Chanel bust some serious moves for fall.


I really like these colors, but what do you think? Are they worth a $23 splurge?

So sleepy…

This afternoon I have to find El Hub’s birthday present. Wish me luck, and thanks for all the ideas. I saved the list and tucked it away for future reference. 🙂

How’s your Tuesday been? I stayed up late last night reading (almost done with the second Sookie Stackhouse book!) but sure paid the price for it today.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. shontay says:

    Both of those are gorgeous. I don’t have the skill level to mess with intermezzo. I love chanel polish, but polish isn’t important enough to dish out that much $. I stick to Opi for sephora.

  2. Caitlin says:

    Wow Gondola is beautiful!! Such a perfect fall shade! Might have to go by the Chanel counter soon…

  3. Marsadie says:

    I love Intermezzo! Go Chanel 😀
    .-= Marsadie’s last blog post… Summer/Fall 2009 Nail Trend: Matte Off-White Nails =-.

  4. Holly says:

    Oooh I just finished the first Sookie Stackhouse book!! =)
    .-= Holly’s last blog post… In and Out =-.

  5. OMG – love that Gondola!!

    Speaking of Sookie, just watched this week’s episode — wowzers. Love it.

    I’m also on book 6 of the series and I am definitely hooked.

    But…did everyone see the Youtube videos that showed the New Moon sneak peeks? I’m so digressing from makeup talk here. Sorry Karen 😉
    .-= Michelle (Lipstick Rules)’s last blog post… Still having blogger issues =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Michelle,

      I’m three eps into the second season! I can’t wait to catch up.

      I haven’t seen the New Moon sneak peeks. Must go digging on youtube. TEAM WEREWOLVES!

  6. Bellalina says:

    Love Gondola, but it’s definitely not worth $23 considering that Essie’s After Sex nail polish is a pretty close match (and you can buy that for $8 at a salon or even cheaper at a beauty supply shop). Intermezzo…eh. I don’t think it’s worth it either. Not for the many layers you’ll have to put on to make it look non-streaky on the nails. (Unless you have a friend who could put this on perfectly for you.)

  7. Miss QQ says:

    Hi Karen. I’m so glad you love the Chanel polishes again! 🙂 I am very excited for these too. I was set on getting Intermezzo but I bought another Chanel polish, Blanc Petal, two weeks ago. It is from the Fleurs Celestes collection, a white collection inspired from Spring/Summer haute couture collection. Have you heard of it? The polish is a liquid paper white. You described Intermezzo as a white but with pink and purple. It is hard to resist. Gondola is gorgoues too. 😀

  8. lexi says:

    wow $23 for nail polish? that’s a GRIP! I’m with Bellalina – I could probably get another version for much cheaper! I’m not gonna hate though it is a very lovely FALL color. I’m ready for fall since we don’t have summers in SF – I’m already wearing sweaters and my winter coat so I guess it’s not too soon to bust out my dark VAMPY fall nail polishes!

  9. Yikes, pricey for nail polish!

    What did you end up getting for el hub’s birthday?
    .-= Kajal Couture’s last blog post… 20 Questions – tell your readers something =-.

  10. Marina says:

    Gondola looks awesome 🙂

  11. Alison says:

    I’m really liking both of these gondola is especially gorgeous. I’m also looking forward to when Chanel releases Jade, the green they used for the fall collection.

  12. gio says:

    Gondola looks gorgeous! But I can’t bring myself to spend that much on nail polish, esp since I don’t wear it that often.
    .-= gio’s last blog post… Looks: Brown and Gold =-.

  13. Anastasia says:

    Love the look of Gondola, but still way more excited for the MAC August polishes.

  14. Kristi says:

    Swooooon! Love!! I’m new to your blog and I am already addicted!!

    I REALLY wish Chanel would bring back the Vamp mascara. It was my absolute fav! DiorShow in Plum is a worthy alternative, however. 🙂

  15. Meream says:

    OHMYGOD! That gondola shade is just pure perfection. Nailpolishporn!
    .-= Meream’s last blog post… 10 Best Weight Gaining Foods … =-.

  16. Sarah says:

    I really like Gondola and I was just reading how opique white nail polish colors are in like Intermezzo. Seeing it up close, I don’t think I like it that much. I LOVE the Gondola.
    .-= Sarah’s last blog post… Perfect Brownie Maker =-.

  17. Louise Gray says:

    Hi Pretty Lady aka Tabs Mom,
    Those Chanel colors are sweet. I am a sucker for red. But since I do not have any nails, I am not willing to spend $23 to paint my stumps. Hahahah. I am remembering that gorgeous gold that they had last year and were charging $35. I bought one that matched it by Sephora OPI for $9. The last two Chanel nail polishes that I ever bought were Blizzard-just like the glossimer. It was gorgeous and I stil have some that I use on special occasions. The other was called something like Opalene. It reminds me of the second or whitish one that you showed. As for me, today I am riding high having scored a full size tester bottle of Caron’s Aimez-Moi from the high-end druggist at the sidewalk sale today. I only paid $15. It is a lovely scent with tones of violets and anise. I am glad that you are including fragrance in your blog since you know we all want to smell beautiful, too. Louise

  18. Rachel says:

    I’m almost done the 2nd Sookie Stackhouse book too. Plan to watch the first episode of Season 1 tonight – I need to catch up!

    BTW, I’ve been reading your blog since you started writing it, and I’d like to thank you for helping me become more confident with makeup these past few years. Your tips and FOTDs and reviews have been indispensible to me – I used to be shy about the girly in me, but your posts have helped me overcome it. I’m a more confident woman than before, and your blog has played a part in that.

    Keep up the great writing! This is the one of the better-written (is that correct?) blogs out there.

  19. Marisol says:

    Gondola is a pretty color. But $23 is a bit too much for an NP especially when I haven’t had good luck with Chanel NPs.

    I am sluggish today too. I stayed up late last night reading The Girl Who Plays With Fire. It such a good book but I forced myself to go to bed.
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… Daily Affirmation =-.

  20. Tavia says:

    I really like how Intermezzo looks like, but with 3 layers how much it will resit on your nails?
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… Sensitive skin needs special care…advices, tips and recommendations =-.

  21. Mariza says:

    I have Gondola and I’ve been using it ever since I got it. I think it’s worth the price! It’s lasted on my toes for more than a week so far.

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