Okay, so I *totally* get the glam 1930’s/’40s Shanghai thing Chanel says they were going for with the new Noir et Or (“Black and Gold”) collection, but oooh, gurrl, I’m getting some strong MC Hammer vibes too!
If Hammer had seen this collection way back when he was scooting across stages, he might have asked, “Can I touch this?”
Why? Because it’s so hot, and so timeless.
Was the Chanel crew intentionally referencing questionable late ’80s hip-hop fashion and style when they thought up the four-piece collection for eyes and nails? Probably not … but wouldn’t it have been awesome if they had?
Inspiration for the collection
Chanel Global Creative Director Peter Philips brought Noir et Or into being for the Chanel Metier D’Art fashion show in Shanghai, drawing upon the spirit of Ms. Coco herself (as he often does)!
Where can I find it?
That’s a good question. Get ready for a beauty hunt of sorts, Chanelophiles, because it might take some effort to track down. The three polishes and eye duo are available now, but they aren’t being carried at regular Chanel counters (huh?).
I guess Chanel was aiming to create an extra sense of exclusivity this time around.
A closer look…
Of the four pieces in the collection, I’m digging the polishes the most ($25 each). Black Velvet, Gold Lame and Illusion d’or all have that classic Chanel polish texture you know and love — thick (but not too thick) and smooth, with a gorgeous, glossy finish that just says, “Chanel.”
Le Vernis Nail Colour in Illusion d’or
The gold and purple shimmer bits swimming gleefully through this clear polish are just as beautiful on nails as they are in the bottle, yet despite the bits, the polish dries to a smooth finish. Yup, ain’t no grit in this game.
Illusion d’or looks like fairy magic to me, and I think it’s downright STUNNING layered atop Black Velvet. Too bad it’s so blasted expensive, but we are talking Chanel… At least in this case you’re getting value both in terms of all around execution AND performance. Makeup and Beauty: A
Le Vernis Nail Colour in Black Velvet
I don’t fall hook line and sinker for black nail polishes that often, but I gotta give Chanel props for piquing my interest here.
The frosted bottle’s a break from typical Chanel packaging, and the finish — WOW! Halfway between a matte and a gloss, so it’s neither flat nor shiny.
Can’t say I’ve ever seen anything quite like it before… If you like black nail polishes, you might take a closer look. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+
Le Vernis Nail Colour in Gold LamÃ©
I love the pigment and how buttery smooth Gold LamÃ© feels…
But it doesn’t grab and shake me silly like a lot of other Chanel polishes do (hello, Jade!). Probably for ye olde die-hard Chanel polish collectors only. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
Illusion D’or layered on top of Gold LamÃ© (left) and Black Velvet (right)
Ligne et Ombre de Chanel in Jet-Gold
If you like sheer makeup, then you might love the last little gem in Noir et Or, the powder eyeshadow/eyeliner duo that is Ligne et Ombre de Chanel in Jet-Gold ($45)!
Both apply almost like watercolor paints… in sparkling golden shadow and matte black. They’re almost transparent, really, but no matter how you may feel about their pigment (or lack thereof), both feel soft to the touch and apply with signature Chanel smooove.
I can appreciate what I think Chanel was going for with the duo, but I like more BOOM-BOOM-POW! in the pigment department, especially considering the $45 price.
You might take a closer look if you like uber-sheer makeup products or just love anything and everything Chanel. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B-
Must have Noir et Or?
If anything from the collection constitutes “must-have,” for me it’s got to be Illusion d’or with Black Velvet trailing a close second. If you’re torn between the two, consider this: you could go with Illusion d’or and always layer it atop ANY black polish, if you happen to already have another one in your stash.
Like the rest of the items here it’s pricey, but… [it is Chanel].
What do you think about Chanel Noir et Or? And how do you feel about Chanel makeup in general?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,