Reporting for Beauty Duty, Ma’am: Les Khaki de Chanel Nail Polishes for Fall 2010

Published in: Nails, Product Reviews

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Leave it to Chanel to make baby poo/army green into a nail polish that looks downright effin’ cool to me. Last year, they stormed my beaches with another gorgeous green, Jade, forever and always my five-star general of Chanel polishes, but the three shades in the new limited edition Les Khaki de Chanel collection ($25 each) are bringing up the rear.


I like it when beauty products appear to combine contrasting concepts, and I think the rugged, outdoorsy elegance of Khaki Vert (a creamy army green), Khaki Rose (a creamy, rosy brown) and Khaki Brun (a creamy, cool brown) just…works.

These are well-groomed thugs wearing tuxedos, y’all, and I hope to see them gracing fingers and toes this fall.

Let me know what you think! πŸ™‚

Tabs and his Chanel Khaki nail polishes

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Do you remember Essie’s Sew Psyched ($8) from their fall 2010 collection? Doesn’t Khaki Vert bear a strong resemblance to it, but perhaps with a touch more yellow?

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Like other Chanel lacquers I’ve tried, these three feel thicker than the average nail polish and consequently take a little longer to dry (excellent coverage and durability; two coats deliver opaque color with nary a streak). They won’t rock everyone’s boat, but girls (and boys) who like Chanel and don’t want to go the glitter route may want to give them a try… I tool around town in camo cargo pants and have an unabashed weakness for khaki green, so these are right up my alley. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A

You might like Les Khaki de Chanel nail polishes if…

  • You’re a fan of Chanel’s Le Vernis line
  • You dig the colors and don’t mind the price
  • You’re in the mood for nails with a creamy finish

New Yaaawk!

New York Fashion Week kicks off tomorrow, again, already — can you believe it? I won’t be there in person, but I plan to follow the shows online, you know, to look for makeup and beauty trends. πŸ™‚

I can’t WAIT to find out which of the Project Runway designers make it to the final three tomorrow. If Gretchen’s among ’em, I may projectile puke.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. marisol says:

    Khaki Vert will be mine! I think I prefer it over the Essie polish.

    I am still bummed that I missed Jade. I just purchased the Milani dupe although it won’t be the same πŸ™
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  2. Natalie says:

    I managed to score the Khaki’s yesterday! They are definitely an A for sure! Gorgeous!!! πŸ™‚
    Natalie recently posted … Decisions- decisions

  3. Heidi says:

    Awww…. poor Tabs wants his own polishes!

    That Khaki Rose looks divine… I may have to splurge.

  4. Jess says:

    Love these!! Khaki Vert will definitely be mine asap!
    Jess recently posted … MAC Trip – Look in a Box- Goldie Rocks

  5. Radhika says:

    Awwww…Tabs you can keep them…dont give them to Karen πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    • Karen says:

      They do match his fur and eyes quite nicely. πŸ™‚

      What do you think of the colors? Do you like ’em?

      • Kim says:

        I was thinking the exact same thing. And that Khaki Rose is a pretty good dupe of his nose in the picture. First MAC and now Chanel? Tabs is going to be busy with his legal battles! πŸ™‚

        I didn’t think I’d like the Khaki Green at all, but you’re right… they’re very elegant on your nails. I hate that they’re called Khaki though, because it’s one of my have-to-think-how-to-spell word (like fuchsia).

  6. Heidi says:

    Oh, and Karen, about Project Runway… the Gretchen and Ivy Mean Girls Club is really spoiling this season for me. The sooner the two of them go the happier I’ll be!

    • Karen says:

      Me too. Something tells me they’ll be keeping Gretchen around until the end because she brings the drama. πŸ™

      Who is your fave designer so far?

      • Heidi says:

        I think Andy has done some really nice work and Valerie seems very talented, too. I don’t know, compared to other seasons nobody’s really “wowing” me this time out. It’s as if they cast the season for drama instead of talent….

        Personality-wise, Casanova cracks me up and Peach was a real sweetheart, I’ll miss her.

  7. Rae says:

    LOL, I totally love that photo of Tabs! Not so sure about the collection, though — I really like the colours, but somehow I don’t feel like they’d jive with my skintone. On the other side of the spectrum, though, they look absolutely fab on yours! πŸ™‚
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  8. tricia c says:

    Loves them all, now will I be able to purchase these at bloomingdales, and nordstrom or only at chanel boutiques. Now could you tell me why you have not been invited to fashion wk, I think you more than qualify and should be there fall and winter.. im not trying to be rude but some other people get invited and I have no clue /idea why, they are not qualified to be at nyfw based on the quality and magnitude of their work, and they don’t come close tobeing as greatas you are…I also agree with you on gretchen, who made her wannabe in house resident tim gunn. Seriously where does she find the time to sew her clothes, cause she’s so busy worrying about everyone else…last thing you should get some fangs, some real good as close to authentic ones that you can find and run your errands wearing them and video tape it, just like you did when u was cat lady..

  9. I definitely love the Khaki Vert. It reminds me of Tank Girl and my punk days in High School!

  10. Agnes says:

    khaki vert is calling out to me! i’ve been digging that exact shade lately and i think its the perfect color for fall! gorgeoussssss πŸ˜€
    Agnes recently posted … Peach Glitter NOTD – Cruise Nails Tutorial

  11. Jen says:

    I seriously LOL’ed at that picture and caption of Tabs. He’s so greedy! But how can you resist that face?

    I just realized that I’m pretty poor, so for now I’ll be living vicariously through your makeup swatches and reviews. πŸ˜›

  12. gio says:

    Khaki Vert is so tempting me, it’s gorgeous!
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  13. lexi says:

    Tabs said….”all your polishes are belong to me”
    he’s LOL cat waiting to happen.


  14. Andreea says:

    Now HOW did you get them? I think they are only available at the VOGUE’s night out in the CHANEL’s boutique?
    I am not in love with them. Stick to my reds and roses!
    Andreea recently posted … Schlechte Werbekampagnen

  15. I like Khaki Vert, but the other too are a little too poo-looking for me πŸ˜› Something about how warm they are combined with how brown they are squicks me out!
    Principessa Grassa recently posted … Kids These Days

  16. Lisa S. says:

    Well looky there, I think I prefer the Essie green to the Chanel green. I do love me some Khaki Rose though………..

  17. Trinidad says:

    I’m in love with chanel’s polishes! They always set the trends for the upcoming season.
    Trinidad recently posted … TBS Commandment 3- Thou shall be shameless

  18. Glosslizard says:

    Reeeeeaaally lovin’ on Khaki Vert! If it’s available through Neiman’s for the Beauty Event tomorrow, it will fall into my greedy little paws!

  19. Trisha says:

    Yeah… I still can’t get past the baby diaper quality of Khaki Brun. It’s just…yuck. But Vert is awesome and I’d totally wear it.
    Trisha recently posted … 10 Ways to Enjoy the Last Days of Summer

  20. Nina says:

    Lovely green nail polish … I think im liking that! πŸ™‚

  21. lo says:

    Pretty pretty! I wish I didn’t already own 439280532 bottles of nail polish already… hopefully there will be some dupes for these soon!

  22. Terri says:

    I don’t care for the colors, but I love Tabs’s facial expression πŸ™‚

  23. Melanie says:

    Please, please give Tabs his polish back πŸ™

  24. mill says:

    need the vert! i was so underwhelmed with paradoxal so i just didnt buy it (i have this thing where i buy one chanel polish every season) so this can be my Fall polish!

  25. Gina says:

    these colors make me want to get a manicure right now! I haven’t had one in quite awhile.
    I love the pictures of tabs w/ the polishes, he’s such a lil trooper letting you take pics of him in all kooky poses πŸ™‚
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  26. Lowelli says:

    Love love LOVE these colours! I wish Khaki Rose was a little more pink though. And I still prefer Sew Psyched even over Khaki Vert…I’m still searching for it! I need to have it!!

  27. Katie says:

    i actually don’t like these at all! i’m more for the summery colors like turquoise, hot pink, coral, those bright colors put me in a good mood πŸ™‚
    Katie recently posted … Orly Cosmic Fx Collection

  28. girls! take this advice into account! this product od chanelmake your nails look perfect!

  29. Joey Chong says:

    I bought ALL 3 of them too..
    Have been wearing Khaki Rose for the past one week!!
    Yet to try the other two =)
    Which is your favourite Karen?

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