Chanel says, “It’s fall. Time to go to work.”
Well, it’s official. Elvis and summer have left the building. They walked out the back door, the one by the loading dock, and met for brewskies down at the Harvest Moon, you know, that little pub where all the classic fall nail colors hang out after work.
Every fall I pack up my warm weather must-haves — my neon nail polishes, fuchsia glosses, booty shorts with “I heart the Jersey Shore” written across the back (kidding!) to make room for autumn’s awesome goodies. This year, I’m clearing space for a couple of real workin’ stiffs called Steel (a shimmery gunmetal gray) and Strong (a shimmery blackened plum), Chanel’s two new SoHo Le Vernis nail polishes for fall ($23 each).
Why do autumn leaves make me want to paint mah talons with darker colors? Is it a cavewoman thing? Who knows, but if you like the look of dark fall nails, feast your Bette Davis eyes on these.
Both were released as part of the Chanel SoHo collection, a small limited edition release to celebrate the re-opening of their New York SoHo store, which I hear had been closed for a while.
I can see it now… There I am, strutting down a SoHo sidewalk with Steel on my fingers and Strong on my toes. The dark, pigmented shades make me feel tougher and more urban than I think I really am (but still with an air of glamorous panache).
Steel, my favorite of the two, is like wet asphalt glistening in the dawn’s early light, while Strong stands supreme like a skyscraper at midnight against a velvet sky. Just two coats and both colors are opaque.
I’ve always thought Chanel’s polishes could take a lot of punishment, and I think that’s also true here. After a week so far with Steel on my fingers and Strong on my toes, neither one applied with a base or top coat, I see only a few tiny chips at the edges of my nails. Dark polishes can be a pain because chips tend to stand out, but I’m finding these to be fairly low maintenance.
Are they worth a splurge?
If you ask a Chanel lovah (like me, like me!), you’ll probably get an enthusiastic “hell yeah!” But I don’t feel they’re quite as unique as some of the jaw-dropping Chanel shades from seasons past.
Lemme put it this way: if I were at a Chanel counter with Jersey Shore star and part-time pugilist J-Woww, and the counter had only one of each color left (Steel and Strong), I would NOT go to blows to bring either of them home. Of course, if we were talking about Chanel Vendetta or Jade, heads would probably roll.
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: Steel and Strong feel like almost perfect fits for fall. Both are relatively low-maintenance, as far as dark polishes go, but Chanel newbies might want to wait for a more striking release. That said, worshippers at the Church of Chanel may not be able to resist (nor should they be expected to). Available now at the Chanel SoHo store and chanel.com. Grade: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Happy hump day!