Would You Say the New Chanel Black Pearl, Pearl Drop and Peche Nacree Nail Polishes Live Up to the Hype?

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Chanel Black Pearl Peche Nacree Pearl Drop

Merry Christmas Eve-Eve! Christmas came early! I braved the mall today to peep the new Les Perles de Chanel spring collection up close and personal. Yup, to say “the mall was crowded” would be like saying “I like Chanel.” Duh.

I think the last time I was at a mall two days before Christmas was when my friend Jen and I both worked together at The Limited in 1994 (I hawked a lot of ugly purse wallets, yo). Ah, memories…

I couldn’t wait to see the three new limited edition Le Vernis Nail Colours — Black Pearl, Pearl Drop and Peche Nacree ($23 each). There’s been some serious brouhaha about ‘em, especially Black Pearl (is that Jack Sparrow?!), which has been hyped as Chanel’s next big thing.

Take a look, and let me know if you think they’re worthy of the buzz. :)

Chanel Black Pearl

Chanel Pearl Drop

Chanel Peche Nacree

The textures seem user-friendlier (is that a word?) than usual for Chanel polishes. I think these are a little thinner, and they seem easier to apply.

But even thinner, they’re still quite pigmented. Black pearl, a shimmery grayish green with teal micro glitter, and Pearl Drop, a shimmery golden beige with a hint of peach, appear completely opaque on my nails after two coats. Peche Nacree, a sheer peach with silver micro glitter, takes three.

I think Black Pearl’s my favorite of the three (LOVE the teal micro glitter), with Pearl Drop coming in a close second (the peach really comes through in bright light), and while wearable Peche Nacree looks perfect for spring, it doesn’t go gangbusters like the other two.

Chanel Black Pearl Peche Nacree Pearl Drop Swatches
Chanel Les Perles de Chanel Nail Colours from left: Peche Nacree, Pearl Drop and Black Pearl

Chanel Black Pearl Swatch
Black Pearl

Chanel Pearl Drop Swatch
Pearl Drop

Chanel Peche Nacree Swatch
Peche Nacree

Today I had to take another look at the Regarde Perle quad from the collection because it was reminding me of something here. Check it out: the new polishes echo the grayish green, golden beige and peach eyeshadows from the palette. Isn’t that cool?

I haven’t been wearing the polishes long enough to be able to gauge wear time, but I hope the slightly thinner formula lasts as long as Chanel’s other polishes (at least five to seven days if worn with good base and top coats).

They lose points for being so expensive, but if you love Chanel and deserve a treat, they might be worth a splurge (especially for Black Pearl!).

PRICE: $23 each for a 0.4-oz. bottle
AVAILABILITY: At Chanel boutiques, counters and chanel.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+

T-Money at da club

This is how Tabs looks when he fist pumps, Jersey Shore-style.

I listened to a scary amount of house music today, and Tabs was sooo not into it. He’s more of drum and bass kinda cat. LOL!

Hope you had a great day. Do you feel festive yet? Two more sleeps till Christmas!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. ehh, I wouldn’t do a back flip for the shades, but they are pretty.
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  2. Rachel says:

    T Money! Yep I want Black Pearl :)

  3. OHHH Black Pearl is so gorgeous. It’s sort of understated but interesting at the same time…just like Chanel always does it. I think they should have an after-Christmas sale on these hahah, is that asking for a little too much?
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  4. Maddy says:

    Hahahahaha Tabby Dance break… last photo makes my LIFE <3

  5. Serberry says:

    ah forget about the other polishes, i must have.. i neeeeddd black pearl!

  6. Arianne says:

    Excuse me while I pick up my jaw from the floor…

    Black Pearl is stunning in every single swatch I see of it. But, if I were to save my moneyz (with a z) for something in this collection, I should put it towards the quint, right?

  7. Natalie says:

    I got Black Pearl and Pearl drop :) Peach Nacree looks gorgeous on you though.. Something about it makes soooo elegant, but we are talking Chanel anyway :D

  8. nekosan says:

    Love black pearl!

    Also love Tabs dancing. I make one of my cats dance to Lady Gaga; she gives me the dirtiest looks. :D

  9. kay says:

    I picked up black pearl. couldn’t resist.

  10. Nina says:

    black pearl is <333333

    dancing tabs FTW! :D

  11. Jeannine says:

    I’m still undecided on the nail lacquers. I want to like them, but they’re just not moving me (unlike Paradoxal which made me almost squeal with excitement). I may just have to check them out up close and personal.
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  12. Tammy says:

    Ooooh, Black Pearl is sooooo gorgeous. I need it…NOW!

  13. Tracy says:

    Arrrr The Black Pearl shall be mine! ;)
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  14. Devon says:

    Love the peach, not sure I could pull of Black Pearl.

  15. snoopysteph says:

    Is it time for the percolator? :D

    Love, love, loveeeeee Black Pearl!!

  16. Ava says:

    I bought all three when they became available on Chanel.com. I like Pearl Drop well enough though I like Essie’s Sequin Sash better. I don’t think Black Pearl and Peche Nacree are worth the hype. The Khakis were so much better.
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  17. Radhika says:

    Black Pearl would be my favorite…and TABS….I love love love Tabs :D

  18. Amber says:

    Well, I wouldn’t complain if Black Pearl showed up in my stocking… :)
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  19. lexi says:

    I got off work early Wednesday. I completed some Christmas shopping then hopped to Nordstrom before picking up my daughter just to see if the new collection came in. The SA told me the week before to expect it right before XMAS – well it was my lucky day. The tester display was up and there were little nail polish boxes of Black Pearl polish just sitting there waiting for me!

    I can’t wait to paint my nails with this. I also picked up an eyeliner I have been obsessing over for a few months – Black Jade. Yes, I am a bit obsessed with the blackened teals lately!
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  20. Lowelli says:

    Yeaaaaaaa black pearl! I didn’t even give the other colours a thought…

  21. gio says:

    Ohhh love Black Pearl, it’s gorgeous! :)
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  22. Stephanie says:

    I don’t like Pearl Drop That much.. but Pearl Black I love!
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  23. leo says:

    Tabs is WAAAY better than any Chanel!! But black pearl looks nice.
    Merry Christmas, Karen!! )

  24. Tiffany says:

    Black Pearl is PURDY!

    also, a drum n bass-lovin’ cat? Tabs is a kitty after my own heart :)

    Merry Christmas Eve!!!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tiffany,

      I looove Black Pearl partly because every time I see it I feel the need to bust out a Jack Sparrow accent.

      Tabs DJ’s DNB when he isn’t busy modeling, LOL!

  25. Karen B says:

    Black Pearl looks exactly like my cup of tea :)
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  26. Kim says:

    Is there a reason you got a soy drink instead of regular milk? :)

  27. Megan says:

    Is it just me, or does Peche Nacree look alot like OPI Melon of Troy? Black Pearl is gorgeous!

  28. Glosslizard says:

    I loves me some Chanel, but I think I’ll skip Black Pearl since I got LM Caviar Dreams a couple of years ago. It’s not a dupe, but it’s pretty close and even though I love the color, I hardly ever wear it!

    Happy happy Christmas eve! :)

  29. Nathalie says:

    My bosses gave me a gift card to Neiman Marcus for Christmas so I rushed over to my happy place (the Chanel counter) and picked up Black Pearl. I haven’t tried it yet but I’m really excited about it.

  30. Katie says:

    Black Pearl looks great on you! I
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  31. lo says:

    Pretty… but not essential. Tabs breakdancing, however, is AWESOME.

  32. Nancy says:

    I got all 3 of them I really like Black Pearl and the Peach one. I am having trouble with the Pearl Drop one. I want to love it so much and it looks beautiful on your pictures. On me it seems so yellow looking and it reminds me of yellow teeth It looks so white on you. I am bummed because I think I have to return mine and I want to love it so much

  33. Silva says:

    Hm, I’m not loving Black Pearl that much, but I (or rather, my wallet) have the bad feeling that it’s gonna grow on me until I splurge and buy it and love it.
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  34. Darcy says:

    I have to say I really really like the black pearl. It’s interesting. I hope I get some Christmas money to spend!

  35. Ru says:

    Love Black Pearl. There’s gotta be a (cheaper) dupe for that…!

  36. Alice says:

    Haha, Tabs looks pretty pliable. I only wish my cats were the same. If I were to try that with Kenya (looks a lot like Tabs only he’s an orange tabby), I would have claw marks on my boobs, lol.

    Also hayyyyyy Black Pearl. Though actually I’m probably wanting Peche Nacree the most.

  37. loyda says:

    loooove black pearl!!!!!!!!! gotta have it!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. Alison says:

    I have to have all three, they are gorgeous!

  39. The BB says:

    I couldn’t resist the siren song of Black Pearl. I’ve been wearing it for a week now, and only one little chip. I’m loving it! The color is gorgeous and the wear time is great so far.
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  40. Stephanie says:

    Oh. My. Gosh. I’m so glad I stumbled across this post (a little late, admittedly) because I was looking for a nice gunmetal-esque color for New Years’. Black Pearl is so perfect!

    Thanks for the amazing blog, by the way. I’m an aspiring blog writer myself, so you’re an inspiration! Keep up the good work, and hugs to you and Tabs :).

    <3 Stephanie

  41. Anna says:

    I want Peche Nacree :)
    Im on the hunt for the perfect peach nailpolish and that one really caught my eye :D

    Oh and I really love your blog :)

    hugs
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  42. Diyana says:

    Black pearl looks eerily similar to macs deep blue green pigment doesn’t it :o

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