Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Rouge Essentiel and Monochrome

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Rouge Essentiel and Monochrome

As a major Chanel obsessive, I’m always on the lookout for a piece of semi-affodable luxury from their beauty collection, while I pretend to save up for a quilted classic flap bag.

My most-worn and admired nail varnish is the iconic Chanel Rouge Noir, the much-imitated and eternally chic deep red wine shade. 

However, even a Chanel loyal like myself would have to admit that when it comes to staying power, the luxury brand’s nail varnishes could do with a little boost.

What?! I hear you cry as you rock a chip-free Barry M nail paint five days later. Yes, I do know that at £18 a pop these polishes should be glued to the nail for at least a month, but alas our Chanel shades missed the longevity gene when they were created in all their glossy glory.

And so the Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour was launched and we all lived in hope that this was the ultimate nail polish solution.

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Rouge Essentiel CREDIT: chanel.com

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Rouge Essentiel CREDIT: chanel.com

I opted for a change of scene and tried two new shades from the range, Rouge Essentiel (a classic red) and Monochrome (a chic grey).

The blurb from the Chanel marketing machine promised much: A long-wear, protective nail polish with lasting shine designed to make vibrant colours dazzle. Long-wearing, extra-fine and ultra-shiny, each coat offers an absolutely even and lacquered result.

And what of the end result? Well let’s just say I got two days of unblemished nail colour before it reverted to type and flaked off. 

Can’t fault the shades themselves, and two coats does indeed make a world of difference to the colour and depth, but lasting this nail polish is not.

Would love to know if you’ve tried any of the new shades from the range (and if they lasted longer for you!).

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour, £18

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Inspired by the Marc Jacobs SS13 show, all things black and white are looking bright for me right now. I’ve been lured by the simplicity of monochrome fashion when searching for things to buy – it’s too cold for pastels (though laduree colours look lush!) and I’m still recycling winter florals never mind looking at spring blooms.
The beauty of monochrome is it looks just as good with a smoky eye and nude lips as it does with a slick of bold red lipstick. And of course, us blondes rock the ’60s monochrome look better than anyone!

Here’s the black and white items I’ve got my eye on right now:

Monochrom fashion edit
1 – ASOS Skater Dress, £35 // 2 – Chloe Monochrome Tote Bag, £869.73, Far Fetch // 3 – Monochrome Biker Jacket, £52, Miss Selfridge // 4 – Ready Side Buckle Sandals, £50, Topshop // 5 – Nubar Black Polka Dot Nail Polish, £6.95, Beauty Bay //6 –  Marc Jacobs Black/White Patent Leather Lace-Up Flats, £379, Stylebop.com

 

 
 
I’ve already snapped up the monochrome ASOS dress, which probably sparked my love for the trend. With a peter pan collar, skater skirt and mesh detail that keeps it on the sexy side of simple, it’s one of my favourite day to night pieces. The collar, cuffs and bands around the hem are actually more ivory than white but that’s probably better given my addiction to fake tan!
 
Scottish fashion blogger. Always having a blonde moment.

I don’t think I’ve posted about Glasgow School of Art graduate Alice Palmer since she collaborated with Asos a few seasons ago. So it’s time to revisit.

Here’s some images from the knitwear designer’s SS13 Lookbook, featuring a monochrome-based collection, Cirrus. Some of the blurred off-white and black pieces look quite 1920s, so it appeals to my flapper-loving self. Let me know what you think…

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