Chanel Nail Polish

Chanel Black Pearl and Comparisons

December 26, 2010

Chanel’s Black Pearl nail polish ($23 Le Vernis Black Pearl #513) is the much-anticipated shade for Spring 2011.  This is a beautiful deep gray tinged with green, evoking the Tahitian pearl that shares the name.

On nails, Chanel Black Pearl is a fresh take on the deep tone shimmer. There is a softer appearance to this polish, Chanel has tweaked its formulation so that the texture is softer, more pearly, than other metallic darks.  There is a frost texture, which melted a bit on application which minimizes that troublesome streaking that can occur with other lines.


So that you can place this color on a spectrum of comparisons, here is Chanel Black Pearl with a variety of other colors that I happen to have in my stash (from left to right):

  • China Glaze Wagon Trail–a deep coppery green
  • OPI for Sephora- Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder, a shimmery gray-green with sparkle
  • Zoya Freja–a metallic gray frost that is similar to Chanel Black Pearl, but lacks Chanel’s softer texture and green cast
  • Chanel Black Pearl
  • Chanel Steel
  • Chanel Noir Ceramic
  • Chanel Black Satin (U.S.)
  • Chanel Black Satin (France)

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Here is a close-up of Zoya Freja and Chanel Steel, which are not duplicates but rather as a contrast to show the texture and tone of Chanel Black Pearl:

Personally, I love Chanel Black Pearl.  I do not know of any duplicates for the shade as yet, it is a noticeably beautiful and unique color.  The formula is extremely fast-drying, and two coats are necessary.

The pictures above are using three coats.  Personally, I prefer using two coats over using three coats.  There is a slightly nicer luminosity with two coats, and a slightly heavier look with three.

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  • Lynn December 26, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I am so glad I bought Black Pearl. Looks just lovely on your nails. Thanks for the comparisons too. Now,if I could just afford that strand of pearls you pictured!

  • Gisele December 26, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Black Pearl arrived the day before Christmas Eve day and I had to restrain myself from wearing it (went with Madness!). New Year’s Day is the targeted show date for this beauty. It’s lovely and lush and elegant all at the same time. I don’t have those pearls but my black pearls do have a bluish undertone so they will have to be worn as well. This shade is one-of-a-kind. Thanks for showing the comps.

  • Eileen December 26, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    After seeing your comparisons, I’m even more glad that I got Black Pearl. At first, I thought it might be too dark, too goth, for these old hands, but it is surprisingly flattering. It’s not really all that dark; not really a black, but more of a deep, multi-hued gray. Sometimes it looks like a classic pearl gray, sometimes it looks a bit blue, sometimes it looks a bit green, but it always looks beautiful.

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  • lexi920 December 27, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I have yet to play with this. I have this sitting in it’s little box right by my jewelry box and it’s yelling out to me, “PLAY WITH ME!!”

    I’m hoping to paint my nails with this tonight. it looks lovely on you!

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