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.

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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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