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.