Chanel Le Vernis nail polish in Rouge Carat ($25 /#587) released for Holiday 2011 is a festive rich red infused with fuchsia sparkle.
As Chanel polishes go, Rouge Carat is one of the “good” formulations (meaning superb). It gives a smooth, even, completely opaque coat of color with a single coat, although I prefer to give two coats just to spread the gorgeous texture and give a completely smooth appearance.
Chanel Rouge Carat is a beautiful classic color, although perhaps not one that is entirely unique. Unlike some of the taupe, greens and blues that we’ve seen from Chanel lately, Rouge Carat is a rich, traditional color that is Holiday appropriate.
The sparkle is noticeable at close inspection in sunlight, although the color is entirely work (and party) appropriate:
Also pictured here are OPI Big Apple Red, Rescue Beauty Lounge Chinoise, Dior Trafalgar, Chanel Dragon, Chanel Rouge Fatale, and Dior Gruau.
Overall, the formula of Rouge Carat makes it worth the price to me. Although not a terribly unique color, I love a polish that gives a gorgeous glossy, pigmented color in a single coat. Having said that, I don’t think that Chanel Rouge Carat is a ‘back-up worthy’ color. Although it’s a beautiful color, I’m more likely to reach for the classic Chanel Dragon (which long ago stole my heart as my favorite Chanel red).