While in New York City last weekend, I found that the Chanel Avant Premiere collection had just arrived at Barneys New York. This includes three new Le Vernis Nail Colors–Paparazzi, Starlet and Cinema. This cinema-themed collection is also re-promoting Provocation, a deep violet that had been previously released with the 2012 Fashion’s Night Out collection. These are up for pre-order on Nordstrom.com.
The formula for all three is excellent. All are year-round appropriate and universally flattering. All dry quickly and seem to glide over, and subtly fill in, any imperfections in the nail. For Chanel nail polish aficionados, all three are must-have. I was told Starlet is limited edition, and the others are permanent.
Starlet is a soft coral-pink with a subtle pearl. Side of the bottle:
This applied beautifully in two coats. I found no tendency toward streakiness, the forum. The pearl shows both indoors and outdoors.
Paparazzi is a softened bronze with a warm pearl that flashes a touch red in some light.
Cinema is a true red cream with a touch of warmth, particularly outdoors and with a flash. If you don’t already know, Chanel is a master of the red cream polish.
The formula of this one is particularly nice, comparable to the legendary Chanel Dragon.
Here are comparisons with two coats of OPI Big Apple Red, Chanel Pirate and Chanel Dragon:
Between them, Chanel Cinema had a slightly warm appearance (perhaps because Pirate and Dragon have a touch of cool). In incandescent light, Chanel Cinema seems to take on a almost sepia cast. I love a good chameleon, don’t you?
Overall, a wonderful collection. These should be everywhere soon (the nail colors are currently up for pre-order on Nordstrom.com). This collection includes six new Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks, reviewed here at Color Me Loud. I refrained from picking up the Rouge Coco Shines during my trip, until I had more time to play with them at my local counters. Of my very quick observation, these are quite sheer. The red Avant seemed worthy of a good close second look when it arrives locally.
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