May 172013

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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

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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.

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Starlet is a soft coral-pink with a subtle pearl. Side of the bottle:

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This applied beautifully in two coats. I found no tendency toward streakiness, the forum. The pearl shows both indoors and outdoors.

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Paparazzi is a softened bronze with a warm pearl that flashes a touch red in some light.

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On nails:

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One more:

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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.

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The formula of this one is particularly nice, comparable to the legendary Chanel Dragon.

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Here are comparisons with two coats of OPI Big Apple Red, Chanel Pirate and Chanel Dragon:

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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  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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  8 Responses to “Chanel Avant Premiere Nail Polish-Starlet, Cinema and Paparazzi Review and Swatches”

  1. Thanks so much for the beautiful swatches. These are up for pre-order on

  2. Hi there-

    I could have sworn we’ve had a Chanel Paparazzi before, but a pink. I think I had it at one point. Anyway, I googled and, sure enough, there is another from years back. This Paparazzi is certainly a different color, but with the same name BUT a different number.

    Just wanted to throw that out there in case it helps anyone.

    • Oh you are a Chanel fan! I actually didn’t buy Paparazzi during my first visit to Barney’s for the same reason. I remembered the name and thought this was a re-promote of something that I already had. After searching, I realized my mistake. Back I went! Thank you for pointing that out–perhaps you can save someone else the trouble–these two are different colors!! 🙂

  3. Thanks very much for the mention. I love those gorgeous muted colors, Avant Premiere has very wearable neutrals on lips and tips. My favorite would be Starlet, which is here the only limited version one unfortunately… Also I found myself reaching for Coco Shine Saga very often.

  4. These are beautiful colors, and my favorite is Cinema. It’s very different from the ones I have.

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  6. You made my mother’s Monday a brighter day. At 88, she is still a Chanel nail polish and Coco Rouge fan. Your review of Starlet means I am with finding this polish for her. I might get sidetracked on the search in finding something new for myself.

  7. Thanks for including Dior Spring Ball! Thought the two were the same but next to each other are completely different 🙂

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