Chanel Le Vernis Coco Blue (Les Jeans de Chanel Collection Fall 2011 FNO)
|September 29, 2011||Posted by peach_ under Chanel, Limited Edition|
In celebration of this year’s Fashion’s Night Out (FNO), Peter Philips, Creative Director of Chanel Makeup, created Les Jeans de Chanel, a limited edition collection of three denim-inspired nail polishes. Along with Dior’s Blue Tie collection (with even a Blue Denim Vernis,) fashion houses exhibit that blue is in for Fall.
Even at $29 each (in the USA), an inexplicable 16% markup from their usual $25, resistance to Les Jeans was futile as a lover of blues and cremes. What I’d initially thought was a trio of cremes turned out to be untrue, as Coco Blue ($29) is the lone non-creme of the collection. And I’m smitten!
Coco Blue ($29) is a light sky blue with silver micro-shimmer that give the finish an overall sheen. It looks like a creme, especially at an arm’s length and without direct light.
The color itself is not subtle, but it has a subdued grey undertone that make it more wearable than a bright, baby blue. Chanel says Coco Blue “can be worn with the same effortlessness as a favorite pair of softly faded jeans.” Très chic!
The formulation isn’t sheer, but was prone to patchiness, requiring 3 careful coats for even application. It’s not the easiest to apply, but the result is well worth the effort, non? I see it work on a a wide range of skin tones and be appropriate in settings wherever denim is suitable.
I’m loving Coco Blue! It’s limited edition and retails for $29 in the USA (a $4 price increase) and in select countries (reportedly without the markup) at Chanel online and in stores.
P.S. Quick to jump on the trend was Nubar with their upcoming Jeans Collection:
They say: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I’m curious how close they are to Les Jeans, especially with nail polish cognoscenti unable to find their exact twins in other polishes. With Nubar Jeans retailing $20 for all three compared to $29 each for Chanel, I can see them drawing in a crowd of buyers. What do you think?