If hair is one’s crowning glory, then one’s nails should be royally regarded as well. Enter Chanel’s re-formulated Le Vernis lacquers, a range of nail lacquers, base coat and top coats. The shade range includes a mix of classic and contemporary shades. At the moment, one of the latest Chanel shades making the rounds on social media, especially Instagram, is New Dawn.
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color in New Dawn is a pale, grayish-lavender with hints of brown-based pink. Happily, New Dawn is the type of shade that can flatter all skin tones. At times, lighter shades can be chalky or streaky in application but this one is creamy and very easy to apply.
New Dawn is part of Chanel’s 2017 Fall/Winter collection, a superb offering from Global Creative Makeup and Colour Designer Lucia Pica. Inspired by a road trip taken through California, Pica translated some of the shades she observed being thrown up and around by the landscape and the heavens into the new collection. And so, the name New Dawn captures part of that experience.
Surrounding the new shades is the eco-system of pre and post nail polish application, specifically the base coat and top coats. The Chanel La Base Protective and Smoothing or the base coat is where a beautiful nail lacquer application begins. As in any other instance that involves paint or lacquer, the base product matters immensely and is about half the battle to achieve a smooth and lasting finish.
Using Chanel’s base coat and top coat maximises the performance of the nail lacquers. Chanel’s base coat not only provides a smooth canvas for nail lacquer, but it also improves the health of the nails over time. Formulated with argan oil and vitamin E, it can also be worn on its own.
Moving now to Chanel Le Gel Longwear Topcoat which is the only thing I use. Formulated to mimic the finish of a gel manicure minus the UV light (and damage), this fast drying top coat leaves a gorgeous, glossy finish to the nails that I always look forward to. Added to that, natural light helps to ‘cure’ your manicure when the gel top coat is applied. I’ve tried to get into the matte nails advent and my brain and my eyes simply cannot grasp the idea of it. If you never get anything else from Chanel’s stable of nail products, get the gel top coat.
It’s also important to note that all of Chanel’s nail lacquers are 5-free, (no toluene, formaledhyde, DBP, camphor and formaldehyde resin). In addition, these nail products do not emit strong odours, thereby adding to their brilliance. Further, the nail lacquers are formulated with ceramics and bioceramides that are meant to be nail strengthening. Using Chanel’s base coat, nail lacquer and top coat together result in a manicure that lasts about six days on me. Whilst on my toes, the colours last two and a half weeks before the need to re-apply.
In the photograph above, I’ve included another recent release from Chanel in the shade Rose Énergie. It’s a gorgeous red-pink with a blue base that can be worn at any time of year. It’s especially jaunty on the toes and application is also quite easy. This shade also lasts about six days on my fingers. Having a closer look at Chanel’s range of nail lacquers along with their base and finish products is worth your time, if only as a way to reacquaint yourself with a brand that is mastering the play between classic and contemporary, by maintaining the brand’s core identity while executing brilliant forays into what’s trending now.