Chanel — Laque Rouge (Le Vernis) Swatch & Review

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Laque Rouge

Collection: Chanel Fall/Winter 2014, Les Rouges Culte de Chanel

Laque Rouge was released late last year as part of Chanel’s limited edition Les Rouges Culte collection, which consisted of three vintage red polishes that were cult classics for Chanel in the 1980s.

Chanel - Le Vernis Nail Colour - Laque Rouge promotional image

Red cremes are definitely my favorite nail polishes, and Laque Rouge is an excellent addition to my unreasonably large collection!

Chanel calls Laque Rouge, originally from 1981, a “dark red”, but I would never call it a vampy shade: it’s a medium-deep, true red creme that is slightly muted so it can appear very conservative. Application was beautifully smooth and even, and while two coats is just fine (it’s what I have on in the swatch below), I would personally wear it with three coats for a little extra oomph.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Laque Rouge, swatch

This polish has the typical Chanel Le Vernis packaging: hefty squared bottle with a squared outer cap and a round, highly ridged inner cap which you hold to apply the polish. The brush is lovely and not wide! It is slightly flattened, but it doesn’t look like a paintbrush. I think I’m in love.

I am not usually one to overspend on polish (this was a gift from the husband!), but this was simply so nice that I would be tempted to add even more Chanels to my collection.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour retails for US$27 / CA$31 and is 0.4 US fl oz / 13 mL. (I bought a Chanel polish last year at a department store, and it was CA$27, so prices have surely gone up!) The polish is free of toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and is made in France.

Chanel is a private company based in Paris, France.

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