Collection: Chanel Spring/Summer 2005
The last time I posted a Chanel polish for Throwback Thursday, I chose a chocolate brown, Madness, because I’d had a few “complaints” about posting too many orange swatches at the time. Well, I’m back with another Chanel today and it’s orange! Nyeah!
Orange Blossom (no code, for some reason) actually reads quite coral on me, so I wouldn’t classify it as a true orange. It’s more of a soft, peachy pink with Chanel’s famous “invisible shimmer”—which is subtly noticeable only in bright sunlight—in fine coral and silver. The resulting finish is like a glowing, semi-opaque cream.
The actual flower of an orange tree is white, however, so this polish’s name takes a bit of poetic license. Incidentally, orange blossom and neroli are amongst my favorite perfume notes—both are derived from flowers of the bitter orange tree, but they differ in extraction method; orange blossom is a touch sweeter. L’Amande Neroli is one of my favorites, and a souvenir from a much-enjoyed Italian vacation.
Please note that I’ve had to tweak the colors of my photos, because for some reason, Orange Blossom photographs a lot more orange-red than it looks in real life, where it’s a much softer, pinker shade.
Orange Blossom goes on a bit sheer, which is a real shame because I’d love this color in a great opaque formula. I used three coats in my swatch, and it’s still not fully opaque and not entirely even, so it’s a little tricky to wear as a sheer, too.
I recently picked up two of Chanel’s reformulated Le Vernis, so I hope they fare much better than the previous formula, which I’ve found to be hit and miss. At this price point, surely quality should not be an issue!
Orange Blossom was a limited edition shade, and is discontinued. The color is absolutely stunning, but I wouldn’t recommend it due to the lackluster formula. For a similar shade, albeit without the invisible shimmer, I heartily recommend LVX Deco.
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour currently retails for US$28 / CA$32 (yep, the prices keep going up!) and is 0.4 US fl oz / 13 mL. The polish is free of toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and is made in France. My bottle, however, is made in the USA. (Since mine is from 2005, however, I can’t say whether it is free of these particular chemicals; there is no ingredient list on my bottle.)
Chanel S.A. is a private company based in Paris, France. It was originally founded in 1909 by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel; its current owners are descendants of one of her early business partners.