Chanel, Le Vernis Longwear in Blanc White, swatch

Chanel — Blanc White (Le Vernis Longwear) Swatch & Review

Collection: Chanel 2017 Spring, Coco Codes

Chanel’s Spring 2017 Coco Codes collection includes basic colors of nail polish in black (Black Métamorphosis, a tinted top coat), red (Rouge Red), beige (Beige Beige), and white (Blanc White):

Chanel Coco Codes collection, Le Vernis, Spring 2017
Image: chanel.com

When beautyBOUTIQUE was running a sale, I picked up Blanc White (548), which is really more off-white than “white white”. It’s a semi-sheer ivory with a delicate, pearly finish. (I’m not sure why Chanel’s promo pic has it looking so very pink-beige!)

It’s a beautifully classic and conservative shade—really not my kind of thing at all! Ha! But as far as pretty, pale pearl polishes go, it’s really nice.

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Blanc White (548)
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Blanc White (548)

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Essie Nail Polish in Passport to Happiness, swatch

Essie — Passport to Happiness (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie 2016 Spring, Bridal

I hit up my favorite local beauty supply for an Essie haul, but for whatever reason I only picked up a single polish! I really wanted Taj-Ma-Haul from the 2016 Resort collection, but as luck would have it, that was literally the only shade missing from their Resort display! There were loads of the other three colors, of course, but none of them spoke to me, so all I got was one color from Essie’s 2016 Bridal collection. Not being a huge soft neutrals kind of person, I usually don’t find the bridal shades too appealing. This one is a huge exception!

Passport to Happiness (980—Essie are getting remarkably close to a 4-digit product code!) and the other bridal colors aren’t yet up on Essie’s website, so I don’t have their official shade description. I call it a pale mint pastel packed with fine, pearly shimmer that gives it the finish of a satin ribbon.

Charlotte Olympia satin court shoes, pumps, mint green
Charlotte Olympia Satin Court Pumps in mint green. Image: lyst.com

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Zoya Professional Lacquer in Christinna, swatch

Zoya — Christinna (Professional Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Zoya 2014 Fall/Winter (?), Divas

I don’t know exactly when Zoya’s Divas collection was released, but it was definitely before 2005, since the earliest dated Zoya collection I have is Spring 2005’s Sirens, where the Zoya codes start with ZP290. The Divas collection included numbers ZP284–ZP289, so I’m guessing Divas was released just before this, in Fall/Winter 2004.

Today’s Throwback Thursday is Christinna (ZP287), described by Zoya as a “light, delicate shimmering white with a touch of gray and frosty silver shimmer”.

The Divas collection contained polishes named for music divas, except all the names appeared to be deliberately spelled in alternate ways: Areetha, Beyonnce, Christinna, Jessika, MarryJ, and Norra. I’m not 100% sure who Jessika and Norra are supposed to be—based on the collection’s release date, I’m thinking Jessica Simpson and Norah Jones?—but I’m not the most musically knowledgeable person! Christinna was presumably for Christina Aguilera, I guess. (Aretha Franklin, Beyoncé, and Mary J. Blige are, of course, the obvious names.)

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Pandora, swatch
“The Craziest Grammy Awards Outfits” featuring Christina Aguilera in 2004. Well, at least she doesn’t spell her name with a double-n.
Image: celebuzz.com

Anyway, the only reason I bought the polish was that it’s the closest Zoya has to my actual name. Dumb, right? But hey, I don’t have many white polishes, and this is actually one that I don’t mind. It is pearly with a touch of grey to keep it from looking too stark and correction fluid-y.

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Christinna

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Zoya Professional Lacquer in Pandora, swatch

Zoya — Pandora (Professional Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Zoya 2011 Summer, Touch

Pandora (ZP563) is described by Zoya as a cool-toned, “medium pink-beige nude with blue and mauve undertones and a hint of pearly silver shimmer”. That’s actually a pretty good description, if long-winded. I surprisingly don’t mind this cooler-toned shade on my warm-toned skin; it’s not ideal, but Pandora definitely has a bit of oomph that I am really liking.

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Pandora

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Zoya Professional Lacquer in Shay, swatch

Zoya — Shay (Professional Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Zoya 2011 Summer, Touch

Shay (ZP562) is described by Zoya as a “dense, fleshy light peach with slight orange-red undertones and a hint of pearly silver shimmer” that “compliments warm skintones”. It’s an opaque, warm beige with a peach undertone and superfine, silvery frost that gives it a smooth, pearly finish.

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Shay

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Yves Rocher Botanical Colour Nail Polish in Frosted Pink Champagne, swatch

Yves Rocher — Frosted & Pearly Pink Champagne / Champagne rosé givré & perlé (Botanical Colour Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Yves Rocher 2015 Winter, Holiday

Yves Rocher released a collection of holiday shades in their new Botanical Colour Nail Polish line, which I’ve been loving! The collection also includes a loose flake glitter in rose gold.

I recently ordered the lot of them (apart from the flake glitter, which I’m just not into) when they went on sale. Today, I’m reviewing two of the nude shades, Frosted Pink Champagne / Champagne rosé givré (03) and Pearly Pink Champagne / Champagne rosé perlé (04).

Yves Rocher Holiday 2015 Botanical Color Nail Polish haulage
Yves Rocher Holiday 2015 Botanical Color Nail Polish haulage

Frosted Pink Champagne / Champagne rosé givré (03) is a light pink-beige with a mix of silvered-sugar shimmer and irregularly shaped glitter, and it dries to a textured sand finish. It’s probably meant to be reminiscent of glittery holiday ornaments, but it reminds me more of a sandy beach with sparkling particles of mother-of-pearl. I am no lover of textured polishes (I’d wear this one with a smooth top coat), but I really love the look of this one!

Pearly Pink Champagne / Champagne rosé perlé (04) is an ultra-smooth, pale peachy-pink with a strong pearly frost finish. This finish is not for everyone, but I dig it, particularly in this satin pink/peach shade.

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A sampling of L’Oréal Pro Manicure nail polish

I recently scored a few of the L’Oréal Pro Manicure nail polishes, which I like very much. For drugstore polishes, they are moderately priced, very good quality, and come in pretty chic bottles. I haven’t been impressed with L’Oréal’s drugstore nail polish offerings in quite some time, so kudos to them for this new line.

These polishes are creamy, easy to apply, well-pigmented, and come in a great selection of colours, from pale sheers to deep, vamps. The brush deserves a mention, too: it’s slightly wide, but not so wide that it overwhelms smaller nailbeds.

Here is a small sampling of some of the polishes:

Stroke of Midnight is a blackened plum creme. It is a hair lighter and redder than OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark. Rating: 4/5.

Drama Queen is really not my kind of colour, but pink lovers should adore it. It’s a vibrant, rosy pink with magenta shimmer. Rating: 3.5/5.

Lady Luck (my NOTD again!) is a new favourite red creme for me. But, I am such a sucker for red cremes! It’s a clean, medium red that is slightly warm. Rating: 4.5/5.

Mango-Get-Em is a very fun orange-coral creme that’s a little on the pastel side. Rating: 4/5.

And, finally, since my nails are perpetually stained from wearing reds and vampies, here are bottle photos of two lovely sheer shimmers.

I Pink I’m in Love is a sheer, baby pink shimmer with a subtle lavender sheen. It works surprisingly well on my warm-toned skin, especially as a pedicure—and I rarely wear pale colours on my toes. Rating: 4/5.

Satin Sheets is a semi-sheer neutral, whitened pink that has the prettiest satin-y shimmer. The finish is almost frosty, except it doesn’t streak and leave brush marks on the nail like many frosts do. Rating: 4/5.