The Chanel Collection Dans La Lumière de L'Été for summer has launched online and I spotted it in stores a few days ago. I only picked up a few items as I was in a rush, my favorite sales associate was not there and decided to pick up a couple things for now and think about the rest. The first item I have to review is one of the new Le Vernis Nail Colours called Espadrilles 534 ($28 each). It's a vibrant orange red cream that has perfectly smooth application. It is very similar to a lot of other orangey summer shades but it's too pretty to pass. Compared to other shades, Espadrilles is clearly orange but it has some red to it. The two closest ones I have are Tom Ford Ginger Fire (the Tom Ford is a bit deeper) and Chanel Holiday (now discontinued and Holiday is a bit lighter and has more orange).
Shown with two coats swatched:
It was hard to get swatches in sunlight because the orange and brightness flashed back making them all look the same. Note most of the Chanel shades have been discontinued (the ones with the names printed on the front are no longer made). All the shades below indeed look very similar, my thoughts on the difference between others to Espadrilles (previous reviews linked where applicable):
- Chanel Mirabella is the lightest and almost has a cream-like feel, it has no red
- Tom Ford Ginger Fire is deeper in color
- Chanel Holiday is the closest, but has more orange
- Chanel Gitane is deeper and more red
- Chanel Enthusiast is deeper and more red
- Dior Aventure has more pink/red and less orange
One last look:
I think it's perfect for summer. It's perfect for right now even though it's still not yet summer. That being said you may want to shop your stash if you already own a lot of similar colors. It didn't stop me from picking it up. That being said I don't carry nail wheels or nail polishes with me to compare so I really didn't know even though at a quick glance I knew there would be a decent chance I had something similar. The formula has improved over the older now-discontinued polishes. You can read two reviews on the new launches:
- Camélia, Gitane and Roubachka here
- Ballerina, Monochrome, Gargonne, Organdi, Vamp and Rouge Noir here
You can find the Chanel Summer Collection at counters now. Online at Chanel.com, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus along with all other Chanel retailers.