I bought myself the Fashion's Night Out exclusive Les Jeans de Chanel polishes for my birthday. This is a limited edition collection and they are sold individually at selected Chanel boutiques and online. (At the time of writing this post, they are still available.) I'm not certain if you can find these at Chanel counters or not.
(You may remember the Les Khakis de Chanel from last year's FNO. I treated myself to Khaki Vert, which I love but oddly enough don't have a swatch picture of.)
The three shades are Blue Boy, Blue Rebel and Coco Blue. Coco Blue is a shimmer, the other two shades are cremes.
Blue Boy, the medium shade.
Blue Rebel, the darkest shade.
And finally, Coco Blue. The shimmer is quite subtle.
In my memory, Nouvelle Vague was a light blue with subtle shimmer, just like Coco Blue. However! They are very different.
I don't have Riva to compare to these shades, unfortunately.
Here they are on the nail wheel at one coat. Blue Rebel, Blue Boy, Coco Blue.
And at two coats:
You can see some drag at the bottom of the nails for the two lightest shades, but I did a full manicure with Blue Boy and that wasn't the case. Two coats covered perfectly. The application on these was very nice, though I haven't done full manis with Blue Rebel or Coco Blue.
Misa Office Polish-tics, Blue Reble, Blue Boy
Blue Boy, Coco Blue, Nouvelle Vague. It's amazing how green NV looks next to Coco Blue!
Here's Blue Boy on the nail.
I do love this color. The formula is almost jelly-like and I had excellent control of it going on. Definite A+.
Of course this release brings up the usual hate and resentment about Chanel. There will always be people outraged at Chanel for the simple fact that it's Chanel, and there's nothing anyone can do about that.
Are these polishes 100% unique? Nope. I don't have any dupes in my collection, but I am sure they are out there. If all you want is a blue creme you have hundreds of choices. But I've never regretted buying a Chanel polish.
This brought up an interesting question...what kind of Chanel release would I not buy? Well I didn't buy Riva (I had purchase NV not long before and it just didn't whet my whistle) and I didn't buy Quartz. I passed on Particuliere and its friends Inattendu and Tendresse.
So there are many I don't buy. What else would I pass up? Bar glitter...though to be honest if Chanel actually did lose its marbles and released a bar glitter, I might have to buy it for the sheer noteworthiness of such an event. Perhaps a red creme...though I have from time to time given red Chanel cremes as gifts.
So it's not a knee jerk reaction to just buy them all regardless of what they look like. People like to say that Chanel could bottle a frosty mauve and people would go nuts for it, and while that might apply to some people I'd like to think I'm immune to label whoredom.
I mean I'd like to think it. I guess we'll have to wait for that frosty mauve to really know for sure.