CHANEL – Le Vernis #637 Malice, Holiday 2012 (swatches, comparison & review)

 

Even though I eagerly anticipate every single one of CHANEL’s cosmetic collections from the moment the first promotional images start circulating, there’s something extra special about their holiday releases. New for 2012 is the limited edition nail lacquer in #637 Malice, a shade that literally oozes seductive allure and sophisticated glamour … and the only ornamentation your hands will need this season.


CHANEL #637 Malice


CHANEL #637 Malice


CHANEL #637 Malice


 

#637 Malice – one word: PERFECTION. This deep burgundy wine hue bears an ultra-fine blood red and magenta hued shimmer at its core that appears as an inner fiery glow along the center of the nails, framed by slightly darkened edges. Superbly flowing and applying in a completely self-levelling manner, the saturation of pigment is so dense that you almost don’t need a second coat, but it does help to add a beautiful richness of colour. The gloss at the finish is quite intense, almost “wet-looking” and really enhances every gorgeous ruby facet. Bonus: completely non-staining upon removal. Coats applied: 2 (along with base and top coat)


in sunlight


in sunlight/alternate


macro


shaded light


with flash


 

Searching through my collection of varnishes for a match to ‘Malice’, yielded only one possible contender: Deborah Lippmann’s ‘Dark Fantasy’ (review forthcoming), a limited edition release from spring 2012, and shown on my index & pinkie fingers in the following swatches. How it compared:

  • much sheerer
  • base colour several tones lighter
  • shimmer seems sparser & slightly larger, making it appear more prevalent next to that of ‘Malice’
  • an almost imperceptible duo chrome shift in some lights
  • needed 3 coats to achieve the same colour density as ‘Malice’, although 2 coats gives good coverage as well
  • excellent gloss, but not as brilliant
  • non-staining upon removal as well


in sunlight


shaded light


with flash

 

Final thoughts: If you are a CHANEL collector like me, then you really cannot afford to skip ‘Malice’; to say that I am mesmerized by this shade, would be a gross understatment: I LOVE IT! From this incredibly rich jewel-like tone, the stellar formula, and its super-charged shine, this is THE shade of the season, in my humble opinion. Taking red to a whole new level by the blackened undertones and crushed shimmer this shade holds, has given it a unique cast and definitely sets it apart from the pack – and let’s face it, we all want to stand out every now & then, right?

I’m already planning on a backup .. or two … that should say it all.


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