CHANEL Spring 2013 Le Vernis – Emprise, Fracas & Accessoire

CHANEL Spring 2013 (opener)


CHANEL’s 2013 Printemps Precieux Collection does not disappoint, especially as far as the varnishes are concerned. The three shades shown (only #573 Accessoire is supposed to be permanent) have a fairly broad appeal with colours that should fit all tastes, from neutral fans to vampy lovers, but #571 Fracas steals the show with its flirty hue – I see this becoming my summertime staple!

All swatches are with base and top coat.

CHANEL Spring 2013

CHANEL #569 Emprise, #571 Fracas & #573 Accessoire

CHANEL #569 Emprise

#569 Emprise – a muted ballerina slipper pink hue with pearly shimmer – clearly seen in the bottle, but appears less distinctly on the nail (in some angles & lighting, you can see an almost silver/pearly sheen). The medium density formula applies in a self-levelling way with a nice gloss at the finish. Coats applied: 3 (very thin)

CHANEL Emprise swatch

CHANEL – #569 Emprise

CHANEL Emprise swatch 2

CHANEL – #569 Emprise

CHANEL Emprise and Frisson

Going through my collection of CHANEL polishes, revealed #543 Frisson (previously reviewed here) to be the closest to Emprise in base colour, but they are still quite different from each other.

  • index & pinkie fingers: #543 Frisson – sheerer, pale baby pink with pink, silver & gold finely ground glitter, less apricot in the base
  • middle & ring fingers: #569 Emprise

CHANEL Emprise vs Frisson swatch

CHANEL – Emprise vs. Frisson

CHANEL #571 Fracas

#571 Fracas – a hot salmon pink shade with extremely fine gold, silver, & pink/magenta shimmer, that once more does not translate as clearly on the nail to what’s seen in the bottle, although it does add some overall depth and reflects well in certain lighting. Good density and flow, self-levelling and glossy, there’s a nice saturation of colour to this uniquely vivid hue. Coats applied: 2

CHANEL Fracas swatch

CHANEL – #571 Fracas

CHANEL Fracas swatch 2

CHANEL – #571 Fracas

CHANEL Fracas and Riviera

The only CHANEL shade I own that bears a similar intensity to Fracas, is #537 Riviera (CHANEL Summer 2010 Collection), although the only thing in common between them is that they’re both vivid pink hues.

  • middle & pinkie fingers: #537 Riviera – sheerer, a hybrid jelly/crème formula with no shimmer, a truer pink with blueish undertones, cooler leaning
  • index & ring fingers: #571 Fracas

CHANEL Fracas vs Riviera swatch

CHANEL – Fracas vs. Riviera

CHANEL #573 Accessoire

#573 Accessoire – an ultra rich & decadent deep burgundy hue with hints of brown in the base. An absolutely stellar formula, highly colour saturated, self-levelling and finishing with a high gloss, making top coat almost superfluous. LOVE this! Coats applied: 2

CHANEL Accessoire swatch

CHANEL – #573 Accessoire

CHANEL Accessoire swatch 2

CHANEL – #573 Accessoire

CHANEL Accessoire and Provocation

I initially thought that #573 Accessoire was almost identical to CHANEL’s Provocation (previously reviewed here), and while they both share a similar depth, there are differences as well.

  • index & pinkie fingers: Provocation – grape undertones, cooler leaning, amazing glossy shine, formula even more spectacular (if possible!)
  • middle & ring fingers: #573 Accessoire

CHANEL Accessoire vs Provocation swatch

CHANEL – Accessoire vs. Provocation


Final thoughts: With every CHANEL launch, I always assume that the nail lacquers couldn’t possibly top the ones that came before before, and yet I am always pleasantly surprised just the same. Along with a few other pieces that from the collection that came home with me, there was no way I would leave any of these behind, but as my comparisons show, the only shade that is truly unique amongst the three, is #571 Fracas. And with these CHANEL beauties, Spring has truly begun for me!

I purchased these varnishes from The Bay (Canada) – feel free to me know what you’ll be indulging in with this collection!

CHANEL Spring 2013 (closer)

38 Responses to CHANEL Spring 2013 Le Vernis – Emprise, Fracas & Accessoire

  1. Bossalover says:

    I just got frisson and emprise and I <3 them both! What top coat do you use? I am using the one by Essie but I want more shine… like the one right before it dries completely.

    • Eugenia says:

      Congrats on your CHANEL purchases — they’re both beautiful, beautiful shades! As to top coats, I have several in my rotation that I use, so it’s never really the same one all the time. Right now, I have Essie Good to Go, Essie No Chips Ahead, a-england The Shield, Seche Vite, Essence Gel Look, and Deborah Lippmann’s top coat from the Gel Lab duo.

  2. Gena says:

    found a dupe for fracas. it’s by a brand called ANNY, colour 175 sweet lipstick.. got it for 8 Eur

  3. Something odd is happening to me because Fracas is calling my name! Accessoire would have been my go-to in the past. 🙂 While this isn’t the most unique collection, all the shades look amazing.

    • Eugenia says:

      Let’s face it; while CHANEL leaves the more outrageous shades to other brands, the colours they do release are always well-thought out and of outstanding quality! Sophistication over trends, is definitely the way they roll!

  4. Wow, these are GORGEOUS! I’m a new follower…I’m in the Twinsie Tuesday group, and the other ladies raved about your blog. I have no idea how I haven’t stumbled across it before! 🙂

  5. Accessoire looks divine! I need to check out the Spring Collection but it won’t stop SNOWING out here! I really want that lilac eyeliner! Did you get that too?

    • Eugenia says:

      We’re not getting the snow you are, but it’s been wickedly cold! Snot-freezing cold, in fact – lol! I didn’t get the eyeliner YET, cause I didn’t have time to swatch it, but I intend to go & check it out thoroughly – I’ll reserve judgement on it until then!

  6. Linda says:

    Very beautiful! Nice post!

  7. Latoya says:

    I’ve been going back and forth on Accessoire, because it looks somewhat similar to Zoya’s Anja (which I own), but in hearing that it’s permanent, I think I WILL get it, but just not now. I hate the pressure of limited edition! Sometimes I don’t pick up items just for that reason. I do love Fracas, but I have so many similar (not claming dupes, but just similar shades) that I’m not sure I can justify it. It looks a lot like butter London’s Snog (which might be a touch darker) or Lippmann’s Daytripper…do you have either of those to compare, Eugenia??

    • Eugenia says:

      Sadly, the 2 shades you mentioned are two that I do NOT own! I thought that Fracas was similar to a few other CHANEL’s I have, but when I went searching, I was really surprised to see how unique it was — and that’s not an easy thing to accomplish when you’ve got the amount of bottles I have here, lol! As to Accessoire, that’s why I made it a point to mention that it’s permanent – to save anyone the angst of racing to buy it now!

  8. Julia says:

    I had to give this collection a pass :(. Fracas was the only one that really interested me but when I swatched it at my Chanel counter the shade didn’t really agree with my skintone. I’ve had that problem with pinky Chanels before–Morning Rose is one of the most beautiful polishes I own…in the bottle. On my nails, it just doesn’t.quite.look.right.

    I’ve been a little down on Chanel the past few months…they put out so many beautiful polishes in the first half of 2012 that the second half of the year just couldn’t really compare, I guess. However, I asked for and received Malice as a Christmas present (my father bought it for me and he told me he visited like 6 different counters before finally finding a bottle–thanks Daddy!) and IT is quite beautiful, so I suppose I can’t complain too much. Chanel has done incredible Summer collections the past two years; hopefully the trend continues in 2013.

    • Eugenia says:

      Such a shame about Morning Rose, but if it doesn’t mesh with your skin tone, not much to be done about that 🙁 What a great dad…He actually continued until he found it! And yes, malice is amazing! As to CHANEL’s summer hues, I’ve heard rumours of some interesting colours…even a new turquoise, but we’ll see!

      • Julia says:

        Oooohhh, turquoise–fingers crossed! I think Malice either had a limited release around here or else it was put out and sold out quickly because I actually never saw it on display. Of course, he could have ordered it from the website had he begun shopping earlier :), but I was still charmed that he went to all the trouble to find it for me!

      • Eugenia says:

        Malice was limited edition, but even more than that, its reputation preceded its launch, so it was quickly sold out…EVERYWHERE! At least you’re able to order through CHANEL’s website; us Canadians are shut out in that area 🙁

  9. Danisha says:

    I’m late I love Frisson haha

  10. Montreal-Barbara says:

    i’ve been promising myself a new hot pink polish for spring and I think Fracas is IT (I even love the name!). I already have so many pale sheers and semi-sheers that I’m going to pass on Emprise, as pretty as it is. As for Accessoire – I keep telling myself that I have more than enough deep vampy shades and yet I keep falling in love with them…. However, I’m gbing to buy Fracas first. I’m so glad that you swatched it next to Riviera, because it really does show that it’s a warm-toned rather than a cool-toned hot pink.

    • Eugenia says:

      Fracas is even more amazing on than what you see in the bottle; even my husband felt compelled to comment on it, so you know it’s got that “it” factor when something like that happens, lol!

  11. Jess says:

    Sigh…oh, Eugenia, you and your amazing swatches slay me every time! These are all gorgeous! My wallet weeps. 🙂

  12. IrkaNL says:

    Absolutely great. Love all three new shades.

  13. beachgal says:

    Interesting that there is a deep, dark blood red in a spring collection -I find it great…I hate to see the same typical pallet always. Just as I thought what Essie showed for Winter 2012-13, we have bright cobalt and a true tuq., really cool – I hope we see this trend condition in summer – I think we need to break some of the ‘traditions.’

    • Eugenia says:

      I’m always curious to know how the bigger brands will interpret the seasons, and just when I think I’ve got them pegged, it’s nice to be surprised – especially when they throw in an unexpected shade!

  14. Angelica says:

    Oh my! Fracas is such a gorgeous colour, i’m definitely going to have to get my hands on that for Spring x

  15. You just keep making my Chanel To-Buy List longer and longer…

  16. nawi says:

    I only got the emprise from this collection but while driving home I already regretted leaving Frascas behind en after reading your post i know i must got back this week and purchuse frascas as well. I did not think accessoire was special or different enough to get for Spring. Thanks for yet another lovely post.

  17. danielle says:

    571 is beautiful! It really suits your skin tone too. I don’t own any Chanel polish yet but if I did end up buying one I think 571 would be my first choice 🙂

    • Eugenia says:

      Thanks! If you were to go for your first CHANEL polish, then #571 Fracas is definitely a great choice – and considering it’s limited, I have a feeling it will sell out quickly!

  18. Danny says:

    Uh, Fracas is super pretty! Do you know any dupes? E.g. essie – Peach Daiquiri or something like that?

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