Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour 687 Phenix was released as part of the Chanel Holiday 2014 Collection Plumes Precieuses de Chanel last month. Phenix is the only nail polish released in the Holiday collection, but there are a lot of nail polishes released in the Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss Collection which also came out last month. It’s just too bad that Chanel Le Vernis Phenix is a Limited Edition.
I wasn’t planning on getting Chanel Le Vernis Phenix because I felt that I might already have a similar color in my nail polish stash. But since I might regret not buying it because it is a Limited Edition, I still did purchase it. It was the right decision to buy it, even though I also bought a lot of red nail polishes from the Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss Collection, because after checking my Le Vernis collection at home, I couldn’t find a dupe for Phenix.
Chanel describes it:
Classic and trend-defining shades in an exclusive formula that strengthens and moisturizes nails as it delivers high-shine colour. Applies evenly without streaking.
All Chanel nail products are formaldehyde-free, toluene-free and DBP-free.
Chanel classifies Phenix as a bright orange red. Looking at its color in the bottle, it seems to be too orange-y for my taste. I am always attracted to shimmery nail polishes and shimmers is often one of my deciding factors when choosing a nail polish. Phenix has no shimmers and I wasn’t impressed with its orange red color, but since it was the only nail polish in the Chanel Holiday 2014 Collection, I think it’s the only reason why I purchased it.
My first impression was that I could easily find a dupe for Phenix from my very limited Chanel nail polish stash. I even thought (while I was still at the Chanel counter) that it was similar to Chanel Le Vernis Coromandel. But when I got home and compared Phenix with Coromandel, I noticed that they are so different from one another, both in the bottle and when painted on the nails.
On my nails, Chanel Le Vernis Phenix is a true Holiday color. I love how even though it’s not an over-the-top orange-y, there is enough orange in it that makes it a beautiful bright red. If Chanel Coromandel is Santa’s red suit, then Phenix nail polish is bright and fresh, red poinsettia. It’s a very gorgeous bright red with a beautiful shine.
Chanel Le Vernis Phenix has a gel-like consistency and it applies rather easily and glides smoothly on my nails. It is super creamy and not runny, and applied evenly without any bubbles nor streaking. While I was applying Phenix, everytime I finish coating a nail, I kept saying, “Pure love!” LOL!
Chanel Phenix has excellent color payoff. One coating is already opaque, but I still applied 2 coats to have a more even, beautiful and smoother result. For added protection, I used Chanel Beaute des Ongles Protective Base Coat before applying Phenix, but I didn’t use a top coat anymore because it already has a shiny finish. With this combination, I think that it will probably last around 4-5 days on me before it chips around the edges.
2-3 minutes is all it takes for Chanel Le Vernis Phenix to dry up. I resisted the temptation to touch my painted nails to check if it’s already dry, but after about 5 minutes when I just couldn’t handle it anymore and did touch just the one on my little finger, it was already completely dry and set.
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Comparisons from L-R: Coromandel, Phenix, Rouge Flamboyant, Rouge Rubis and Expression.
I bought Chanel Le Vernis in Phenix for Php1, 250 at Chanel in Rustans Makati and I think that it’s a must-have nail polish this season, and it’s absolutely backup-worthy. Paint the town Phenix! 🙂 Since it’s a Limited Edition, you might want to order it soon if you’re planning on getting it. Phenix is still available, as of posting, at Nordstrom and Saks for $27.
Did you also get Chanel Le Vernis Phenix nail polish? If not, will you be getting it now after reading my review? 😉