Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in 613 Eastern Light had been repromoted in the Reflets D’Ete de Chanel Summer Collection. It was originally released in Chanel’s Hongkong Collection last year, but I passed up on it. I had finally bought it together with Pink Tonic (reviewed here), Mirabella (reviewed here) and Sweet Lilac (reviewed here).
It is a bit nostalgic. Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in 613 Eastern Light reminds me of my childhood days when I used to play with my mom’s correction fluids and used them to paint my nails. She was a teacher so she had a lot of these correction fluids, but everytime she needs to use one, she can never find any because I always take them from the drawers in her home office and never managed to return them because after I use them to paint my nails, my younger brother would use them to paint his little Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars. My brother and I wanted to paint everything white during those years. LOL!
Not counting my White Out correction fluid days, it’s my first time using a pure white nail polish. I am not into white nowadays. In our house, I don’t like white walls because it reminds me of hospitals. Even with clothes, I feel like wearing white is like wearing a school uniform. I don’t really hate it, but it’s not on my list of favorite colors.
When I bought Eastern Light together with some of the nail polishes from the Reflets D’Ete de Chanel Summer Collection, it was not really intended. The SA from Chanel was the one who suggested it to me, saying that I should try it because I might like it. So I gave in, and it was only yesterday that I finally took it out of it’s box and tried it on my nails.
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.
In the bottle, Eastern Light is an honest to goodness, pure white with no shimmer or shine at all. It looks as plain as milk.
The formula is not creamy nor smooth, and the consistency of Eastern Light is somewhat watery. Because of this, it was hard to apply. It is a bit confusing, too, because as I was applying it on my nails, Eastern Light was a little sticky, goopy and worst of all, streaky. Compared to other nail polishes in the collection, this has the worst formula, color, texture and consistency.
On my nails, it is an in-your-face, innocent-as-a-baby, pure white with a bit of shine. I did experience some bubbles, but with the uneven application, who will be looking for bubbles? 🙁
I applied 3 coats and even then, Eastern Light was still uneven. Maybe I should have added a 4th coat to make it better, but that would be too heavy on my delicate nails. 😉 Because I had applied 3 coats, it took a long time to dry.
I think Eastern Light will only last a day or two on my nails, not because it will fade or chip, but because I might remove it and replace with a different nail polish. 😉
I bought Eastern Light for Php1, 250 at Chanel in Rustans Makati and it is not worth the price. It will be very easy to find a dupe and the cheapest would be White Out or other correction fluids. 😀
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in 613 Eastern Light is The Shame of Le Vernis.
As always, if you have any questions or experiences with this product, or any feedback, whether good or bad, please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
Alyssa Melanie is a certified MUA – a Makeup Addict. While her favorite high-end brands are Chanel and Dior, she just can’t resist falling in love with a lot of drugstore brands too, like Revlon and NYX. Her motto: “When I feel good about myself, I feel beautiful. Putting on makeup and taking care of my skin, makes me feel oh-so-good.“