Chanel Tapage Le Vernis (605) Nail Polish Review

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Chanel Tapage Le Vernis 605 Nail Polish

Chanel Tapage Le Vernis 605 Nail Polish had been repromoted as part of the Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss Collection. I had forgotten to review it that time, so I’m only posting it today. The new nail polishes in the collection were Expression, Intention and Exception, while all others including Tapage were repromotes.

I had actually bought Tapage last year when it was first released as part of the Chanel Notes de Printemps Collection for Spring 2014. That time, I still wasn’t much into red nail polishes. But being the Chanel makeup addict that I am, I still bought it. 😉

Chanel Tapage Le Vernis 605 Nail Polish

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 Tapage Le Vernis 605 Nail Polish


Chanel classifies Tapage as a bright pink. It doesn’t look too bright in the bottle and there are no shimmers. It has more of a cream finish that is not boring. I found it hard to capture its true color because it kind of changes depending on the lighting. When I bought it, I thought it was a darker version of Chanel Fracas. But when I compared them side by side, I found that they were too different from each other. Blame it on the store lighting! Lol!

Chanel Tapage Le Vernis 605 Nail Polish

On my nails, Chanel Le Vernis in Tapage is more of a vivid and bright coral red than a bright pink. But it still depends on the lighting. Sometimes, it also looks like a bright pinkish red. It also has a beautiful shine, so I could get away with not applying a top coat anymore.

Chanel Tapage nail polish has a very creamy consistency and it applies easily. The brush glides smoothly over the nails without any resistance. It also fans out just enough that it’s able to color an entire nail quite nicely. It’s not runny and the consistency is just right, not too thin nor too thick. It is super creamy and applies evenly without any bubbles or streaking.

Chanel Tapage Le Vernis 605 Nail Polish

Chanel Tapage has excellent color payoff. I forgot to photograph it, but one coating is already opaque. I still applied 3 coats to have a more even, beautiful and smoother result, but you could use only 2 coats and the finish is almost the same. For added protection, I used Chanel Beaute des Ongles Protective Base Coat before applying Tapage, but I didn’t use a top coat anymore because it already has a shiny finish.

With this combination, it lasts 4 to 5 days on my nails before it chips around the edges. It also takes a short time for Chanel Le Vernis Tapage to dry on my nails, less than 5 minutes for each coat.


Nail Polish Application Tips

The packaging of Chanel Le Vernis is very classy. It is an almost boxy and square glass bottle with a shiny black cap. The double Cs Chanel logo is engraved in white at the top of the cap. Unlike the NARS nail polishes where you have to twist the cap, this outer cap is removed by just pulling it off. Once removed, there is another cap inside which is round. This is the one holding the brush which is used for applying the nail polish.

Chanel Tapage Le Vernis 605 Nail Polish

I bought Chanel Tapage Le Vernis for Php1,250 at Chanel in Rustans Makati. I believe that it’s not a Limited Edition item, so it should still be available at Nordstrom for $27. It is a vivid and vibrant, coral red cream nail polish that you might easily find a dupe for. But considering the really good formula of this one, it’s definitely worth its price.

Do cream nail polishes appeal to you? Do you prefer pink red over coral red? What do you think about Chanel Le Vernis Tapage nail polish? Do you have a nail color similar to it?

Alyssa Melanie


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