Today I had a little bit of fun by swinging by the Chanel counter to look at a red nail polish that has recently been brought up in a few YouTube Guru's videos as a favorite. Chanel Pirate 08.
While at the counter, and meeting a lovely SA (for a change)
I swatched Pirate on my hands and fell in love with the rich but bright shade.
I know I swore never to buy Chanel polishes again, but my hunt for the perfect red continues, so I bit the bullet and handed over the credit card.
In indoor lighting it was the perfect red I was looking for. Bright, made my hands look clean but polished, super shiny, not too warm, and a tiniest hint of berry. I walked out feeling quite pleased with myself.
Until I got in the car...
As we drove farther and farther away from the mall I could see the color in direct sunlight and the raspberry tones showed through. Still gorgeous but, familiar...
Revlon's Cherries in the Snow, I thought. I own a dupe. I just paid $26 dollars for something I already have. "Nooooo."
I came home for a swatch session to find that they are thankfully slightly different but noticed many items in my collection seem to match the hand I swatched a few Chanel shades on.
I decided to put the French house polishes against my own to come up with a dupe list.
Swatch fest at the Chanel counter
Index: Vendetta, Middles: Pirate, Pinkie: Frenzy
Can you see the differences?
OPI Linkin Park After Dark, Revlon Cherries in the Snow, OPI Skull and Glossbones
Swatch by Swatch Test:
Chanel Vendetta vs. OPI Linkin Park after Dark
(Please ignore the blurriness, this was the first time I had ever used my camera timer)
Both shades have that dark deep purple that is nearly black. When reflected against artificial light they both reflect nearly identical blue micro shimmers.
Vendetta in two coats still remains an incredibly deep purple.
Linkin Park After Dark begins to turn on the verge of black in two coats, and it is more difficult to distinct it's purple undertones.
Chanel Pirate vs. Revlon Cherries in the Snow
Quite a close match up!
In artificial and indoor lighting Chanel's Pirate is more of a true blue based red, with raspberry undertones which are not as prominent as it is in direct sunlight.
Revlon's shade is just a touch more raspberry pink, where Chanel has a drop more red.
When I look at my hands with the Revlon, I can see the pink undertones regardless of setting and it looks more of a retro shade. The Chanel version with that extra bit of red really adds in a bit of sophistication and again in doors, is probably the best red I have ever tried while really brightening my hands.
This is one I can wear to the office and feel quite grown up sporting.
Close up of the Revlon from a former blog post found here
Lastly a new upcoming cult favorite
Chanel Frenzy vs. OPI Skull and Glossbones
I have owned Chanel Frenzy before and had returned it.
Swatched side by side Frenzy is more muted, like a minky version of Essie's Sand Tropez. It is supposed to be a mixture of grey with slight lavender and perhaps a touch of taupe mix. OPI is a clear but bright light grey that looks like the best looking cement you have ever seen LOL
Close up of Skull and Glossbones
Now when Frenzy came out, I was dead set on buying it because I thought it would look like this
aka n*de grey perfection
But on my skin it looked like this
You can really see the minkiness of this grey against my skin tone.
In the end this made my hands just look a bit dull. Though the color was interesting enough it but looked far better on others and in the end was sent back.
Have any of you succumb to the beautiful polish offerings by Chanel?
Any favorite shades or dupes?