What happens when your favourite nail polish gets released in a longwear version? You go immediately to pick up not one, but two! Unfortunately, when your favourite polish is Chanel, it becomes an expensive shopping trip.
Chanel released a new, permanent line of longwear nail polishes that can be topped off by a longwear top coat. The line includes 16 shades, some new releases, some very close dupes to shades in the regular line, and some repeat shades. Sadly, it appears that the original line of polishes is getting phased out (there are none on the Chanel website anymore).
I picked up Particulière and Chaîne Or so that I could try one of the reformulated colours along with the most unique shade in the new line.
So before I breakdown the new formula, I should tell you what the old one was like. One of the thinnest polishes I have used but packs a big pigmentation punch. It dries quickly, isn’t prone to streaking, and lasts a really long time. Plus there’s an added bonus of the formula not changing over the years (I’ve had one for 8 years and it’s still great!).
I’ve tried out both shades of the new formula and I have to say I am very impressed. I will still miss that old formula but if they release the unique shades they usually do, I’ll be okay I guess. This formula is 5-free so it does not contain formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor or formaldehyde resin. It does contain ceramides and bioceramics which are lipids that form a barrier and strengtheners, respectively.
The new formula is thicker than the old one to start. I’m a bit worried about them drying out faster than the old formula over time (but we will see). The brush is also a bit different, in that it fans out more as you apply your polish. This brush may make it a bit easier for those that aren’t great at painting their nails as you can cover more nail with one swipe.
I can say though that I think the pigmentation somehow got even better with this new formula. I could almost get away with 1 coat for Chaîne Or (if it wasn’t for a bit of streaking due to the metallic nature of the polish). Particulière was an absolute dream to apply and a definite 1 coater. I think because the formula is thicker is the reason why they apply more opaquely (more pigments within the polish, maybe?). Wear is very similar to the old formula but I used the same top coat I usually do, Seche Vite, so I can’t comment on the longwear nature of the polish really. I wore Particulière for a good 5 days and had very minimal tip wear and absolutely no chips.
Overall, I am happy with the change but that doesn’t mean I won’t miss the old formula of Chanel polishes. My fingers are crossed that they continue to put out amazing limited edition shades every season so I can continue collecting them.
You can now pick up the new Chanel polishes at your nearest Chanel counter and select Shoppers Drug Mart locations in Canada.
til next time…