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Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Chanel Black Pearl: Swatches, Comparisons

Chanel Black Pearl Nail Polish

Chanel Black Pearl Nail Polish Swatches

Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel believed the light-reflecting property of pearls enhanced a woman’s natural beauty by bringing a delicate luminosity to her skin. Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup, captures this quality in a radiant Spring 2011 Collection, Les Perles De Chanel.

Black Pearl ($23) is a charcoal gray metallic with flashes of bright teal/green micro-shimmer. Considering it's a frosty metallic finish, I was rather surprised how easy the formula flowed with minor application problems - just a little smoothing out on the last coat.

Let's check out the comparison.

Chanel Black Pearl Nail Polish Comparisons

What makes Black Pearl so unique from others in my collection is the layer of teal/green micro-shimmer over a charcoal gray metallic base. Even with the flashes of green shimmer, it doesn't change the overall color to green - in my opinion.

Before I got my grubby hands on Black Pearl, I thought Avon's Gunmetal would be a close runner up because of the green micro-shimmer. And although the gray base is a close match to Chanel's, it lacks the overlay of green pearl. But it would be a great color to recreate a Black Pearl look using CND's Emerald Shimmer. 

Last but not least, Larua Mercier Caviar Dreams. It's hard to judge from my comparison above, but it's actually a much darker shade of charcoal with prominent teal shimmer and duochrome effects that's missing from Black Pearl. Caviar Dreams may be long gone, but a terrific dupe that's rather easy to find is Borghese Stellare Notte.

Overall, Black Pearl is the key winner from Les Perle De Chanel Collection. If you love charcoal gray metallics with a spin of murky green, I'd grab this one before it sells out.

The Spring 2011 Collection is now available at Chanel, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. What do you guys think of Black Pearl? Did you pick up any other colors from Les Perles De Chanel?

(1) Comments

Sandy said on Jan 5th, 2011 12:18 pm
Oh, I caved and got both Black Pearl and Pearl Drop. It's that gorgeous green sheen that made me purchase it :)! I absolutely love it!
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