Chanel Steel Le Vernis

September 20, 2010
Might be a bit too early in the year for a dark manicure but Chanel Steel is one shade that I just couldn’t wait to put on. I swatched the Soho Le Vernis in Steel & Strong last week and decided to go with Steel first. I find these shades typical of certain shimmery Chanel Le Vernis shades like Jade Rose, Paradoxal, Vendetta etc. in that what you see in the bottle isn’t exactly what you get on the nails. In this case, what you see in the bottle is a deep grey laced with silver pearly streaks. What you get on the nails is more of a deep midnight steel blue-black.

Here are a few close up shots and further below it’s on a full manicure (2 coats although 1 would have been sufficient) in different lighting so you can see the full effect.

Outdoors, natural light, this is what it looks like with a bit of sun shining:

This is what you see without direct sunlight or flash:

Photographed with high flash against Black Caviar Leather (you can see the blue sheen):

Also against Black Caviar Leather, but without direct flash (the color on the nails is dark but not a pure black):

I compared it in my previous post to a few other shades, Chanel Noir Ceramic and Essie Over The Top (see last week’s post). In looking at my other colors again, I thought it might be similar to Lippmann’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot, but I find the quality of the Chanel superior as you only need 1 coat while for the other you need at least 3 to get a rich opaque finish. The Lippmann shade has a more steely-blue cast, but if you have this color and don’t mind applying more coats then I think they are similar enough that you don’t need the Chanel.

Chanel Steel vs. Lippmann Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Next to Bobbi Brown Black Sparkle – you can see the blueish tones:

It’s perfect for fall. Not too black and has a rich opaque finish (as you can see with just one coat swatched). I find it a tad thicker than most Chanel nail polishes (Strong as well) so you may want to adjust your application slightly with that in mind. Worth every penny.

You Might Also Like

  • Is it just a camera or is it actually with a little warm brown tone in it? If so I love it!! I love Chanel nail polishes, because they don't cheap off… Why oh why do they need to be so pricey! πŸ™‚

  • LuckyRedLisa

    LOVE THIS!! I may be able to finally let go of my lemming for Noir Ceramic. I cannot wait to do a mani in this. Thanks so much for doing yours so quick. πŸ™‚

  • Eileen

    That Steel looks very nice on you. Is it just the way it photographed, or does it really have a satin soft sheen as opposed to a high gloss? The satiny finish prevents it from looking goth or too extreme. It's not sparkly, glittery, or over-the-top frosted. It appears to be satiny (I keep coming back to that word!) with a very subtle shimmer just like the beautiful Nouvelle Vague.

  • Oh wow do I love that color!

  • i love the color

  • Jackie

    The color was described to me by Tim at the Chanel Soho store as looking just like "wet asphalt".

    What do you think of that description? I thought it was right on.

  • Fun shade. Great for a night out.

  • Gorgeous! Steel looks better than I expected! And your nails are my favorite perfect length, especially with dark colors. A perfect manicure!

    I only bought Strong, though. I thought Strong looked more like the color in the Soho video. I, too, was thinking that this color might resemble "Hit me with your best Shot". Can't wait to see Strong on you!

    And thank you for the Le Metier Marchesa feature! Haven't touched mine, yet! They look gorgeous!

    Honestly Sabrina! you have such exquisite taste! Thank you for this blog!

  • oh i LOVE that chanel polish!!