Chanel Pearl Drop #511 Le Vernis for Spring 2011

December 30, 2010

I had a girls’-day-out with my mother and sister the other day and we all treated ourselves to a mani/pedi together. My sister texted me earlier in the day, “can you bring a light red for mom?” so I brought 3 different shades of Chanel red for her to pick from. She ended up picking Dragon (one of my favorites). I decided to go light and give Chanel’s Pearl Drop #511 Le Vernis a try even though it is my least favorite color out of all the spring shades (see review and comparisons here). After trying it out on a full manicure with 2 professionally applied coats, my heart softened a little for this color – but only in the slightest bit.

Chanel Pearl Drop #511 is a frost-finish white gold shimmer. The base is mostly white with a bit of pink and the shimmer is golden. It’s not the easiest shade to apply – the frost in this makes it easy to streak if not applied with a steady hand. Also, the gold shimmer makes this yellow, much like NARS Albatross Highlighting Powder. I already have yellow undertones being Asian so I feel like yellowy-golds aren’t the most flattering for my skintone. (If you’re wondering why I have Albatross even though I don’t like it, the compact was received as a gift.)

Now that I’ve ranted enough about it, you might wonder: is there anything good about this color? The answer is yes. I actually like this color in brighter lighting or natural light because it appears less yellow and more pearly. The coverage is decent, but you definitely need 2 coats with this color. It’s definitely a brightening color because it’s on the lighter side. Compared to actual pearls, Chanel’s Pearl Drop flashes more yellow-gold than most pearls do.

With flash:

Outdoors without flash:

My mom and sister were wowed by this color. Their comments were, “it matches your outfit perfectly!” So don’t write this off just because I’m not so wowed by it. Overall I think I am just picky when it comes to lighter colors. If you try this on at the counter, definitely try and apply 2 coats, not just one. My heart still belongs to Black Pearl (reviewed here).

I think it’s pretty but I don’t think it’s a must-have. You can probably get a similar effect with other colors but most will be more gold or more white. The streaks aren’t too visible at arm’s length. At this time I do not know if this is limited edition or not. I found mine at Nordstrom. By this time, most counters in the US should have the spring collection available for sale.

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  • I think the color looks really good on you. I just purchased it plus the Black Pearl & Riva. Can wait to use them. Love your blog!

  • Hey Sabrina! This looks beautiful on your nails, and especially against that sweater! I passed on this because it seemed to clash too much with my skin…

  • Anonymous

    Hey Lina,

    This looks great on you…subtle, but elegant. Not complimentary to your skin tone? Pfft. I don't want to hear it. πŸ™‚


  • thanks for the review. I will definitely check it out – it looks really classy and "business"-able πŸ˜‰

  • Pearl Drop looks quite lovely on your nails. Maybe it's just the wrong time of year? I bought a bottle for my pale porcelain princess and she loves it. I got the Black Pearl and will be wearing it come this afternoon. Each polish has its own beauty, but I prefer the darker one.

  • yvette

    I don't love it, but it does look really pretty on your skintone.

  • Anonymous

    To change the subject, any word on the spring Dolce & Gabbana?

  • i love it… it's so soft and pretty, can't wait to pick up one for myself πŸ™‚

  • just wanted to wish you a happy new year. i've throughly enjoyed reading your blog throughout 2010 .. can't wait to see what's around the corner in 2011. xo faye

  • Anonymous

    I think that's beautiful.


  • Very delicate and precious.