Chanel Rose Caché 521 Le Vernis

November 24, 2011

Rose Caché 521 Le Vernis is one of three nail polishes released in the Rouge Allure Velvet Collection this year. I had high hopes for the three new shades (as you may know I have problems with restraint when it comes to Chanel nail polish). Rose Caché, Pirate and Rose Exhubérant are all indeed beautiful classics, but seemed like uninspired repeats of past collections. After a few swipes of testing I was pleasantly surprised. The colors are beautiful even though not the most unique. The first shade I put on for a full manicure was Rose Caché 521, a sheer pale neutral nude rose-pink. There is a slight iridescent glow in the bottle similar to what you see in colors Paradoxal and Jade Rose but when applied on the nail you get a creamy non-shimmery finish.

The formula is very sheer and natural, I had to use three coats to get decent coverage and the tips of my nails still showed through slightly. The shimmer does not show up on the nails once applied. Some shimmer will show up when the sun hits the nails directly but it’s very subtle. For my skintone, the color of Rose Caché is very nude and almost mannequin-like. It’s more pink and more visible on the nail compared to Jade Rose, but Rose Caché is still extremely sheer. All swatches below are with 3 coats. I do like that it is non-streaky (it has better coverage than Riva or Jade Rose).

Since Rose Caché is classic and neutral, I think it could be easily duped with other brands, but I don’t think others can replicate the fine iridescent quality Chanel has that give their nail polishes depth and dimension. It’s been quite a while since I stopped looking at neutral creamy pinks from brands like Zoya, OPI or Essie – all the ones I’ve tried are either too pale or too warm. I do have comparisons to some other Chanel neutral pinks as shown below Mica Rose, Magnolia Rose, Rose Satin, Jade Rose, Perle Roseé and Rose Confidentiel. I didn’t think Rose Caché was very unique, but after comparing to other pinks, I found that there’s not really anything quite like it. (Below the angle/flash shows the iridescent shimmer of some of the shades.)

Overall nice to own, but not a must-have. There are some Chanel colors I really wish the shimmer was more visible. Rose Caché is one of them. If what you see in the bottle appeared the same on the nails (plus if it were a bit more pigmented/less sheer) I would have been completely head over heels. Prior to the US release I had googled “Rose Caché” on a weekly basis. I especially loved the features from A Lipstick a Day, Polish Police, Makeup Magpie and Elevensixone’s Flickr Page – all of which I highly recommend you check out.
Did you check out the Rouge Allure Velvet collection? I’m not a fan of the matte or velvet look for makeup so I passed on all the lipsticks and the matte topcoat. I think looking back on the past year, the Soho Collection, along with Spring (Black Pearl Le Vernis) and Fall (Illusion d’Ombres) blew us away in such a way that anything new is hard to top. What did you think of the new Chanel items?
I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • I love this nail polish as well, but I think it OPI has a dupé named Tickle me Francey. I got both, but I kind of dread checking as it would be a little disappointing 😉

  • I like so much. I'll buy it.

  • Rose Satin looks beautiful! Thanks for this amazing post! Makes my choosing only 2 blottles (I too have a weakness for Chanel) a lot easier!

  • Chanel Rose Caché is one of my absolute favorite nail colors ever! Loooves it so much!

  • I love love love Rose Caché
    I wore this nail polish whole month ;D

  • I did pick up one of the lipsticks – #38 because I'm a sucker for reds. It's the best matte I've bought because they are usually terribly drying on me while this one is not. I'm not really a fan of mattes whether in lipstick form or for nails, I like things shiny & sparkly! But a nice muted red a nice spin for a red lip.

    Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for your lovely reviews.

  • I find those colors a little too
    light for my complexion except perle rosee and rose confidentiel. I love how pretty and clean it makes the nails looks.

    these reminds me of what I like to call "my nails need a day off, but I wanna cheat with some color."

  • rose cache was the only vernis that i picked up with the new release and overall i'm happy with it. i agree that it's not a must-have but a nice-to-have.

    i only picked up 2 lipsticks from the new velvet collection-#32 and #37 for the colors. the formula is very smooth on the lips but it does lack a little moisture so i find that lip exfoliation is a must.

  • That's such a gorgeous colour ! I'll have to check it out. Thank you for the review 😉

  • alice

    i love rose cache! it's not a must-have at first sight but after you swatch there's nothing like it! makes your finger tips look natural-neutral-healthy-and shy 🙂

  • I was so enamored by the polishes that I forgot about looking at the lipsticks. Rose Cache was the only one I picked up. It's utterly gorgeous. I want Pirate but I have a red from Lippmann that I love so much that I'm not really sure I'd wear it, so much thought and investigation needs to go into such a purchase at this time of year.

    Your comparisons are always so nice. Rose Confidential is one of my favorite chic go-to's. I love the look of Perle Rosee…yummy.

  • Mattea

    Rose caché is very similar to OPI's Barefoot in Barcelona, one of my favorite polishes. I have a similar skin tone to you and both are beautiful neutrals.

  • just bought it, thanks for your reviews 🙂