Chanel Frisson 543 Le Vernis

February 18, 2012
Chanel Frisson 543 Le Vernis is soft super-sheer baby pink infused with gold flecks and tiny multi-colored micro sparkles. From the promotional photos this one looked the most stunning out of the four newest shades, primarily because I found the gold shimmers to be breathtakingly gorgeous. I ordered mine online sight unseen but once the reviews started to surface, my heart sank when I saw how sheer it was. These sources were extremely helpful: Specktra.net, The Purse Forum and Best Things in Beauty’s blog. While all have posted great accurate photos, I was let down when I saw that it didn’t appear to be all that special. Frisson is indeed gorgeous in the bottle and although I know it was designed to be a sheer jelly-like color, I am disappointed. It requires 3 thick coats to show up on my fingers which I feel is too much for this particular shade (it ends up looking goopy). Those who love to layer might like this one. For me, I prefer 2 coats max (of the actual nail color) so I feel this as a topper won’t be good for me. Here are a few more photos.

Here it is swatched, your standard soft pale pink shimmer:

In direct sunlight you can see the gold shimmer:

It’s very similar to previously released soft pink shimmers from Chanel. I understand that repeats are bound to happen. After all there are only so many colors that one can create that are new, fresh and unique. Frisson is definitely among the most complex out of all the paler pinks that I own from Chanel. Not quite as epic as Pink Satin (which I adore for the silver glitter and opalescent sheen), but pretty close.

The good news is that if you missed out on Pink Satin, Mica Rose or Flamingo, the newest Frisson will fill the gap in your collection if you want something similar. Also, good news, if you own any of those shades, you can safely skip Frisson and save for something else. To me I could barely tell the difference.
  • Pink Satin has more of an opalescent sheen and has silver glitter.
  • Frisson is the most complex with bigger more visible gold shimmers.
  • Mica Rose flashes green/blue in the shimmers slightly.
  • Flamingo has the most smooth shimmer (rather than sparkle) with more white/silver veining.

I should be in love with this shade. It’s soft, natural, pink, shimmery, complex and Chanel. Right now I feel lukewarm. Perhaps it is all the other knock-out killer brights that have my attention right now? It is a stunning shade in the bottle and lovely on the fingers. I know this is something that will grow on me. Part of it is that I was expecting something as epic and unique as prior seasons like Steel, Black Pearl, Quartz, Graphite etc. As of late I feel that Chanel has been repeating themes that are a bit too similar (how many bright pink creams and reds can one possibly want?). This might just be me. When will I learn to wait before jumping to order?
Did you check out the new shades yet? What did you come home with? Or has something else caught your eye for this spring season?

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  • Hmm it does look pretty similar to the others. It's pretty but nothing really really special.

  • Very demure. Beautiful! Though I'm going to be able to pass since I have so many like it. Whew. lol

  • I checked out this collection at a boutique and got Frisson (and the Jalousie Glossimer). I fell in love with Frisson instantly! On me, two coats is nearly opaque and I love the shade and the gold shimmer. It looks just like your photos. I am usually a bold creme girl, but Frisson doesn't feel too barely-there for me. Plus, I thought application was fantastic. It will grow on you! =)

  • Anonymous

    agree so much

  • Is that 3 coats in your pics?

    • Yes, that's 3 coats in the swatches πŸ™‚

  • It kind of reminds me of Arizona Peach by Lancome… but I could be way off πŸ™‚ I think it's pretty, but then again polish is my weakness πŸ™‚

  • Gail

    It looked even more sheer on me than it does on you. I was very disappointed and sent it back.

  • Frisson is so cute! so wonderful!

  • It's really pretty but I'm kind of glad that I can skip it:) I'm hoping that Chanel comes out with a great set of nail colors soon that wows us all. They really were on a roll for a while there.

  • I found this to be a great topper too, especially on colors like Tickle my Francey and Rose Cache

  • Pretty! But not unique enough for me to purchase.

  • Perhaps it's the repeat factor that makes it less unique! I know that I don't have anything like it in my collection, so it looks super beautiful in my eyes, and I'm very tempted! Sure, it looks dupable, but I can't resist a pretty Chanel nail lacquer!! πŸ™‚ x

  • Soft, shimmery Chanel pink polishes always remind of beautiful baby showers for some reason. πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    I passed on it as well, however, it does look gorgeous over May (I happened to wear May when I tried Frisson at Nordis πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the great swatches.

  • Which are your all time Chanel nail polish favorites?

  • I like pink satin. It's got a nice, soft sheen.

  • I have this on right now. So pretty!

  • It looks very much like OPI's "Princesses Rule."

  • Reading the review it seemed Frisson might not be a must-have. That changed when I saw it on your nails. It is soooo pretty! A nice twist on a sheer pink. Btw your nail swatching is perfect and amazing. My wallet thanks you πŸ˜‰

  • I saw this color the other day and I felt the same way. Didn't pack enough punch for me although it's pretty in the bottle.

  • would kim-pletely (nichole by OPI) be a dope?

  • Wow, that really does not show up on your nails, Sabrina! Too bad–it's so gorgeous in the bottle and reminds me of my total disappointment in Trapeze, which I hang onto so I can look at it in the bottle. Unfortunately that beauty does not translate to my nails.

    Thanks especially for the comparison photo of similar. I have Mica Rose, which look very similar, but I think I prefer the silvery-white-green-purple microshimmers to gold. Gold doesn't flatter my skin tone. I'm guessing Mistral and Ming are darker.

    Great review, as always. β™₯