Chanel Delight 607 vs. Quartz 525

April 23, 2012

Several have asked how the newly released Delight nail polish compares to Quartz from last fall stating they appear to look very similar. When I first saw Delight at the counters, I thought the exact same thing even though this shade was described as “bronzey”. I thought perhaps the department store lighting is playing tricks on my eyes. Once I got home, I put them together side-by-side and I found they were quite different which is why I didn’t include Quartz in my original comparison. I do strive for color accuracy for this blog, but varying monitors and differing light conditions can make it hard to tell what a color really looks like, even with numerous comparisons to other brands/shades. To answer those who have asked, this is what I found:
  • Delight is more golden, highly metallic/sparkley and warmer in tone
  • Quartz is not as frosty, has more silver/taupe/grey tones, and applies with a more subtle shimmer finish
Both shades contain multi-colored particles which makes these difficult to photograph. Quartz has those gorgeous teal flecks of micro-shimmer that you can only see at certain angles. Delight also has quite a few variations of metallic shimmers which is why it looks bronzey in the bottle but more lighter and more golden on the fingers. Multiple views below under different lights and at different angles. Note that I had no direct sunlight today, the weekend has been cloudy. I drove about 20 minutes away from the coast looking for a cloudless area (and an excuse to pick up one more sprinkles cupcake), but no luck finding sunshine today.

Swatched on the fingers, two coats for each shade:

And one last nail wheel comparison to Tom Ford Burnt Topaz (so you can see that Delight isn’t quite as bronzey, but more golden), Quartz (is one of those shades that looks different in every photograph), and Graphite (to show how Delight has a similar sparkley finish):

I hope this extra comparison post helps compare Delight vs Quartz! I personally really loved Quartz, but I think due to the taupe-ness, it can look a bit drab on some skintones sometimes (mine included). Delight has more glitz and warmth which makes me think this will be a bigger hit with a wider variety of skintones. It’s easier to wear in my opinion, even though it’s highly metallic, it’s still work friendly but has enough omph to wear on a nice evening out.

Also, for those who asked about the rest of the collection, I did purchase quite a bit from the Chanel Summer 2012 release, but most likely won’t be reviewing them due to time constraints. Some quick thoughts:

  • Bronzers are softer than last year’s and less brownish (at least on me) with a more finely milled shimmer. If I could only pick 1 it would be the Sable Beige. I don’t think they are must-haves, but that is just my opinion. I still bought both.
  • Sable-Emouvant Duo is gorgeous. It’s a pumped up version of the Taupe-Delicat, definitely a must-have, although probably very similar to other bronzey-coppers and beige shimmers from other brands. The pigment is excellent and the shimmer isn’t overly-frosty. Stunning and very easy to wear.
  • Sirocco or Calypso Glossimers aren’t must-haves if you have a lot of Chanel Glossimers already. The golden-beige is very sheer and virtually transparent. I found the coral is a bit different from other orangey glosses Chanel has released, but still very close.
  • En Vogue Rouge Coco Shine applies with a pinkish sheen rather than the orange it appears to be in the tube, different enough from Flirt to justify owning.
    Empreinte Rouge Coco Shine looked really pretty in the tube, I haven’t tried it on the lips yet, I assume it will barely show up on my lips.
  • Brun Intense eyeliner was a pass since it was a basic matte brown (I already love and adore BB’s Gel Eyeliners).
  • Peach Cuivre eyeliner is an intriguing metallic peach that I could not resist. I have no idea how I’m going to wear it though. I suspect it’s similar in concept to those metallic eyeliners from Armani but I don’t know how they compare (I never checked out the spring collection in close detail).
My top 5 picks from the collection include the nail polishes in Island and Delight, Peach Cuivre Eyeliner, Sable Beige Bronzer and the Sable-Emouvant Duo. For more details/discussion, I found the Chanel Summer 2012 forum on Specktra helpful with descriptions, extra photos, swatches and all those extra tidbits of awesome info from Chanel lovers around the world.

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  • Catherine April 23, 2012 at 12:47 am

    I am even more excited for Delight now, thank you for the comparisons!!

  • Winnie April 23, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Hi Sabrina! Thank you so much for the comparison… I have been searching high and low for it and Voila! You delivered right away. Thank you!

  • Gail April 23, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Thanks so much for the comparison and for your thoughts on the rest of the collection. Very helpful as always!

  • Dovey April 23, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Hi Sabrina, I love the colors featured in your pictured. Earth-toned metals always look so luxe lined up like that! I must say that though Delight is beautiful, I'm partial to Quartz πŸ™‚

  • Nawi April 23, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Thanks for yet again another great post! too bad you will not be reviewing the other pieces of the Chanel summer collection because I love reading what you think of them! But I am greatfull for the information that you did share now. I am een Chanel B30 which bronzer should I choose?

  • Nailfanish April 23, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Thank you so much. Never thought they were so different in colour, if you don't see them side by side.
    I love you blog. Keep going girl!! πŸ˜€

  • ~ Claire ~ April 23, 2012 at 9:18 am

    now I can't wait even more till my chanel delight arrives. I think delight and burnt topaz are a great combo.

  • Anonymous April 23, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Thank you for your post! I've been following your blog for sometime but have been too shy to comment πŸ™‚

    This post was very informative and your nails look super — would you consider doing a post on how you do your nails? E.g. how you get perfect cuticles, what base coat, etc. you use when you have more time?

    I am not sure if you every tried L'Oreal's L'Orange polish but I was curious how that compared to Holiday being that it's about 5x less expensive πŸ™‚

    I was pretty sure I was NOT going to get Delight, but after this post, darn it, I just might . . . thank you for your detailed post – very much appreciated!

  • blog April 23, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Sabrina, this nail polish looks absolutely gorgeous – must add it to the wish list. Look forward to your review on the other items you picked up!

  • Miss Clever April 23, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    wonderful colours!!! Love it

  • Makeup Magpie April 23, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Your comparison photos are beautiful πŸ™‚ Thanks for your thoughts on the collection. The bronzers sound great! I'm looking forward to seeing everything.

  • Jess April 23, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    These pictures are amazing quality! I love Delight!!

  • sass April 23, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Anybody know how Chanel Quartz compares to Butter London Old G,ld? I own Old Gold. THANKS!

  • Ana Sofia April 24, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Such stunning colours!

    Love, Ana

  • Christina April 24, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    i just found your blog its so great. new follower here πŸ™‚

  • Dee April 24, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks so much for this!! I have Burnt Topaz and was wondering how close they were, and now I see I need both. Also I completely agree with what you are saying about Quartz, unless I have a super tan it makes my olive skin look pasty, and I can usually get away with any colour. So really looking forward to Delight.

  • Anonymous April 25, 2012 at 5:14 am

    This is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  • Mia April 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Love Delight soooo much!! I want it now. Wonderful comparison!

  • Rola May 3, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Delight is absolutely gorgeous in person. Your comparsions are very helpful:)

  • brittany May 4, 2012 at 4:57 am

    why does chanel have two different cap bottle designs?