Chanel Diwali Le Vernis – Bombay Express

June 29, 2012

Hints of new items from Chanel surfaced late last year at the Paris-Bombay Metiers d’Art Show (see the runway look on CafΓ© Makeup). The limited-edition beauty collection Bombay Express de Chanel has finally arrived in the US on Chanel.com (and soon to select counters and boutiques). I purchased two items Diwali Le Vernis and Brume D’Or blush. Diwali Le Vernis is perfectly described on Chanel.com: “A glowing mix of pale gold and luminous silver …” It has a highly metallic glow and rich pigment (not sheer like Gold Fingers or Graphite).

Here it is swatched with two coats, there are many different shades of shimmers in the bottle making it appear silver in some photos and then more glowy gold in others. 

The big question is how does this one lineup to past releases? Diwali is a special release and priced at a steep $30 per bottle. It is unique in the Chanel lineup. There are definitely similar shades that I’ll show below. Two views of the same shades. Dior Timeless Gold, Dior Golden Era, Chanel Delight, Chanel Kaleidoscope, Chanel Gold Fingers (prior reviews linked).

Two sets of swatches, note there are some repeats:

I would say that Chanel Diwali is closest to Dior Timeless Gold. Diwali has more yellow while Timeless Gold has more warmth. I personally prefer Chanel Delight from the summer collection for a metallic gold.
I can’t say I think Diwali is a must-have after comparing it to other shades (even though I had to have it). If you’re a huge Chanel fan then I would suggest buying it sooner than later (to avoid Chanel regret and astronomical eBay prices). Diwali is a pretty edgy metallic that I think can be worn year round.
Are you going to buy Chanel Diwali? If you already have what are your thoughts?

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  • Nicole (nicnac1618 – twitter)

    I completely agree with your review. I purchased this and the blush. Chanel Delight works better for my skin tone. However, I needed to have Diwali and I'm glad I purchased it.

    Also as an FYI – Chanel 57th St. in NYC has the fall collection out. They don't have this collection out though.

  • I bought Diwali almost as soon as I saw it. Very nice shade of gold. I like the fact that is pale gold. Beautiful collection overall:)

  • I didn't buy it…didn't want to..but reading through your post I am getting tempted to πŸ˜€ I don't really like these metallic shades, but I won't get to buy all this later..Chanel regret πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  • I love that colour… unfortunately chanel.com does not send to Germany, but fortunately my brother lives in L.A. πŸ™‚

  • Anahita

    I am going to get the polish, the highlighter and the brumes d'or blush from this collection. I'm just waiting for it to hit the 5th ave boutique since they told me that that collection and the blue collection are going to be released at the same time so I figured I would only pay shipping one time.

  • Sam

    I was curious about Diwali when I got the email from Chanel, and your review makes it even more tempting…we'll see. Thanks for reviewing it.

  • Amazing colour! I hope IΒ΄ll get them! πŸ˜‰
    But unfortunately I live in Germany ;/ LOL

  • This is a tough one…I have been lemming Diwali for a while, as I absolutely love gold, and what's better than a gold Chanel? But looking at your swatches…I am almost positive I can find a near dupe of this in my collection. So, hmmmmm. I live near a Chanel counter that often has these limited releases, so if I can buy it there or online without paying shipping I probably will, but not otherwise, I think.

  • Paige

    I bought the same items you bought: the blush and the nail polish. I actually prefer Diwali over Delight. Cool tone gold somehow looks better on me than a warm gold color.

    I look forward to hear your thoughts on Brume D'Or πŸ™‚

  • Oh that is beautiful!

  • Anonymous

    I bought the highlighter, the blusher and the nail polish. I love them all πŸ™‚

    Valerie and Karo, this collection is on sale at Selfridges and Harrods in the UK, I think they both ship worldwide.


  • Eeps! It's pretty, but not $30 worth of pretty…at least in my opinion. I have something very similar from Sally Hansen. Wouldn't call it a dupe but it's close enough for me!

  • I'm so happy to see that you think it's close to Dior Timeless Gold, I missed out on that and I'm so glad I have ordered Diwali (together with the gold powder – did you get that?).

  • Beautiful! πŸ™‚ I wonder how it compares to Dior #207 Or Lumiere/Golden Light? It looks like it might be similar but perhaps more opaque & sparkly. I love the way Chanel does shimmer! This reminds me I should get hold of Gold Fingers before it's gone forever.

  • Anonymous

    I ordered this and paid shipping too! I really think I will like it. The idea of gold and silver together is why I liked it.

  • I've been counting down the months for this release since I saw it on the catwalk! Can't wait for it to launch in the UK πŸ™‚

  • How does this compare to RBL Moxie?

  • I love Diwali and the other golden shades. Do you think there is a dupe for Diwali?

  • I love rose gold, so Delight is my favorite! You know you're a nail polish addict when you need two photos for comparison! πŸ™‚