Chanel Suspicious #561 Le Vernis – Fall 2012

Chanel Suspicious #561 ($26 for 13 ml/0.4 fl oz) is a dark raspberry red cream. The coverage on this shade is amazing and finish is flawless with high pigment and high shine. The color itself is perfect for the fall season and yet still appropriate for right now in the summer, however it’s just not quite as unique as I had hoped for. I still like this color a lot, but have quite a few other shades similar to this one. 

Here it is on with two coats. Sometimes this looks borderline more reddish than raspberry/fuchsia. Next to a pure red, like Chanel Dragon, you can see that Chanel Suspicious is really more pinkish. Unfortunately, my Chanel Dragon is missing in action so I didn’t compare it. I did pull some other fuchsia/raspberry colors to compare below.
First, Suspicious #561, swatched with 2 coats:

Comparisons, left to right: Chanel Riviera, NARS Anardana, Chanel Suspicious, Chanel Pulsion, Chanel Splendeur, Chanel Tentation.

All the colors swatched with 2 coats (except Riviera because I ran out of fingers to swatch them on in one photo):

Overall pretty, rich and lovely for fall. Not quite as unique as some other Chanel shades, but still a classic.


  1. June 22, 2012 / 4:58 am

    I love Tentation – coverage and ease of application is perfection. At first, I thought they were too close to warrant buying Suspicious but in the comparison it looks like Suspicious is Tentation's classy older sister. Perfect Fall Fuchsia! It's on the list!

    • June 22, 2012 / 8:54 pm

      ITA with "Tentation's classy older sister!" I thought the same from some of the early reviews that the only difference was the shimmer, but I think the shimmer in Tentation is pronounced enough that it makes quite a difference on the nail.

      Thanks again for great swatches and comparisons Sabrina!

  2. Sara
    June 22, 2012 / 5:26 am

    Hey Sabrina .

    How close is this to chanel rose exuberant ?
    It looks amazing , but very close to rose exuberant :/

  3. June 22, 2012 / 5:50 am

    I wonder why such a pretty color is named Suspicious 🙂 ?

    • August 23, 2012 / 8:07 pm

      I read on vogue online (or somewhere else) that chanel named the nail polishes of the collection after Hitchkock movies..

  4. June 22, 2012 / 6:32 am

    Amazing colour, I love pink polishes! ♥

  5. June 22, 2012 / 6:43 am

    Seems to be a lighter version of April…

  6. June 22, 2012 / 7:33 am

    Looks very pretty! It kind of reminds me of Essie Rose Bowl. I like that type of colour!

  7. June 22, 2012 / 9:18 am

    It looks quite nice, but I doubt if it would work with my skin tone… I love how you put up comparisons with other colors – helps get a better idea about the shade!

  8. June 22, 2012 / 12:34 pm

    I was going to skip this one but who am I kidding? It's coming home with me.

  9. Paige
    June 22, 2012 / 5:09 pm

    Lovely color suitable for fall. I will probably get this later. Fall collections are released so early these days! Right now, I still want to enjoy summer colors.

    By the way, I saw that the Bombay collection is now available on I immediately grabbed Diwali but boy, it's $30! I do hope the quality matches this price increase. I didn't see Nirvana, however. I guess, they are not releasing that anymore.

  10. June 22, 2012 / 7:34 pm

    I like them! Musch better than Tentation 😉

  11. June 22, 2012 / 11:27 pm

    this is beautiful–definitely looks very rich and pretty! But you're right, not very unique and because of this, I will probably pass

  12. June 23, 2012 / 3:54 am

    I saw Suspicious in the store today and passed on it. It was not unique at all in person. Way prettier here. I love Tentation and will stick with that. (Did get Frenzy and Vertigo though!)

  13. June 23, 2012 / 6:00 pm

    Love it! Thanks for the helpful comparisons 🙂

  14. June 27, 2012 / 3:51 pm

    I'm wondering if anyone knows when these nail polishes will arrive in Canada?