Chanel Vertigo #563 Le Vernis – Fall 2012

June 20, 2012

Chanel Vertigo #563 is a dark murky color that I find a bit hard to describe. In the bottle the base is a blackened-brown-grey-plum. The color is infused with that signature Chanel subtle shimmer which is visible in the bottle but not so apparent on the nail. Holding the bottle at an angle to the light shows flashes of red, plum and gold in the frost. Due to the complex nature of this shade, sometimes the bottle will look like a dusty faded plum-brown, others a rich dark plum with red shimmer, and other times a flat cool grey-brown with blue tones.
When news first surfaced that Chanel would release a nail color called “Vertigo” this fall, many of us wondered if it would be a re-promote of an older Chanel shade. Good news to long-time collectors: this season’s Vertigo is completely different. See the original Chanel Vertigo on Cafe Makeup (scroll to the bottom) and Caramel Frappe. (I still wish I could get my hands on the original!)

Coverage on Vertigo #563 is rich and smooth. Application is nearly flawless with two thin coats. This gives a high shine finish which doesn’t really a top coat (in my opinion). More close ups below.

Close up of the shimmers:

Below swatches in different lighting show this sometimes looks flat, other times looks warm, and yet other times looks cool-toned.

At first glance, I thought this looked identical to Dior’s Underground and Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Recherche. Comparing them on the nails proved they are different. Chanel has mixed up a color that I find truly unique and different, even if there are other colors that are similar in the same color family. In seeing the photos above it might have you wondering: Is Vertigo plum? Brown? Gray? Black? I hope the two sets of comparisons below help answer this question. My answer is that it’s a mix of all of the above.

First, left to right: Dior Underground (warmer and brown), Chanel Paradoxal (lighter and brighter), Chanel Vertigo, Chanel Strong and Chanel Vamp.

Second, left to right: Dior Aztec Chocolate, Dior Perfecto, Chanel Vertigo, Chanel Black Satin, Rescue Beauty Lounge Recherche

Will you be picking up Chanel Vertigo this season?

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  • Probably, not. I do like how it looks on the very first picture but, in my opinion,it is not as pretty as Chanel Paradoxal or Chanel Vamp. So, skipping.

    • After good looking at the swatches, changed my mind. My purse will definitely get lighter;)

  • Oooh, I'm loving this! I like that it's such a complex shade. Much more interesting that flat black or grey!

  • Goya

    I think this is the most unique color so far. Chanel is really on to something.

  • Wow, what an interesting color, and so appropriate for fall. At first glance this looked almost identical to Paradoxal to me, but side-by-side they're very different! I'll definitely be checking this out in person.

  • Eileen

    Thank you, Sabrina, for such a comprehensive set of swatches. Since seeing some of the early pictures, I've been trying to figure out exactly what this complex color would look like on the nails. You've answered my question. It looks–intriguing. I love Chanel's autumn creations and it looks like Chanel has come up with another unique color.

  • Yes, of course I will…


    Sorry, just read the hint regarding the blog links!

  • OMG! It's a must-have!!! Love your swatches and comparisons – you have an awesome nail polish collection πŸ™‚

    Where did you pick up Vertigo from? I couldn't find it on the Chanel website..

    • Hi Rads, I purchased my chanel fall items from Bergdorf Goodman instore. I suspect the items will be online very soon!

  • You'd better believe I'm getting Vertigo! I cannot wait for my local Chanel counter to get these in (I'm in the midwest so we usually get them a few weeks after the coasts). I am planning on picking up all 3 new fall shades – they are all gorgeous. Thanks for your excellent swatches and review!

  • Thank you for review! This is such a complex color, I will get it, of course!

  • Oops..sorry I hadn't read the earlier post..got the answer..thanks πŸ˜€ Guess will have to wait for the collection to turn up somewhere I can buy it from …so impatient πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  • Wow how pretty this is! In the first pic it looks like a deeper version of Paradoxal but I'm so glad its not!

  • Amy

    Yes yes, a thousand times yes!

  • Love this shade so much! Do you know which colour will be limited edition??

    • Hi Brenda, I'm not sure – I assume most everything is limited edition.

  • I love this colour! And I have got original Vertigo 60 too…yes,yes..I am Chanel Addict! πŸ™‚

    • You lucky girl!

    • Thank you πŸ™‚ but your chanel nail polishes are amazing too πŸ™‚

  • Z

    I like and I think it may wind up being a favorite for fall. Wow, I forgot how pretty Paradoxal is!

  • Z

    I like and I think it may wind up being a favorite for fall. Wow, I forgot how pretty Paradoxal is!

  • Most certainly will be getting it! I thought it was closer to Paradoxal but seeing your swatches I realize that I do need it

  • Paige

    I'll pass on this one. It's not as pretty as Paradoxal.

  • Gasp… Vertigo is amazing!!!

  • This is such a beautiful color. It looks very classy in the pictures. Hopefully it looks good with my skin tone ( olive) sometimes dark colors do not work for me πŸ™ Yay!!! for lovely CAHNEL colors

  • Love the film noir name; the color certainly lives up to it!

  • I think this would be the MUST HAVE nail polish from Chanel fall 2012 πŸ™‚

  • Gorgeous color!
    I recently buyed Diwali, but now I want Vertigo too! πŸ˜‰

  • It's pretty, but I wish the shimmer was visible–it looked so beautiful in the bottle!

  • Wwwwhhoouuaah!!:-) it's really beautiful!! I love it!!

  • Tatiana

    It's a pass for me. But it has renewed my want of Paradoxal!

  • I really wish that shimmer showed on the nail. It would be totally amazing if it did.

  • Loli

    This color is SO ugly–looks like corpse nails, a little too fashion victim-y. I'll stick with last years' knockouts–Quartz, Graphite, Peridot. Thank you for posting so I don't waste $$$ on this.

  • This is a wonderful post! Looking forward to grabbing a bottle πŸ™‚

  • Beautiful swatches! I'm definitely on board with Vertigo. Love Dior Underground, too. How did I miss that one?!

  • Ashley

    I ordered this and Frenzy. Love, love, love!

  • Anonymous

    Vertigo looks gorge on you! My Fall go to for years has been Vamp, I look forward to adding Vertigo and Suspicious to the list. I do love how Strong looks, I didn't notice a number on the bottle? Is this a limited edition color? Do you know if it's still available and where I can get it?

    P.S. If it is an older color how do you keep it so fluid? : )



  • Anonymous

    Vertigo.. I've got it last week, it looks sooo cool with my grey jeans, and silver metallic belt, white shirt and a black jacket, I feel like a rock singer!
    My first dark color!

  • I have this nail polish and it is literally the best thingxx