Chanel Provocation Le Vernis

Chanel Provocation Le Vernis is an intense dark vampy plum-wine. The color has a high-gloss finish and goes on with smoothly. It’s a classic fall vamp nail color. It darkens with two coats but I love that the purple tones are still visible. I really love this color.

Swatched with two coats:

There are a number of other dark vampy plums on the market. There are quite a few alternatives that are similar to Chanel Provocation. I didn’t look at all of the plums I own to compare, but I suspect there is a good dupe out there. Chanel Provocation is similar to Rescue Beauty Lounge Bruised and Chanel Diabolic on the nail wheel. RBL Bruised is lighter and Chanel Diabolic is deeper and more brownish.

A few comparisons of the closest shades I could find shown below. Chanel Vamp is significantly more reddish, Dior Shadow is more purple/blue, Dior Orchid is close but has more red, Provocation has the most dusty-purple tones, Chanel Vendetta is almost blue/violet when compared side-by-side.

Bottom line I think it’s a must-have even though it’s not the most unique shade. The coverage is smooth and opaque. It gives a defined edgy look that’s perfect for fall. Did you pick up any of the Twin Sets items this year? Which color/item was your favorite?


  1. September 18, 2012 / 6:26 am

    Oh that is goooorgeous! Kind of reminds me of Rouge Noir. Very classy shade! xx

  2. Anonymous
    September 18, 2012 / 7:12 am

    have you received the lipsticks yet? dying for your review on them. i totally agree with you about this shade it is a must have for me

    • September 22, 2012 / 2:50 pm

      Hi Anon – I'm still waiting for the lipsticks to arrive 🙁

  3. September 18, 2012 / 7:14 am

    Love the tone, I think it´s going to be one of the "must" this next fall/winter! thanks for sharing!

  4. September 18, 2012 / 12:54 pm

    great color I miss some gloss

  5. September 18, 2012 / 3:07 pm

    Love it! A perfect fall shade! My fav is Dior Orchid

  6. September 18, 2012 / 3:41 pm

    Love that polish for Fall! 🙂

  7. September 19, 2012 / 2:15 am

    I keep trying to Love mine but I feel like it has to much Brown in it…… I cannot decide if I should send it back or not. 🙁

  8. September 19, 2012 / 10:25 am

    Usually I use nail polish brand Yves Rocher. It's really great, but I'm happy to try a different brand of products

  9. September 19, 2012 / 4:46 pm

    I don't have a favorite..I like whatever I have on my nails at the moment 😀 Was do Dior polishes compare with Chanel..they seem to have some very pretty colors, but I have never tried any.

  10. September 21, 2012 / 12:15 am

    This is EXACTLY what I've been looking for! Somehow you & Chanel always seem to know what I "need"!