Chanel Malice #637 Le Vernis – Holiday 2012

Chanel Malice #637 ($26 for 13 ml/0.4 oz) is the newest nail polish release for holiday this year. I found mine at Neiman Marcus in-store, but the entire holiday collection had not yet arrived (and there were no testers). It’s a stunning drop-dead gorgeous dark wine vamp infused with red shimmer. It’s quite dramatic and deep. The finish is a smooth shimmer. It’s not quite as shimmery or frosty like Delight or Island, but the shimmer isn’t invisible like it is with shades such as Distraction or Jade Rose. I’ve worn this color for three days now with no wear/chipping/peeling. I haven’t been this smitten with a nail color since Black Pearl. I do find it different enough from Vamp to justify owning both.
When the light hits Chanel Malice, the ruby red shimmer glows:

Here it is without direct sunlight hitting the polish:

Malice is a full-coverage polish. One coat was sufficient for full nail coverage but two is better:

Without a flash or sunlight, it looks like your basic vampy polish. A few shots below shown with the latest addition to our family (still not yet named):

I closest shade I could find to Chanel Malice is OPI’s Glove You So Much (from holiday 2009). There are definitely other shades similar in effect and finish. I didn’t find another exact dupe but here are some comparisons to: OPI The One That Got Away, OPI Glove You So Much, Rescue Beauty Lounge Black Russian, Chanel Gondola, Chanel Tulipe Noire, Chanel Rouge Noir, Chanel Red Dream, Dior Icone, Dior Apparat, Chanel Rouge Fatal and OPI Black Cherry Chutney.

Full nail wheel – lightened so you can see the shimmer undertones:

Full nail wheel, same shades/order – darker lighting (more true to the real color):

I think Malice is definitely a must-have. Many may find it too similar to Vamp to justify owning but I adore Malice. I have yet to see the entire Chanel Holiday collection in person yet. I did purchase all the glossimers, the quad and illusion d’ombre. I will do my best to review them in the upcoming week – however right now I’m fully distracted by our new kitty.
Have you seen Chanel holiday yet? Thoughts? I’m dying to see the new blush and eyeshadow duo and anxiously waiting for them to arrive instore.


  1. Anonymous
    October 13, 2012 / 11:06 pm

    I love your cat :))))


    • October 15, 2012 / 2:08 am

      Thank you! I love him so much too πŸ™‚

  2. October 13, 2012 / 11:13 pm

    Your darling kitten is adorable! I like this darker plum red color!

  3. October 13, 2012 / 11:18 pm

    Tulip Noire is one I've never seen before — it looks beautiful. Congratulations on the adorable addition to your family — what a cutie! I hope we see more of him (or her?) again in the future πŸ™‚

    • October 15, 2012 / 2:09 am

      Thank you! Tulipe Noire unfortunately was a gorgeous limited edition. I wish they didn't discontinue it! The kitty is a boy – thank you for the kind words πŸ™‚ He will definitely make more appearances on the blog.

  4. October 13, 2012 / 11:45 pm

    That colour is gorgeous, but your cats even more adorable! xx

    • October 15, 2012 / 2:09 am

      Thank you Maya πŸ™‚

  5. October 13, 2012 / 11:56 pm

    A kitten! Made my day!

  6. October 14, 2012 / 12:02 am

    This is going to be in my CHANEL collection as soon as my local NM's get it in stock. Xoxo

  7. Anonymous
    October 14, 2012 / 1:12 am

    I guess Kim K has started a trend with her Mercy. Adorable cat.

  8. October 14, 2012 / 2:38 am

    I absolutely cannot wait for this entire collection to hit Canadian shelves and that polish colour is one of the main reasons – absolutely stunning and so jewel-like! Congratulations and a warm welcome to the latest addition to your family – that kitten is so beautiful …. those eyes!!

  9. October 14, 2012 / 3:14 am

    Once again you've convinced me I need a Chanel polish! Your kitten is absolutely adorable.

    β™₯ Jessica

  10. October 14, 2012 / 6:39 am

    Malice is very beautiful, I don't like red polishes, but this one is fantastic!

    Love your kitty πŸ™‚

  11. October 14, 2012 / 8:00 am

    Oh congratulations on the kitty!! Can't wait to see more pictures! πŸ˜€

    Also Malice is gorgeous, I'm going to have to pick it up too…… hehe

  12. October 14, 2012 / 8:01 am

    Oh congratulations on the new kitty! Can't wait for more pictures hehe πŸ˜€

    & Malice is gorgeous, I think it will be my holiday polish this year πŸ™‚

  13. October 14, 2012 / 11:18 am

    OOh very pretty i want <3<3<3

  14. October 14, 2012 / 1:46 pm

    You should call your new kitten Malice! So cute!

  15. October 14, 2012 / 3:43 pm

    Such a great color. And your kitty is too cute. <3

    Sexy Little Things

  16. slinkypanther
    October 14, 2012 / 4:37 pm

    Can't wait to get Malice. I love the black-red shimmer. Your kitty is adorable–looks like Karl Lagerfeld's Choupette

  17. October 14, 2012 / 5:08 pm

    Hard to resist this one! πŸ˜€

  18. October 14, 2012 / 6:39 pm

    Amazing color! I love this dark shades so much <3

  19. Anonymous
    October 14, 2012 / 8:36 pm

    did you get a ragdoll? i have two and they are the best and most gorgeous cats ever!

    • October 15, 2012 / 2:31 am

      I had my heart set on a ragdoll – but I spotted this ragamuffin in the window of a pet store on my way to starbucks. Couldn't resist! I love ragdolls though – so so so sweet πŸ™‚

  20. October 14, 2012 / 9:08 pm

    That is a beautiful red shade and all but OH–your CAT!!!! πŸ˜€ Too cute! I can't wait to hear what you name him…(her?)

  21. October 14, 2012 / 10:13 pm

    I'm not a dark polish person but I must admit, I need to check this out this afternoon. And yes, the kitty reminds me of Choupette, too!


    • October 15, 2012 / 2:32 am

      Oooh, second one to mention Karl's kitty – off to google the cat now πŸ™‚

    • October 20, 2012 / 2:10 am

      So, any news about the name? I'm sure I'm not the only one who is eager to know.. maybe you should do a post about the kitty! Congrats and have fun w/ your new family member πŸ™‚


    • October 20, 2012 / 5:15 am

      We named him Calvin πŸ™‚ Our last cat's name was Hobbes, lol (but we called him little monster instead).

  22. October 15, 2012 / 6:16 am

    I was also going to make a comment about the kitten resembling Choupette ;p Congrats on the new adorable addition to the family!

    • October 20, 2012 / 5:13 am

      Thank you πŸ™‚ I hope he is as handsome as Choupette when he's full grown!

  23. monica
    October 15, 2012 / 12:53 pm

    Your kitten, and your nail look, are both divine. I love your blog. Been searching your archives on foundations, your old posts are wonderful and still current. Thank you!

  24. October 15, 2012 / 3:44 pm

    Chanel nail polishes and Siamese kittens are my weakness:)))) I am a hapy owner of Siamese kitty, named Marushka. Looking forward to getting a friend for her. Siamese cats are very social and talkative. Congrats to a new adorable friend!
    Chanel Malice looks like a must have:)

    • October 20, 2012 / 5:13 am

      Thanks Mariya – I love Siamese kittens too! This one is a ragamuffin (and part Siberian, he has a grey tail). I was surprised how talkative this one is – especially when hungry. It's like clockwork every 3-4 hours, lol πŸ™‚

  25. lydia
    October 15, 2012 / 6:31 pm

    I can't decide if I'm more in love with the polish or the kitten!

  26. October 15, 2012 / 11:36 pm

    Hi Sabrina, I love/live for blackened reds, and this one is gorgeous! I do wonder how this compares to Illamasqua Scarab, which is another deep red shimmer I've been eye-ing recently. I'm happy to see your newest furball on the blog. I hope we'll see him more often!

  27. October 18, 2012 / 1:40 am

    The color looks gorgeous on you!

    And the kitty is supercute..and yes, he does look like Choupette πŸ˜€

    • October 20, 2012 / 5:12 am

      Thanks Rads!

  28. October 19, 2012 / 8:31 pm

    Sabrina! I LOVE your kitty!! What did you name her/him? Maybe the menagerie can make more frequent appearences on the beauty look book!!

    And, of course, as soon as I saw Malice on tblb I had to go out and pick one up!

    I hope all is well and keep up the good work! You are STILL my first stop in the world of beauty blogs!

    xo, lori

    • October 20, 2012 / 5:11 am

      Thank you Lori!! We decided on Calvin for him, but I still keep calling him kitty and pumpkin, lol. Thank you for your support Lori – things are going well but busy!

  29. October 21, 2012 / 5:58 pm

    Hi Sabrina,

    I know what you mean about calling your cats anything BUT their name. Both of my cats have about ten other names between them πŸ˜‰ And Calvin is an adorable name and perfect for that little face!

    Also, I just wanted to say Happy Anniversary!!! Here's wishing you many more years of happiness and cats!!


  30. October 26, 2012 / 3:55 pm

    Sabrina your baby kitteh is so precious!

    How different is Malice from Chanel Strong? Seems similar….Strong darker maybe?

    thanks! xo

  31. October 26, 2012 / 3:55 pm

    Sabrina your baby kitteh is so precious!

    How different is Malice from Chanel Strong? Seems similar….Strong darker maybe?

    thanks! xo