Chanel Malice #637 Le Vernis – Holiday 2012

October 13, 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.

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  • Anonymous

    I love your cat :))))


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

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

  • 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™‚

    • 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.

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

  • A kitten! Made my day!

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Gorgeous color. Love the subtle shimmer it contains.

  • 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!!

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

    β™₯ Jessica

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

    Love your kitty πŸ™‚

  • LOVE IT *_____________*

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  • 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

  • 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™‚

  • OOh very pretty i want <3<3<3

  • Wow that polish looks amazing on you! I must get it! xx


  • You should call your new kitten Malice! So cute!

  • Jen

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

    Sexy Little Things

  • So much love for this colour. Thanks so much for your lovely photos!! πŸ™‚ xx


  • slinkypanther

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

  • Hard to resist this one! πŸ˜€

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

  • Anonymous

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

    • 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™‚

  • 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?)

  • 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!


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

    • 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™‚


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

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

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

  • monica

    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!

  • 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:)

    • 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™‚

  • lydia

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

  • 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!

  • The color looks gorgeous on you!

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

  • 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

    • 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!

  • 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!!


  • Sabrina your baby kitteh is so precious!

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

    thanks! xo

  • Sabrina your baby kitteh is so precious!

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

    thanks! xo