Dark Vampy Nails – Fall/Winter 2012

October 7, 2012

I’m loving dark vampy nail polishes right now. This season has brought us some beautiful new shades. My current favorites: Chanel Vamp (not new but a classic), Tom Ford Minx, Chanel Malice (new for holiday), Chanel Provocation (Fashion’s Night Out release) and Chanel Vertigo (fall). All provide full rich coverage with just two coats. Most of these have already been featured on this blog, but here are my favorites this season swatched side by side (I hope you don’t mind the repeats below).

Chanel Vamp #18 – the classic vamp shade, mine has a slightly jelly finish, but this is probably one of the oldest nail polishes I own – I think this bottle was purchased before Chanel reformulated their polishes

Tom Ford Minx – a gorgeous metallic mink-vamp brown

Chanel Malice #637 – the latest release from Chanel for holiday (a more detailed review to come soon), this color is to-die-for, a gorgeous rich dark aubergine shimmer

Chanel Provocation – a perfect plum cream (limited-edition release for Fashion’s Night Out)

Chanel Vertigo – part of Chanel’s fall collection, a gorgeous dusty purple brown grey

What’s your favorite vamp shade this season for nails? Do you have any new favorites or are you pulling out your classics this month?

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  • Essie Bordeaux! Ugh love Vertigo!

  • Chanel Malice stands out so beautifully. Vamp is my next favorite. ^_^

    OPI Vampsterdam is definitely going to be on my nails this season.

  • I rather like Minx and Malice. Maybe I'm a malicious minx. lol I will have to check them out.

  • Chanel Vertigo is beautiful! I am walking on the dark side these day, I will wear some old colors like LMDB Chrome Passion and Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe.

  • I'm so pleased you posted this. I feel like I've been on an obsessive hunt for the perfect autumnal vampy nail polish for weeks — it's good to have some inspiration :).

  • Love, love love this kind of colors! Vertigo and Malice are very nice.

  • Pat

    Malice looks amazing, I can't wait to get mine!

  • I love Chanel malice! I'm so into vampy shades right now – I just bought illamasqua creator and charisma.

  • I love chanel malice! I'm so into vampy nails right now – I just bought illamasqua creator and charisma.

  • I think Provocation and Vertigo are my two favorites from your picks–they're really gorgeous! I still haven't been able to give up my bright polishes yet (clinging to the remnants of Summer! :P), but I have a few new dark purples and greys and blues that are waiting to be worn for Fall. Those are my current 3 favorite polish shades for Fall

  • Where can I purchase Chanel Malice?

    • Hi Lydia – Chanel holiday is starting to show up at Neiman Marcus counters first (I believe). I'm on the west coast and heard it arrived in a number of California counters like SF, LA and some blogs from Seattle and various areas on the east coast have reported sightings. It should be at all Chanel counters soon but if you have a Neimans near you – check with them πŸ™‚

  • My favorite vamp is RBL Moulin Rouge, though I can see I'll need to try and get ahold of Provocation. You make TF Minx look gorgeous, though on me it was a flat, dullish brown! wah. πŸ™

  • I don't have any of these shades but I'm really happy with Chanel Rouge Noir. If you don't have it, I think it belongs in this gorgeous collection of yours!

  • Nice job as always, Sabrina! Now I have buyer's remorse of not snatching Provocation πŸ™ I do hope it's still available at my local Nordstrom. All those colors above look good on you!!


  • I got all of this nail polish when I was in Parsi 3 weeks ago. I love the Chanel Vamp and the Tomford Mix the best. Thanks for sharing with us amiga

  • They all look absolutely gorgeous. I personally like Malice by Chanel, it looks very chic and beautiful. I don't know why but this season makes me want to wear bordeaux nail polish!

    The Beauty Maniac in Tokyo

  • These shades are gorgeous and all of them look great on you! πŸ™‚ I haven't tried any Tom Ford polishes yet but am so tempted. Minx looks beautiful. My very first Chanel polish purchase was the original Vamp launched in 1994 (a true luxury for me back then!). I sort of wish I had kept the bottle just for nostalgia. I am currently loving Butter London's Shag for fall.

  • These are beautiful, thanks for the post!

  • Chanel provocation <3

  • Paige

    For the vamp trend this fall, I'm pulling out Chanel Paradoxal. Provocation and Malice are on my shopping list for later.

  • Anonymous

    I remember when Chanel vamp came out in 1994, and everyone was going on about how dark it was, almost black. I finally got it after being on a wait list for 3 months. There were no colors out like that then. Now there are so many!

  • Amazing colors! I have been trying to resist buying Chanel due to the price tag, but Malice and Provocation are perfection! Love Minx too.