Comparisons for Chanel Emprise, Fracas and Accessoire Le Vernis

December 18, 2012

After swatching some shades from my Chanel Le Vernis collection, this is the verdict on dupes/similar colors:

  • Emprise seems to be most similar to Pêche Nacrée, but Emprise is more opaque and pinkish on the skin while Pêche Nacrée is more pearly/peachy. I thought Emprise would resemble Django but it’s quite a bit darker and more peachy. Compared to Rose Satin, Emprise is similar but more opaque and peach. I thought Emprise would be most similar to Inattendu, but swatched side by side, Inattendu almost looks tan.
  • Fracas is a warmer and more vibrant version of Rose Insolent. Compared to other pinks, Fracas makes May look pastel. Fracas has a hint of melon when compared to Dior Plaza, but Fracas is still clearly pink. On the nails on my skin, I feel it’s almost identical in finish to Rose Insolent.
  • Accessoire is a lighter version of Rouge Noir. Compared to others, Accessoire is warmer/redder than Provocation (more purple/plum), more plum-red than Forbidden (most brown), and lighter and redder than Diabolic (the darkest one I have). On the nails, it’s hard to distinguish the difference between shades.

On the nail wheels: Tendresse, Pêche Nacrée, Emprise, Rose Satin, Inattendu, Morning Rose, May, Fracas, Rose Insolent, Dior Plaza, Accessoire, Provocation, Rouge Noir, Forbidden and Diabolic.

Some photos under artificial light, I hope this alternate view will give you a better idea of comparisons:

Although the spring shades from Chanel are very similar to existing colors, I still think they are beautiful options for the season. Perhaps not the most unique, but they are very flattering. My personal favorite is Accessoire even though I do not need another vamp in my stash.
Have you tried Chanel spring yet? What were your thoughts?

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  • Gosh, Fracas is absolutely breathtaking! I thought it would look similar to Distraction, what do you recon? Thanks for the wonderful comparison, Sabrina!

  • Hi Claire – fracas is more pink, there's only a hint of melon when compared to cooler pinks. Fracas is also more pigmented and rich in color (more electric) compared to distraction. Hope this helps! It is a hard one to photograph.

    • I can see why Fracas is hard to capture in pictures, I can see it on the picture of the bottle, but not on the swatch. It must be those Chanel's "secret" shimmer that we all love. Anyhow… I'm stopping by at Seattle's Nordstrom's Chanel studio today, I hope they'll have theirs on display now. Thanks again, Sabrina!

    • Claire they do have it 🙂 received an email from Tressa recently!

  • Anonymous

    Yesterday I bought Francas is a great color with shimmer … Texture like distraction, but color is close to. Hot pink)

  • I think Fracas and Emprise will come home with me. The comparisation posts are some of my favorite posts.

  • Your blog photos make me happy. 🙂

    Happy holidays S!

  • Anonymous

    Hello Sabrina…Excellent swatches as usual.Could you tell me how das Fracas compares to Dior Lucky from last spring and Emprise to Chanel Jade Rose?
    Thank you!

    • Fracas is clearly pink and rich in pigment. Dior Lucky has a slightly more transparent finish (still rich in color) and is more red/coral. I'll have to check on Jade Rose v Emprise later tonight.

  • Anonymous

    Do you know how Fracas compares to Rose Exuberant? Thanks for the comparisons!

    • Fracas is identical to Rose Exhuberant on my fingers. The difference is I find Fracas to have that pretty shimmer which makes it slightly more vibrant.

  • Beautiful pictures, Sabrina. Fracas is something I will check out!

  • :IN LOVE:

  • Your blog consistently has the most glorious photos, text/conversation, and overall wonderfulness and I would like to thank you for all your hard beautiful work and extend my awe. Wishing you all a very happy holiday season and how I look forward to more from you ladies. xoxo Beth in Pgh 😉

    • Thank you Beth! This totally made me week!!

  • Anonymous

    I know I was supposed to be looking at the nail wheels, but I was too captivated by the row of Dior polishes in the background of the first picture. Oh, those greens and that canteloupe colored one! Love!

  • Awesome comparison pics! Thank you so much!

  • Do you know if Fracas is similar to Riviera at all? The limited edition pink from a year or two back?

  • very nice collection

  • Fracas definitely stands out 🙂 Gorgeous

  • Fracas is gorgeous 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the review! I know a lot of people have asked questions, so sorry to bug you, but how does Empress compare to Rose Cache? Thank you!!


  • Sabrina, would you share how you store/organize your nail polishes? I can see a teeny bit in the first photo and am super curious 😀

  • I love Chanel nail polishes but they are nothing special…I am so sad…
    How about Madness 333 and Accessoire 573?
    Happy Holidays 🙂