Chanel Le Vernis Rouge Rubis #677

October 3, 2013

Chanel’s latest for nails is their Rouge Rubis #677 Le Vernis ($27). Bits of Chanel’s holiday collection have been trickling in stores and online at Nordstrom (see this post for what’s online now). I ordered mine sight unseen from Nordstrom.com. When it arrived I thought it might be just another basic red. After applying it I think I have found my holy grail red (it beats Dragon and Pirate in my eyes). It’s a drop-dead gorgeous jelly red. The formula is absolutely amazing. It’s the jelly of all jellies. Smooth flawless coverage with a slight transparent look due to the thin jelly-like finish. One coat covered the entire nail perfectly but I almost always do at least two coats. The texture is on the thinner side like Pirate making it super easy to apply – flawlessly. It’s a bright true red that just glows. There’s no orange or blue base/undertone. Just a straight classic bright red with a naturally glossy finish.

Here it is swatched with two coats, with Deborah Lippmann Rehydrating Base Coat and Chanel Brilliance Extreme Top Coat. Here you can see the slight transparent/jelly-like finish with a high gloss shine:

In natural light it glows:

In direct sunlight it’s electric:

For comparisons, I think you can almost always dupe reds. I did find this one unique in Chanel’s line. There’s not a single color that has the same brightness while still being a true red (others have blueish bases or a distinct bright orange undertone). Here are a few comparisons, I believe most are still available for purchase right now:

  • Chanel Cinema (reviewed here) is darker and slightly dusty (not quite as bright)
  • Chanel Rouge Carat (reviewed here) flashes more blue/cool toned due to the shimmer
  • Chanel Pirate is more blue-based
  • Chanel Dragon is a darker red
  • Chanel Rouge Fatal is even darker
  • Chanel Lotus Rouge almost looks mauve next to Rouge Rubis
  • Guerlain Rouge d’Enfer #121 is very similar but slightly more orange and slightly darker
Bottom line it’s a must-have. Chanel Rouge Rubis #677 retails for $27. It should arrive at all Chanel counters very soon, right now it’s available for purchase online at Nordstrom.com.

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  • Happy Locks October 3, 2013 at 5:33 am

    These are so perfect for fall. Love Chanel's fatal.

    Happy Locks

  • Marias Nail Art October 3, 2013 at 6:00 am

    Oh – now I cannot wait for it to be released here in Denmark – it is indeed a true and absolutely gorgeous red, and I', happy to see that is different from Cinema and Pirate!

  • Sara BeauTime October 3, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Thanks so much for the review, how does it compare to Coromandel?

  • Anonymous October 3, 2013 at 7:17 am

    It seems to be more like Chanel Fire or Chanel Coromandel, doesn't it ? Thanks

  • Océane October 3, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Oh god I need the CHANEL Fatal shade!!


  • Sunny October 3, 2013 at 10:58 am

    OOO what a beauty! I've been infatuated with Dior 999, and I don't think they'll be dupes so that should justify owning both 😉

  • Eesha Thakur October 3, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Oh my goodness. This is a lovely shade. How does it compare with Dior 999??

  • Anonymous October 4, 2013 at 1:13 am

    I found it very similar to Rescue Beauty Chinoise. Chanel has a better formula though, applies like a dream and wears like iron – even without base and top coat. It quickly became my holy grail red too.

  • Karo October 4, 2013 at 8:47 am

    awwww….I need this nail polish <3 <3 <3

  • Anonymous October 4, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    How similar is it to Chanel's Midnight Red? I've been searching for a dupe since it's been discontinued!

  • Ellie October 4, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    That is perfect! x

  • Jen27 October 4, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Ooh, love the slight orange undertone to this. Stunning! xo

  • Allie H October 4, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    I love red polishes at the moment x


  • Tori Russell October 10, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    That is such a perfect red!!! I love red nails for fall/winter months!!


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