Chanel Sweet Lilac 615 Le Vernis ($27 for13 ml/0.4 fl oz) is a delicate pink lilac shade. It’s definitely lilac in the bottle but on the nails it looks almost pink. There’s a hint of violet blue shimmer in the formula but it is almost invisible on the nails. I love this color. The added pink makes it very easy to wear (some lilacs clash with my olive skin and look too pastel). The pink tone also makes it easy to wear year round. Application is smooth and applies easily with no issues. I do find you need two coats for this one for full coverage but it smooths out flawlessly.
Here it is swatched with two coats (applied by myself with Sephora FormulaX Base Coat and Top Coat, sent by Sephora for testing/review, thoughts on The System soon):
I don’t own many lilac-colored nail polishes, I tend to like darker purples or colors that are more pink, but here are a few to compare: YSL Rose Scabiosa (limited-edition, review here), Rescue Beauty Lounge Poco a Poco, Chanel Lilac Sky (discontinued), Chanel Rodeo Drive (discontinued) and Dior Lilac Colorvision (review here, discontinued).
Chanel Sweet Lilac is closest to YSL Rose Scabiosa – the Chanel is more purple.
Bottom line love. Sweet Lilac is listed as limited-edition so if you like the color I recommend tracking one down sooner than later. The color is easy to apply and flattering for spring-to-summer and suitable for wear on any occasion. I love the pink tint to it to prevent it from looking too pastel or too purple.
I found the Chanel Le Vernis shades from the summer collection at Nordstrom, it’s also available right now at Saks, Bloomingdales and Chanel.com.