Chanel Collection Dans La Lumière de L’Été Le Vernis in Espadrilles, Turban and Cavalière for Summer 2016

June 13, 2016

Last month I reviewed one of the Chanel Summer 2016 Le Vernis Nail Colors in Espadrilles and today I have a review on two more shades in Turban and Cavalière. These are in the new and improved formula and retail at $28 each for 13 ml/0.4 fl oz, made in France. In case you missed the post I’ll repost photos below but if you want to read the full review on Espadrilles here.

The three shades I have include:
  • Espadrilles which is a bright orange red cream
  • Turban is a medium bright pink-orange cream
  • Cavaliere (c/o) is a deep chocolate brown with very subtle gold shimmer mixed in

All three are full coverage and opaque with two coats. As mentioned in my previous reviews of the new Le Vernis formula here and here, the new formula is an improvement from the original in terms of coverage, pigment and lasting power. I have always had good experiences with Chanel polishes, but the new formula offers more opaque coverage.

If you’ve been a long-time Chanel or Dior nail polish collector, I do think the three colors in this post are similar to previous releases. I’ll add a few notes below on the swatches, this round I did not have time to photograph comparisons in good light.

Up first is Espadrilles reposted, it’s a bright orange red that screams summer to me. I’ve been wearing it a lot on the toes – it goes with a lot of the shoe colors I have in my closet right now.

Turban is one of those pink-orange mixed colors that I reach for frequently. It looked like a medium bright warm pink next to Espadrilles. I pulled a few others I thought might be dupes. Chanel Fracas (discontinued) is similar in terms of pigment and brightness but it’s more pink. Chanel Tutti Frutti (discontinued) is more blue in undertone. Dior Wonderland is more pink and lighter in undertone. Louboutin Miss Loubi is close but deeper and richer in color (this is my favorite out of the bunch).

Cavaliere is an interesting color. Based on the promotional photos and on the model on it looks like a shimmering bronze with visible gold frost. On my nails it’s more of a chocolate bronze with the shimmer barely detectable on the nails unless light hits it directly. It’s still a lovely color – just not quite what I expected. It will be a good summer to fall kind of transition color that I will feel comfortable wearing as the seasons shift.

Three quick looks taken over the past few weeks for fun:

Shoes – Steve Madden
Purse – Prada
Sunnies – Marc Jacobs 
Skirt – J.Crew (old style)
Sandals – Madewell
Chanel Turban snapshot:
Pouch – Truffle
Candies – Sugarfina
iPhone Case – Gray Malin

Out of all three colors, my favorite is Espadrilles. There are a couple other colors that were launched in the collection but when I saw them I didn’t feel like I would really wear them. Canotier is a pale gold frost and Emeraude is a stunning shimmering green but I’m not really a green polish wearer. I’ll do aqua or blues but I rarely feel emerald shades call my name. If you’ve tried it let me know your thoughts! For the other two, I think Cavaliere is unique compared to the other colors that I own. I tried it on the toes and was surprised that it actually worked for a polished edgy look. Turban is gorgeous – but I already own many colors similar to it. That being said it has a lot more coral and orange compared to other medium summery pinks which makes it different but still similar.

Have you checked out the summer collection yet? Stay tuned for a review on the two Les Beiges duos soon. In case you missed the post, Aqua Glossimers reviewed here.

You can find all three colors at Chanel counters & retailers now, also online at I bought Espadrille and Turban from Nordstrom. Cavaliere was sent courtesy of Chanel for review.

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  • SJ Sellers June 13, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    So pretty! I'm strangely drawn to Cavaliere despite it not immediately screaming "summer!" at me. It's so unique!
    Thank you for the swatches!!!

  • Nicky Herpers June 13, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    I bought Emeraude and have been looking for the right dark green for a while. Emeraude is a beautiful, glossy, wine bottle green. 2 layers of colour and 1 layer of Chanel gel coat does the trick. I have received quite a few compliments this time round! In daylight it has a beautiful shimmer. The polish lasted for 5 days- that is seriously good for me as I am always digging into my handbag to grab keys or pens and always chip the next day. I have a couple of the Chanel longlasting polishes and they do last but no longer then 2 or 3 days so I am not only extremely impressed with Emeraude but am also in love with the colour. I think Emeraude would look beautiful on you even though you are not a green polish fan….

  • Amanda Hollingsworth June 13, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    I bought all five and to my surprise Cavaliere is my favourite because it's so different and not a very predictable Summer colour. Emeraude is much softer and easier to wear than I would have expected. Of the five new colours launched only Canotier (Light Gold) is a Ltd Edition do I would recommend Cavaliere, Emeraude and Canotier. The other two are lovely, safe Chanel summer colours. Xx

    • J. June 15, 2016 at 8:05 am

      I'm not sure if it's accurate, but Canotier is listed as permanent on the site.

      I also bought all five, and my favorite is Espadrilles. Canotier is very flattering on my olive skin tone, and I appreciate that Émeraude as unique by Chanel standards.

    • Amanda Hollingsworth June 17, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      In UK when it was launched it was it was to be Ltd Edition but then there was the production issue with (518) Chaîne D'Or so I think Canotier has been upgraded to replace that shade which is also gold but a darker shade of gold. (518) Chaîne D'or got as far as counters in some countries but was being returned by customers as it was streaking badly. It then got pulled so I think Canotier might now be a permanent replacement so there is now a gold shade in the core colour range.

  • Leah Rose June 14, 2016 at 12:49 am

    Turban is such a pretty colour!

  • Gauri June 14, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Pretty colors, especially Turban. Fortunately, I have dupes.

    Gloss and Magic

  • Nily Annalisa June 14, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Love the chocolate brown one ♥ ♥ ♥

    Nily ♥

  • tippiieee June 15, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    i love this color nail <3
    so cool i think it can matte with everything

  • Clever Girl Reviews June 16, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Turban is great shade!

  • Catherine June 18, 2016 at 12:30 am

    I bought Espadrilles today and I'm in love!

  • Kelly June 29, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Wow, LOVE Turban. Will def need to pick that up this weekend for a summer-y manicure. Gorgeous shade.

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