This past week, I attended a screening of Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard at work. This classic standard of American film noir paints a bizarre picture of the fantasy world of faded silent film star Norma Desmond, through the eyes of out-of-work screenwriter Joe Gillis. Though our purpose for watching was an exercise in formal psychoanalysis, I was reminded of how much I enjoy the genre-defining cinematographic interplay between light and shadow of 1950's film noir!
When it comes to nails, I've always had a penchant for the dramatic. Building on the spirit of noir drama, there's nothing that says femme fatale quite like a dark rouge lacquer! Today I'm sharing my most recent acquisition in the genre : CHANEL Vernis in Rouge Noir, a shade I'd been eyeing for quite some time. When I saw that Rouge Noir was available as a limited edition release in Les Coleurs Culte de Chanel, I had to pounce!
CHANEL Vernis in Rouge Noir is a dark, dark red. I find that it takes three coats to reach full opacity, as shown below. Two coats can be sufficient, though you may notice an occasional streak; the red can come across a bit lighter and brighter from the barely perceptible show-through. (This might account for some of the variability in web swatches).
|Three layers of CHANEL Vernis Rouge Noir are required for full intensity!|
CHANEL Vernis in Rouge Noir is the perfect blackened red for channeling femme fatale at my fingertips. Though, unlike Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, I'll be avoiding the postured talon look; I prefer to keep my dark nails short and chic!
Thanks for reading! Do you have a bottle of CHANEL Vernis in Rouge Noir in your polish collection? What are some of your favorite dark red lacquers? What are your must have CHANEL shades?
I love dark shimmery reds, actually - my favorite is Lippmann's Through the Fire! :DReplyDelete
Hi Larie, Shimmery is definitely pretty - I'll have to take a peek at Lippmann's Through the Fire!Delete
I love a-England Lancelot just a touch more than Rouge Noir, but RN is well worth owning! So glad that you have it at last. :)ReplyDelete
Hi Liz, Oh, I have yet to try an a-England, however Lancelot sounds fantastic!Delete
This is beautiful!!ReplyDelete
Thank you Ellie!Delete
Hey Dovey, I have some darkened reds but nothing AS dark as this one! I can totally see why this shade is such a big deal now! I really like Taboo and Mysterious from Chanel. I just wish they would change their brush, because I personally find wider and tapered ones easier to use.ReplyDelete
Hi Sunny, I was definitely surprised by how dark Rouge Noir was as well! Taboo and Mysterious are gorgeous; I would love to have them in my collection one day :)Delete
Wow, that is a beautiful dark red! I've only recently begun to experiment with red cosmetics in general (lipsticks, and now nail color) so I am still finding my favorites. Love that Nars Chinatown as well.ReplyDelete
Hi Jen, I hope you've been having a good time experimenting! NARS Chinatown is definitely one of my favorites!Delete
This polish looks stunning! I haven't seen a red this dark before, its perfect.ReplyDelete
Hi b&te, Thank you! I love it too :)Delete
I ordered a D&G shade that beauty look book posted about ages ago as a possible dupe to this :) Can't wait to try it!ReplyDelete
Hi Joyce, Ooh, that sounds fantastic! Hope you enjoy it!Delete