2 posts tagged "Vamp"
As a completely sold-out Chanel Jade soars past the $100 mark on eBay, imitations are springing up. Essie recently launched its Mint Candy Apple, a creamy pastel green that’s presumably meant to rival Peter Philips’ Chanel lacquer. On its own it’s a pretty enough shade, but we’re going to be flat-out honest with you, dear reader: It’s no Jade. Essie does have a one-up on Chanel, though. Bordeaux’s bold burgundy puts it in the same family as Vamp, but in our humble opinion it’s actually superior to the hyped-up, metallic-flecked polish. The Essie color possesses a gorgeous scarlet undertone that a lot of other deep berry shades don’t, so it’s a touch warmer—and dare we say, classier—than its competitors, but every bit as edgy. Extra bonus: It has a unique sanguine quality that should excite all the vampire enthusiasts out there.
When Peter Philips took over as creative director of makeup at Chanel this past year, his first project was a huge, overwhelming success. If you dabbled in bright nail polish colors this summer, it is because of the trickle-down effect of Philips’ limited-edition Robertson Boulevard collection, which included hot pink, hot orange, yellow, and purple colors that were so wildly popular, they sold out many times over and inspired more than a few imitations. When he followed this up with Gold Fiction, an 18-karat gold-flecked lacquer, it became clear that Philips intended to keep up Chanel’s tradition of creating collectible—and limited-edition—nail colors to send product fiends into a tizzy. “I love nail polish,” Philips confirms. “I feel like I’m a kid in a candy store when I get into the laboratory.” For his next trick, he’s releasing two limited-edition colors in January: a pink/Champagne offering previewed at the RTW show last week, as well as a shade that has the candy man himself a little excited. As part of his Gypsy-themed Spring collection, Philips has created Vendetta—a deep aubergine polish in the same vein as last year’s best-seller, Blue Satin. Ladies, set your homepages.
Photo: Courtesy of Chanel