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If You Can’t Go Green, Go Bordeaux

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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.

Photo: Courtesy of Essie

Vamp, Meet Vendetta

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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