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The Best Chanel Polishes To Try, According To Celebrity Manicurists


Chanel nail colors are just as luxurious as anything else with the double C logo. The colors range from long-wear classic candy apple reds, feminine and sleek pinks, to vampy and deep velvet hues. According to celebrity manicurists, the best Chanel nail polishes fall under all of those categories... meaning there's something for every kind of aesthetic.

So what is it that makes these varnishes so unique? It's a combination of the brand's history and its unmatched formulas, says celebrity nail artist Elle. In her opinion, "Chanel polish has a unique formula that makes their colors one of a kind and not able to be recreated," she tells TZR. Chanel's formula is 5-Free which means that each polish is without formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde resin, and camphor — ingredients that have strong odors, can trigger asthma, and are known carcinogens.

Though the selection of moody, classic, and feminine shades is massive, celebrity nail artist Chelsea King has a trick for picking the right shade. "When looking at a color, I always open the cap to examine the brush and see how thick or watery the polish is. I prefer wider brushes and pigmented color [unless the polish is meant to be sheer]," she says.

Or just wear whatever you want — that's what New York City-based nail artist Miss Pop does. "Desire is the only way to pick a shade of nail polish," she says. "I wear what I want when I want it! I can wear what calls to me this week, and then next week fall for another shade. Isn’t it romantic? That’s the beauty of nail polish. I can have it all, one manicure at a time."

Ahead, see the Chanel Le Vernis shades that are worth wearing for every occasion.

Neutrals & Soft Pinks

"This is the perfect pinky beige that looks good on every skin tone," Kim Truong, a celebrity manicurist, says.

Celebrity manicurist Gina Edwards recommends this shade for a classic neutral. It's sheer with a hint of pink.

"Ballerina is a sheer that flatters most to all skin tones," says celebrity nail artist Elle.

King says that shimmery colors are her favorite for spring. "I love this one because it's a nude with a bit of pizzazz!" she says.

Vampy & Moody

"Chanel Roubachka is a deep vampy purple that can be worn any season of the year. It also compliments all skin tones," Truong says.

This rich color is a favorite of Edwards. The texture is smooth and looks like deep purple velvet.

"This navy can act as a great accessory to black or grey clothing or adds a compliment to a bright wardrobe as well," Truong says.

"This deep turquoise is one of my all-time favorite Chanel shades. I always recommend this color for people who don’t like to wear bright colors. It’s still a dark subdued color, but with a twist," says King.

"Vamp is the shade that began my love of Chanel Le Vernis, and now it’s back!" Miss Pop shares. "Chocolate brown nails are a beautiful compliment for any brunette."

Classic Reds

Truong raves about this shade: "A true red is not easy to find but look no further than Chanel Gitane. It's a classic red that is perfect for all seasons."

"I love a red nail. This color might be classic, but the finish is fresh- velvet. It’s like a perfectly matte red lipstick for your nails," Miss Pop says.

"This is the perfect red. It’s not too warm or cool, it’s a true red!" King says.

Bright & Shiny

"Everyone should try Chanel's creamy bright yellow, Giallo Napoli, at least once. It is the perfect pop of color and is great amongst all skin tones," Truong says.

"Neon was all over the runways for spring, and this electric magenta is too fabulous to miss — it's a limited release this season," says Miss Pop.

This metallic shade is "a shimmery and soft gold," according to Edwards.