Three new Chanel nail shades grace Chanel's Rouge Harmonie de Printemps Collection for Spring 2012: April (#533), May (#535), and June (#539).
April is described by Chanel as Garnet. As a gem lover, I'd call it rubellite tourmaline in the bottle or indoors, but I can see the garnet in daylight. May brings intense, pastel pink. June, a limited edition, is pastel tangerine, Pantone's color for Spring 2012. All three shades are delightful. I'll wear June, even though it's not "my shade." It's light and pretty.
Just in case you're new to Best Things in Beauty, I have to acknowledge that my painting skills are deficient. That said, I did swatch each shade, painting two coats that looked more perfect inside than they did under the glare of full, mid-day sun. The colors are pure. There are no sparkles or glitter, but they offer a gleam that reflects sunlight beautifully.
April's "garnet" shade is my favorite. It has an old-fashioned glamour that appeals to me. It's red, but not "screaming red." I think it has a quiet elegance. May and June are evocative of spring flowers. Can you see the tulips, proudly announcing their rebirth?
I think June could have used a third coat, but that's a personal preference. Apply two coats, and there's still a tiny bit of uneven transparency. That may be due to my lack of skill.
These new Les Vernis Nail Colors will coordinate perfectly with the makeup in the Harmonie de Printemps Collection. It's going to be an exciting, colorful spring!
You should be able to find Chanel's Harmonie de Printemps Collection for Spring 2012 at your favorite Chanel counter - if not today, very soon. It's on display at Neiman Marcus Tysons Galleria, where I bought the collection. I have one more item to show you. I skipped the pretty Jasmin pressed powder (too sparkly), the Grenat waterproof eyeliner (gorgeous, but I don't need it), and the two pretty new lip definer shades (Rose Corail and Bois de Rose).
The collection is now available online at Chanel online.
Update: Although Chanel's promotional brochure lists only June as being a limited edition, the Web site lists all three colors as limited.
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