Ok, so I think it’s fair to say that I have something of a Chanel problem. I can’t get enough of their leather goods or beauty, and even though their Vernis formula has been seriously lacking in the quality department, I can’t stop myself buying new ones. Despite the fact my manis chip hours after being completed, I just can’t get enough of the brand. So, when I read that the entire nail polish line was getting a makeover, I couldn’t resist trying it out!
To someone not quite as obsessed with the brand, the bottles might look the same, but, if like me, you’re a bit of a buff, you’ll notice that they’ve been paired back and now no longer have the colour names or numbers on the front. They also claim to be super long lasting when used alongside the Le Gel Coat, so of course, I had to grab both!
Honestly though, I kind of wish I hadn’t. I tried Roubachka for the first time last week, and it’s the same as it’s always been. The colour itself is a truly beautiful inky purple which looks black in some lights and almost egg-plant in others. It applied smoothly and was a rich opaque in two coats. I started the manicure with a Chanel base coat, and finished up with the new Le Gel Coat, and was so impressed with how quickly the polish dried, and how shiny it was. Unfortunately though, that’s where my gushing stops. In under 12 hours I had my first chip, and within 15 every scrap of polish had been peeled off. It’s something of an understatement to say I’m disappointed. I absolutely adore Chanel’s colours, and I was really looking forward to collecting a few more, but, considering this one didn’t even last a full day, I don’t think I’m prepared to fork out again.