Friday, 31 May 2013

Nail of the Day: Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Bel-Argus

Happy Friday, everyone! If you've been following my blog recently, you'll know that I've been no stranger to blue makeup of late. When I got a sneak peek of Chanel's new L'ete Papillon de Chanel Summer 2013 collection last month, I was instantly struck by the beauty of Bel-Argus, a stunning metallic blue nail polish. When I attended a makeover at the Chanel counter a couple weeks ago, I was happy to finally bring it home with me!


To be specific, Bel-Argus is a highly pigmented somewhere-between-navy-and-electric blue with an intense shimmery, metallic finish. Although the rich blue is the most prominent colour in the polish, there is also subtle (but totally beautiful) teal and purple shimmer throughout, which makes the shade quite complex and unique!

It comes in a weighty, rectangular glass bottle that bears the chic aesthetic inherent in all of Chanel's products:


Here's a shot of of the polish in the bottle, which gives you a sense of the shimmery, metallic formula:


Most of the photos I took did not pick up the subtle purple and teal shimmer in this shade, but the flash used in the photo below does reveal that this is no ordinary blue!


The formula of this polish is near opaque. Two thin coats are all that's needed! In combination with Revlon base and top coats, Bel-Argus wears incredibly well with minimal chipping for days!


My manicure might look slightly uneven and messy, but this has much to do with my hurried technique, rather than with the formula itself. The polish applied quite easily, with minimal streaking. It really was a pleasure to use, which is no surprise given that it's made by Chanel


And yes, I did go a bit photo-crazy with this one, but Bel-Argus really does look slightly different in every light. So here are a few more shots to give you the full idea of how lovely and complex this shade is:





Overall, I couldn't be happier with this shade. Bel-Argus really is the answer to those who doubt a blue nail polish could also be chic. It really is a sophisticated, fascinating blue. I can't stop staring at my nails! In my opinion, this is the true star of the L'ete Papillon de Chanel collection. So glad to have it in my stash :)

Did any of you snatch up Bel-Argus? What are your favourite blue-toned nail polishes for Summer?

Thanks for reading!

40 comments:

  1. I used to have a VERY similar nail polish, but like half the price or ever more haha I think that it's from China Glaze, and I am loving baby blue nails or sky blue nails

    www.lam-style.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha, yeah- Chanel definitely isn't cheap! But sometimes their polishes are so unique that it's totally worth it :) Sky blue nails are so pretty! xo

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  2. SUCH a pretty colour, I love the formulation of Chanel polishes :) My first one was Peridot and Graphite after all the fuss and now I'm hooked on them! x

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    1. Ooh, I remember loving Peridot, but I never picked it up. Chanel really gets it right! Thanks for stopping by, Jordy! xo

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  3. Hai Jen...
    happy to visit here ....Best Entry.

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  4. I don't really do shimmery nail polish but I love this colour. I've got 'Blue Boy' by Chanel but I'm really loving this. It looks great on.

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    1. Ooh, will have to check out Blue Boy! Yeah, shimmers don't always work, but this one is great! :)

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  5. What a gorgeous colour!!! I am so envious, I really want to try Chanel polishes at least once especially Azure.

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    1. Isn't it?! Azure is definitely a stunning colour too. Thanks for stopping by, Louise! xo

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  6. great colour of polish, check out our blog, if you like we can follow each other on gfc & bloglovin. let us know. kisses from KENYA

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    1. Thanks! Will check out your blog soon :)

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  7. I'm loving blue polishes at the moment and this one looks so nice and shiney!

    Emily x
    http://emilyandlife.blogspot.com

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    1. Nice to hear you're loving blue polishes too! Thanks for stopping by, Emily! xo

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  8. This is just gorgeous. I actually have Maybelline's Colorama polish that's pretty similar. Except for the metallic effect, you can't beat that Chanel simmer.:)

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    1. Yeah, Chanel really does shimmer right! Glad you're loving Maybelline's blue- will have to check it out :)

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  9. such a beautiful colour!

    from helen at thelovecatsinc

    ps. enter my new giveaway to win asos, topshop or space nk vouchers + a goodie bag! click here.

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    1. Thanks, Helen! Will check out your giveaway for sure :)

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  10. That color is stunning! I love a nice blue on the nails!

    xx,
    mashasmumbles.blogspot.com

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  11. That is sooo pretty! If I had that on my nails, I wouldn't be able to stop staring either!

    http://talisbury.blogspot.com/

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    1. Haha, yes- it's definitely pretty to a distracting extent! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  12. Lovely colour Jen!

    www.opinionslave.com xx

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    1. Thanks, Francesca! It's one of my new favourites for sure :)

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  13. Beautiful color! I am considering a similar color with light blue tips...yay or nay? :)

    http://cstyledesign.blogspot.com

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    1. I think that sort of colour combo would be lovely! Nice idea :) Thanks for stopping by, Cathy :)

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  14. My gosh, what an absolutely stunning nail polish! I bet it looks even more amazing in the flesh! I don't own any high end polishes :( I might pop to the Chanel counter next time I'm in Debenhams as they always look like such unique shades <3 <3 <3 xxx


    Gemma ♥ | MissMakeupMagpie.co.uk

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    1. It really does look even better in-person. So pretty! Chanel polishes aren't cheap for sure, but I've always found then to be worth it! Hope you pick one out that you love :)

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  15. I love the nail polish, its so pretty! Hope to start buying high end nail polish soon..

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    1. Thanks! Of all the high-end polishes, Chanel's are always worth it! Thanks for stopping by, ladies! xo

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    1. Thanks, Lara! It's one of my new favourites :)

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  17. Chanel. I just can't bet by their nail-polish counter without grabing one :(. This one is no exception - the shade is just gorgeous!

    xx
    http://gita-oddsandends.blogspot.com/

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    1. I know- they always get it right! Couldn't pass this one up :)

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  18. i need this color in my life!!!!!

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    1. I have to agree! It's really great :)

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