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Chanel's Chic Black and Gold Nail Colors

The French house's latest spring colors are inspired by Shanghai.

By Kristin Larson Apr 16, 2010 12:11PM
Chanel Black and Gold Nails; Photo courtesy of ChanelWhen it comes to nails, nothing says chic like Chanel.

The French house's latest spring nail colors are black and gold, part of the limited-edition Noir et Or Paris-Shanghai Collection.

Inspired by the Chinese film In the Mood for Love, by producer Wong Kar-Wai with Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung, the collection is a study in contrasts.

The black nail color, called Black Velvet, is matte and absorbs light, while the shiny gold shades reflect light, including the satiny Gold Lamé and sparkling Illusion d'Or. 

Chanel's Global Creative Director Peter Philips explains the movie's inspiration for the dramatic and bold look.

"The women are elegant but also release a warrior-like force," Philips says. "In the opening of the [movie], the garments worn by the models evoke that of the Soldiers of Eternity. It was therefore necessary to translate this attitude in the makeup."

Philips says the shades can be combined. For example, you can create a reverse French manicure by wearing one of the gold colors over the entire nail and apply the black color on the tips. Personally, I like the idea of wearing the Black Velvet alone for a big look—very cool, chic and unexpected for spring. And of course you can continue wearing these shades into the cooler months, when dark and shiny colors are expected.

The collection also includes a matte black eyeliner and sparkling gold eyeshadow palette, the Ligne et Ombre de Chanel in Jet-Gold, $45.

The nail colors retail for $25 each—about $20 more than an average bottle of drugstore nail polish. It's a beauty splurge, but here's why I think it's worth it: the polish goes on perfectly, even if you're an amateur at doing your nails. (I recently painted my nails with Chanel's Particulière color and a friend asked me where I got my nails done. When I told her I did them myself, she couldn't believe it.); The polish lasts about a week with minimal chipping; and lastly, there's something about the texture that just looks expensive and screams high-fashion.

Of course, if you want to get the look for less, there are sure to be bounds of black and gold nail polish copycats at drugstores soon!

Look for Chanel's Noir et Or Collection at Chanel boutiques, Chanel counters and online at Chanel.com.

Tell me, will you buy Chanel's Black and Gold Nail Colour? Read more style and beauty news at BeRealLuxe.com.

2Comments
Jul 17, 2010 4:33PM
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Love this manicure!  I would love to try it.
Apr 25, 2010 2:06PM
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Wow, this mani looks pretty cool, I'd love to give it a try. And I have to agree on Chanel's polishes' quality! I love how it's so easy to apply and distribute evenly, and how it dries so quickly - it's like I can apply it 5 mins before heading out the door and I'll be fine, one coat is pretty much enough. And I love love love can't get enough of my Chanel Particulière either! :)
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