It’s a great time to be a Chanel fan.
Diwali from the Chanel Paris-Bombay collection is now available on Chanel.com.
It’s gorgeous – check out this gorgeous swatch on The Purse Forum.
The Fall shades Vertigo, Suspicious and Frenzy have started to appear at Chanel counters in the U.S. (Check out the reviews on one of my favorite blogs The Beauty Look Book here, here and here.)
Sadly, I live on the other side of the world so I have yet to get my hands on these shades. So while I’m waiting to get my bottles (and to find out what shades will be released at this year’s Vogue’s Fashion Night Out event), I decided to turn my attention to a cult classic, one that undoubtedly jump-started a lot of people’s love for Chanel polish.
I was 14 when Vamp first came out in 1994. I remember staring at the gorgeous bottle that appeared in my aunt’s Vogue. Back then, nail polish was a big no-no for me. It wasn’t allowed in school and I was a Catholic school girl who followed the rules set by the nuns.
While I was keeping my nails polish-free, in the US, Vamp was creating quite a stir.
Uma Thurman wore the shade in the Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction.
Madonna wore it in her Take A Bow music video.
And the $15 bottles of Vamp flew off Chanel counters. In 1995, Chanel rep Judy Biasalli was quoted, “If I had a penny for everyone that wanted Vamp, I’d be rich. It’s literally flying out of the store. In my 11 years with Chanel, I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Here’s a fun read about giving in to the trend.
Soon, the shade was discontinued.
Luckily, Chanel released Vamp again in 2003.
But it wasn’t exactly like the old Vamp.
The old Vamp was a blackened blood-red and a pure creme. The new Vamp is a paler burgundy with silver shimmer.
But on the nails the shimmer isn’t super obvious.
I loved the way the old Vamp looked but I like the new Vamp too.
I’ve always loved dark polish shades and this one is just pretty.
The formula was good.
Two coats and it was perfectly opaque.
I have another reason for loving Vamp.
My bottle was a surprise from the awesome Miss Bun.
And that makes it doubly special.
But if it’s the original darker shimmer-free Vamp that you’re looking for, what you need is Rouge Noir.
It’s a beautiful blackened red that on me also shows quite a bit of brown.
It’s a pure creme, no sign of shimmer at all.
It’s so easy to see why so many women fell for this color.
Rouge Noir is also special to me – it’s one of the first six bottles of Chanel I purchased.
I bought Black Satin, Blue Satin, Dragon, Vendetta, Splendeur with Rouge Noir during a trip to Singapore. Almost a hundred bottles later, they’re still among my favorites.
I used two coats.
I couldn’t end this post without comparing the two shades.
Vamp and Rouge Noir – both gorgeous but definitely not dupes.
And I really really love them both.
Now if I only I can find bottles of Very Vamp and Metallic Vamp.