Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Monday Manicure: Chanel Rouge Noir Nail Colour

Chanel Rouge Noir - £16.50
I know it's Tuesday but I was suffering yesterday from an overly traumatic orthodontic appointment so I was in no fit state to be blogging!

For once I am actually not exaggerating, the guy took over 20 attempts to try to fix a wire to a bracket on my tooth, 20 very painful attempts while the nurse silently looked on in disbelief. Then he told me I was a very patient patient, I was not amused. Unfortunately I have to have my teeth done at a training hospital and even though the man I see is near retirement age (still a trainee), he is totally incompetent. Luckily he is leaving so that is my last encounter with him. I never complain because my plan is to get the appointments over and done with as quickly as possible and I don't want to annoy someone who is armed with pliers and has access to my mouth, but I am in angry letter writing mode so we'll see.

Anyway, enough about teeth and more about nails. As part of my 'Dark Side' series of posts, what other colour could I have picked than Rouge Noir by Chanel? Made famous by Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction, this is an iconic polish. As the name suggests, the colour is a deep blackened red.

 I haven't worn it for ages but once I had it on I realised how much I love it. It is a magical colour in that it seems to go with everything and is effortlessly glamorous. My nails are getting a bit long at the moment and I was afraid that with this colour it could make them look a little severe, but I think it works (I normally prefer my nails short with dark colours).

The polish has a rich creme finish and although one coat was a bit streaky, two provided perfect opacity. I finished as I always do with Seche Vite Top Coat and this gives a beautiful shine. The only downside with this colour is that because it is so dark, it does have a tendency to stain the cuticles and surrounding skin if you aren't very careful with application.

I don't have the Chanel Rouge Noir Lipstick so I can't say how similar the two colours are (I'm guessing they should be exactly the same). If anyone does have the lipstick, can you give me an idea of how dark it is? It has been on my wish list for a couple of years but I always get a little scared and wonder if I'll really use it, hence why it is still on the list and not in my makeup bag!

2 coats Rouge Noir applied + top coat


  1. I think Rouge Noir is on my wish list after this. I did a recent NOTD with OPI Lincoln Park After Dark and At Midnight, but really this is the biz. Sorry to hear about your dental problems, I am of the age where my teeth are just deteriorating around me, because of course when I was growing up if it moved it got filled and 30yrs later I am paying the price of all that mercury. Nice pics. Thankyou. Jan x

  2. Oh, I love this one! I will have to see if it's still available. It looks v nice on your longer nails. I'm the same way I love the darker colors on shorter nails. Lots of healing ortho vibes too x jeanie

  3. Hi Jeanie and Jan, I am really impressed with this Chanel polish as it still hasn't chipped, 6 days later. Is wearing as well as my OPI colours. Thanks for the dental sympathy, would you believe I had to go back to the ortho again today because the guy didn't do it right on Monday. So mad, an angry letter is definitely in order! X