SWATCHES & REVIEW: Les Rouges Culte de Chanel ‘19 Rouge No. 19’, ‘38 Rouge Flamboyant’ & ‘71 Laque Rouge’
Chanel has re-released three of their iconic red nails polishes from the 80s: 19 Rouge No. 19 (1987), 38 Rouge Flamboyant (1980) and 71 Laque Rouge (1981). This new Les Rouges Culte de Chanel comes just as the leaves are turning and my mind is starting to crave Fall makeup.
I ordered all three shades on chanel.com sight unseen. Each nail lacquer retails for $27 USD.
Le Vernis in 19 Rouge No. 19 is a beautiful reddish pink with fuchsia micro shimmer. The sparkle is only visible with bright direct sunlight so it is hard to see on the nails.
The formula was lovely, spread evenly and was not too watery or thick. I used two coats for full coverage.
I compared Rouge No. 19 to Chanel 561 Suspicious which is slightly darker and has no shimmer, Tom Ford 27 Trophy Wife which has a redder base, and Chanel 541 Temptation which is pinker and has more visible shimmer.
Chanel nail color in 38 Rouge Flamboyantis a gorgeous poppy red and my favorite from the collection! It has a beautiful cream finish and is an incarnation of the classic red every one needs once in a while.
The formula for Rouge Flamboyant is impeccable. This nail polish is easily a one coat wonder but I used two as that’s how I usually do my manicures. I have been wearing this nail polish for about 4 days and am only seeing minimal tip wear.
Initially I thought many of my nail polishes would be too similar to Rouge Flamboyant, but only a few came very close. Sephora’s Formula X in X<3Rouge is darker, Dior 888 Tout Paris is very similar but has sparkle and is slightly bluer, Tom Ford 26 Shameless is slightly darker.
Chanel Le Vernis in 71 Laque Rouge is a deep blue based dusty red. Laque Rouge looks a little infused with bordeaux in low lighting, it is a gorgeous color.
I compared 71 Laque Rouge to a couple other polishes in my collection. Chanel 677 Rouge Rubis is brighter, Chanel 581 Cinema is slightly darker and has less blue.
I really love this whole collection and am glad Chanel brought back some colors from the vault. The polishes perform flawlessly and are beautiful. That being said, the colors are not groundbreaking or very unique. Although I cannot say these are must haves, but I am of the opinion one cannot have too many red nail polishes.