Chanel Nail Polish: Provocation

I have recently started a new series dedicated to the high-end nail polishes by Chanel. I have quite a love-hate relationship with these polishes because I adore colors but the longevity of wear-time and the quality of the nail polish can be drastically different sometimes.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00) features classic and trend-defining shades in an exclusive formula that strengthens and moisturizes nails as it delivers high-shine colour. Applies without streaking.

This Chanel Provocation nail polish was initially released as a limited edition nail polish together with two other shades specifically for the Fashion Night Out Event in 2012. But the shade had become so popular that a year later the nail polish was launched within the Avant-Premier Collection for summer 2013 and right after that was added to the permanent line.

Chanel Provocation Nail Colour
Chanel Provocation Nail Colour

My bottle has no name because I was lucky to get the trio from the Fashion Night Out event. For reference, if you purchase it from the stores now the number will be 599. The shade is darkened plum on a brown-red base with hidden fuchsia undertones. Chanel is famous for the complex shades in nail polishes and this one is no exception. It changes its color depending on the light from pinky plum to deep brown-purple.

Chanel Provocation Nail Colour Swatch
Chanel Provocation Nail Colour Swatch

The texture is cream and the first layer applies unevenly so you always need the second layer to even out the color. Two layers allow you to achieve desired opacity but you can still have some sparse areas no matter how hard you try.

Chanel Provocation Nail Colour Swatch
Chanel Provocation Nail Colour Swatch

The wear time is quite low for the Chanel nail polish and it lasts for about 2-4 days depending on your activity. But the tips of the nail wear off the first day and other than that you won’t have any visible imperfections for as long as you have this nail polish on.

Chanel Provocation Nail Colour Swatch
Chanel Provocation Nail Colour Swatch

It is an interesting shade and it has many fans as deep plums are pretty popular. I think it is a good option for special events when you need a gorgeous manicure for a couple of days. This color is no way boring and it attracts a lot of attention due to it’s complexity and deepness. If you are ready to sacrifice the wear time to a gorgeous color – go for it!

I hope this post was interesting and entertaining for you. Please leave your questions in the comments down below!

Thank you very much for your attention.

Have an amazing day!

Hugs and kisses,


Nail polish description is taken form the Chanel official website

8 thoughts on “Chanel Nail Polish: Provocation

  1. I agree. I have had some Chanels that applied very nicely, and others that are just a massive pain. But it’s a dilemma because many of the colors are wonderful. This one you’ve swatched is no exception!

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      1. Um DAHHHHLING – i have been going nuts on my edits – if u have a sec – come over – LOL
        I have a list as long as …… ????? .LOL xoxoxoxo
        YES the melted xxxx
        ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ I found so much beauty this week – Including your polish – hello xxxxxx
        Have a beautiful weekend xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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