Chanel Emprise Le Vernis Gives Me Mannequin Hands But Better!

Chanel Emprise spring 2013

Several years ago, there was a mannequin hands trend. The idea is finding a nail polish that is very close to your skin tone, so that your fingers will look like those of a mannequin and drastically longer. The trend might have come and gone, but sophisticated shades never go out of style, and I have found Chanel Emprise Le Vernis (569, limited edition. RRP in Belgium: 23 euros) that gives me mannequin hands but better!

Chanel Emprise Le Vernis 569 Printemps Precieux

Chanel Emprise Le Vernis is a peachy beige. Like Chanel Fracas Le Vernis, the shimmer is barely visible on the nails, and in all honesty it has a crème finish once it’s on.

Chanel Emprise 569 spring 2013

The consistency of Emprise is picture perfect. It is not too thick nor too thin, and it glides on easily. One coat of Emprise is already pretty smooth and brush stroke-free, though to achieve opaque coverage two coats are still ideal. I had wear issues with metallic Chanel Le Vernis in the past, but the crème-finish ones never cause any trouble.

It’s clean and polished-looking, not quite nude but not quite a “color” either. Very nuanced and versatile!

Chanel Emprise swatch

One more so you get a better idea about how it really looks on me. I’m also wearing Chanel Captivante Rouge Allure here.

Chanel Emprise NOTD


Bottom line: Great formula, clean-looking and soft color, Chanel Emprise Le Vernis is yet another Chanel Le Vernis that comes highly recommended from me this season. I suppose this will look different on different skin tones, but I have real problems imagining it won’t look good on anyone!

Does Emprise speak to you? I know it might look like the least exciting shade out of the three (Accessoire will be reviewed soon), but it really is a darling!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Mostly Sunny disclosure

  • Tiffany

    Gorgeous! I had seen swatches of this before, but I’ve never wanted it until now. I think it may be my first Chanel polish!

    • Sunny

      Yaay if you do get it I hope you’ll like it! Emprise will look different on different skin tones, but on you I’m relatively sure it won’t pull too pink/peach! Keep me posted :)

  • Chris El

    I immediately had to read this post after your title caught my eye… “mannequin hands!” I guess you can liken this to wearing nude pumps which elongates your legs, right? The nude polish looks great on you and if anything, I just noticed your lipstick even more. :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks Chris! Yup I think it IS the same principle as nude pumps! I have Chanel Captivante Rouge Allure on my lips. I bet that will be a stunning shade on you too!

  • beauties

    very nice :)

    • Sunny


  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Oooh nice! Mannequin hands is right! Your nails look so clean and pretty and delicate! I like this a lot! 😀

    • Sunny

      Thanks Becca! I think Emprise is BETTER than mannequin hands because of the peach in it :)

  • Jay @ Wayfaring Beauty

    Love it! What a beautiful, classic shade. It doesn’t look like much in the bottle but I love how it looks on your nails.

    • Sunny

      Thanks, Jay! I agree. Nude shades never trigger TOO much of my interest in the bottle, but they can be absolutely beautiful on!

  • Teri

    It looks a bit like a peaches and cream colour. Really nice, but I think I already have an Essie version of this shade :p

    • Sunny

      That’s good too! Essie has as many interpretations of “nude” as I can imagine 😉

  • Kelly

    Such a lovely nude, perfect for spring!

    • Sunny

      Exactly! Well it’s a bit more than nude, but still a very clean and classic color!

  • Catherine (@bcrueltyfree)

    I actually am quite obsessed with nudes, the trend never passed for me haha but I do love color too. I totally agree with you, this is a beautiful not-quite-color, not-quite-nude shade. So versatile and wearable

    • Sunny

      Oh I didn’t mean nude is a trend! I think nude has always been there (for a good reason), but I don’t hear “mannequin hands” brought up as often anymore!

      You should check Emprise out if you like nudes! I think it will look different on different skin tones, but in any case it’ll look clean and polished!

  • Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog

    Nude nails are definitely right up my alley. This is so beautiful and wearable.

    • Sunny

      If you like nude check Emprise out! I think it’s better than nudes!

  • Dovey

    Hi Sunny, what a gorgeous color—- I love how well Chanel does soft tones :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks Dovey! I think this will be yet another Chanel piece I keep reaching for!

  • Meryl @ Memoiselle

    Hey Sunny,
    you title is so catchy! Haha I kinda agree it looks like mannequin hand but it’s prettier!! Very nice nude color, perfect for all season 😀

    • Sunny

      LOL thanks Meryl! Emprise is definitely good all-year-round!

  • Taylor

    Absolutely gorgeous Sunny! This was the one I was eyeing. I love it! A great peachy nude! Reminds me a bit of one of my favorites.. Essie A Crewed Interrest.

    • Sunny

      You’re right! The two do look somehow similar!

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    Really pretty!! It’s such a peachy nude-something I don’t have!

    • Sunny

      Then you must take a look at Emprise! Surprisingly enough I didn’t own anything remotely similar either!

  • Claire

    Emprise <3 Love this colour, such a wonderful nude and I think my fav so far. I like your liner here Sunny, perfect :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks Claire! It’s Chanel Santal!

      • Claire

        wow, it looks far better on you than it did on me, I need to swatch it again. I like the shape you did, looks so perfect and clean Sunny <3

        • Sunny

          Aww thanks Claire! I think Emprise will look different on different skin tones, but it looks good in any case 😉

  • Icaria

    This color is so pretty! Good information about the formula. Years ago Chanel came out with a pale pink and it was just awful. Gook to know they’ve improved.

    • Sunny

      Haha well I guess any horrible color would look good on some skin tones!

  • Louise @ A Little Beauty Luxury

    Looks lovely on you Sunny! I have my eyes on this shade and Fracas! They both look like beautiful shades for Spring

    • Sunny

      Thanks Louise! I already know I’ll keep reaching for these two throughout spring/summer!

  • Joyce (bronzerbunny)

    This is SOOO pretty on you! I’m googling dupes for this as we speak, because i can’t bear to shell out money for chanel polishes anymore! :/

    • Sunny

      Thanks Joyce!!! I hope you’ll be able to find something similar!