Nouvelle Vague is an older polish, from Chanel’s Resort 2010 Collection – at the time, Chanel’s Jade was still on everyone’s mind, so it was called the “New Jade” by some people. It was mostly wishful thinking since they’re not really anything alike, but I like Nouvelle Vague all on its own, and decided to revisit it last weekend.
Nouvelle Vague is a vibrant turquoise that’s still somehow a bit softer than other similar polishes. In the bottle you can see fine, hazy silver shimmer, but it doesn’t catch the light so much once it’s on the nail. This polish takes three coats to be opaque, but goes on nicely just like most Chanel polishes. I wore this during my vacation last summer, and it was kind of funny how much it reminded me of vacation to have it on my nails again. Using it again brought up all sorts of memories and images for me, which is one thing that I really like about fingernail polish-it can be so specific to a certain time of year, or place.
It’s such a pretty, calming shade of blue, I think it’s the perfect soft summer blue.
I tried a coat of OPI’s Simmer and Shimmer on top, since Simmer and Shimmer has an overall similar, light blue tone. There is some gold and pinkish glitter in the mix as well, which showed up well against the light blue of Nouvelle Vague. I like the way that this combination is kind of subtle, but the glitter still shows up well. The glitter on top of Nouvelle Vague reminds me of little tiles or a mosaic or something.