Blue Rebel is the darkest blue from the Les Jeans de Chanel trio – it’s a brooding blue with grey undertones. I thought it might be the polish out of the Les Jeans trio that’s closest to Dior’s Blue Denim from their Fall 2011 Collection, so I compared to see – swatches coming up!
I was afraid when I ordered Blue Rebel that it would just be another really dark blue that looks black in most lights, but it’s not that way at all. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s dark but not blackened, more grey than black. It keeps its blue color in all lighting and looks more muted and subtle than I thought it would.
The formula on Blue Rebel was nicer than the other two Les Jeans (Blue Boy, which I reviewed here; and Coco Blue, which I reviewed here). The Blue Rebel formula is creamy and took just two easy coats to be fully opaque, and was very controllable. In the sunlight it gives off a dressy, cadet blue feeling – I’m not really getting a rebel feel from it. Which I really like! This color seems much more wearable than I thought it might be.
In the shade it looks even more grey, and does remind me of dark jeans – it has a slightly faded or washed out darkness that’s different from most dark blue polishes.
Since Blue Rebel is the darkest of the Les Jeans trio, I compared it against Dior’s Blue Denim to get a better sense of the color (you can read my full review of Blue Denim here). These polishes were not as close as I thought they might be – Blue Rebel is on my index and middle finger and Blue Denim is on my ring and pinky finger below. Blue Denim has a vibrant, almost electrified quality under its dustiness, and looks a tiny bit purple (it also looks like I got a cotton ball string stuck right in my ring finger, sorry). Blue Rebel is darker and more muted.
I like Blue Rebel more than I expected, and I think it’s a nice, rich blue that’s wearable. I’ve been happy with all of the Les Jeans de Chanel colors, they’re complex blues that are not exactly like anything else I have. They’re still on the Chanel website for now, but they won’t stick around long.