Spring 2014: Chanel Tapage 605 + a Brush Issue + Chanel Elixir

by Karen Falcon on 17 December 2013 · 10 comments

Chanel Tapage 605 Spring 2014Dear Chanel Tapage 605: You are a lovely shade of orangey-red and I like you very much. Poppy red, I think I’ll call you. Bright and charming and ready for spring. But Tapage, we need to talk about a brush issue. And then there’s reader Laura’s question about Chanel Elixir.

chanel tapage 605 – brush up please

Tapage, your typical Chanel Le Vernis brush irritates me some – it’s so loooong and incompatible with my polishing technique that I think we should talk about it. I know you can’t talk so let me go first:  You could stand to be at least 1/8th of an inch shorter because as you may or may not know, when it comes to pushing polish around, size matters.

Chanel Tapage 605 Spring 2014_3Regardless of the brush issue, Chanel Tapage 605, I’m going to call you a winner. I think you’re radiant and even though it’s minus cold outside right now, you remind me of my favourite shade of tulips. That’s quite a feat.

Yours truly,

P.S. Wait! I tricked you! There’s more!

chanel tapage 605 vs chanel elixir

Laura, one of our readers ’n commenters, asked for my take on Chanel Le Vernis Elixir 589 compared to Chanel Le Vernis Tapage 605. Funnily enough, Elixir is the only Fall 2013 shade I didn’t swatch. I probably didn’t do it because now that I have it out of the box, I’m reminded of how much I don’t like this dusty crème rose.

Chanel ElixirI don’t want to write a love letter to this shade of Chanel. I don’t even really want to write a like letter. Mostly, I find this shade disturbing – to me, it’s dull, lifeless and very last century. They call it “milky pink.” I call it “not for me.”

On the bright side, Elixir is remarkably a OCW!!!* It levels spectacularly and goes on very, very well for a crème polish. Good to know if you’re a fan, right?

Chanel Elixir 2So Laura, I’m going to say they are vastly different shades. I can say that because I would totally 100% absolutely wear Tapage but I wouldn’t ever put Elixir on again – even if it is a Chanel polish ($28). Bet you weren’t expecting that, huh?

Chanel Le Vernis Tapage will be available at department stores, Murale and select Shoppers Drug Mart beauty boutiques. Follow these handy lazy links to the other two spring 2014 shades, Chanel Ballerina and Chanel Charivari. And maybe you want to peek at the Chanel Spring 2014 makeup collection, here.

*denotes a one coat wonder

Manicures ’n Photos by Karen Falcon (she’s writing this at 10:44pm and thinking about gettin’ herself a Sausage ’n Egg McMuffin for breakfast) ©2013 BEAUTYGEEKS/imabeautygeek.com

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Janine 17 December 2013 at 10:56 am

Happy birthday, Mani-Geek!

Love the straight-talk about the Chanel nail polish brush. Also enjoy “minus cold” and your “not for me” shade description for Elixir. Awesome sauce. xoxo


Karen Mani-Geek 17 December 2013 at 11:17 am

Thank you, thank you for the wishes!


Laura 17 December 2013 at 12:56 pm

This was quite possibly the most awesome blog post I’ve ever read. And not just because it answered my question. Anything that involves a McDonald’s breakfast sandwich is Pulitzer material.

Many happy returns!


Karen Mani-Geek 17 December 2013 at 2:34 pm

Laura, I’m happy to do it if I got the shades. Also happy you enjoyed the read.

Many thanks for the B-Day wishes, too!


annette 18 December 2013 at 11:15 am

HeadBeautyGeek is sooooooo very lucky to have such a talented writer & nail artist/painter do the honours in her absence. Well done, Karen, Happy Birthday too! Your lovely work & comments are refreshing. I hope the reviews help the product folk see things from the user point of view.
You both do an awesome job in the blog!


Karen Mani-Geek 18 December 2013 at 9:56 pm
Tania 18 December 2013 at 3:47 pm

Ever since the boo berry cereal incident (at least I think it was that, or maybe Frankenberry) incident, I also read the footnote.



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