Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color in Camelia ($28; chanel.com), is a gorgeously bright, creamy pink. The new, reformulated, 5-free formula features Bioceramics and Ceramides to improve the quality of nails and comes in 15 shades, some new and some existing. I loved the older Chanel nail polish range, the colors were beautiful and I am sad to see them go, but the newer formula is quite nice too. The color range is a tad disappointing and quite basic, Camelia being the only one that stood out to me. The reds are all too similar to each other and the others aren't too unique, but I just picked one up to test the formula out, hoping that Chanel would add a few new colors to the range soon. The brush looks and feels similar to the older Chanel brush, maybe just a tad wider and easy to work with. I have smaller nail beds and I had no complaints with the old Chanel brush, although Dior wins in that department for me.
The formula is smooth, creamy and very opaque, needing just two or even one coat for perfection. I only tested it over Essie's Gel Setter, with Dior's Abricot Base Coat and got about three days of wear, but I am quite tough on my nails and most nail polishes last the same way on me. Drying time was quick and I did not find the formula to be streaky and had no bubbling issues either. Overall, the formula is fabulous, easy to work with, great consistency and color wise Camelia is a beautiful pink for spring and summer, but this formula is not any long wearing than the older Chanel formula or when compared to other polishes from from Dior, Guerlain, Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana. That said, I would definitely try out more colors, or newer colors if Chanel comes out with more, keeping my expectations low on long wear.