Every now and then a cult cosmetic comes along that stands the test of time, surpassing trends and decades and remaining on the lips and must-have lists of beauty insiders’ world over... And one such product is Chanel’s Rouge Noir nail polish, first seen during the label's Autumn/Winter ready-to-wear show in 1994.
For those interested in beauty legend, the shade was created at the last minute backstage by a make-up artist who realised the models had nothing on their hands. After its catwalk debut, the polish, then called Vamp, quickly became the colour du jour. That same year, Uma Thurman wore it in Pulp Fiction and Madonna followed suit, wearing the shade in her Take a Bow music video. When it was released to the public in 1995, it was an instant hit. It tapped into the gothic noir romanticism of the time; it was a little rock’n’roll, a little rebellious but entirely relatable and somewhat classic to women of any age, race and society pecking order. The not-quite-red-but-not-quite-black shade was edgy and both possessed and inspired a 'don’t mess' attitude. Not only did it receive more exposure than any other polish before it; it sold out, leaving Chanel as the first brand to ever have a waiting list for a nail polish.
Now, 20 years later, it remains an icon. To celebrate the milestone, Chanel has announced its new holiday collection, titled Rouge Noir Absolument, as a tribute to the shade that changed the beauty game. The 14-piece collection features an eye palette, a blush, an eyeshadow, two mascaras, two eye crayons, two lipsticks, two glosses and three polishes, each of which is designed to complement the iconic shade.
If history is anything to go by, it's time to get your hands on this collection before it too, sells out. Welcome the mood girls... This season, the lady is a vamp. – Maddison Glendinning
Chanel Rouge Noir Absolument arrives in stores November 15