Oh how I love black pearls. I love the iridescence of them. And that is exactly what drew me into Chanel's Black Pearl. It is a charcoal base with teal green shimmer through out. When the light catches it, it looks just like the black pearls I lusted for while on vacation in Hawaii. It was opaque in 2 coats. This was my very first Chanel polish so I was a little worried when I'd heard that they don't wear well. It happened to wear 5 days chip free for me. I was glad because for $23, it better last!