Category: Chanel

Review – Chanel Le Vernis Alchimie No. 591

Long time no post!  Sorry about that – it’s a very busy time of year at work and I always forget how draining the past/next couple of weeks are.  That, coupled with the damp grey days and early nights, are a recipe for misery, lol!

Anyway.   Chanel’s Alchime.  Part of its 2013 A/W Superstition collection, which I purchased along with Mysterious on the week of its release.  I’d not got around to using it until last week, mainly because I was too tired to devote the necessary brain power required for a focused, brush-free application.  (Foils and brush strokes are par for the course, and don’t bother me too much.  As long as they are straight.)

I finally got round to using this, and was looking forward to seeing its golden-olive tones on my tips.  I mean, what a fab colour.


Isn’t it?


Not on my nails.


On my nails it is green.  Definitely green.Nails4

It does something strange in the transition from bottle to nail.  And it is not simply the lighting.  This photo clearly shows the difference between the colour in the bottle and the colour on the nail.

So disappointing.

Now, on the plus side, it applied ok in two coats and wasn’t too brushy.  It chipped a bit easily (this mani here is four days old) but I find that with all frosts.  I think the metallic particles make it less flexible to knocks and stresses than creme glosses.

But it IS green (on me).

Would I repurchase?  No.  It’s green, ffs!*

Have you ever had a chameleon-esque polish, and was it for better or worse?

* – I like green polish.  When I have chosen green.  Not when I have chosen golden olive


Review – Chanel Le Vernis No. 601 Mysterious

Okay, I need to get this out of the way.  Whenever I think of this polish, this fricking earworm gets stuck in my head.  Terrible.  We all know that his seminal album was the curated duets with his erstwhile wife.  I mean, check out these fab-o-lous reviews!


Right, cheesy pop pec flashbacks out of the way and onto the polish!

I bought Mysterious last week in Harvey Nichols, along with its shimmery Alchimie friend.  Poor Miss Elixir was left behind.  I liked her but didn’t love her, and felt that she was too close to my hardly-used YSL… But now that I’ve begun the process of animatism, I feel so bad at tearing her away from her friends, and I sense it’s only a matter of time before she comes to live with me.Nails3


Mysterious is a deep, dark olivey khaki.  In low light it is very close to black, but in direct light, you can see the murky green emerge.  I love this colour, but I sense it is a marmite job.  It  reminds me of of a thick handful of gelatinous seaweed being plucked from the sea bed (or just saag aloo, if I am being frank).  It is quite daring and grungy, yet simultaneously sophisticated.


I wore this on Sunday when I went for a meal with my husband, and it was the perfect complement to my fabby new Whistles dress.


It’s been on for two days, and got a chip this afternoon.  I blame the crappy courtesy car that I have been saddled with, rather than the Chanel. (I got rear-end shunted last week and my beloved Beetle Sport is in for repairs.  And what do I – a committed VW-aholic – get in return?  A Ford Frigging Mondeo.  And one that CHIPS Chanel when I’m belting up at that.  A Mondeo.  Weep.)

So, Mondeo woes aside.  Mysterious is great.  It’s permanent so no need to rush out to get it.  But if you do get it sooner than later, you will get max value out of it for Autumn.

What do you think of this colour?  Do you get the seaweed/saag/silage vibe from it, or something altogether more glamourous?  And – more importantly – does the thought of being seen in public in a Mondeo make you want to curl up and die?!

Love, SnailPolish x

Chanel Superstition Collection Le Vernis – Mysterious and Alchimie

I got to see the Chanel Superstition Collection in full on its release date in the Coven Garden Chanel store, and was thrilled!  Sadly, my husband was less than thrilled with my intention to fritter so much money, so I had to pass it by…

…Until today, ha ha!  I’ve ummed and ahhed about what to get.  I really liked the eyeliner, but just cannot justify dropping £19 for around 4cm of product (seriously, twist one up fully next time you are at the counter and prepare to have your flabber ghasted!); and whilst Gri Gri is a gorgeous shade of eyeshadow, £23 seems a lot for a single that has received a relatively poor review from the oracle that is Temptalia.

So, I settled for two of the nail colours instead – Mysterious and Alchemie.  Aren’t they just fabulous?


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I cannot wait to try them, and just *know* that they will look fab with some of my recent autumn purchases, such as this Whistles dress and this NW3 dress.

Yum yum.  One more shot for the road?  Ok!

IMG_2552Swatches to follow 🙂

Love, SnailPolish x

August Payday Haul :)

A semi-crazy splurge to share today.  But each and every item fulfils a specific need, rather than constituting an indulgent want.  Honest.

First up is the MAC 116 blusher brush.  I have been prevaricating about this for a couple of years.  The £27 price tag seemed difficult to swallow.  But as I gradually accrued more lovely blushers, I found myself hating the way they applied with my old brush.  It was like wearing an ill-fitting, nasty old bra under a designer dress (which I have done too, and which is also just a complete waste of money).  To be fair, my old No. 7 brush from Boots had given me over a decade of service, but out with the old!  My cheeks are much thinner nowadays, so the size of this brush is as peachy as my newly-powederd chops.

And what better to test this new brush than a new blusher?  In this case, Nars’ Deep Throat.  Now, I don’t see any innuendo in the name.  It’s obviously named after this chap (link totally safe for work and is even educational).

The seasons are turning and I am no longer willing to endure my annual cycle of cracked and cold-sored lips, which is made all the worse by sweating into wind-blown skin whilst out running.  The Beauty Look Book (along with the scores of reviews on Makeupalley) convinced me that the Jo Malone Vitamin E Balm would do the trick.


Okay, I’ll admit that the Chanels were a greedy want.  But I have discovered a secret Chanel counter that had random polishes from old collections still in stock.  Black Pearl!  Fracas!  Still for sale in August 2013!  Both of which were missed originally and both of which are now mine, he he.

Not a bad haul, eh?

As an aside, how do you use MUA? I tend to sort the reviews into my age-group and discount any reviews that focus on price alone.  Whilst reviews such as ‘good but nothing that a £5 brush wouldn’t do’ are helpful, ones along the lines of ‘OMFG I can’t believe it costs this much!’ are not to me.  To me, value is about quality and fit-for-purposeness much more than price 🙂

Review – Chanel Les Vernis 517 Starlet

A lot of people have reviewed this one recently, but I wanted to add my experience into the mixer!

Today I am reviewing Chanel’s newest limited edition nail polish called Starlet, which is from its Avant Premier collection.  Boots had a mad offer on last month – buy any two premium beauty products and get 750 Advantage Card points.  There’s an offer not to be sniffed at, especially when combined with the 10% discount code that was kicking around on Quidco.  So, I bought four.  Paradoxal, Particuliere, Paparazzi and Starlet.  And got 1,500 points added to my card, which equates to £15.  I must use this carefully for dull necessity purchases for this to count as a saving, though.  Yawn.  £15 worth of mouthwash here I come.

Starlet is beautiful.  I’ve seen it described variously, but I perceive it as a warm, peachy coral with subtle golden shimmer.  It’s just perfect for the extended summer that we’re currently experiencing in the UK.

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The shimmer is visible in the bottle.

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And on the nails.  Which is a bonus, as Chanel shimmers sometimes mysteriously disappear between bottle and application!

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I am wearing two coats here, with a top coat.  And a base coat.  Illamasqua’s, which is fab at covering up the many ridges and imperfections that blight my nails.

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Would I repurchase?  Yes, although I guess that’s hypothetical.  Seriously, has anyone ever finished up a nail polish?  I know that I haven’t!

Love, SnailPolish x



August Wish List

Hurrah, payday!  My absolutely favourite time of the month!  I’m a complete spendthrift and my disposable income drains out of my account at the speed of knots on all sorts of pretties and shinies (and wine).

This month I am particularly lusting after Chanel’s Autumn Winter Superstition collection, especially the nail polishes.  I am going to the Chanel flagship store in Covent Garden next week, so may just come away with one or two.  Mysterious looks fab – a great autumn colour that will match all of my clothes.  I need to see Elixir as it may be similar enough to YSL Rose Baby Doll, which I already own, to pass on.  And I’m on the fence about Alchimie, although – damn you, Chanel, and your nifty marketing – the limited status is making me want it whether or not I love it!


I’ve also seen a fab Dior Bonne Etoile compact popping up on US blogs recently – part of the new Constellations collection, apparently.  Haven’t got a clue if/when/ever it will be available in the UK, but I love the look of it!  I think the colours will work well with my pale skin, dark hair and blue eyes.


So, that’s my list (for now).  What are you lusting after this payday?

(All images are from Temptalia’s website – thank you)

Review – Chanel Le Vernis 555 Blue Boy

I am slightly obsessed with all things Chanel, especially the makeup (to be frank, that and the sunnies are all I can afford!).  In particular, I am obsessed with Chanel’s Le Vernis range, swoon.

I love the Les Jeans series and am lucky enough to own all three of them.


Thus far, I have only worn shade 555 Blue Boy, having hoarded the other two greedily, just in case.


I love this shade.  It’s a fab, muted greyed-out denim blue.  I am wearing it with Illamasqua’s base coat and Essie’s Good To Go top coat, and I can get 7 days with just ip wear using this combo.  The first coat does go on quite thin, so I am generous with the second coat.  This is definitely not a one-coat wonder (unlike Dragon, but that’s another day’s post).


Now, I appreciated that £18 is a lot to spend on a polish, and there are many people that can’t/won’t drop that much.  That’s your call.  Personally, I would re-purchase.  I mean, it’s Chanel dahlink!

Love, SnailPolish x