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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


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?


They complement each other so well!IMG_2551

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 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)