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.
Not on my nails.
On my nails it is green. Definitely green.
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.
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
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.
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
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!
Yum yum. One more shot for the road? Ok!
Swatches to follow 🙂
Love, SnailPolish x
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