I am longing for the new Chanel summer polishes-I read today that people are finding Mimosa already in-stock at their Nordstrom’s. I don’t live near a Nordstrom’s so I’m confined to internet shopping, and the Chanel website still doesn’t have them posted, arg! To channel this Chanel energy, I revisited the Spring 2011 collection, Les Perles de Chanel. They’re pretty, too!
Here are a couple of new pictures of Black Pearl. A few weeks back, I suddenly felt like I needed a break from fleshy colors. This was perfect-it still somehow seems springy or new because of its gleam of bluish green, but it’s also a bit somber and serious. It really is somehow gem-like on my nails-the sheen is very fine and different from most polishes. This picture captures the green glint well.
The next picture is in direct, bright sunlight, and the green tone kind of fades away in the silver shine. It’s still a pretty, softish darker grey that is so nice. Black Pearl is definitely the star of this collection!
Next I have a few pictures of Peche Nacree. I hadn’t gotten around to taking pictures of this one before, and I was surprised by how sheer it is. This is three coats and it was still not as opaque as I was hoping it would be. I like that it’s a red/pink peach color instead of being too yellow or bright; it’s very soft and pretty looking. But it’s not all that exciting. It’s kind of like nude kicked up a notch-I may wear this to a wedding I’m attending this weekend, since I want something natural and not crazy looking, but also a little festive. It does have a similar pearly, fine sheen that’s nice.
The last of the spring shades is Pearl Drop. It’s a slightly sheer ivory with golden shimmer. The shimmer is that same fine, soft shimmer, which I like. It’s less white and more creamy-beige than I was expecting from other pictures. This one also went on pretty well for a light polish-it took three coats, but it was easy to control and build, and not streaky. In the shade picture you can see the really nice sheen and softness, just like the other two colors. I’m happy to have this one, especially because of the finish.
I liked it even more after trying to compare it to an older Orly polish called Meringue. I bought the Orly not that long ago from 8ty8beauty.com, but hadn’t worn it yet. It’s really runny! I tried to do three coats to compare to Pearl Drop, and after three coats I could actually see the polish sliding around on my nails when I tilted my ring and pinky fingers. Ick. It’s also not an exact dupe to Pearl Drop, as you can see from the pictures. It has a more orange shimmer and the polish itself is more yellow. It’s kind of pretty on its own, but I’m just not sure I’ll ever use it based on the sliding around I experienced just trying to swatch it. It kind of gave me a new appreciation for now nice Pearl Drop applied and dried-the Chanel is worth the price here. Pearl Drop is on my index and middle fingers and Meringue is on my ring and pinky fingers.
These spring polishes are still available on Chanel’s website, so when the summer colors finally pop up, you could still throw them in with an order. There’s also free shipping right now on Chanel.com! Bring on the Mimosa!