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Chanel nail polish reviews and photos

Chanel Soho Story – Strong and Steel

Chanel Strong
Chanel Strong

Last fall I was trying to be reasonable about my nail polish purchases, and the Chanel Soho Story came out mere days before the Khakis de Chanel were released, and I was not very into dark nail polishes then.  So I told myself I could pass them by.  Then, a couple of weeks ago, I was looking at the Nordstrom’s website and noticed they were still listed.  And then I looked at swatches.  And now I have swatches of my own to show.

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Chanel Spring 2011 Revisited – Black Pearl, Peche Nacree and Pearl Drop

Chanel Black Pearl
Chanel Black Pearl

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!

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CND Chocolate Milk – Swatch and Review

CND Chocolate Milk
CND Chocolate Milk

Today I have swatches and a review of CND’s Chocolate Milk, which was used in the Carolina Herrera Fall 2010 runway show.  I saw some pictures of it online and then threw it in with other CNDs in a TransDesign order a while ago, but hadn’t yet tried it.  In the bottle it’s a light creamy brown that has a more orange look than I expected.  When swatch pictures of the China Glaze Anchors Away Collection started popping up, I surprised myself by wanting Life Preserver, the deep orange.  Since Anchors Away wasn’t yet available, I pulled out Chocolate Milk.

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Chanel Black Pearl from the Chanel Spring 2011 Collection Les Perles de Chanel – Swatch and Review

Chanel Black Pearl
Chanel Black Pearl

I was so excited to receive my package of the three Les Perles de Chanel nail polishes , Black Pearl, Pearl Drop and Peche Nacree.   These polishes are part of Chanel’s Spring 2011 collection, and they are already available on the Chanel website.  The color that has garnered the most interest is Black Pearl–it was featured on the Chanel runway, and it’s a dark charcoal grey with a pearly green shimmer.  It’s not a typical spring color, which I think makes it even more interesting.  Keep reading for swatches and comparisons!

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Holiday 2010 Golds/Metallics – Dior Timeless Gold, China Glaze Midnight Kiss Swatch and Review

Dior Timeless Gold - Bottle
Dior Timeless Gold

I recently picked up Dior Timeless Gold in an order from Sephora, where it’s called Gold Revolution.  When you actually get it unpacked, though, the box says Timeless Gold, just like everywhere else.  It’s a beautiful metallic silverish gold, with heavy grey undertones.  I decided to see how it compares to some other recent foil-y metallics.

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Chanel Paradoxal and Revlon Perplex – Swatch and Comparison

Chanel Paradoxal and Revlon Perplex
Chanel Paradoxal and Revlon Perplex

Chanel Paradoxal has been a very popular color this fall–it’s a murky, taupish grey with purple shimmer-and now Revlon has joined the ranks of Chanel dupe-producers.  They’ve just come out with Revlon Perplex, which is clearly meant to be a lower-cost version of Paradoxal.  Paradoxal costs $23 and is still available on Chanel.com, but Revlon’s Perplex is $4.50 and available at drugstores and Ulta.  How do they compare?  Keep reading to find out!

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Holiday Reds and Sparkles-Chanel Illusion D’or Swatch

CND Bloodline w/ Chanel Illusion D'or
CND Bloodline w/ Chanel Illusion D'or

Lately I’ve been wearing a lot more red nail polish than usual-something about all of the great holiday collections that are out right now has me wanting to try out dark, rich reds.  I’ve always felt like red nail polish was too bright for me, but now that I’ve been trying out some darker red colors I’m feeling more comfortable with it.  I’m also really liking it layered with glitter for the holidays.  Today I’m going to show you some darker reds that I’ve tried, and some sparkling topcoat options that I’ve used for layering.

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China Glaze Holiday 2010 – Mistletoe Kisses and Peace on Earth

China Glaze Peace on Earth with Chanel Illusion D'or

Today I’m going to show two polishes from the China Glaze Holiday 2010 collection, ‘Tis the Season to be Naughty and Nice.  It’s  a big collection, with sixteen shades, and I’ve found that I keep deciding I need more of them!  I just ordered the foil-y metallics and I’m looking forward to trying those.  But the first colors that I loved and ordered from the collection were the greens, so as soon as Thanksgiving was over I broke them out.

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Chanel Riva from the Collection Côte D’Azur – Swatch and Review

Chanel Riva with CND Ice Blue Shimmer
Chanel Riva with CND Ice Blue Shimmer

This pretty blue shade is from Chanel’s Côte D’Azur Collection.  It was first shown on the runway in St. Tropez in May, and immediately created a lot of interest and buzz.  Although it was rumored to only be available in December, when I checked the Chanel website last week it was already up, and I quickly ordered my two bottles.  It’s still available now on the Chanel website.  The website also seems to actually be working, unlike when the Khakis appeared, and there was so much traffic that the website crashed.

There have already been a lot of reviews posted, and many of them have been very critical, complaining about the formula and the fact that the shimmer from the bottle is not as noticeable on the nail.  I really like it though–I think it’s a lot more wearable than most light/pastel blues, since it’s a bit sheer and doesn’t seem stark or too white.

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