Chanel in #409 Paradoxal

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These pictures where taken about three days into wear, so apologies for a bit of growth and less shine than is ideal. Chanel in #409 Paradoxal is one of my favorite Le Vernis. I'm a huge sucker for taupes and for Chanel's subtle shimmers, so put them together and you get something special and classic. This has a cool taupe base with subtle violet and pink shimmer. In most light the shimmer isn't readily detectable, but even when you can't see it it makes the polish shift from cooler purple to warmer taupe. This isn't one of those wham-bam! Chanel shimmers, like the Russies, where the shimmer really glows in direct sunlight. However, the shimmer is still more visible in the sun than I was ever able to capture.

This polish was introduced with the Fall 2010 "Les Contrastes de Chanel" collection and is currently a permanent item in Chanel's makeup line. Unfortunately, the price has increased a bit, and Chanel is rather capricious and swift when they decide to phase out a color - which is why I say you should never hesitate on a Chanel. They seriously only improve in value, so snap it up before you have to live with the regret! Worn from April 21-26, 2012.

Chanel in #489 Rose Insolent

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This is like a less intense version of Orly in Blushing Bud. Perfect application, beautiful color: happy girl. Chanel in #489 Rose Insolent was limited-edition from the Fall 2010 "Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss" collection. I love the whole Rouge Allure line and can't believe they might be phasing them out! Worn from April 18-20, 2012.

OPI in Pirouette My Whistle & Care to Danse?

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Sorry for how short my nails are here. I went a bit overboard with the filing! I, like most people, completely fell in love with OPI's Spring 2012 Soft Shades Collection, "NYC Ballet." I don't know what it is, because I don't usually like sheers, but these colors are not streaky and so pretty and, well, soft. I got the whole collection for a great deal on Amazon from Perfect Nail Store (not affiliated). It was my first experience with them and I had no problems. You can still grab them for $30 total here.

This is OPI in Pirouette My Whistle, the glitter shade, over OPI in Care to Danse? which is the pink-lavender shade. Sometimes the purple was very obvious, and at others it wasn't. I only needed one coat of Seche Vite, and I had no problems with bumpiness from the glitter. I got many many compliments on this mani - which is a rarity for me with people in person. Worn from April 12-17, 2012.

Easter with Chanel

Easter mani from April 8-12, 2012. This was taken with Instagram, so it definitely doesn't show the shimmer in the colors, and none of them are completely color accurate - particularly Riva. L-R: Chanel in #577 Mimosa (Summer 2011 "Les Fleurs d'Été de Chanel" collection), Chanel in Riva (Winter 2010 "Côte d’Azur" collection), Chanel in #527 Nouvelle Vague (Summer 2010 "Les Pop-Up de Chanel" collection), Chanel in #210 Lilac Sky (Spring 2006 "The Color World" collection), & Chanel in #543 Frisson (Spring 2012 "Roses Ultimes de Chanel" collection).

A good luck mani

The good-luck mani I wore for the Trivia Championships on January 28, 2012: Lynnderella in Connect the Dots (Fall 2011 "The First Edition" collection) over Essie in As Gold As It Gets (Holiday 2011 "Luxeffects" collection) over Essie in Power Clutch (Fall 2011). (We got a respectable third place.)

I'm back!

I'm back!

Sorry for the long and unexplained absence; life's just gotten in the way. I've decided I'm going to treat this blog as more of a Tumblr, rather than hold myself to exhaustive details and comparisons. They'll sometimes be there and sometimes not. Sometimes this will just function as a nail polish diary. Sometimes I'll review collections. So things will be a bit scattershot and random.

Join me if you'd like!