Chanel in Diwali + Comparisons

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Here I'm wearing Chanel in Diwali. Diwali was released with the Summer 2012 "Bombay Express de Chanel" collection. It's is still available on!

This is a polish I imagine will look horrible on me in the winter when I'm at my maximum paleness, but it's very pretty with a tan. It's a white-gold metallic foil. It also has the signature Chanel subtle-shimmer in green and red.

The formula was perfect. I used 2 thin coats. I know it looks like there are brushstrokes on my index finger, but it was not visible in person. The removal was easier than most foils - more like Chanel in #479 Kaleidoscope than Chanel in #607 Delight.

Worn September 28 - October 2, 2012.

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Chanel in Khaki Brun + Comparisons

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I'm wearing Chanel in Khaki Brun, released with the first and best Fashion's Night Out collection, Fall 2010 "Les Khakis de Chanel." Khaki Brun looks much more brown than I expected - I was thinking it would be a dirty olive, which is one of my favorite polish colors. This polish is not a duochrome, but it shifts from looking taupe to olive, warm to cool - even in the same lighting. I love it.

This is 2 thin coats. The formula was the perfect Chanel creme - 1 thicker coat would be perfectly opaque.

It was tricky capturing all the different colors this polish shows up as, so I took pictures at different times over about a week, which is why some pictures show tipwear and growth.

Worn September 17 - 27, 2012.

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OPI in The Man with the Golden Gun over Clinique in Black Honey Velvet

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So, it happened. Sorry about the absence. I have been polishing, but editing and posting has clearly not gone well. This is my last semester and it has been so much more busy than I ever anticipated. Thanks for your understanding, and thank goodness there are so many more diligent nail bloggers out there!

Just a housekeeping note: I have started to watermark my pictures. I hope you won't find it intrusive, but I've been notified that people have started using my pictures to sell on eBay. My policy as of now is that it's perfectly all right to use my pictures as long as my watermark remains intact. I just need credit of ownership for the hours that go into polishing, taking pictures, and editing them. If you want to use my pictures (watermark intact) on eBay, go ahead, but please make note that it is not your picture and that I am not the seller.

Now on to nails. Here it is! One of the most talked about polishes for holiday, OPI in The Man with the Golden Gun. TMWTGG was just released for the Holiday 2012 "Skyfall" collection. I found it on AveYou for $30, which is the cheapest I've seen it. OPI calls it a "Real 18K Gold Top Coat" with gold leaf.

I have to admit that I was not excited about this polish from the pictures I've seen, but the collectibility factor, plus, let's face it, the shiny shiny SHINY bottle induced me to snap it up as soon as I could find it. Check out my link to Ommorphia Beauty Bar below if you want to see the packaging it comes in. I find packaging is always a nice bonus, but ultimately I don't care about it. I have too much polish/makeup to keep boxes. But wow, the bottle is so pretty - I think it beats Chanel in Gold Fiction. I am not a fan of opaque bottles, but this bottle makes me go a bit magpie. I think this polish looks much better in person than pictures. It is just really elegant and special, without being pow. That said, I probably won't be using this polish a ton. The layering combos I've liked have been mainly vampy and jelly.

The formula on this spreads easily, but it is thick. So thick it bubbled even under a layer of Seche Vite. You can see the bubbles if you click to enlarge the pictures, but it's not noticeable in person, unless I hold my hand about a foot away from my face. I found I preferred a sparser layer, but it's hard to get it and also get gold leaf on the edges of the nails, which requires dabbing. Next time, I would go easier on dabbing the gold leaf. The polish dries dull and with texture, but 1 coat of Seche Vite fixed that.

I layered TMWTGG over Clinique Glosswear in Black Honey Velvet. Black Honey Velvet was released with the Holiday 2005 "Black Honey" collection as part of a duo (the other shade was called Black Honey Shimmer and I have never seen any swatches of it). It is a mini bottle, which pains me (They are cute, but cause me usage anxiety! This particular mini is .23 fl. oz., so less than half a standard polish.), and it pops up on eBay from time to time. I think I got my bottle for about $5 a few years ago. I was compelled to buy this by the former MissHavisham of MUA's swatch.

Black Honey Velvet is a beautiful jelly vampy. It's perfectly berry - not too red or purple. In comparison, Chanel in #18 Rouge Noir is darker, more opaque, and has more purple. The formula on Black Honey Velvet wasn't bad, but it wasn't awesome. Weirdly, it smells faintly like those cheap small, bouncy rubber balls. It was a bit gluey to spread out and caused cuticle drag if you tried to even out the layer. I did 3 thin coats to get it even. Formula-wise, it reminded me of a much less painful to apply Rescue Beauty Lounge in IKB:2012. As far as wear, none of the other nails have chipped, but my right thumb chipped the first morning I wore this with no provocation, and other reviews I've read on MUA have noted the Clinique formula is chippy. Polishes generally wear very well on me, so I was not happy about it, but I will update it's performance as I continue to wear it. UPDATE: After 3 days, I have not had any further problems with chipping. Normal, possibly slightly more than average tipwear, which is to say very little.

Worn October 17 - 21, 2012.

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