In the blue corner, representing Chanel is Chanel Alchimie.
In the red corner, representing YSL is YSL Bronze Pyrite.
Now, at first I thought maybe I’d gone crazy and was on crack, which I’m not, when I even suggested that maybe Chanel Alchimie and YSL Bronze Pyrite could be twinnies. But there are some similarities that made me want to go and compare them.
So compare I did.
They are not dupes. They are similar in colour family but Chanel Alchimie has that secret sauce in the way of tiny microshimmers and microglitter that Chanel does superbly. YSL Bronze Pyrite on the other hand is more metallic and boasts being a metallic without showing brushstrokes.
In the picture below, I have Chanel Alchimie on my index and ring fingers and YSL Bronze Pyrite on my thumb, middle finger and pinkie.
In some angles the colours are remarkably similar and in darker lighting (eg indoor light) they do look quite similar. In full sun, indoors with bright light or photography with flash – the colours are different and the finish differences are noted.
Chanel Alchimie boasts microshimmer and microglitter in a green base. YSL Bronze Pyrite is a metallic polish where there is no differentiation between the base colour and the shimmer. This is like molten metal in its smoothness.