Chanel Taboo #583

Well hello there.  <picks self off floor, leaving a little puddle of dribble behind>.  This. Is. Stunning. OMG.

Let’s look at the color in the bottle first.  I know that usually I do the swatches on the nail first and the bottle second, but the bottle is just drop dead gorgeous.  The depth.  The glow.  The shimmers.  The complexity.  It is seriously why I love Chanel polish (granted the formula is pretty amazing too and not chip-tastic at all for me).  Enough of me raving about the thing, show me the bottle already:

Chanel Taboo bottle

Look at that.  Basque in the glory that Chanel Taboo is.  It almost looks red in this photo but you can see the deep purple on the edges and the red and fuchsia shimmer that makes it almost look like it’s glowing from inside the bottle.  Like it has its own light source.

Now on the nail it is just as gorgeous.  The purpley-goodness shows through but you can see the shimmer has translated to the nail as well.  Don’t you hate it when sometimes the bottle is all gorgeous, lit-from-within, shimmery-perfection and you paint it on and wonder what happened?  Like you almost had to double-check that you weren’t abducted by aliens who decided to paint your nails a similar color without the shimmer, just to mess with you.

Chanel Taboo swatch
Ta-da! Look at that for perty.  You can see the shimmer in the bottle.  You can see the shimmer on the nail.  The coverage was good in two coats and when you applied top coat, wowza, did the shimmer really pop and shine through.

The only drawback I can say is that this was a bit of a chip-tastic polish.  The usual Chanel formula is awesome on me.  I get a week’s wear.  But this was a delicate polish and chipped horribly within two days.   I discussed this with the sales assistant at the Chanel counter at David Jones (I was wearing Taboo at the time) and she also lamented that it was chip-tastic on her also and she hazarded a guess that it had something to do with the micro-glitter and shimmer.

It’s still pretty, but if you are used to long wear like Chanel’s usual polishes, you may be disappointed, which I was because they are high-end, expensive purchases.

Disclaimer:  I purchased this myself from Nordstroms.

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YSL Gris Underground #38

Is this grey?  Is this periwinkle?  Is this cornflour blue?  Whatever it is, it’s gorgeous.

YSL Gris Underground #38

YSL Gris Underground #38

There is definitely a sky blue cast that comes through with this color.  It is definitely grey, but it is a grey-blue sort of color making it cooler and edgier.  I love how it looks with my skin-tone, I find some other greys can lean a little bit warmer (where they are a bit grey with a hint of brown) that brings out the redness in my skin.  This is a creme, no shimmer, no sparkle, yet it has depth to it and interest.  I can’t get enough of these sorts of colors and I find that YSL in the new La Laque Couture range has some seriously amazing colors in creme formulations.

Some more swatches:

ysl-gris-underground-swatch2

The color is smooth, not streaky.  Even a single coat lays down some serious color and if you went a little bit thicker, you could easily get away with a single coat.  The color depth shows in two coats, however so I prefer doing two thinner coats.  I have found the formula to be quite consistent with these polishes, not too thin, not too thick.  I would call this just right making it easy to polish without the risk of it running all over the place and pooling at the cuticle.

This is two coats and dries to a beautiful shine that doesn’t need top coat (but I do it anyway because that’s how I roll).

YSL Gris Underground bottle view

YSL Gris Underground bottle view

The bottle photo (taken with flash) shows the undertones really well.  It is a light grey with a blue / lavender cast.  It’s absolutely stunning and falls into the category of work appropriate but edgy.  Why wear pale pinks and boring neutrals when you can wear this?  I love it.

Disclaimer:  This was purchased by me from Nordstroms.

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Chanel Alchimie #591

I love Chanel nail polish.

Alchimie is a light khaki green polish with microshimmer, so much so it almost looks metallic.   It has moments of duo-chromeness, but isn’t a true duo-chrome.  From some angles it looks greener and other angles it looks a bit more antique-gold.  Either way, it’s super pretty.

The main drawback of this polish is the brushstrokey-ness.  Due to its high shimmer verging on metallic nature, there are going to be brushstrokes.  Some people don’t sweat the brushstrokes.  Others do.  I fall into the “omg this is super-brush-strokey” and my OCD kicks in and I feel the need to try to add another careful coat in the hope of minimising it.  Of course this doesn’t work.  Yet I still do it, like this time it’s going to work.  Anywho, I was super careful and my top coat did level it out to some extent, but you can see the brushstrokes below.  A note of warning, if you have any lumps and bumps on your nails – this polish will highlight it.

Chanel Alchimie 591

Chanel Alchimie 591

The color is reminiscent of Chanel Peridot (which I own) which also has that green / gold thing going on but falls into the true duo-chrome category and is super-metallic.  I will dig it out and put up a post showing the differences.

Alchimie is far more wearable.  It can be subdued and work appropriate.  It won’t draw a lot of attention from afar, but when someone does look at your nails they will remark on how pretty and how different they look with this sort of color.

Chanel alchimie bottle view

Chanel alchimie bottle view

The bottle shows the different colours, the gold is highlighted plus a little bit of copper and the khaki is evident near the top of the bottle.  I love these sort of chameleon colors, something I believe Chanel does better than anyone else.

Disclaimer:  I purchased this myself from Nordstroms.

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YSL Beige Gallery #39

Wowza.

What can I say about the YSL La Laque Couture nail polish?  It’s awesome.  It’s fabo-tastic.  The brush is one of those tapered, funky sort of ones that covers the whole nail in a few quick swipes and is great for getting close to the cuticle.  I have one minor gripe with the brush, which is that if you have teensy weensy fingers like I do, the pinky can be hard to paint without getting cuticle pooling (oh how I hate cuticle pooling).

This polish lasts and lasts and lasts.  I get a week’s wear and I’m hideously rough on my nails (I do the proper prep of basecoat, two coats of color, top coat).  What I love about the formula is that it doesn’t crack, it doesn’t fade, it doesn’t turn.  It looks fabulous right to the point where I remove it because of minor tip wear or minor chips.  I love the formula so much that I’ve amassed a hefty hoard of these (which I will be swatching and posting soon – so stay tuned).

Now onto the color (these are two coats):

YSL Beige Gallery (indoor light)

YSL Beige Gallery indoor light

This is a complex neutral.  It has enough color to ensure that you don’t have corpse hands, but doesn’t fall into that territory of dodgy, ugly, what-the-hell-is-that-on-your-nails-omg-is-that-dirt-or-worse type of color.  The indoor photo without flash shows the richness of the color.  It did remind me of Rescue Beauty Lounge Grunge (which I had but it separated and went to nail polish heaven) so I can’t do a swatch comparison.

Here’s the full light / flash pic:

YSL Beige Gallery with flash

YSL Beige Gallery with flash

With bright light the color leans cool.  Which does wonders for my pale, olive-ish, bordering on cool but neutral skin tone (for those of you who need to know what color skin tone that is in commercial terms – I’m a Nars Deauville / Giorgio Armani Face Fabric #2 / Chanel B20).  Isn’t it pretty?  Soooo pretty.  Great for the office when you want something neutral but you don’t want to glance down at your nails and say “meh”.

Now onto the bottle:

ysl beige gallery

ysl beige gallery

The bottle has a removable cap so that it isn’t unwieldy when you paint, which I like. Granted this isn’t a new concept, I still like it.

Disclaimer: I purchased this myself from Nordstroms.

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Welcome.

Some background.  I am a reformed nail-biter.  I cannot leave my nails sans polish or they call to me,  I find their siren song difficult to resist.  They must be painted or I will nibble them down into scary looking nubbins and then feel such deep-rooted remorse for doing so, with no recourse but to wait it out as they grow back….like cutting your bangs / fringe and going “ruh roh” and the agonising grow-out phase that looks plain old dodgy (especially if you have cow-licks).  Anywho, I digress.

Here’s post number 1.  The inaugural posting to set you up, lure you in.

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