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August, 2012

  1. MUG SHOT: Chanel Sky Line has landed… twice

    August 26, 2012 by pam

    Eight months. Eight whole months. I’ve been lemming Chanel Sky Line for eight whole months. I couldn’t believe it either but my archives don’t lie.

    Back in January, we were told that Sky Line from Chanel’s Bleu Illusion collection was going to be released in July. Sky Line did come out in July – but only in Europe. That’s okay, I thought, it’s bound to come out soon in the US. I’ll grab it then. But the supposed release date (August 6) came and went and there was still no sign of Sky Line.

    I was getting impatient so I posted this on Instagram.


    And the polish gods are apparently heavy Instagram users because just a few days after I posted that photo, Sky Line landed at the Polish Police headquarters. Twice.

    One came in this pretty Chanel gift bag.




    And the other came sweetly wrapped with a side of Diwali (more on Diwali later).



    There’s a sweet and funny story behind my double dose of Sky Line. Last week, Tatin went to Singapore for work and asked if there was any polish she should be on the lookout for. “Diwali,” I said. I didn’t even mention Sky Line, I was so sure they wouldn’t have it yet.

    A day later, Lele left for Singapore too. She also knew I had been looking for Sky Line. A day into her trip, she texted me, “Pammy, may Sky Line ka na!” (“Pammy, you now have Sky Line!”) I stifled a scream and thanked her profusely. I couldn’t believe they already have it in Singapore!

    I was so excited I texted Tatin, “Tats! I have Sky Line na!” And then came her reply, “Waaaaaaaah! That was my surprise for you!!!!”

    I had no idea she had gotten Sky Line for me too.

    But Sky Line is such a pretty and coveted color that I was more than eager to welcome both bottles.


    At first glance, Sky Line looked lighter than I thought it would.


    It also wasn’t the straight up blue I thought it would be.


    I couldn’t wait to see it on my nails.


    I need to gush because I really love it.


    Peter Philips, Chanel’s Global Creative Director for Make-Up and Polish Police’s crush, had this to say about Sky Line: “It’s a beautiful, easy to apply, pearly, on the edge of metallic shade that matched perfectly with the range of blues that Karl used for this haute couture collection.”


    I’d like to describe Sky Line as a frosty pearly pale periwinkle.


    It’s not purely blue, you can definitely see hints of lilac and lavender in this shade.


    It’s a complex shade that looks different under different lighting conditions. I wore it out to dinner with friends and J asked, “Ang ganda nga. (It’s pretty.) Is that blue or gray?”


    I know some people have compared Sky Line to Chanel Attraction in terms of formula and finish.


    But Sky Line is much easier to apply than Attraction which can be tricky to work with. I had no problems with the application of Sky Line, I really liked the formula.


    But the finish is a frost so yes, brushstrokes and imperfections will show. But not as much as Attraction. (Don’t get me wrong though – I actually really love Attraction too. It’s such a striking color.)


    I used two coats of Sky Line.


    I couldn’t end this post without including comparisons. I brought out some of my blue Chanels to show you how unique Sky Line is.


    Clearly no dupes here. Not even close.


    I also brought out my bottle of Dior Glacier because I thought it would be similar to Sky Line but nope, I was wrong.


    Not close either.


    In my desperate attempt to find something that looks similar to Sky Line, I even dug through my other Helmer but found nothing – none of my OPIs, Zoyas, China Glazes, Barry Ms, Sparituals look like Sky Line.

    So I decided to just compare it with my other blue Chanels.


    And Dior Glacier.


    They are as different on the nails as they are in the bottles.


    Nouvelle Vague is much too green, Riva is a pretty pale blue (it’s quite sheer – you will need multiple coats), Glacier is an icy blue.


    Coco Blue is a lovely light blue with subtle shimmer.


    Here’s one more look.


    After eight months of waiting, Sky Line is finally home. Was she worth the wait? Absolutely.

  2. MUG SHOT: NARS Manosque, Koh Lanta, Lal Mirchi and Night Clubbing

    August 25, 2012 by pam

    It’s good to be back.

    It sucks that so many things have been going on these past weeks that I’ve been left with no time to swatch or blog. It sucks super hard because I have so many great things to show you.

    I finally managed to steal some swatching time twice this week – still not as much as I would like but enough for me to be able to promise that you’ll be seeing this blog updated more often in these coming days, as it should be.

    And the next time you get tired of hitting refresh and seeing no update from me, you can turn to Instagram for bite-sized servings of Polish Police – a couple of bottles here, a mani there and awesome nail mail.

    But right now, I have swatches. NARS swatches.

    It’s no secret that I’m a huge NARS fan. (The upcoming Andy Warhol collection makes me want to squeal in excitement.) And so today, I will be showing you four of my newest NARS shades.

    Thanks to my beloved Petah, these babies traveled from New York to Manila some weeks back.




    They’re a mix of colors from different collections.

    Let’s start with Manosque.


    Manosque was one of the two shades released exclusively with matching Marc Jacobs gloves for Holiday 2011. The sets were available at NARS’ Bleecker St. boutique in New York. I almost cried when I read about the sets because I went to Bleecker twice around the time of their release but I only found out about the sets after I got back to Manila.


    I prayed and I prayed and I prayed that they would be released separately and, luckily, they were. I found Manosque on the NARS website and Petah helped me buy it.


    NARS describes Manosque as a “deep smoky lavender.”


    That’s accurate.


    Depending on the light, I can see hints of gray and brown in this polish.


    I love it.


    Lovely formula too.


    I used two coats.


    This is Koh Lanta.


    Koh Lanta is one of three shades released last year as NARS Nordstrom Exclusives. But while I picked up Matto Grosso, I decided to skip Koh Lanta and Vestale.


    Months later, I changed my mind and decided I needed it in my collection too.


    And that was a good decision.


    NARS describes Koh Lanta as “deep purple.”


    Yup, that’s what it is. A pretty, creamy deep purple that would rock on your fingers and toes.


    I used two coats.


    This is Lal Mirchi.


    This shade was part of the Thakoon for NARS collection but it was sold exclusively at the Bleecker St. store. Petah my polish elf came to the rescue. He went to the store and picked up bottles of Lal Mirchi for me and Miss Bun.


    My Thakoon for NARS collection is now complete.


    NARS describes this shade as “Mandarin red.”


    Lal Mirchi is an attention-grabbing bright red-orange.


    I love its intensity.


    Fantastic formula too.


    I used two coats.


    Night Clubbing was the other shade released with Marc Jacobs gloves.


    I really really wanted it – I was so tempted to buy the set even if I live in a tropical country where no one wears gloves. But it was sold out.


    So you can imagine how happy I was when I found out it was available on the NARS site. I needed it to complete my NARS Night Series collection.


    Night Clubbing is even more beautiful than I expected.


    NARS describes it as “black with gold pearls.”


    But the base didn’t look black to me – it was more of a complex blackened purplish gray brown similar to Chanel Vertigo with really fine gold shimmer.


    I love love love Night Clubbing.


    It dries a little dull but your top coat will bring out its beautiful shimmer.


    The formula was great, application super easy.


    I used two coats.


    These shades are available on the NARS website. In the Philippines, NARS is available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source.