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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.


  1. Heather says:

    Beautiful! I don’t own any Chanel, but i’m hoping I can hunt this one down. So ethereal!

  2. Maribeth says:

    I really can’t think of another color quite like Skyline! I love it on you, and I always enjoy the stories behind your polishes ;)

    • pam says:

      Me too! I’ve been trying to think of something that looks similar, but nope, nothing. Peter Philips is awesome.

      Glad you enjoyed the stories :) More to come

  3. Maddie Shen says:

    A frosty that’s easy to apply with less visible brush strokes? Heaven! Must find it. And I got Diwali! Can’t wait to try it! :)

  4. kimberley says:

    Wow I wanted this polish beforehand but after seeing your swatches I NEED it!

  5. I’m surprised at how unique it is! I’m sure other brands will try to recreate this color! Try being the operative word haha!

  6. pam says:

    Haha yeah, I’m sure Jessica will come out with their version. Or maybe they did already? They’ve been duping the past Chanel collections.

  7. Mockingbird says:

    Sooo pretty! Still no info on when it comes out in the U.S? I’ve been waiting forever…

  8. Tracy says:

    I’m drooling over your blues! Amazing collection. I nominated you for an award on my blog!

  9. aoitenshi says:

    Loved all the shades of blue in this post Pam! Sky Line is so pretty!

  10. Silvermouse says:

    Ooh! Such a pretty, gorgeous, pearly blue! It reminds me of the whispy pale clouds that you see on a warn spring day. Must hunt around!

  11. Sue says:

    I’m pretty sure heaven is this color. Gorgeous, gorgeous swatches — thank you!

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