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MUG SHOT: Alchimie and Mysterious from Chanel’s Superstition Collection for Fall 2013

July 24, 2013 by pam

This year’s fall collection from Chanel is called Superstition.


Inspired by Coco Chanel’s love for good luck charms, the collection includes three nail polish shades – Alchimie, Mysterious and Elixir.


I had been very excited about this collection since the day I first saw the promo pics. Today, I’m going to show you two of the colors.


Let’s start with Alchimie.


Of the three shades in the collection, this was the one I was most excited about. Yes, Chanel makes crazy sexy reds and pretty pinks, but I love it when this brand comes out with unusual shades.


Chanel describes this as “golden khaki.”


It’s a super shimmery greenish gold with yellow undertones.


I see this shade pull more gold on most people but I think my skin tone brings out the green and yellow in it.


The formula is nice and rich – two coats are enough.


But I wanted to use three for more intense color.


Although it flows nicely, careful application is important because the finish is prone to showing brushstrokes.


Use as few strokes as possible.


I pulled out some Chanels to compare with Alchimie.


Any thoughts of its similarities to Peridot flew out the window when I swatched them together.


Peridot is a lot flashier and is a green-gold duochrome, Khaki Vert is a creme and has gray undertones, Diwali is a true pale gold with no hint of green and Or De Russie is a shimmery blackened olive green/gold beauty.


This is Mysterious.


Chanel describes this as “deep khaki.”


It is a very deep khaki but it’s also more complex than that.


Mysterious is a dark olive green creme with brown undertones.


I also see hints of deep purple in it.


This is a perfect color for fall but it’s also the kind of shade I like to wear all year long.


Lovely formula.


It’s super rich and applies nicely.


I used two coats.


I like to think that my Chanel collection is pretty extensive but I still didn’t have many bottles that looked similar to Mysterious. I pulled out Vertigo along with a few other dark shades from different brands to compare.


Dior Amazonia is a lot more green, RBL Turn It Around is lighter, a lot more green and has that gorgeous copper shimmer, Vertigo is more purple and has reddish shimmer, RBL Fortissimo is a deeper, blackened brown with hints of green.


No dupes here.


Chanel’s Superstition Collection will be available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source in August.


  1. Katie says:

    I feel like Mysterious is what I wanted MAC’s Dry Martini to be.

    • pam says:

      I totally get what you mean :) It took me forever to hunt down Dry Martini but now I realized I love Mysterious more. It’s a more wearable olive green :)

  2. Hilda says:

    Oh wow! can’t wait till Alchimie gets here. We always have to wait at least 2 months before new shades come to us :(

    • pam says:

      Aww, I feel ya. Our Chanels and Lippmanns are pretty updated but a lot of the other brands get new collections late. When I get impatient, I end up ordering online :D

  3. Nailista says:

    I love your comparisons! The way you apply the different tones on your nails make a beautiful sort of ombré mani :D
    I loved both shades too!

    • pam says:

      Thanks! Comparisons are always fun to do – I look forward to them! And I always end up wanting to wear all the shades I’ve compared.

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