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  1. MUG SHOT: Chanel’s Etats Poetiques for Fall 2014 (swatches and comparisons)

    July 16, 2014 by pam

    There are three nail polish shades in Chanel’s Etats Poetiques for Fall 2014 and they’re a lot of fun to play with.

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    I rarely fall in love with nude polish (and I rarely wear them) but Secret just won me over. It’s a beautiful pink-tinged nude creme that I think would be flattering on any skin tone. The formula is easy to work with. I used three coats but two could be enough.

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    Chanel has a lot of nude polish in its line so I brought out a number of them to compare.

    Beige is a lot more yellow; Jade Rose is more beige and doesn’t have Secret’s pink tinge, Tendresse does have a pink tinge but it’s a lot more sheer (and jellyish) and also has peach tones.

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    Ballerina, is a buildable sheer pink that doesn’t have Secret’s beige tone; Emprise is a soft pink with shimmer; Inattendu is more peach than pink.

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    One look at the collection and I thought Orage would be my favorite. This dark moody deep gray blue is totally up my alley. And I was right, I did end up loving it. It looks like a smoky deep gray with just a hint of blue. Great formula, love the slight shimmer. I used two coats.

    And here’s the crazy part: While taking photos of Orage on my nails, I accidentally hit my pinky with my camera strap. I cursed myself for being clumsy, grabbed my polish remover and cotton, ready to redo that nail but I looked at it again and Orage had repaired itself. It blew my mind. Talk about self-leveling.

    Just writing this has gotten me very excited about Orage again. Definitely wearing it next.

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    Nothing in my Chanel collection looks similar to Orage but I still brought out a few so you can figure out where it fits in the Chanel rainbow. Blue Rebel is very very blue and a lot brighter and lighter than Orage, Vertigo is a lot more brown and purple and has a reddish shimmer while Steel is a gunmetal shimmer. Steel is the most similar but it’s still not similar at all to Orage – not in color and not in finish.

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    Atmosphere is a shimmery iridescent pearl polish that’s quite sheer. When worn on its own, the brush strokes can be very obvious. I do not like wearing sheer polish on my nails but I still love Atmosphere because it works great as a top coat, adding shimmer and depth and giving other polish shades an interesting twist. (You’ll see it as a top coat in a little bit.)

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    The most similar thing I have to Atmosphere in my collection is Metal Argent, an old Chanel that’s hard to find. But although they have a similar iridescent quality, the base of Metal Argent is darker and is more of a purple.

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    I layered Atmosphere over the other shades in Chanel’s fall and summer collections. This polish is such a chameleon, appearing different depending on the base you layer it over.

    I love love love Atmosphere over Secret. I love how it gives this pretty nude a dose of shimmer that’s still feminine and understated.

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    I love Atmosphere over Orage too. Over this deep gray blue, Atmosphere becomes this iridescent purple with a flash of pink. Really really interesting. I can stare at it for a long time.

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    I love Atmosphere over Eastern Light too. This is one of my favorite combinations. I love how Atmosphere softens Eastern Light’s stark whiteness with its pretty shimmer.

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    Atmosphere over Sweet Lilac is also pretty. Look at the pinky though. The coat I applied was too thick, overwhelming the base color. When using Atmosphere as a top coat, a thin coat works best.

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    Atmosphere over Mirabella. Also pretty.

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    Atmosphere over Tutti Frutti.

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    I’m not a big fan of Atmosphere over Pink Tonic. Maybe Metal Argent would work better over Pink Tonic. I should try that next time.

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    Chanel’s Etats Poetiques for Fall 2014 will be available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source.


  2. MUG SHOT: Chanel Spring 2013 – Emprise, Fracas and Accessoire

    February 21, 2013 by pam

    Before we proceed with the swatches, here’s a quick Polish Police update: I’ve started using a new camera and because the new camera’s lens is much bigger than my previous one, it isn’t compatible with the ring light I’ve been using for years. And that means I need to figure out a new lighting setup. I consider this a blessing since I wans’t 100% happy with the ring light anyway. I will keep swatching as I figure things out. That’s the only way to ride out this transition – with pretty painted nails.

    And speaking of pretty painted nails. Chanel’s Spring 2013 is out at counters and stores now, including Rustan’s, my beloved polish mecca. Chanel’s Printemps Precieux collection includes three new nail polish shades.

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    Am I one of the many Chanel fans who have been dreaming of more unusual releases? Yes. But did I end up loving these three colors anyway? Hell yes.

    I will admit that out of the three, I thought I was going to like Emprise the least. Longtime readers of Polish Police know that I rarely wear nude shades but holy crap, Emprise is pretty.

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    Seriously pretty.

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    Emprise is a rosy beige.

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    In the bottle you see very subtle shimmer but it doesn’t translate on the nails.

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    No problems with the formula, it was nice and creamy.

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    I used three coats.

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    Fracas is a bright pink.

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    It’s a nice happy color that will be perfect for the upcoming beach months.

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    I really like it.

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    Like Emprise, Fracas has subtle shimmer that you can see in the bottle.

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    Lovely formula.

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    Application was problem-free.

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    I used two coats.

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    And finally, Accessoire.

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    Accessoire is a deep red brown.

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    Super dark, super vampy, super sexy.

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    My photos don’t show just how dark this shade is. It’s even darker in real life.

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    Chanel does release a lot of vampy shades but how I can I blame them? They do it so well.

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    Accessoire has instantly added itself to my list of vampy favorites.

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    In fact, I love it so much I’m still wearing it now.

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    Formula was fantastic too.

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    It applied like a dream.

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    I used two coats.

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    Chanel’s Spring 2013 Collection is now available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source.