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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: Reflets d’Ete de Chanel for Summer 2014 (swatches and comparisons)

    July 16, 2014 by pam

    It was an exciting day at Polish Police when this package arrived from Rustan’s The Beauty Source. I said it on Instagram and I’ll say it again – one of the most exciting moments in the life of a polish addict is unboxing new Chanels.

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    I spent Saturday doing a crazy swatchfest of all these shades from the brand’s summer and fall collections. I will post about them separately. Let’s start with summer.

    There are five shades in the Reflets d’Ete de Chanel collection. Most of these colors, which are very classic Chanel, remind me of popsicles. They really do make me think of summer and that’s great because summer is over in my part of the world (we have a big storm coming tomorrow) and wearing these colors is a great way of trying to hold on to the sunny season.

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    Eastern Light, which was first released with Western Light in the limited edition Hong Kong collection, is a white creme. White cremes are known for being crazy streaky but the secret is letting your polish dry between coats. On my third coat, Eastern Light was perfectly smooth. I like Eastern Light – I like it so much that I’m still wearing it now. It looks great too when paired with Atmosphere from the fall collection. (Pics of that will be in my next post.) I am always on the lookout for a good white polish because they’re a great base for fun glitter manis or nail art. I’m glad to have Eastern Light in my arsenal.

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    I don’t have too many whites in my Chanel collection – or my entire nail polish collection – but I brought these out to compare. Pearl Drop is pearlized and has a gold flash, Attraction is a frost and has a silvery glint to it while Intermezzo, one of my favorite Chanels, is a softer, slightly sheer white with a tinge of pink and an iridescent flash. None of them have Easter Light stark whiteness.

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    Mirabella is an orange creme that looks more intense on the nails. The formula was great, application was a breeze. I used two coats.

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    I brought out a few peaches, corals and oranges to compare. Abricot Gloss is more of a coral and is a jelly; Orange Fizz is a lot lighter and is a mix of coral, orange and pink; Miami Peach is also more of a coral and has gold sparkle.

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    Holiday is a more intense red-orange; June is a lot lighter and is more of an apricot; Biarritz is similar to June but is sparkly and has tiny iridescent shimmer. (This comparison brought me back to the magical moment that led me to Biarritz.)

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    Pink Tonic is a hot pink, a Barbie pink. Great formula too. I used two coats. Strangely, despite its abundance in the world, I don’t wear a lot of pink on my nails. But Pink Tonic is making me want to rock this color.

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    I’m sure you’re super curious to know where Pink Tonic fits in Chanel’s spectrum of pink. She’s right between Riviera and Rose Exuberant. In fact, this comparison swatch turned out to be an accidental ombre, with Riviera being the lightest shade and Pulsion the darkest.

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    Sweet Lilac is exactly that – a sweet lilac. In the bottle it has a slight shimmer that isn’t very visible on the nails. Great formula too – it was perfectly opaque in two coats.

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    Lilac Sky is lighter and has silver shimmer, Rodeo Drive is darker, is more purple and also has silver shimmer.

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    Tutti Frutti is a pretty coral pink with hidden shimmer. I really like it. Great formula too. I used two coats.

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    Fracas and Rose Exuberant are both pink and do not have Tutti Frutti’s coral tinge. Distraction is coral but it is lighter, slightly more sheer and has bright pink shimmer.

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    Reflets d’Ete de Chanel for Summer 2014 is available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source.