There are three nail polish shades in Chanel’s Etats Poetiques for Fall 2014 and they’re a lot of fun to play with.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Atmosphere over Mirabella. Also pretty.
Atmosphere over Tutti Frutti.
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.
Chanel’s Etats Poetiques for Fall 2014 will be available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source.