Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Chanel Le Vernis in Péridot and Graphite

Peridot is my birthstone (August baby here). As a kid, I disliked it (my two best friends had aquamarine and amethyst as theirs), but I changed my opinion of it as I got older and now I think it looks really cool. When found out Chanel was doing a polish with this name for Fall 2011, I had to check it out....would it be straight up limey?

Chanel's Péridot is a bit different than the stone. In the bottle it looks like a duochrome, murky metallic green-gold shade that almost looks like a shade you'd see in a mood ring- and I swear I'm seeing strong hints of blue in my bottle. On my nails, it's actually less metallic/ chrome and very shimmery olivey green-gold color. In direct sunlight, it dazzles and sparkles. In darker/ low/ indoor lighting, it actually just looks like a straight-up metallic... much less dimensional. It can almost look like two different colors at times. While I'm not exactly disappointed, I got spoiled by seeing it in bright sunlight first, in all it's shimmering glory:

And here's a lower lighting comparison:

I think Péridot looks quite good on my medium skin :)

The other polish Chanel released is Graphite, a rich gunmetal with silver glitter (Chanel released a third polish for Fall 2011, Quartz, that I am craving but it's sold out at a few local counters and I'm waiting on a phone call when they get more). Usually, greys aren't my favorite since the coolness seems to clash with my warmer skin, but Graphite is magically neutral enough for me to fall head over heels in love with:

Isn't it cool? What I love about Graphite is that it shimmers and sparkles indoors as well as outdoors, unlike Péridot. Indoors or in darker lighting, people can tell I'm wearing a glittery polish- probably partly due to the shimmer in this being chunkier than the shimmer in Péridot, and also because of the contrast between the lighter silver glitter over the darker gunmetal. Many compliments on this one; lots of oohs and aahs. And I think it'll look even better in the fall and winter months.

Apologies for being on hiatus; I had so many things going on in real life. Upcoming reviews and pics include Urban Decay's new 24/7 liquid liner (awesome product, I just had to say it now!), Bobbi Brown's Tortoiseshell Bronze palette, Sephora for OPI's Make The First Mauve, and L'Oreal Le Gloss lipgloss

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