Second Chance Saturday – Chanel Vertigo

I’ve been going through my Chanel Nail Polish collection, oohing and awwing over the lovely colours in there.  So here comes another Second Chance Saturday, with Chanel Vertigo.  This was part of Les Essentials De Chanel for Fall 2012 and had two sister polishes in Suspicious (a hot pink) and Frenzy (a nude).

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Its a lovely dark gray, with a ripple of red within it.  The ripple doesn’t come onto the nail in the way its visible in the bottle.  The formula is lovely, rich creamy and easy to work with.  Drying time is good and it looks great.  Dark, mysterious and forbidden.  In bright light the red does appear briefly.  Its very subtle.

Did you pick up Vertigo in 2012?  As far as I can tell, Vertigo is now part of the permanent collection and you should still be able to get hold of a bottle.  Retail in the UK is around the £18 mark and Chanel can be picked up from a number of larger department stores and good sized Boots stores.

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Second Chance Saturday – Chanel Black Pearl

Alrighty, surprise!  Another Second Chance Saturday for your viewing pleasure.  This little love is Black Pearl, part of the Spring 2011 release and its sister polishes are Pearl Drop and Pêche Nacrée.

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I picked this one up when we went to a wedding in Toronto and I was so pleased to be able to get this early in the season.  I nearly didn’t, as several of the concessions we visited were already sold out.  But thankfully I struck gold, or black pearl in this case, at the Eaton Centre.

As you can see from the images, it does go a little streaky, but it is the most unusual of colours.  Its a blackened teal, kinda of like the edges of a healing bruise (pleasant I know) but I have nothing else like it. For these pics, its based with G & G Stuck on Blu! and topped with Dior Gel Coat.

Formula is good, coverage is excellent, if it was just that *little* less streaky, it would be perfect.

What do you think?  Does this have a home in your stash?

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Second Chance Saturday – Chanel Matador

Happy Saturday!  Today we return to our Irregular Series, Second Chance Saturday, where we look at old favourites and try polishes for the second time.

This Saturday, I have for you, one of my all time favourite Reds.  Typically Classic Chanel, this one is a gem.  Its a bright pop of nail colour.

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Matador is a beautiful, classic lit-from-within red.  Its stunning.  From what I can figure out, it looks like it would have been released in the early 2000s (if you do know, leave me a comment 🙂 ).  Formula is good and it has that Chanel Shine and a little ripple of a shimmer – but be warned it probably does have some chemical nasties in it.  Shimmer isn’t that apparent on the nail but I don’t think that is detrimental in anyway.

What do you think?  Wish you had picked this one up?

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Second Chance Saturday – Chanel Particulière

Chanel Particulière is the focus of this Second Chance Saturday.  This is an irregular series where I pull something out from the stash that either I haven’t worn in an age or one that I had particular issues with.

Particulière was released in 2010 as part of the Les Impressions De Chanel along with her polish sisters, Inattendu and Tendresse.  Lets be honest, did you realise it was THAT long ago.  I hadn’t and as soon as I put it onto my nails I fell in love all over again.  I actually remember waiting weeks for this to be restocked, and I didn’t get my hands on it until after Paradoxal came out as part of the Fall 2010 collection.  Anyway,  here come the pictures.

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Particulière is a mid toned brown/taupe, which is so flattering on many skin tones and is certainly office friendly.  I would say its one of the darker available neutrals.

Like previous and future Chanel cremes, the formula on this is fantastic.  What you see above it two average thickness coats.  It dries well and evenly, and provides such fantastic coverage.  I toyed with the idea of a third coat, but why waste such a lovely polish. I used Essie All-in-one base and Seche Vite as my top coat.  Wear was fantastic, it lasted three days of office punishment before I had time to remove it.

I am quite proud of my slightly older Chanel collections and I’m glad I have such winners as this one in my stash!  Did you buy Particulière or have been eying it up?  I know there are several good dupes out there, but this is the full package.

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Second Chance Saturday – Chanel Morning Rose

Today I have another part of an irregular series of Second Chance Saturdays….

The polish in question today was part of Chanel’s Fleurs d’Ete Summer  2011 Line up along with Mimosa and Beige Petal.  I have Mimosa and I  love it.

Morning Rose was a much slower burn for me.  First time I saw it I thought to myself “Meh!” but then it started creeping onto blogs, I kept looking at it in store.  And then one day, the woman running the Chanel counter said she only had one or two left.  So I went for it and this little bottle of Chanel came home with me.

I’ve given it a fair bit of use, its a handy colour to have in my nail palette when I want to paint my nails but not have something too dark and vampy.  Like many Chanel’s the formula is great on this, it glides on the nail, but that said it will need three coats.  Four if you get dragging on your nails.  But its worth it for the Rose Pink display it achieves.  In the bottle there is a real hint of Chanel Sparkle, in this instance a subtle gold fleck, and it does translate onto the nail.  In the sun, this baby positively glows.

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Now we have a choice to be made, more older Chanels?  Or older Mac Polishes?  Interested in any comparisions?  Or after something specific, in which case, have a look at my stash, link is on this page.  Leave me a comment and I will see what I can do.

Second Chance Saturday – Mac Chroma Sinful Serpent

I’ve been having a good look through my stash over the last few weeks and much as I love sharing my new purchases with you all, I thought it might be fun to share some of the MUCH older polishes. As I mentioned last week, Second Chance Saturday is an opportunity for me just to show you what is on my nails that I may have previously swatched or had issues with, or really just to share the Polish Love.

Now onto this little beauty. Way back when I was a student (and this was for more years that I care to remember), my pals and I used to love going into town as swooning over the Mac counter. It was the only place where all of us to fulfill our cosmetic love, in my case polish. I remember these coming out in the store and being so desperate to have them. But as a student, with a p/t job, polish from Mac was a step too much in terms of cost. So imagine my joy and delight when my ex-housemate bought me this as a gift.

I will love her forever but here she is in all her polish glory, Mac Chroma Sinful Serpent.  I even took some pictures outside it was SUCH a nice day.

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In terms of formula, well its like water. Very thin and very sheer. What you see here is 5 patient coats. At least it dries quick-ish. I probably should have worn it over black, next time I will as I have about 75% left now and its precious to me. It has a magnificent duochrome, blue, red, green, gold… its all in there. It mainly looks blue to me most of the time, but every so often I see the shift from blue to red and it becomes a beautiful mauve.

I only have this one from the collection which, if I recall correctly, was one of three (although someone says 4) that were released in 2000. There was also a green (Chroma Green Garter) and a red based duochrome (EDIT – its Chroma Copper Cobra). A quick Google search reveals this blog with two of them in.. see Wixology

There are many colours like this out there now, but I think there is something special about my little bottle of Mac loveliness. What do you think?

Second Chance Saturday – Chanel Graphite

Today I’m kick starting the first of a series, most likely irregular, where I will re-swatch and r-ewear polish that I either just adore or had a bit of a tricky time with.

The polish for this Second Chance Saturday is Graphite by Chanel, part of the A/W 2011 collection that was released in the UK last August.  We first met Graphite here and we had a bit of a trying time.

The first couple of times I wore it, I just adored the colour. But the damn polish wouldn’t stay on my nails. I remember being gutted that such an expensive polish would give me so many problems.

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This time, I used Essie’s Millionnails base coat and my best friend Seche Vite. And I’m now on day three with minimal tip wear; which you can see in the pictures. Plus, yesterday I did three loads of washing up at work (no rubber gloves!) and it came through intact.

I cannot tell you how much this pleases me, the formula and colour are so fantastic. Even my husband said my nails looked amazing, and he never usually comments!

So I give you Graphite. I think it’s fair to say we are friends again.

If you would like to join in with Second Chance Saturday, just comment below or drop me an email. Let’s all give polish another chance!