Chanel – Alchimie

From the Autumn 2013 Collection Superstition, I have Alchimie to share with you today.  We’ve already seen Elixir, which you can see here, and the third polish in the collection is called Mysterious – which I don’t have (yet).  I’m not sure why its taken me so long to show you this, I’ve already worn it twice… anyway, lets get onto the pictures

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Alchimie is a mid toned olive green, with a slight hint of frost to it.  It is an unusual colour in my stash and I have nothing else quite like it other than Chanel Peridot which is much more duochrome in appearance.  The slight frosting means that depending on your application you may see brush strokes.

What you see above is three thin coats, over a base of Glisten & Glow Stuck on Blu! topped with a nice coat of Glisten & Glow HK Girl. Formula is great, exactly what you would expect from a non Chanel creme.  As with all Chanel polishes, the black cap pops off so that you have much more control of the brush.

From what I can tell, out of the three shades in this range, only Alchimie is the limited edition one.  So if it catches your eye and you have yet to take the plunge, you’d best get a move on.  Chanel polishes are readily available in the UK in department stores and larger Boots stores.  If you live in the US, you can order from Chanel directly (lucky things!).  RRP in the UK is between £17 and £18.

What do you think?  Is this Chanel up your street?


Chanel – Elixir

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I have one of my airport purchases to share with you all today.  This is Elixir from the Chanel Superstition Fall 2013 collection.  This was released in the UK mid August but has been available in the US and other places since late June.

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I just love this.  No one does creme polishes like Chanel.  Its amazing.  It is practically a one coater, but in the images above I did two coats for even coverage.  It covered like a dream, the formula is excellent, drying well and providing a great amount of self leveling.  I based with Stuck on Blu and topped with Hong Kong Girl.

The colour is a dusky raspberry, not incredibly unusual, but stunning.  The second and last images in the slideshow show it off best in natural light and provide the most colour accurate look – although do remember that your monitor is calibrated differently to mine.

There are lots of great comparison posts out there, so google can help with that.  If I have time I will pull out my other Chanels and possible dupes and pop up a post for you.

Chanel Le Vernis can be picked up from Chanel counters in large department stores and certain larger chemist stores.  RRP is £18.  In the US they can be bought directly on

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