Almost everybody loves a quality brand like Chanel with their beautiful make up, clothes and not to forget their nailpolish collections. I follow those releases even closer because every year they seem to release one of the it-colors when it comes to nailpolishes.
We’ve seen it before many years ago with their Rouge Noir, a color that had not really been seen in nail polish fashion before at that time. And in this current collection there is Paradoxal, a beautiful mauve tint with purple shimmer. This upcoming fall collection it seems that Peridot will be one of the crowd favorites as it has created quite a buzz in Fashion- & Beauty blogland already. It is a beautiful golden green that even seems to have some copper and bronze tones and teal hues here and there as you can see in the picture in the gallery below and I fell in love with it the moment I saw it online.
Since it has yet to be released here in the Netherlands I am still waiting to see it with my own eyes and I honestly can’t wait. Even more so, because a few days ago when I went on a little shopping spree in Utrecht I ran into a gorgeous dupe of this shade! I suspect it has a hint of a copper tone to it sometimes, but it is barely noticable.
Now are you ready – and are you writing this down, because you might regret it if you don’t!
The nailpolish I found is called ‘Diving in Malaysia’ and it’s by Sephora. It only costs one third of the price of Peridot (!!!) and I now have it in my ever growing nailpolish collection. The price seems cheap but not if you compare the size and amount of product, but more on that later when I break it down in the ratings.
It is an absolute jewel on your nails. In direct sunlight the golden shimmer really comes through. Even in the evening in artificial light it’s still quite a joy to behold as it takes on a more toned down bronze shade. This polish is such a beautiful chameleon.
The staying power so far is good. I’ve had it on my nails for two full days now and as you can see there hasn’t been a single chip yet.
I’ve used Orly Bonder basecoat and O.P.I. Start to finish topcoat to of course protect it from early tipwear. I have often read that Chanel polishes aren’t the best when it comes to staying power so I do think this polish by Sephora has another point over the Chanel one.
All in all I give this polish the following rating:
– For staying power so far, I can’t say much of it yet of course but so far, so good!
- For color, it’s just a near perfect dupe, so a near perfect score for that.
- For coverage, one layer is enough really but I used two for a bit more depth in the color.
- For price, a little less than 6 euro’s ($9) compared to Chanel’s 22 euro’s ($29,99 on Amazon)
- For amount. It is only 0.16 fl. oz. (5ml) compared to Chanel’s whopping .4 fl. oz. (13ml)
So it kind of balances out really. The color and the staying power are fabulous, but the amount of product and the price kind of make me sad. It is the perfect size though if you are not sold completely on Peridot yet and want to give it a test run without having to pay almost 30 dollars for it.
When Peridot finally does go on sale here in the Netherlands I will still be checking it out to see what the coverage is and, of course, how the staying power is with that one. When I know more I’ll make an update so be sure to check back!
Now, enough talk and on to the pictures as they will hopefully convince you how amazing this color is, even when they barely do it justice.
Let me know what you think and if you’ll be checking your local Sephora for this color or if you’d rather pay for the Chanel color instead.
And now, about a week ago, by tweeting a little message I won a nailcare package provided by HetCosmeticahuis.nl of the British high-end nailpolish brand Ciaté! Can you imagine, a nailpolish nut like me, winning nailpolish and all kinds of awesome other items? I was over the moon I tell you!
Right away I got a sweet private message from Cosmetica Huis telling me I could pick a color and they’d send out the package right away.
That was a tough one, Ciaté has 40 seriously amazing colors. I first wanted to go for my standard go to color; purple. However, I found myself looking at all the wonderful colors this brand has and I opted for a cream style green called ‘Stiletto’. I like green on my nails, somehow it seems to go really well with my pale skin tone and I didn’t have a nice rich sap green like this yet. I already spotted a nice dupe for this color – Starboard from the Anchors Away collection by China Glaze – but since I don’t own this color either I decided to go for the Ciaté one.
Read on to see what my experience with this brand was and of course to see more pictures…
The package arrived two days later and I was just really pleasantly surprised because not only did I win the polish; I had also won a rhinestone wheel with the most adorable little 1mm multicolored rhinestones, a nailpolish remover in a glass bottle which had an adorable matching bow, a nail file and cuticle care cream!
I started with a nice coat of my favorite nail hardener by Orly called ‘Naitrition’ which I’ve mentioned on this blog before then put on two coats of Stiletto. One coat was a bit too sheer for my taste, but two coats did the trick. I liked the brush, it has 250 hairs and it’s slightly oval so it takes good care of your coverage.
The bottle promises that it contains a long lasting full coverage nail enamel so I was going to test this out for sure.
I was sad to discover that a few bits of the polish had chipped off by the end of the first day. All of them were along the free edge of my nails, though not all nails were affected and I wondered if it could be the fault of the basecoat I had used. Maybe I should use a Ciaté base coat or possibly not just a nail hardener.
Four days after that sad discovery the chips were, of course, still there. I did not cover them to see what would happen and honestly, no more had appeared and the chips that did occur before hadn’t become any larger. So all in all, I am very very happy about the staying power of this polish and I think that if I had used a different basecoat and topcoat I would have had completely perfect nails through day five.
During the time I wore my polish I started to use the nice jar of Miss Rich Nail Growth Promoting Balm with Biotin that came with the package. On the jar it says the following: “An active Balm enriched with Biotin for its nail strengthening properties. Contains Shea Butter infused with Apricot Kernel, Jojoba and Kukui Oil. These natural ingredients deeply condition and protect nails and cuticles from free radicals.” It smells very sweet but it is not overwhelming. So far I’ve really enjoyed the cream but I since I already religiously use my L’Occitane handcreams daily I didn’t feel it was making my hands any softer than they were already so I feel I can’t review this honestly. It is lovely though, nothing wrong with it at all.
When I decided to take off the polish I used the special remover that came with the prize package. Now let me tell you, next to the pretty polish this is my favorite product of the package. You see, when I first got it I spotted that on the front of the bottle it says White Chocolate Gentle and Nourishing Nail Polish Remover which of course made me, a big fan of anything chocolate, very curious. It even says so on the bottle: “A gentle nourishing nail polish remover with a non-drying formulation enriched with Panthenol (vitamin B5) and Vitamin E. Delicately fragranced with White chocolate essence.” So I untwisted the cap and took a whiff of it and made a face because, yuck, it smelled just as strong and non chocolaty like all the other regular removers I have used before. I put it aside and kind of forgot about it until I thought it was time to take off the polish. I decided to use the Ciaté remover and poured a little bit of it in a tiny cap and stuck my finger in it to soak off the polish like I always do. After about thirty seconds I was able to whipe it all off my nailplate with a tissue with one whipe and oh my goodness, there it was – once my finger dried – the gorgeous scent of creamy, yummy, delicious chocolate! I had only tried one other scented nail polish remover before that smelled this good and that’s the strawberry one by Konad. However, this one, ladies and gentlemen, takes the cake! If you ever want to spoil yourself you need to order this nailpolish remover as soon as you can!
Besides all these things I also got a lovely wheel filled with 1 mm rhinestones in all kinds of pretty colors and a nailfile for soft/weak nails that I have yet to try.
All in all my first experience with the Ciaté brand, AND the hetcosmeticahuis.nl webshop was quite a pleasant one! I am looking forward to buying some polish colors and more nailcare products by this company. It might take a while before I do this because this is a high end brand and their products are quite pricey as you can see here in the list of products I received in this give-away:
- €15,49 Miss Rich Nail Growth Promoting Balm with Biotin
- €17,99 White Chocolate Gentle and Nourishing Nail Polish Remover
- €11,99 Ciaté – Stiletto – 13.5ml – Creme
- € 3,99 Ciaté – File for soft/weak nails
Alas the rhinestone wheel that I also received with the set is not for sale at the shop so I cannot tell you how much it costs or where you can order it.
I went on a little shopping trip today, and I did not get anything major, but I do have to share with you the polish I got my hands on. There’s a new player in town you see, and it’s called Lycra! We’ve of course already worn it as a fabric for years and now it has found its way to our nailpolish in the Rimmel London Lycra Pro Professional Finish collection. And it does exactly what it says on the bottle: “Long lasting, chip resistant and anti-fade color system.” This excites me because I’ve tried it, and it is really true!
The text on the bottles boasts about lasting up to ten days. I honestly can’t say anything about that because I get bored with my polish quite quickly. The longest I’ve worn “Hot List” was five days, without any chipping (Of course with proper base and topcoat use where you also paint the free edges of your nails.) so I guess they do hold up for a long time. If you run your finger over the dried polish, it even feels different, I can’t even describe it. Less plastic-like like the other polishes on the market, more meshed with your fingernail. And this is going to sound weird it almost feels like it’s a bit greasy, which it of course is not. I know what you must be thinking (she’s lost her mind!), but you should feel it for yourself, I’m sure you’d agree.
The sticker on the cap mentions the MAXI brush, which is a flat wide brush instead of the normal round one that you’re probably used to. If you have narrow fingernails it still should work nicely for you, though I think you might have to use it sideways to paint your pinkie, but really it shouldn’t be too much of a problem for anyone to use. I personally think it’s a nice brush and it helps you put on the polish in a smooth manner and in less strokes than usual.
Now let’s move on to the two colors I own…
The “Hot List” one on the right in the picture I should name first as I purchased it a little while ago during a polish sale at one of our drugstores. I think I got it for about €5 (which is currently about $7) and I just couldn’t resist it, the color is an exact dupe of Chanel’s “Paradoxal” so hey for €5 that is a pretty great buy don’t you think? It is a beautiful dusty mauve with purple shimmer and it covers the nail in two coats. I’ve been told that “Paradoxal” already does this in one coat but it’s to be expected for a €20 (over $28!) polish I feel. And honestly wouldn’t you rather use two coats of the cheaper polish to get coverage?
The other color, the beautiful soft blue on the left of the picture called “Aqua Cool” is the polish that came home with me this morning. This time I paid the full price for it, €7! Which of course for a quality nail polish still isn’t a lot of money. This color is lovely but I do have to say that it took me about 3 coats before I had a nice even coverage so be aware of that. Other than that I have no complaints really, it’s a beautiful baby blue, something you might have seen a lot of Youtube make-up & nail guru’s wear already this spring. It’s not as pale and bright as most of them I must warn you, but it is still very lovely and worth the buy.
I will of course soon do a little wearing test where I shall attempt to show you one of these polishes before and after ten days of wear, so keep your eye on this space or follow me on bloglovin to get notified of a new post.
Now I’m curious, what is your polish pick of the moment, and why?
It’s called “Skull and Glossbones” and I thought it looked very interesting. I also loved the name, but that’s usually a given with O.P.I. polishes isn’t it? You might have heard of the color as this set has been widely hyped and reviewed already. The color is hard to describe, it’s sort of an off white, but also has a bit of beige and grey going on. Anyway, it was something I thought would look nice on my nails as it’s not as harsh and bright – having that ‘white out’ look – as most white nail polish on your nails.
Boy was I wrong… For the first time in my life, my nail color actually bothered me. I thought it looked exactly like cheap recycled toilet paper and it also somehow managed to make my skin look sickly. You see, I am quite pale, and when I happen to be in the sun for a while I don’t tan really, I just turn red like a lobster, so I like to avoid the sun like the plague. And that’s why the color just will not go with my skin tone.
I hate ruining a good manicure even if the color doesn’t work for me so I eventually added a lovely coat of Navy Crackle, also by O.P.I, but that didn’t help. In the end, I had to take it off again the same night. Sadly, the O.P.I. Skull and Crossbones is a don’t for me. It isn’t because of the quality – as always O.P.I. put together a quality polish that covers well and goes on beautifully. It’s simply because of how the color looked on me.
For me it’s not completely ruined as it might make a nice stamping polish for my Konad kit, or for adding detail to nailart, but I will never wear it on it’s own, it just did not suit me at all. Which is sad because it’s an expensive and good brand of polish.
Don’t be discouraged though as I do believe it will be different for all you tanned and darker skinned goddesses out there, but you should check that out for yourself I think. Just don’t make the mistake I made by purchasing the full sized bottle and get the little miniature set which comes with the following colors:
- Planks a Lot (A nice creamy lilac color.)
- Skull & Glossbones (A light beige grey.)
- Sparrow me the drama (a sweet opaque creamy pink.)
- Stranger tides (A sister of Skull & Glossbones but instead of grey this has a greenish tint.)