Chanel Alchimie & Mysterious Le Vernis Get Your Tips in the Autumn Mood

Chanel Alchimie (591), Mysterious (601) Le Vernis

You’ve got to give it to Chanel: they know how to make nail polish shades that perfectly capture the essence of a season. Take Alchimie and Mysterious Le Vernis for example: a metallic golden khaki and a vamped-up khaki? Yes please!

Chanel Alchimie (591) Le Vernis

Alchimie (591. RRP in Belgium: 23 euros) is a golden sage green with a metallic finish. The consistency is a little thin, and the first coat tends to be streaky and uneven. However, it levels up well with a second coat. The streaks don’t completely disappear, but they aren’t very noticeable. It’s a dazzling shade with a lot of depth!

Chanel Alchimie 591 Le Vernis swatch

Chanel Alchimie swatch

See how different it looks when the light hits? In real life, the brush strokes are more like how they look on my ring finger and pinky. They don’t tend to bother me.

Chanel Mysterious (601) Le Vernis

Mysterious (601) is one of those vampy near-black shades. It is a very dark, grayed-out khaki. The consistency is perfect, and it is opaque with two coats. It has a very glossy finish. Don’t mistake Mysterious for another vampy crème. I find myself staring at it all the time: is it black? Is it a concrete gray? Is it olive? I just know it’s one of the shades I’ll wear a lot this autumn/winter!

Chanel Mysterious swatch

Chanel Mysterious 601 Le Vernis swatch

Bottom line: Both Alchimie and Mysterious interpret the idea of autumn perfectly. Alchimie reminds me of sunny autumn afternoons with the warm golden tone. If you like vampy shades, don’t miss out on Mysterious: it might seem dark and harsh, but the underlying olive green makes it strangely endearing.

Are you more into Alchimie or Mysterious? I’ve been eyeing Élixir as well. While a pink doesn’t really remind me of autumn, I swatched it the other day and noticed a muted quality that differentiates it from the spring/summer pinks.

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Mostly Sunny disclosure

  • Larie

    I like Alchimie, but not enough, haha. I’m waiting for Dior holiday polishes :X

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Larie, I haven’t seen any information about those, and I hope they’ll be epic!

  • expatmuaddict

    Alchimie has my name written all over it, am a total sucker for those beautiful olive gold tones, I would love this as an eyeshadow xxx

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha oh definitely! I’m pretty sure I have eyeshadows in my stash that are very similar to Alchemie!

  • ValleyDoll

    Mysterious looks like the perfect fall polish !

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      It really is! Autumn in a bottle!

  • beauties

    not really my kind of colours :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Then you might want to take a look at Elixir!

  • Lily

    Both are gorgeous. I can use either one as the main colour and the other as an accent!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Lily, now that is a GREAT idea! I should try that!

  • Icaria

    I almost got Mysterious the other night! I tried Élixir & I know what you mean about the Autumn quality of it but I found it dupable. I didn’t think I would like Mysterious but it’s seriously growing on me! :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Helene, Mysterious didn’t interest me as much as Alchemie when I saw the promo images, but once on I realized it’s really special!

  • Catherine

    Ooh I love Mysterious. I rarely wear dark nail colors, but if I did, I’d probably do something along the lines of this

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Catherine, I like dark but not when they are too black if it makes sense, so Mysterious is perfect!

  • Kiss & Make-up

    I like them both! A lot even!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Melissa, you should swatch them! I almost bought Elixir as well LOL

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    Both of them are so autumnal! I like!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Exactly! They make so much sense :)

  • Redhotjillypeppers

    Mysterious is such a pretty fall colour !

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I agree! It’s already on my toes!

  • Krystle Kouture

    I really like Mysterious! I don’t like wearing pure black but I may be able to get away with this one!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Krystle, same here! Really black nail polishes scare me, but this one definitely has enough softness in there for me to be comfortable with it!

  • Anne

    I’m not drawn to Alchimie, but Mysterious might interest me. I own Vertigo and it’s my absolute favourite polish for winter. I was afraid Mysterious might be to close to Vertigo to justify owning. Also, I was wondering if the olive tones in it could bring out the sallow yellow undertones in my skin (it leans very yellow) in an unflattering way.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Anne, I don’t own Vertigo so I can’t compare, but my skin tone leans very yellow as well and I don’t think Mysterious makes it look sallow! Quite the opposite actually! It looks more olive in real life, at least from certain angles. Very interesting shade!

      • Anne

        I might try it on at the counter, then. :) (luckily for my wallet, it’s the only polish from recent Chanel release that has caught my attention) I think my skin may be a wee bit less yellow than yours.

        • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Oh then you are definitely good to go! I personally don’t think Mysterious makes my skin tone look “dirty,” like what some shades can do (like pastels).

  • peggy timmermans

    I like Mysterious the most. The other one is to shiny, to metallic for me.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      It’s strange, but I think I turned out to like Mysterious more as well! It’s got so much depth!

  • Dominique33

    I tried Rose Moiré yesterday ( combo Madame Batifole on toes and Rosé Moiré on the hands ), it’s a very lovely and delicate shade right up for my alley^^. I also have Rouge Moiré, so I’ll pass on the 3 Fall nail polishes. Green/Khaki is clearly not my cup of tea and Elixir is a bit dupable I think. But pretty shades for those who love green colours, both are classy.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Dominique, I’m personally more into greens haha! It’s definitely great news for your wallet though! More money for other pretty stuff :)

      • Dominique33

        Yes indeed lol, I picked up Destin and Galaxie today ! :) Both look pretty, as you said great news for my wallet^^ !

  • Liz

    I like both and like Mysterious a lot more than Alchimie. It’s definitely a great moody shade for fall.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I agree! I think Mysterious is the kind of shade you can’t get tired of!

  • Makeup Morsels

    Beautiful! Chanel always kills it when it comes to polishes. I usually go for shades like Alchimie, but I’m actually loving Mysterious more out of the two. It’s so spot-on for fall and the finish is just perfect.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey MM, I thought I’d like Alchimie the most, but Mysterious took me by surprise! It’s so glossy and beautifully even too!

  • Dovey

    Hi Sunny, I was surprised by the these two colors — they’re definitely different! I think I might be able to wear Mysterious, but the green gold in Alchimie would bring out the pink in my skin

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Dovey, definitely swatch Mysterious when you can! I don’t think it leans warm, though it doesn’t look bad on my pretty yellow-based skin, either :)

  • Ellie

    I love Mysterious – the name is so fitting, it is quite a mysterious poilsh when worn correctly! Thank you for great swatches and review, as always! :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Ellie, it’s a shade that I won’t get tired of anytime soon!

  • MyLuciteDreams

    I am surprisingly loving Mysterious. It’s so very chic and shiny. I have such a thing for green polishes and I love these!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Taylor, if you like vampy do check out Mysterious! It’s on my toes and I’m really loving it!