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!
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!
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.
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!
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