Chanel Paradoxal Nail Lacquer

Chanel Paradoxal Nail Lacquer

Chanel Paradoxal Nail Lacquer ($23.00) is a stunning shade of grayed plum with red and violet microshimmer.  It applied beautifully–one of the best Chanel lacquers in terms of formula I’ve tried–and only needed two coats for complete opaqueness.   The nuances of this shade are best captured in direct sunlight, but it’s smoky and sultry in indirect/natural lighting, too.   Very, very beautiful and sophisticated.

I’ve always had good luck with Chanel lacquers–no chipping issues for me.  I always use mine with Zoya’s Color Lock System and that seems to keep everything on the up and up for about a week or so.  I know that this is not an affordable nail lacquer, but it’s not supposed to be.  Avid Chanel lacquer collectors won’t be disappointed by the latest shade release, though!

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RECOMMENDATION: Nail fanatics will likely gravitate towards this shade, because it is such a unique mix of gray, mauve, and plum. It’s not the prettiest nail color of all time, but as Chanel often does–it is different and still pretty.

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Tag: Who Does it Best?

Tag: Who Does it Best?

This tag is all about your favorite brands — which brands really know how to do certain products better than any other!

Tags are kind of like glorified surveys, but they’re fun ways to pass the time and learn a little more about each other!  Feel free to tag your friends or other beauty bloggers if you want to see theirs, too! :)

Here’s mine…

  • Best Blush Brand:  Guerlain edges it out for me, because they’re very subtle and natural, but they’re still apparent.  I’m coming around to NARS blushes, though.  I also really like MAC blushes as a solid color range with nice texture/quality, and for their affordability.
  • Best Eyeliner Brand:  Urban Decay — I love Make Up For Ever, too, but the softer texture of the 24/7 Liners gets me!
  • Best Eyeshadow Brand:  MAC!  I love that MAC has a variety in textures and shades.  Their permanent line is actually pretty amazing, but so often overlooked with their onslaught of limited edition collections.
  • Best Lipstick Brand: Guerlain/Cle de Peau — it’s a total tie here.  Both brands make a seriously good-feeling lipstick, and the shades are so flattering.  You certainly pay for both, though!
  • Best Lipgloss Brand:  Le Metier de Beaute has such a great texture and range of shades.
  • Best Foundation Brand:  Make Up For Ever has a nice range of foundations and a huge shade selection.  I think both are important in being the best.  My personal favorite foundation is by Guerlain, but the range is limited and it’s the only foundation I’ve tried from the brand.
  • Best Nail Polish Brand: China Glaze!  I love the shade range–so many to choose from–and I never have issues with the formula.  It’s very consistent, which I appreciate immensely!

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