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January 15, 2011

Haul: Chanel Le Vernis in Pearl Drop & Black Pearl

I have a sick weakness for Chanel nail polish.  The Chanel Spring/ Summer makeup collection was launched yesterday island-wide, and I bought Black Pearl nail polish on Friday evening.  Then today, I went back for Pearl Drop.... because they look like the perfect contrasting pair.    I like how Chanel nail polish are very subtly shimmery, and they wear pretty well too.

I usually do my nail polish swatches in the morning sunlight, but I think the current fake indoor lighting brings out the dimension of the colour and shimmer quite well... so, this will do for now.  If I get to take daylight swatches, I will post them here later on.

First up, we have Pearl Drop, which is rather sheer, you are looking at 3 coats of polish.  You need a steady hand, because the brush strokes can be very visible if your hands are shaky during application.  It has a gold sheen, and really just look like ... a pearl necklace.

Color description from Temptalia * click also for her swatches *

"a softened white gold frost with a slight metallic finish, sprinkled with pale gold micro-shimmer"


Next, we have Black Pearl...which applies opaque with 2 coats. Again, a steady hand makes for a smoother application, but it isn't as obvious as Pearl Drop.  I wore this today, and it looks blackish gunmetal at times, and also greenish shimmery too.

Color description from Temptalia * click also for her swatches * It looks a lot greener in her pictures than in real life.

"a stormy teal-tinged blackened base with threads of metallic silvered green running through it, then topped off with green, blue, and teal micro-shimmer"

Hmmmmmm.... I definitely didn't see any blue micro shimmer!  LOL  Silvered green sounds about right though.

I think I want to cull my nail polish stash, getting rid of all the OPIs, CGs and CCs that I use or swatch only once.   Shall propose this idea with my sis, and see if she wants to take over some of the colors herself.

That's all, and thanks for looking!


posted by

Black Pearl is very very nice!

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i like how both turned out! esp black pearl since it's easier to apply. heh

posted by

Black pearl is so unique. I don't buy nail polish as I do gel nails once a month but I am going to get my hands on this for my pedicure next sat!

posted by

Black pearl is definitely very classy looking! Ooh, you can do a blog sale with your unwanted polishes then. ;)

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I love the looks of how black pearl swatches, seems like it'd make a versatile color that's classy and matches everything with a hint of something. The name is also very captivating. haha.

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I started this blog in 2006, I like to use a wide range of brands though I seem to have a growing preference for higher-end brands in recent years. I also like to share interesting things I have come across about makeup and beauty.

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I like classic looks (neutral tones on eyes, anything goes for lips & cheeks), though occasionally I try out dramatic/ statement looks.  I believe that a flawless base is the key to achieving great makeup looks.  I also believe that if you don't have great skin to start with, fake it with a good foundation routine, and even greater skincare.  I am currently loving Clarins & Lancome skincare products, and Vichy NormaDerm for tackling with breakouts.

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