Chanel’s Peridot

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  • Manufacturer: Chanel
  • Availability: apparently, this has been made permanent
  • Color Range: metallic deep gold/brown with a blue-green shimmer
  • Cost/Amount: USD$25 for 14 ml / .5 fl oz
  • Would you purchase again: yes
Chanel’s Peridot

Before encountering this color, if you had asked me if I’d pay $25 for a bottle of nail polish, I would have looked at you as if you were insane. Now, there is precisely one nail polish that I will pay this much for: Chanel’s Peridot.

I’ve never been a huge Chanel devotee, so when the blogs came alive with talk of a particular Chanel nail polish, I just shrugged it off. Yeah, sure, fine, I know that lots of people admire Coco Chanel for having the persistence to build her fashion house et cetera et cetera. Whatever. I’m not paying $26 for nail polish!! And then I was in Atlanta for DragonCon, and doing some beauty shopping with Sirvinya who said, as we passed Macy’s, “Hey, you should stop in here and pick up Chanel’s Peridot.” (When we were unpacking at the hotel, she showed me the bottle of Peridot <a href=“http://www.sirvinya.com/2011/09/notd-240911-chanel-peridot.html” target=“_blank”>she’d gotten from Duty Free</a> and I immediately put Peridot on my “want” list!)

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It’s a metallic duochrome - which isn’t in and of itself amazing or unique. What is unique, though, is that you get full opacity in 3 coats (not 5, like with so many other duochromes) and it isn’t a red/gold duochrome or a purple/green/silver shift. It’s a gold/brown/green-blue. It kind of reminds me of the blue/gold colorshifting eye shadow from Bare Escentuals, but a deeper richer gold and blue (so effectively, a more elegant version.) It wears fairly well - I didn’t put a topcoat on mine, because I didn’t want to mute the duochrome effect, and I didn’t have any chips or peeling for 3 days’ worth of heavy-duty keyboarding.

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