I wanted a LOT of things from the Chanel Spring collection this year. I really wanted the eyeshadow quad, the two single shadows, the liner, the blusher, all of the polishes and several of the lip products but I managed to talk myself out of everything in the end. The eye shadows, well the European baked formula often leads to disappointment and I have similar shades already to the single shadows, I don’t need more lipsticks, I never wear gloss and although I really liked all the nail polish colours I couldn’t justify the best part of £60 on three polishes… and I couldn’t decide between them so I thought I’d skip them all. I found a similar blusher I liked just as much so didn’t need that stunning blush, which left the liner. Grenat. I still really fancy that if I’m honest. I tweeted loudly and clearly, left, right and centre that I’d be skipping this collection. Yes I did. In hindsight though it seems that was more an effort to convince myself and apparently I fooled no one. Especially since whilst I was busy in my bubble of denial I was lusting after everything from this collection on blog posts all over the net. And leaving comments saying how much I wanted things. Sigh.
So, it’ll come as no surprise to most that I ended up caving in and buying a couple of bits. Actually I was extremely conservative for me! Two things! If I hadn’t gone in to Debenhams and physically looked at the display then this would never have happened!
So, waffling over, I’ll show you what I picked up. Somehow I ended up without the liner I really wanted, so I may go back for that at some point.
I did picked up the Le Vernis in May and the Rouge Coco in Paradis which I totally fell for when I swatched in store.
I’ll show you the polish first, Le Vernis Nail Colour in May. I liked all three, I couldn’t have all three. I dabbed them all on my nails in store and still couldn’t choose. So in the end I went for the highly scientific method of picking the one named after my birth month, May (£17.50).
Yeah, it’s pink. Its a lovely shade of pink though. I must say this was a dream to apply, two coats (as shown) is good enough, three would have been perfection but not entirely necessary. I wore this chip free for four days before removing to swatch another polish. The wear was excellent, however, I’m trialling a new base and top coat and am sure that has had a lot to do with the longevity of this. I’m sure it could have gone another couple of days without needing to be removed. I was so pleasantly surprised by this polish. I really enjoyed looking down at my nails. It’s pink, really pink, but it’s not barbie pink if you know what I mean! Very happy with that purchase.
Then there’s Paradis Rouge Coco (£23). I don’t know why I fell so hard for this, I just really did. I swatched all the new shades in store and this one called my name. Bright and spring like but not too pink and not too full on.
It’s not my first Rouge Coco but these are a lovely formula promising to deliver 8-hour hydration with a single application. Actually I didn’t get 8 hours from one application, more like 5, but I’m not complaining, that’s not too shabby at all really!
So that was it. As I say, I’m still being taunted by the Grenat liner which is a deep dark berry shade… we’ll see if I can resist it’s siren call!