But wait! The post-game analysis of Chanel fall gets even better, because Soaper1 swatched Paradoxal (I think she even captured some of that elusive sparkle). Anyway, here’s her expert review and brilliant swatches:
Paradoxal is the hotly anticipated polish of Chanel’s fall collection (the collection also re-promotes Jade Rose). From the first rumors of its existence, the color description sounded like something special, and Paradoxal’s arrival was even more tensely anticipated because the few pre-release pictures of it all seemed to look different. There was also some confusion regarding the name. Was it Paradoxe or Paradoxal? There were bottle pictures floating around the internet with both names.
Well, the speculation is over. Paradoxal is a deep smoky amethyst with a royal purple shimmer. The shimmer is gorgeous (and very strong) in the bottle, but only shows up slightly on the nail. This was a very difficult polish to photograph. In most light and at many angles, this polish appears to be a creme. Looking at my middle nail, you can see that halfway down the nail the shimmer disappears.
Paradoxal applied very nicely. This photo shows three coats topped with one coat of Poshe. I decided to use Poshe because I had a new bottle and wanted to avoid any shrinkage at the tips.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get very good wear from this. I had tip wear in less than 24 hours and had a couple chips after 36 hours.
As I’ve said before, Chanel regret can be very expensive. So, if you want this, I’d buy it now. It’s starting to show up at Chanel counters and online.
Chanel polishes are $23 each.