Chanel Paradoxal - $23 at Chanel counters and at chanel.com
Recently I caved and bought Paradoxal. I had planned to pass even though it did appeal to me because I have been pickier and pickier lately about which Chanel (or other high-end) polishes I buy. The itch for this never quite went away, though, and at the counter this past weekend I snatched it up. To be honest I went to a counter a couple weeks ago and looked at it and passed, but I couldn't come up with a reason to say no this weekend. I'm really glad I decided to buy it after all. The shade is so amazing and the application is great.
The formula is a tiny bit thicker than most of the other Chanel polishes I have, but it applies just as well. It's two-coat perfection. The color is a dark taupe with a hint of purple to it. In the sunlight there's a lovely purple/magenta sheen but it's subtle. In the bottle it looks lighter than it does on the nail and in the bottle the shimmer is much more evident but I like it on the nails better, luckily. The photos pretty much speak for themselves on this one so take a look.
Just as a quick update, as you might have read last week, I got married on Sunday (hence the little peek at my wedding band in the first picture, I couldn't resist). I have tons of pics to share soon, so as soon as the photographer has finished them I'll share them here. The wedding itself was amazing, we had a great time. The photos I've seen so far are awesome. The photographer did an amazing job. We also had a friend play guitar at the wedding and he played "Wonderwall" by Oasis while I walked down the aisle so that was incredibly special for me. For those of you who've asked, I wore a French manicure for the wedding with Seche Porcelain and Rose, and on my toes I did CND Anchor Blue and it turned out awesome.