Here's me wearing two coats of polish on an overcast day, photographed outdoors without the flash.
Chanel's new spring nail colors—specifically Chanel Particuliere Le Vernis Nail Colour—has everyone scrambling to find the perfect mushroom, taupe or putty nail polish for less, which led me to test out Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish in Commander in Chic by Sally Hansen ($7.99 at Ulta.com). I purchased mine for $6.99 at Target.
I definitely agree with readers who tried this polish before me—the brush is fantastic because it's a little wider and flatter than most brushes, allowing for smooth, even and easy application. But the color is rather sheer, so three coats are required for full coverage. I get really impatient with nail polish, so I just applied 2 coats (3 on my thumbs, haha).
The subtle, sophisticated color is flattering and looks best on shorter nails. It looks different in different lighting situations, of course, but overall it has that slightly purplish-grey-taupe look I was going for. I would like to try something that's a little less glossy, and a little more creamy, though shine is good for hiding imperfections. I feel like I have to be super careful when applying matte colors as these tend to show every flaw.
Here are some more Chanel-inspired colors to choose from, recommended by your fellow readers!
Perfect Putty Polish Colors for Spring 2010
OPI Fiji Weejee Fawn
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Pro Nail Enamel in Steel Grey
OPI The Classics You Don't Know Jacques!
SEPHORA by OPI Matte Nail Colour Matte Metro Chic
SEPHORA by OPI Nail Colour Under My Trench Coat
Opi Brights Over the Taupe
butter LONDON Fash Pack (saw this in the ASOS e-newsletter)
Photographed with camera flash OFF, indoors
Photographed with camera flash ON