Sunday, August 7, 2011

Chanel 'Paradoxal' + Revlon 'Perplex'

Besides Chanel 'Peridot', this is my only other Chanel varnish.
Why, you ask? Because they are super expensive!! This is the only other color that I thought was worth buying.

Chanel 'Paradoxal' is a smokey  taupe-grey/purple with a beautiful purple shimmer. The purple shimmer also has a bit of pink and blue in it.

Price and Availability
I  purchased this at Macy's when it first was released. You can check your local counters to see if they have it. It is for sure available on the Nordstrom website and on the Chanel Website.


Besides the unique color, I also chose this Chanel polish because it has a great formula. It is a 1-2 coat polish and it applies very smoothly. I have no problem with the application.Buttery smooth, is what I would like to call it. But then I get weird mental images of me applying butter on my nails *eew*.

Revlon released a color called 'Perplex' which is an exact dupe of Paradoxal. The only difference I see between the two is that the shimmer is slightly more complex in Paradoxal. Paradoxal's shimmer is purple,pink, and slightly blue. Perplex just has purple shimmer. I will show you both colors and my nails. Unfortunately, Perplex was a LE polish. You might be able to find it, or might already own it.

I have Paradoxal on my pointer and ring finger.
I have Perplex on my middle finger and pinky.

This is going to be a staple in my nail polish collection. The color is lovely, and it has a great formula. This has such a great dimension of color and shimmer, it really is a phenomenal varnish. Yet another on my "to wear" list for fall!
Rating: 9.5/10 (Would have given it a 10/10 if it wasn't for the price)
Recommend? Yes! It you are willing to pay that much for a polish!

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  1. I've been looking for perplex EVERYWHERE and I cannot find her! She is stunning! I guess my search must continue:) Gorgeous swatches & great comparison!

  2. So beautiful. I'm not a fan of purple usually, but I do like this shade.

  3. I am SO thankful I found Perplex when I wasn't even looking for it, but I haven't worn it yet! Eep, definitely more of a fall color for me. I am lusting after Peridot, hopefully another cheaper alternative comes along for that hottie too.

  4. love this color! it would be soo cute for toes also!

  5. I couldn't even tell the difference on your nails, love that I don't have to shell out $$$ for something that has an exact drugstore dupe :) Now let me go scour all the drugstores in Chicago!

  6. @Kate: Try looking online! I have seen it on eBay and Amazon for about $5

    @Ebru: Yes, having drugstore dupes is really great! I am not sure if these will be at Drugstores anymore, but you can try Ebay and Amazon!

  7. Wow, they are pretty much the same~ Too bad Perplex is a LE~

  8. whoa this is a beautiful color. i love your nails

  9. Oh wow... I have Perplex... I have never worn it. I need to use it NAO :)

  10. Gorgeous color~ seems like Perplex has been THE dupe for paradoxal. I never did find it at my local drugstores though...BOO. -sigh-...if only I could shelve out $25 for a bottle of polish. *stillwantsperidot*

  11. such gorgeous gorgeous colors. i love the purple shimmer

  12. thanks for the heads up dear! the swatches look so similar it's hard to tell which is which. :)


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