Sunday, June 13, 2010

Lemming Fulfilled! - Chanel Kaleidoscope

Since Dior Gold Nugget didn't turn out to be the prize I thought it was going to be, I decided that I needed to get something I really loved as my present to myself for passing qualifying exams. I want to be able to have a polish that reminds me that I overcame this giant obstacle and that I can push through this whole PhD experience! If you've read my posts, you know that Chanel Kaleidoscope has always been a big lemming of mine. Since I splashed out and went crazy with Gold Nugget, and still haven't found it a new home, I wanted to go a little more conservative for my next 'big spend'. I got lucky and scored Kaleidoscope on the bay of all things evil for what would have amounted to MSRP + tax!!

And this one didn't disappoint...

In the shade:

In the sunlight:

Gorgeous eh? And this is after several days of wear...

I hit the jackpot on this one. The only word I can use to describe this is just "special". On me it tends to pull quite silver/pewter, but it does gleam burnished gold and even green in certain lights - not being a straight, heavy, silver gives it a lot of dimension and depth - plus I think it goes better with my skin tone that way! Kaleidoscope has the potential to be very brushstroke-prone, but what saves it from this horrible fate is the amount of superfine shimmer absolutely loaded into the polish. In the shade it looks like a surprisingly smooth metallic, but in the sun the shimmer just explodes - much more than anyone has been able to capture on camera that I've seen.

This polish just needs to be seen to be believed! I should have gone with Kaleidoscope the first time when picking out my reward - but I'm glad I got it right on round 2. I'm going to pull this out when things get tough and I feel like I can't go on - it will remind me that I can!

If you were to splurge on one polish right now, what would it be?? What would you love to own in your wildest dreams?


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tasha~ said...

Ohh I would splurge on ANY chanel if I could, I want to see what the hype is all about, but I can't bring myself to spend that much!!!

Rebecca said...

This looks like you've put molten silver on your nails. I love it.

~Elizabeth aka Lacquered Lizard said...

This is really gorgeous on you. I love the sun shot, it shows the variety of color in the polish. Pretty!
I haven't found "the one" I'd spend all my savings on...but I would love to own the entire line of Cheeky Monkey polish. The formula is amazing.

Apriltini said...

Wow. Just wow. It's awesomeness in a bottle.

Cel said...

Such a pretty metallic shade, love it.

TropicalChrome said...

Splurge on one polish? Milani Hot Metal (make it two and let me get Molten Rock, too, please?)(and Fairy Tale too!).

Before anyone says that doesn't seem like much of a splurge...CVS doesn't do business in my state. The nearest one is about 6 hours away.

The only place Milani is carried in my state is select Walgreens (not all of them, just a very few) and they almost never get in any of the seasonal/limited selections. They don't always carry the complete core line. (Nope, Target doesn't have Milani here either.)

So finding Milani anything either means a road trip, or searching online and paying a premium plus shipping. When we visit my inlaws, whose Targets and CVS stores are loaded with Milani goodies, I stock up.

I'm not actually hunting this down right now because between the Zoya exchange and making a huge haul at Dollar Tree of LA Colors and Sally Hansen Diamonds polishes, I'm kind of backlogged right now :).

kittytokaren said...

@tasha - I only have a few Chanels but there is something about them that feel so luxurious!

@Rebecca - thank you!

@Lizard - I've never tried Cheeky Monkey - maybe I should! I love great formulas :) (who doesn't!)

@Apriltini - Totally agree!

@Cel - Thank you - I love it too!

@TropicalChrome - Hey price wasn't the question! Something that you lust after that is kind of unattainable totally counts!! Very strange that it is so hard to get a hold of Milani where you are!


Lolitadewdrop said...

W0w!!! I love that colour, I have a similar shade by essence which I love too. It's like a sliver gold. :)

tasha~ said...

My favorite make up product ever is YSLs Touche Eclat... but with tax its over $50! But, like you said about the Chanel nail polish, it just feels so luxurious and the packaging is stunning... I get it when my student budget allows me to! I guess one day I will have to try a Chanel polish ;)

Ashley A. said...

I guess I'm weird but I was never too impressed with Kaleidoscope. If I were to splurge, it'd be on Zoya nail polishes. So gorgeous...but I don't own a single one yet. :(

kittytokaren said...

@Lolitadewdrop - That sounds really close - I'd describe Kaleidoscope as a silver-gold as well!

@tasha - ooooo I've heard such wonderful things about Touche Eclat! You know there are a lot of sacrifices we have to make on a student budget - but that just makes you prioritize the 'most luxurious luxuries' - we know what's worth it!!

@Ashley A - Have you heard about the Zoya exchange? That would be a way for you to start your Zoya collection :)


Nina said...

Chanel Night Sky! I wanted it soooo bad when I was a teenager, and now it's nigh-impossible to find. Too bad :(

Bunny Masseuse said...

I dunno, I think i wanna splurge on this one, and add it to my collection!

Ashley A. said...

I just did the Zoya collection before I posted, I wish I could own the entire collection, though! :D

kittytokaren said...

@Nina - Ah! Night Sky is truly lust-worthy!!

@Bunny Masseuse - I highly recommend it - it really needs to be seen in real life to understand its beauty and uniqueness!

@Ashley A - Ahhh sorry love I must have misunderstood you! I see you have the Zoya bug now though! Hehe :) Their collection is soo versatile - I think they have the best range of colours/finishes.


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