Tuesday, June 29, 2010

On-the-fly mall swatch: Chanel Paradoxal v $OPI Metro Chic

My Nordstrom got Chanel Paradoxal in today, and I know a lot of you (like me!) have been foaming at the mouth to see this one in action!

Before I paid the Chanel fee, I was curious to see how this matched up to Sephora by OPI Metro Chic - the scuttlebutt was that Paradoxal might be its darker, more brooding sister. So I quickly swatched Paradoxal at Nordie's and headed over to Sephora to swatch MC, so you're seeing very sketchy mall swatches here!

In all the pics, Paradoxal is the darker of the two. I don't know if I think that these two are sisters - maybe half sisters? They definitely from the same genre and the colour try to evoke a similar smokey, sexy, neutral-ish feeling. However, Metro Chic has a malted-milk creaminess to it that is lacking in Paradoxal - plus, it is much lighter and has more 'taupe' flavour to it - whereas Paradoxal is plummier. Paradoxal has that famous subtle Chanel shimmer - but trust me, it's very subtle. Especially for those of us thinking of wearing it in the Fall/Winter season, I think the shimmer is going to show itself only rarely. If you're considering this, I wouldn't factor the shimmer into your decision - if you don't like the base colour, you're not going to enjoy it.

What do I think?? I LOVE it! This was pretty much made for me - it's greyed out, sort of neutral, and purplish. I love edgy neutrals and I love purple, so this is perfect. Plus, the formula was lovely so that gives it some more points. Needless to say, I bought it. I will probably wait until the Fall to really get wear out of this though.

Just wanted to show you really quick!!


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rmcandlelight *I'm wearing China Glaze Stella* said...

Thank you so much for sharing!! I love it too because it's purple and mushroomy all in one :)

Grace said...

I just have to commend your dedication to polish blogging! Sketchy mall skittle swatches. Wow. This may have to be my first Chanel polish. I actually wasn't too excited about it from the description they released, but seeing how it changes colors so dramatically in different lights, like Metro Chic, has kind of sold me. I love that polish so much I'm apparently willing shell out upwards of $20 for it's half-sister. How long do you think I have before it's sold out everywhere? Am I already too late? I know the Chanel colors disappear pretty quickly.

kittytokaren said...

@rmcandlelight - Hi there! I'm so glad there's someone else out there who will appreciate this - I think a lot of people were let down because they wanted this crazy shimmer thing....not my bag baby, yeah....

@Grace - You're not too late!!! I was literally at the mall right when they unloaded the new goodies! I think Macy's has it as well. Plus it just came on the Chanel website today. :) I too am obsessed with Metro Chic and I think that my logic was the same - I'm willing to pay beaucoup $$ for anything related to it! Sad...but true. But I think this one is quite special and I really like it. :) I was so excited about this coming out, hence the sketchy mall swatches!!!


~Elizabeth aka Lacquered Lizard said...

Thanks for this post. I only like it when the shimmer shows...so it's not for me. I thank you for pointing that out! Great swatching!

Alyse & Gina said...

Love Paradoxal!

KarenD said...

Very helpful, thanks! Just don't start doing sketchy drugstore swatches, okay? (It makes me insane when people test things that are not testers.)

kittytokaren said...

@Lacquered Lizard - Glad it helped you!!

@Alyse & Gina - Me too!!

@KarenD - Ugh no way!! I only test things that are actual TESTERS! I saw a woman give herself a full pedi at Target once...I wanted to walk up and smack the bottle out of her hand!


tasha~ said...

I like it ... but I am not sold! I will have to see it in person... hopefully I will make it to the CHANEL counter tomorrow!

SakuraBlossom said...


Maybe a new Zoya from the fall collection is similar to paradoxal, i hope so.
i don't see the point for a shimmer that is not visible.

jbrobeck said...

i just picked this up yesterday and it already on my tips! i love it, i am going do a post on it soon!

Indoor Kitty said...

Thanks so much for posting the comparison! My lemming is still confused but I'm going to check it out in person before making anymore judgment calls.

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