There’s just something about Chanel nail polishes.
However many similarly coloured nail polishes you own… however little room you have for yet more nail polish… however many times you claim to be on a nail polish ban… Chanel nail polishes are just impossible to resist. Every. Single. Time.
Chanel Mediterranee is yet another example of a Chanel polish rendering me utterly helpless in its glossy gaze. As soon as it started appearing on U.S. beauty blogs, I knew I needed it – and once I went in-store, the shop assistant may as well have just opened my wallet and started helping herself!
Having walked away in a dazed state with a large part of Chanel’s Summer 2015 Mediterranee Collection, Mediterranee is definitely my pick of the bunch. It’s an absolute knockout, a vivid teal-blue that has just a smidge of dustiness but is still strikingly intense. It makes me think of every summer holiday cliché in the book – lazing about on a lounger at the beach in a floppy sun hat, zipping around on a Vespa to the nearest gelato shop, wearing white Capri pants (nowhere near as winningly as Audrey Hepburn though) looking over vistas of clear blue skies and cerulean seas. It’s as if someone bottled all those charming sun-faded vintage travel posters from the 1950s and turned them into a nail polish… a Chanel one, naturellement.
Mediterranee’s formula is just as gorgeous, a perfect example of what makes Chanel nail polishes such winners. It flows on easily and effortlessly, and is beautifully glossy and opaque. I wore it without top coat and one of my friends even commented, “Wow – but it’s still so glossy!” Yup, if you’re paying HK$200 for a nail polish, this is exactly the kind of quality you deserve.
Mediterranee is a total summer stunner. It makes me think I could be Brigitte Bardot frolicking on a beach, Sophia Loren smouldering in the sun, or Audrey Hepburn rocketing around Rome with Gregory Peck in tow. The fact that none of them probably ever wore blue nail polish in public is beside the point; Mediterranee is sun-drenched, sea-soaked summer perfection.
Looks good with: a 1950s-style polka dot swimsuit, floppy white sunhat, cat eye sunglasses and strong red lip
Drying time: 5 minutes
Coats required: 2
Chips: 3-5 days
Chanel Le Vernis Mediterranee, Summer 2015 Mediterranee Collection, $200, see all Chanel Beauté locations in Hong Kong here