This is my first Chanel product ever! *Squeals can be heard all the way up to the highest mountain tops*
I never thought I’d be lucky enough to own anything from that luxury brand, but now I’m so excited to say that Chanel Peridot has made its way into my heart and my Helmer.
It was a little rough introducing Peridot to the rest of my polish children.
My usually well-behaved China Glazes and OPIs were a little snotty and said, “Chanel isn’t everything!” and “More expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better!” Some others made cheap shots about the French.
The Nubars tried to stay out of the confrontation, but I could tell from their fond glances at Peridot that they were both impressed yet intimidated by its multichromatic brilliance.
Clarins 230 was nice enough to befriend Chanel Peridot right from the get-go.
“I know it’s not easy being the new one.” It tried to comfort Peridot, who had begun crying. “Listen, when I first arrived, the same thing happened to me. In fact, people often call me Unicorn Pee! Sticks and stones may break my bottle cap, but names will never hurt me. At least you’re named after a beautiful gemstone. I’m quite fond of Peridot.”
From that moment, the two have been inseparable.
Yes, sometimes poor Peridot still gets picked on even by the mini OPIs (who are still young and need to be taught lessons of politeness and common courtesy). But in general, I think that Peridot is making great progress in letting mean-spirited remarks roll off its bottle.
(Warning: This post contains tons of photos of this polish. I tried to capture its personality the best I could.)
Chanel Peridot Pictures
Chanel Peridot Swatches
All swatches have:
√ High shine
√ Chip-resistant colour
? Strengthens & moisturizes nails
Edit: I wore Peridot for 5 days straight, but then removed it because I wanted to try out some more Hallowe’en nail art. During the 5 days, I didn’t get any chipping!
- Name: Chanel Peridot
- Amount: 13 mL (0.4 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $25 USD
- Where to Buy: Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom & other places that have Chanel counters
- Limited Edition? Yes!
Chanel Peridot Review
Chanel really outdid themselves with this – it’s a multichromatic metallic polish that I can easily see becoming a cult classic.
Looking at it straight on, I see gold on the middle of my nail and then a darker, murky green on the edges. But if I curve my fingers towards me and look at them level with my eye (yes, I look funny doing this), I can see a more vivid bluish-green.
But that’s not all!
Depending on the lighting, the green sometimes looks like an anemic green, the gold takes on an antique hue, and the green morphs into more of a teal.
The first day I wore this, I was so fascinated by its numerous personalities that I kept staring at my nails throughout the day. And to think that I was worried that this would clash with my skin tone! It worked out just nicely, and I’m not usually one to wear golds. Greens, however, hehe you know I’m obsessed with ‘em.
Chanel Peridot is a colour that I consider back-up worthy. Unfortunately, the crazy price tag is the only thing preventing me from buying another bottle of it.
Peridot has a metallic finish that shines and really catches the light…even in dim light!
Application & Formula
I’ve heard about how crappy Chanel’s formula usually is, which is why I was hesitant to make this major splurge. But I’m pleased to report that the formula’s pretty awesome!
The formula is very easy to work with – not too liquidy and not thick at all. It’s also highly pigmented – just needed 2 thin coats for full opacity. That’s good news because the last thing I’d want from an expensive polish is to have to use a bazillion coats per manicure that would put a dent in my bottle.
Now, because this is metallic, you will get faint brushstrokes. Not a lot, but you can see them slightly. I noticed that when I applied thinner coats, it was less noticeable. Normally I despise brushstrokes, but these aren’t too bad, and I can overlook it because of Peridot’s multichrome and ease of application.
Brush & Handle
The brush isn’t really big like OPI’s, but it worked well enough for me. Pretty much I can use any brush because my nails are quite small.
What surprised me was that the square cap on top of the bottle is meant to just cover the real brush handle. Hehe, this was my first Chanel polish, so I didn’t know this. I tried to turn the square to unscrew it, and then it popped off. At first I thought I had broken it! (Imagine the horror?)
The actual brush handle is much easier to use because it’s rounded, it has grooves, and it’s smaller. You get better control with it than if the handle was actually the large square one.
Why are all the best colours limited edition? Companies could make a killing if they made it a permanent colour.
Hmm…so if you like this, you should try to get it ASAP before it’s gone. This is definitely the kind of polish that eBay sellers go nuts selling at ridiculous prices right after it’s been discontinued. Better to buy it now for a normal price than to pay double or even triple the retail price. Hehe, of course, with Revlon’s history, I wouldn’t be surprised if they try their hardest to release a dupe of Peridot. Still, I won’t hold my breath…
I can’t talk about Peridot without mentioning the astronomical price! A polish for $25 USD is outrageous to me, and that’s why I’ve never bought a Chanel polish before.
Yes, I bought Clarins 230 (Unicorn Pee) for a little over $50 CAD, but that was a long-discontinued fairytale in a bottle. Buying super-expensive polish isn’t a habit of mine or I’d go broke in a week.
Final Verdict: 10/10
Despite this costing so much, I didn’t dock any marks and decided to give it a perfect score because the colour is highly unique, the formula was great, and I felt like it was money well spent. Unlike NARS Zulu, I don’t regret this purchase at all!
If you’re able to, I highly suggest getting this colour. It’s one of the more unique golden multichromes. And if you’re a green lover like I am, this is a must-have!
Have you bought a bottle of Chanel Peridot? What’s the most expensive nail lacquer you’ve ever bought? Do you think that $25 USD for nail polish is plain robbery?