Friday, August 6, 2010
CHANEL Summer 2010 - MISTRAL
The star varnish of Chanel's Summer 2010 Collection was Nouvelle Vague, a gorgeous turquoise shade. Bright and vivid blues on my fingernails, however, turn my tanned hands into an ashy brown. I don't want my hands to look like that of a corpse, so I only wear turquoise on my toenails. And because I haven't lost all sanity yet, I refuse to pay $25 for a nail varnish that I will only wear on my toes. Hence, I opted out and purchased the collection's make-up instead! And rightly so, because Super and Genial - the limited edition Rouge Allures - sold out before I had time to purchase back-ups >.< But a month ago, I was at a very deserted Chanel counter in Orange County somewhere and I spotted a Pepto-Pink. Yes, that was Mistral! Mistral was sold out at the counter next to my apartment a mere week after Nouvelle Vague so I figured it had been sold out everywhere else. But my luck had changed and I picked up the last Mistral at this particular Nordstrom. The varnish was much prettier in the bottle than I had expected. I had seen the pictures online and figured it would be a generic pink. I hadn't even bothered to glance at it when I picked up the make-up but as I pulled the bottle out of its box, I was struck by how pretty it was! Too bad it didn't look as pretty on my nails.. Mistral, in the sunlight and in the bottle, is a gorgeous medium pink with just the right amount of blue. It has tiny pink, iridescent, and blue shimmers that sparkle as you tilt the bottle forward but NONE of that appears on my fingernails. "Lost in translation," clearly.
The formula is average, maybe less than average, quality for Chanel. It's nowhere near as smooth or opaque as Paradoxal [review coming soon] but it isn't as difficult to apply as some of the lighter shades that I've tried before. The first coat was definitely streaky and I had to use three medium coats to achieve the opacity shown in the photo above. I was most disappointed that the shimmers were nowhere to be seen, even when I angled my nails toward the sun. All I see is flat pink. On a positive note, the color did not make my hands look ashy!
In conclusion: Mistral is a generic pink. I'm still glad to own it, as it is a limited edition, but even if I found another, I would not purchase it.