Chanel Fall 2013 Le Vernis in Alchimie 591 Nail Polish Review, Photos, Swatches

Chanel has never failed to innovate green, but khaki green is back in a shimmery new way this Fall. I reviewed the Khaki Précieux Waterproof Eyeliner last week, and today I present Alchimie ($27 USD). This stunning mossy green with ultra smooth and rich sparkle is pretty yet office appropriate. The hint of gold prevents it from aging my tan hands. The other two nail polish offerings in the Fall 2013 collection -- Mysterious and Elixir -- did not strike me as special so Alchimie was the only one that came home with me. Check out all the details and comparison swatches after the jump!

I wore two coats of Alchimie over Butter London's Foundation base coat and topped with Butter London's Hardware top coat. The coverage was buttery and fluid, and the formula self-leveled easily with medium coat. When a heavier-handed coat was used, however, the polish pooled too much at the edges of the nails. Take an extra minute to paint carefully and steady the hand as much as possible. The streaking is as minimal as possible for a polish with such a high shimmer factor.

The only two other olive green shades I own are by Chanel. Peridot is also opaque in two coats and highly metallic in finish. I adore all of Chanel's metallics, but that is just my preference. I would say that Alchimie is most like a slightly warmer, shimmery version of Khaki Vert. Alchemie is a wonderful addiction to my collection because it bridges the gap between Peridot and Khaki Vert. I love the richness of the microshimmer and yes, I do believe all of the colors are worth owning. Each represents an individual spin on the khaki trend. Sabrina has some beautiful outdoor swatches of these three that you can refer to here!

Laura Mercier Bewitched, CHANEL ALCHIMIE, Dior Destin

In natural light, Alchimie looks more olive and the shimmer is less apparent, making it appropriate for any occasion. You can purchase it at Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus now.

Bottom Line: Alchimie is perfectly posh, so I highly recommend it.


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  1. Hi Rae,

    I'm on pins and needles for your review of the creme blushes from the Superstition collection.

    1. Me too cannot wait. Hope you will so a review. Got this and totally agree that this nail polish is a must have, beautiful!

  2. I hope you do a review on the limited edition eyeshadow quad in this collection! I'm so used to brown and nude quads so this one looks really interesting. Can't wait to hear what you think!


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