Chanel did it again. The Fall 2010 collection is beautiful and I'll have a few reviews of the items I picked out of it (I passed on the quad, though). But the most talked about item is the nail polish, Paradoxal (no. 509). It's not like we haven't seen gray purple shades in the past (OPI had them both in their French and Sephora collections), or purples with beautiful and varying levels of shimmer (nobody does purple like Zoya). Last fall we also had Lemon Balm and Silver Purple from Dior which belong in the same group, though they both had a very metallic finish.
The thing about Paradoxal that makes everyone go crazy is, indeed, the finish. It's almost shimmery but not quite, it's not a duo-chrome but has something going on inside that makes the color look lit from within under a certain light. And while it's not metallic or pearly, Paradoxal isn't a cream either. Then there's the way it changes according to lighting and time of day. I have to say it's most stunning under full light that allows both the pigment and the shimmer particles stand out. At night and in low light this nail polish loses some of the magic and looks like a very dark taupish purple, so take this into account if you're after a special evening look.
Chanel Fall 2010 collection including 509 Paradoxal Nail Colour ($23) is available from Chanel counters everywhere and chanel.com.
All photos by me.