What’s up, Jade-a-kisses?
Ever since I saw pictures of the Chanel runway models rocking jade green nails earlier this year, I’ve been dying, DYING to get my hands on the Chanel Jade Collection polishes.
This month the two limited edition shades, Jade and Jade Rose ($25 each), finally hit Chanel Makeup Studio and boutiques shelves. I ordered mine online last week from Chanel.com, and both pastel cuties finally arrived on my doorstep last Friday.
Chanel Jade background
Beauty junkies first got a glimpse of the colors in Paris last March during the Chanel Ready-to-Wear Fall 2009-2010 show, when Monsieur Karl sent a collection of black clothes punctuated with pale pink and jade green accents down the runway.
Peter Philips, the Global Creative Director of Chanel Makeup, also worked his beauty mojo to transform these gem-inspired colors into Jade Collection polishes.
A softer alternative
The colors break away from the dark blues, grays and greens that have dominated fingertips and toes this fall.
If harder-edged shades aren’t really your thang, consider the Jade Collection’s pastel colors for a softer, girlier look.
Jade, a refreshing minty green with subtle shimmer, looks exactly like my favorite jadite bowl (the one I always grab when I’m in the mood for ice cream).
Her sister, Jade Rose, a pearlescent, rosy pink, reminds me of the pink jade jewelry my mom (a gem and jewelry hound) loves.
Pastel polishes, especially greens, can be a little tricky. If handled incorrectly, they can quickly venture into cheesy Claire’s/Hot Topic territory. I think both the Jade and Jade Rose shades are sophisticated, though, and not at all teenagery. The colors look elegant and modern, especially on short nails.
A single coat yields sheer color. For an opaque finish without any streaks, like in the swatches above, I’d recommend three coats. Though the formula’s a little on the thick side, it’s not so thick that it’s difficult to work with.
Chanel luxury within reach
There’s no denying the Chanel Jade Collection colors cost quite a bit for polish, but I think they’re a nice way for the everyday gal to have a relatively affordable Chanel fashionista moment without having to spend major moolah.
Even though I might not have the funds for the latest Chanel clothes or accessories, these bottles are a luxury that are still within my reach. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,