Every season, everyone is all a-flutter waiting on Chanel to debut its newest nail polish color. While the color for summer, debuting in May, is a very bright blue (inspired in part, like many other summer trends, by Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland"), the spring color is putty. Yes, putty, as in clay or that stuff that comes in a red egg and can be used to make copies of newspaper type.
I was at first apprehensive of this, but I decided to give it a try. Chanel's color is named Particuliere, but it's already sold out and backordered. You can get a bottle of it for a ridiculous price on eBay, if you like, but I chose to find a cheaper alternative.
After much comparison and deliberation (and magazine research and about an hour of wandering around ULTA), I chose OPI's "You Don't Know Jacques." I got home and discovered it was the matte polish (Yuck!), so I returned it. They didn't have it in original, so I got Rimmel London's Lasting Finish Pro Nail Enamel in Steel Grey. I painted my toes and fingers with two coats each.
Here are the results: (photo coming in about ten minutes)
I really like it! I wore it all weekend at a Film Festival and got several compliments. It's a great neutral and because of the "putty" color works really well with blacks or browns (though I love mixing brown and black anyway). It also did last about a week before chipping and it was less than $4.
So if you want to try a runway-worthy trend, I would recommend this one. It's cheap and easily removed if you don't like it. I loved it and I'm about to paint my nails again in the exact same color. While I'm out today, I'm going to look out for a couple of other cheaper versions of the Chanel: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polish in "Commander in Chic" and the elusive OPI I mentioned before.