First, let me explain. Yes, I “cheated” on Chanel, despite my vow to be faithful to its polish alone. And, yes, like many a cheater, I’m going to blame my beloved for my lapse. See, Chanel does not have a shimmery black polish as part of its permanent collection. It did, at one time, release such a polish (the lovely Noir Ceramic) but it is, alas, no longer available – unless you’re willing to shell out beaucoup bucks on eBay. No thanks! Black Satin, Chanel’s current black polish is, well, just plain black. I wanted more. When I saw a swatch of Midtown Magic online, I knew I found my replacement. It’s not a true black, but rather a very dark plummy brown; however, with two coats, it becomes almost black under most lighting.
Sadly, this picture doesn’t really do justice to MM’s subtle red, orange and gold micro-shimmer. The China Glaze formula is pretty good, and the application was not too messy or difficult. On the first coat, the purply base of the polish shows through a lot more, but the opacity builds quickly on the second coat. I missed the Chanel brush a little bit, which I find easier to use (it may be a question of habit), but all in all, I was quite impressed with the brand – a steal at well under $10 a bottle.
Love the flash of toe “cleavage” – naughty!