Chanel Alchimie was one of three polishes in the fall 2013 line-up. I think the collection was called Superstition, and included Mysterious (a dark khaki green) and Elixir (a hot pink). For me, Alchimie was the clear stand-out – a mossy green metallic that has no dupes in my collection. That includes Chanel’s Peridot, which is more gold-toned and a duochrome. Here is a close-up of Alchimie:

Chanel Alchimie
Chanel Alchimie

The formula is good; this is a two-coater for sure, but I had no issues with the application. Because of the slightly metallic finish, brush strokes can be visible although they don’t detract from the polish, in my opinion.

Chanel Alchimie
Chanel Alchimie

This is a very pretty, understated colour for anyone who wants to try something a little different, but finds the idea of green polish intimidating. I think the colour would be more flattering on less rosy skin tones than mine, but even I didn’t get full-on “lobster hands” with Alchimie.

Chanel Alchimie
Chanel Alchimie

For my inspired outfit, I decided to do an “odd pair” match of olive military jacket and sequin tank top – and then threw in a pair of distressed jeans to complete the hodge-podge. From this mix of disparate items, a pretty cool outfit came out. Call it style alchemy! (hah!)

Chanel Alchimie
Jeans, American Eagle; tank, Winners; jacket, Esprit (swap), shoes, Tory Burch (consignment); necklace, J. Crew Factory Store; bag, Coach (vintage)

Chanel Alchimie is actually a warmer shade of olive than my military jacket, so it kind of clashes but … I still like it.

Chanel Alchimie
Chanel Alchimie

What do you think of Chanel Alchimie?

Chanel Alchimie
One last look …

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