December 12, 2010

Review: Chanel Beauté des Ongles Nail Polish Base Coat

I have always loved painting my nails, despite the fact they are short and quite weak. However, I have never really understood the need for a base coat/top coat- nail care for me is simply filing, shaping and buffing them. I have always found extras like base coats make your nails unnecessarily thick and more prone to chipping/peeling off which drives me insane!

Let me just ramble here for a moment (it has a point I promise!)...

As most of you Beauty Geeks out there know, Chanel nail polish acquired  the status of being something of a collectors item this past summer. Literal hysteria and running from department store to department store ensued as everyone grappled for a bottle of Nouvelle Vague, Particuliére or Paradoxal. And, I am ashamed to admit, that I was one of those people, and I secured a bottle of each which, at €21 a pop...kind of makes me ill!

So, when I went to Lanzarote for two weeks in August, you can only IMAGINE how delighted I was to learn that you could haggle at the cosmetics counters, Chanel included, and they would knock euros off the price. With that being the case, I decided to pick up a bottle of Chanel's base coat and give it a try.

The packaging is, as with all things Chanel, gorgeous. The bottles of nail care are different from the polishes, made of frosted glass with a shiny double-C logo on the lid. The product itself is a milky liquid that goes on smoothly with no bubbling or streaking.

HOWEVER, the real problems start when this dries. No matter how little you apply, it dries to a thick, smooth layer. This would be fine except for the fact that their is obvious ridges around the edge of the base coat which, when you apply polish over are visible at a glance. These ridges also catch on EVERYTHING and rip your nail polish off in one fell swoop leaving you with a bare nail...not cool.

This base coat is not worth the money, even with the haggling. I was sucked in by the brand and my obsession and neglected to remember all the reasons why I hate base coats. I'd give this a 3/10 for the pretty bottle and the fact I got it cheap(er)!

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