With the arrival of fall comes the arrival of dark, moody nail polishes – my favourite. Personally, I wear vampy shades all year round because I love the look.
Now, I have a severe nail polish addiction. With a collection at about 250+ bottles strong, I have started buying my nail polishes a little more carefully, as I believe I pretty much own every single colour under the sun.
While stalking one of my favourite nail polish blogs, www.pshiiit.com, I came across a fabulous dark green colour and thought to myself: “I need this in my life.” Before hitting the stores to see the dark green options, I thought I better check my collection to see if I had one already. Sure enough, I did, OPI’s Here Today, Aragon Tomorrow from OPI’s Lord of the Rings Collection. I remembered unhappily that the formulation was crappy at best, which is surprising for OPI. It went on really thin and streaky, and you’d need about 3-4 coats to achieve that rich, dark green finish. Additionally, it would take forever to dry which inevitably would lead to a terrible finish. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but eitherway, I didn’t like it and I wasn’t going to use it.
A couple of weeks ago while shopping with my husband at Nordstrom, I couldn’t help checking out the Chanel counter. My goal was to buy some face moisturizer, but I felt guilty knowing that I should be saving my cash for my beloved Chanel bag. As I turned to walk away while thinking that saving sucks, a rich dark green nail polish caught my eye. Chanel Vert Obscur stared me in face whispering “I am the perfect greeeeen you’ve been looking for…” Me, having no will power whatsoever, grabbed it and gave it a try. Well, WOW.
I would describe this colour as a rich black-green. It was sooo beautiful and unusual…I had to have it. I coughed up the $29 + tx (ouch), and mentally calculated that I’d need to add an extra $29 + tx to the Chanel Savings Account.
In true Chanel form, the polish went on rich and deeply pigmented, and boasts a beautiful shine without top coat. Now, you do need two coats of this colour to achieve that cool, dark blackish green. This polish has a thick, jelly-like quality, by the way. With two coats, it has an interesting translucency that I find beautiful and unusual.
Now, Vert Obscur (French for “obscure green”) is part of a trio of limited edition nail colours including Châtaigne (French for “chestnut”; a gorgeous dark reddish brown) and Écorce Sanguine (French for “fiery bark”; an amazing red with beautiful burnt orangey-gold shimmer).
I highly recommend this polish, but if you are looking for great dupes that don’t hit the wallet so hard, you should opt for Essie Stylenomics, MAC Cosmetics Deep Sea and Zoya Frida polish.
What are some of your favourite dark green polishes? Any other colours that you love for fall? Let me know in the comments!